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August 31, 2020

In an Aug. 31, 2020 broad agency announcement, the Air Force Research Laboratory seeks white papers on existing and emerging technologies that can help ground and aerial surveillance platforms detect electronic intelligence signals.
The undated document -- provided to Inside Defense in response to a Freedom of Information Act request -- includes written answers to questions taken for the record from the Senate Armed Services Committee to then-Vice Adm. Michael Gilday as part of his July 2019 nomination hearing to become chief of naval operations.
The Aug. 31, 2020 Defense Department inspector general's report determined whether "DOD's transfer to the Government of Ukraine of military equipment requiring enhanced end-use monitoring (EEUM), including Javelin missiles, Javelin Command Launch Units, and night vision devices (NVDs), was in accordance with law and DOD guidance."
On Aug. 28, 2020 the Defense Department released a list of Chinese companies "operating directly or indirectly in the United States in accordance with the statutory requirement of Section 1237 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1999, as amended." Tranche 1 (released in June 2020) Tranche 2 (released in August 2020) 

August 28, 2020

The Aug. 25, 2020 Congressional Research Service "In Focus" report discusses the national security challenges of deep fakes.

August 27, 2020

The Aug. 25, 2020 Congressional Research Service "In Focus" report discusses Joint All Domain Command and Control.

August 26, 2020

The Aug. 25, 2020 Congressional Research Service report discusses the renewal of great power competition and its implications for U.S. defense policy.
The August 2020 Air Force Special Operations Command document -- marked "for official use only" -- details the command's top areas of interest over the next 20 years.

August 25, 2020

The Aug. 25, 2020 Congressional Budget Office report "examined what the costs would be if the New START Treaty expired in February 2021 and the United States increased its nuclear forces to the levels specified in the Moscow, START II, or START I treaties, considering two approaches for each."
In an undated 2020 justification and approval document, a Navy-led tiger team details its reasons for extending a contract with Systecon North America for consulting services as it finalizes the JPO's assessment and response to Lockheed Martin's proposal for a five-year performance-based logistics sustainment deal the company says could save the program about $1 billion.

August 24, 2020

The Aug. 24, 2020 a Naval Information Warfare Systems Command request for information seeks to "determine the demand signal (market demand) for potential proprietary LPI/LPD waveforms that may be considered for future government contracts."
The Aug. 21, 2020 Defense Department instruction "establishes and implements policy, assigns responsibilities, prescribes procedures for DOD [science, technology, engineering and mathematics] education programs and activities, and encourages STEM engagement throughout the DOD."
In an Aug. 24, 2020 Federal Register notice, the Defense Department and other agencies release a potential rule that would "implement a section of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, which requires, when acquiring equipment, a case-by-case analysis of cost and other factors associated with certain methods of acquisition, including purchase, short-term rental or lease, long-term rental or lease, interagency acquisition, and, if applicable, acquisition agreements with a State or local government."

August 21, 2020

The Aug. 21, 2020 Congressional Research Service "In Focus" report discusses world geography and its influence on U.S. strategy, "which in turn helps shape the design of U.S. military forces."
The Aug. 21, 2020 Congressional Research Service "In Focus" report discusses the U.S. military's use of the electromagnetic spectrum.
The Aug. 20, 2020 Congressional Research Service report discusses "the evolution and current state of Russian military doctrine and strategy."

August 20, 2020

In an Aug. 20, 2020 Pentagon briefing, Defense Department acquisition chief Ellen Lord discusses a DOD report to Congress on the implementation of Defense Science Board recommendations on defense system software as well as the Pentagon's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Aug. 17, 2020 Defense Department memo signed by acting Principal Director for Defense Pricing and Contracting Kim Herrington mandates that "contracting officers shall follow the guidance provided in this class deviation when reviewing and processing contractor requests for reimbursement under section 3610 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act."  
The Aug. 17, 2020 Defense Department memo signed by acting Principal Director for Defense Pricing and Contracting Kim Herrington "reiterate[s] the statement that reimbursements under section 3610 are subject to the availability of funds and change the start date of the time period for which paid leave must be taken to be eligible for reimbursement under Section 3610."
The April 2020 Defense Department report details the Pentagon's implementation of the Defense Science Board's recommendations on software.

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