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December 13, 2019

The Dec. 12, 2019 Congressional Research Service report discusses background and issues for lawmakers regarding multiyear procurement and block-buy contracting in defense acquisition.
The Dec. 12, 2019 Congressional Research Service report summarizes the recent meeting of leaders from NATO's 29 member states in London on Dec. 3-4, 2019.
In a Dec. 13, 2019 Federal Register notice, the Defense Department issued "a second interim rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to require offerors to represent annually whether they offer to the Government equipment, systems, or services that include covered telecommunications equipment or services."  

December 12, 2019

The December 2019 executive summary of a Defense Science Board report on homeland defense states that "neglecting the defense of the homeland is no longer a luxury that the United States can afford."  
In a Dec. 9, 2019 memo, the Defense Department inspector general's office announces it will conduct an audit "to determine whether DOD program management offices implemented software assurance countermeasures to mitigate or remediate the vulnerabilities found in DOD weapon system programs."

December 11, 2019

The Dec. 11, 2019 Congressional Budget Office report estimates that enacting the House and Senate fiscal year 2020 defense authorization conference bill "would increase the deficit by $5.6 billion."
The Dec. 11, 2019 Government Accountability Office report finds that the Missile Defense Agency "has recently increased its interaction with the intelligence community, but further collaboration could help MDA keep pace with evolving threats."
On Dec. 11, 2019 the House Armed Services intelligence and emerging threats and capabilities subcommittee held a hearing on climate change in the era of strategic competition.
In a Dec. 10, 2019 memo, the Defense Department inspector general's office announces it "has decided to conduct an evaluation of the use of U.S. military personnel and resources in support of security operations at the U.S. southern border."
On Dec. 10, 2019 Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord held a press briefing where she discussed the Defense Department's adaptive acquisition framework and other topics.
On Dec. 11, 2019 Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley jointly testified before the House Armed Services Committee on the situation in Syria. Also includes the opening statement of committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA).

December 10, 2019

The Dec. 9, 2019 memo from the Pentagon comptroller's office shifts $294 million between defense-wide operations and maintenance accounts.
The Dec. 9, 2019 memo from the Pentagon comptroller's office shifts $19.4 million within Cooperatove Threat Reduction Program accounts.
In a Nov. 6, 2019 memo, Pentagon research and engineering chief Mike Griffin calls on the Defense Science Board to conduct a study on vulnerabilities and opportunities regarding the Internet of Things.

December 09, 2019

On Dec. 9, 2019 House and Senate lawmakers concluded negotiations on the fiscal year 2020 defense authorization conference report. Includes a summary, the text of the full report as well as the joint explanatory statement. 
The Dec. 9, 2019 Defense Department instruction "establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and provides direction for managing the security of non-DOD information systems that process, store, or transmit unclassified nonpublic DOD information, including controlled unclassified information (CUI)."
The Dec. 9, 2019 Government Accountability Office report examines the Defense Department's use of Federally Funded Research and Development Centers.
In a Dec. 6, 2019 memo, acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly outlines his priorities as the service's interim top civilian and sets a deadline, Jan. 15, 2020, to unveil the results of the latest force structure assessment that could affect the Navy's stated goal of 355 ships.

December 06, 2019

In a Dec. 5, 2019 letter to House and Senate leadership, the Aerospace Industries Association calls on lawmakers to swiftly reach final agreement on the fiscal year 2020 spending bills before the current continuing resolution expires on Dec. 20, 2019.
The Dec. 4, 2019 Defense Department instruction "delegates the authorities of the secretary of defense to approve, negotiate, and conclude international agreements."

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