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January 03, 2020

On Jan. 3, 2020 the State Department posted WMEAT 2019, the 37th edition of the World Military Expenditures and Arms Transfers (WMEAT) publication, covering the years 2007 through 2017. WMEAT 2019 Introduction and Overview WMEAT 2019 Table I Military Expenditures And Armed Forces Personnel, 2007-2017

January 02, 2020

In a Dec. 19, 2019 memo, Pentagon research and engineering chief Mike Griffin calls for a Defense Science Board study to investigate potential new dimensions of conflict that China and Russia might employ to impose their will on other states beyond conventional military force.
The Dec. 16, 2019 document describes the activities of a September 2019 U.S. Transportation Command "no-notice, large-scale readiness exercise of the 61 sealift vessels assigned to the Organic Surge Fleet."
The unclassified version of a Dec. 16, 2019 Defense Science Board report "recommends a three-pronged strategy to gain a more defensible and resilient National Leadership Command Capability."
On Jan. 2, 2020 Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley briefed the press at the Pentagon.

December 31, 2019

The Dec. 30, 2019 Defense Department instruction "establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and prescribes procedures for the management of the MTA for rapid prototyping and rapid fielding."

December 27, 2019

The Dec. 20, 2019 Defense Department inspector general’s report determined “whether Army, Navy, and Air Force acquisition officials appropriately identified Acquisition Category (ACAT) 2 and 3 programs and monitored whether program costs and schedule aligned with their respective acquisition category designation.”

December 26, 2019

In a Dec. 20, 2019 letter to Congress, President Trump designates certain fiscal year 2020 funds for Overseas Contingency Operations.

December 24, 2019

In a Dec. 20, 2019 request for information, the Air Force Research Laboratory announces it plans to host a flight experiment the following summer to explore the utility of onboard visual navigation sensors to augment or replace GPS systems in a contested environment.

December 19, 2019

The Dec. 19, 2019 Government Accountability Office report recommends the Defense Department "sevelop a plan for implementing its recommendations on a future wideband architecture."
In a Dec. 17, 2019 filing, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims orders the Army to file a status report by Feb. 7, 2020 on its progress as the service plans to reopen the Logistics Civil Augmentation Program V procurement.

December 18, 2019

The Dec. 18, 2019 Government Accountability Office report reviewed how the Defense and State departments oversaw security assistance to Lebanon.
The Dec. 16, 2019 Defense Department inspector general's report "identified risks associated with the DOD grant closeout process and determined that an audit of the DOD's grant closeout process is warranted."

December 17, 2019

In a Dec. 6, 2019 memo, Pentagon research and engineering chief Mike Griffin calls for a Defense Science Board study on the resiliency of the current GPS constellation.
In a Dec. 16, 2019 reprogramming memo, acting Pentagon Comptroller Elaine McCusker shifts $3.6 million "from the Operation and Maintenance, Defense-Wide, 20/20, appropriation to the Services' Military Personnel, 20/20, appropriations for the Department's Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) Civil Military Programs."

December 16, 2019

On Dec. 16, 2019 House and Senate appropriators released the defense portion of the fiscal year 2020 consolidated spending bill.
On Dec. 16, 2019 the House Appropriations Committee released the defense portion of the fiscal year 2020 consolidated spending bill. Includes the bill text as well as highlights.
The Dec. 16, 2019 Government Accountability Office report finds that Air Force Special Operations Command "has had a difficult time coordinating with reserve force commanders and notifying reserve forces in a timely manner about what forces will be needed."
On Dec. 6, 2019 the Defense Department's acquisition office released its latest draft of the Cybersecurity Certification Maturity Model for contractors.

December 13, 2019

The Dec. 13, 2019 Congressional Research Service report discusses issues for lawmakers regarding the Navy's purchases of LPD-17 Flight II amphibious ships.