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July 26, 2019

In July 18, July 23 and July 25, 2019 letters to the Defense Department and the Trump administration, Republican lawmakers call for a delay of the award of a massive enterprise cloud contract until the DOD inspector general investigates potential conflicts of interest.  
The July 23, 2019 redacted Defense Department inspector general audit finds DOD agencies routinely failed to check whether defense contractors were protecting sensitive information on their networks with the required security controls.

July 25, 2019

The State Department report released July 25, 2019 "assesses U.S.
The May 2019 white paper was prepared as part of the Strategic Multilayer Assessment, entitled "The Future of Global Competition and Conflict," in direct response to a series of questions posed by the Army Training and Doctrine Command. Twenty-three experts contributed to this white paper and provided wide-ranging assessments of Russia's global interests and objectives, as well as the activities -- gray or otherwise -- that it conducts to achieve them.  
On Feb. 27, 2019, the Strategic Multilayer Assessment (SMA, Joint Staff, J39) office -- with the support of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and National Defense University (NDU) -- convened a panel discussion on China in support of the SMA Future of Global Competition and Conflict effort. 
In two letters -- dated July 8, 2019 and July 23, 2019 -- addressed to service acquisition chief Will Roper and signed by Leanne Caret, chief executive of Boeing Defense, the company informs the Air Force it will not submit a bid for the service's Ground Based Strategic Deterrent program under the current acquisition strategy.  

July 24, 2019

In a July 19, 2019 reprogramming document, the Defense Department seeks congressional approval to shift $160 million to support continued development of the Air Force's Next-Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared system.
On July 24, 2019 Pentagon Comptroller David Norquist testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee regarding his nomination to become the next deputy defense secretary. Includes his prepared testimony and answers to advance policy questions.

July 23, 2019

In a July 19, 2019 letter, Army Secretary Mark Esper, at the time the nominee to become defense secretary and a former Raytheon executive, tells Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) he would recuse himself from "discussions or decisions about the proposed merger of Raytheon and United Technologies."
On July 22, 2019, the White House issued five presidential determinations "authorizing the use of Defense Production Act Title III authorities to strengthen the domestic industrial base and supply chain for rare earth elements (REEs)."

July 22, 2019

In a July 15, 2019 memo to senior Defense Department leadership, Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord outlines draft policy establishing a new acquisition pathway for software. Also includes Business Decision Guidance and a draft Software Acquisition Pathway Policy document.
On July 22, 2019 the Government Accountability Office released a July 3, 2019 decision in which it dismisses Booz Allen Hamilton's protest of a task order awarded to Leidos by Air Force Air Combat Command to support ACC's intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support services program.
On July 19, 2019 the Air Force issued a pair of requests for information as part of the Diminishing Manufacturing Sources Replacement of Avionics for Global Operations and Navigation (DRAGON) program that provides upgrades to the Airborne Warning and Control System. The service also issued a notice announcing plans to host an industry day on the following Aug. 7-8 at the Metro Technical Conference Center in Oklahoma City, OK. RFI for Long Lead Items

July 19, 2019

The July 18, 2019 Defense Department directive "establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and provides procedures to [require] the Milestone Decision Authority (MDA) of Major Defense Acquisition Programs (MDAPs) to include sufficiency assessments of developmental testing in Milestone (MS) B and MS C brief summary reports to Congress."  

July 18, 2019

The May 2019 House Permanent Select Intelligence Committee report recommends a reorganization of the Defense Intelligence Agency.
The July 16, 2019 Defense Department inspector general's report "substantiated the allegation that [former Pentagon spokeswoman Dana] White misused her subordinates' time for personal services."

July 17, 2019

The July 17, 2019 Government Acccountability Office report finds that Army Futures Command "should take steps to improve small business engagement for research and development."
On July 16, 2019 Naval Air Systems Command released the briefing slides from an industry day on the Advanced Helicopter Training System program for the Ground Based Training System.
The July 2019 documents outline Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger's vision for the service and priority focus areas.
In a series of July 16, 2019 statements of administration policy, the White House threatens to veto three joint congressional resolutions that would prohibit certain weapon sales to Saudi Arabia and other countries.  S.J. Res. 36 S.J. Res. 37 S.J. Res. 38

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