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September 09, 2020

The Sept. 4, 2020 Defense Department inspector general's report determines "whether Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) officials complied with the Air Force Launch Services New Entrant Certification Guide (NECG) when certifying the launch system designs for the National Security Space Launch (NSSL)‑class (formerly known as the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle‑class) SpaceX Falcon family of launch vehicles."
The Sept. 8, 2020 Defense Department instruction calls for "comprehensive, aggressive, and integrated CI capabilities throughout the Department of Defense, using all CI functions and related activities to support the FP programs of the DoD Components and other supported elements within the Department of Defense."
The Sept. 4, 2020 Defense Department directive "establishes policy and assigns responsibilities to enable superiority in the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS) by taking an enterprise approach to all activities necessary for DOD electromagnetic spectrum operations (EMSO)."

September 08, 2020

In the summer of 2020, the White House Office of Management and Budget sent Congress a pair of lists obtained by Inside Defense -- one for authorizations and the other for appropriations -- of "anomalies" it would like to see funded during a possible fiscal year 2021 continuing resolution.
On Sept. 2, 2020 Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear and Missile Defense Policy Robert Soofer spoke at a Mitchell Institute event on nuclear deterrence.

September 04, 2020

The Sept. 3 request for information seeks industry feedback on the Advanced Battle Management System command-and-control capability.
The White House on Sept. 4 released its fifth space policy directive, aimed at improving cybersecurity in space systems.
The Aug. 24, 2020 document lists answers to industry questions regarding the Army's draft request for proposals for the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle.
The Sept. 1, 2020 Congressional Research Service "In Focus" report discusses the U.S. government's decision to reimpose sanctions on Iran and its aftermath.

September 03, 2020

The Sept. 3, 2020 Government Accountability Office report recommends the Defense Department better integrate industry's independent research and development into Pentagon planning.
The Government Accountability Office recommends DOD better integrate industry’s independent research and development into Pentagon planning.
The Sept. 2, 2020 Congressional Research Service "In Focus" report discusses possible questions for lawmakers to ask when overseeing the Air Force's F-15EX fighter aircraft program.

September 02, 2020

In an Aug. 31, 2020 letter to Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and national security subcommittee Chairman Stephen Lynch (D-MA) call for testimony from each of their departments regarding the current U.S. strategy in Afghanistan.
The Sept. 2, 2020 Congressional Budget Office report estimates that "discretionary funding for defense totals $757 billion in 2020 . . . including $72 billion for [Overseas Contingency Operations] and $19 billion for activities designated as emergency requirements (including $11 billion related to pandemic response)."
In a Sept. 2, 2020 Federal Register notice, the National Nuclear Security Administration announces "its programmatic decision to implement elements of a Modified Distributed Centers of Excellence (DCE) Alternative whereby Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) will produce a minimum of 30 war reserve pits per year for the national pit production mission during 2026 and implement surge efforts to exceed 30 pits per year as needed."

September 01, 2020

The March 13, 2020 Defense Department directive-type memo, released the following September, overhauls missile defense policies and governance in a move that will subject the Missile Defense Agency to increased oversight by other arms of DOD.
The Aug. 18, 2020 memo signed by Navy acquisition executive Hondo Geurts and Adm. William Lescher, vice chief of naval operations, states that two senior billets, charged with directing the service's $2 billion research and development enterprise, should no longer be "dual-hatted" by a single two-star admiral.
In an Aug. 31, 2020 strategy paper, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Brown calls on the service to reconsider its own "internal impediments to change," and be willing to embrace a new way of operating.
In an Aug. 31, 2020 strategy paper, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Brown calls on the service to reconsider its own "internal impediments to change," and be willing to embrace a new way of operating.
On Sept. 1, 2020 the Defense Department released its annual report to Congress on "Military and Security Developments Involving the People's Republic of China."

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