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September 19, 2019

On Sept. 19, 2019 Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John Sopko unveiled SIGAR's latest report -- "Reintegration of Ex-Combatants: Lessons from the U.S. Experience in Afghanistan" -- at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC. Also includes his prepared remarks.
The Sept. 6, 2019 acquisition rule details how the Navy could levy financial penalties against contractors for not meeting cybersecurity standards.

September 18, 2019

The Sept. 17, 2019 Congressional Budget Office report estimates the cost of the House-passed "United States-Israel Cooperation Enhancement and Regional Security Act."
On Sept. 18, 2019 Defense Secretary Mark Esper spoke at the Air Force Association's 2019 Air, Space and Cyber Conference.

September 17, 2019

On Sept. 16, 2019 AECOM filed several documents related to request that the Court of Federal Claims seek out the decision the Government Accountability Office would have issued on LOGCAP V. Those documents include redacted versions of the Source Selection Decision Document, SSAC Report and Debriefing Slides. (Editor's Note: This is a single, 43-megabyte document.)
The Sept. 16, 2019 Defense Department inspector general memo announces an investigation "to determine whether the Air Force adhered to DOD and Air Force systems engineering processes during the design and development of the KC-46A airborne tanker refueling boom."

September 16, 2019

On Sept. 16, Aug. 23 and July 8, 2019 Navistar Defense filed a series of legal complaints against the Army regarding the service's awarding Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles contracts to Oshkosh Defense.  
The February 2019 Defense Department chief management officer's document "support[s] implementation of the [National Defense Business Operations Plan], and improve[s] accountability within the department."
The Sept. 16, 2019 Government Accountability Office science and technology "spotlight" fact sheet describes the opportunities and challenges of developing and fielding hypersonic weapons.

September 13, 2019

On Sept. 12, 2019 the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced that the State Department "has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Morocco of additional F-16 ammunition for an estimated cost of $209 million" as well as "various TOW-2A missiles for an estimated cost of $776 million."
The Sept. 12, 2019 Office of Management and Budget memo "provides an enhanced approach for implementing the TIC initiative that provides agencies with increased flexibility to use modern security capabilities."  

September 12, 2019

On Sept. 12, 2019 the Air Force released an artificial intelligence strategy intended to focus the service's budget planning, adoption of data and commercial partnerships for a future in which AI-enabled capabilities transform the conduct of war.
On Sept. 12, 2019 the Senate Armed Services Committee held a hearing to consider the nominations of Ryan McCarthy to become Army secretary and Barbara Barrett to become Air Force secretary. Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-OK) opening statement McCarthy prepared testimony McCarthy answers to advance policy questions

September 11, 2019

In a Sept. 9, 2019 notice, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is seeking small contractors willing to "investigate orbit determination techniques suitable for tracking the emerging proliferated Low Earth Orbit (LEO) constellations without expanding or upgrading ground or space surveillance infrastructure."
The Sept. 10, 2019 Defense Department instruction "implements policy and assigns responsibilities for DOD planning and application of the national security exclusion (NSE) under agreements between the United States and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for implementation of IAEA safeguards."  

September 10, 2019

The Sept. 10, 2019 Government Accountability Office report finds that the Defense Department "has not fully implemented an open-source software pilot program and related Office of Management and Budget (OMB) requirements as mandated by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018."

September 09, 2019

The Sept. 9, 2019 Congressional Budget Office report estimates that enacting the House's version of the fiscal year 2020 defense authorization bill "would increase net direct spending by $6.2 billion over the 2020-2029 period. It also would increase revenues by $47 million over the same period. In total, enacting the act would increase the deficit by $6.1 billion."
In a redacted Aug. 28, 2019 decision, the Government Accountability Office denies a bid protest by Austal USA of a shipyard planning contract worth up to $931 million that was awarded to Huntington Ingalls Industries earlier that summer.
The Sept. 9, 2019 Government Accountability Office report finds that the Defense and State departments' "processes for reviewing proposed arms transfers are aligned with conventional arms transfer policy criteria and seek to ensure they are consistent with U.S. interests."