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June 09, 2020

In a June 9, 2020 letter to President Trump, House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Mac Thornberry (R-TX) and 21 other committee Republicans call on the president to reject reported proposals to reduce U.S. force posture in Germany by 9,500 personnel and further restrict the number of troops permitted in Germany at one time to 25,000. 
The June 9, 2020 Government Accountability Office report finds that the National Nuclear Security Administration "needs to incorporate additional management controls over its microelectronics activities."
In a June 9, 2020 notice, the Army's product manager for soldier precision targeting devices announces a two-day virtual industry conference to discuss its portfolio.
In a June 9, 2020 letter to Congress, the Trump administration details U.S. military counterterrorism operations around the world.
In a June 9, 2020 memo, the Trump administration calls for the development and execution of "a polar security icebreaking fleet acquisition program that supports our national interests in the Arctic and Antarctic regions."
The March 2020 report from the Pentagon's cost analysis and program evaluation office provides a summary of the office's accomplishments to date.

June 08, 2020

On June 8, 2020 the Army released answers to industry questions regarding the draft request for proposals for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle.  JLTV Questions & Answers Part 1 JLTV Questions & Answers Part 2
The April 22, 2020 report submitted to Congress and publicly released the following June "assesses the feasibility, affordability, and advisability for the U.S. Air Force to contract commercial air refueling services to augment the Air Force's current tanker fleet."
In a June 8, 2020 letter, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA), strategic forces subcommittee Chairman Jim Cooper (D-TN), Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-NY), energy and water subcommittee Chairwoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), and defense subcommittee Chairman Pete Visclosky (D-IN) seek answers from Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette on the Trump administration's recent proposal to resume nuclear testing.
The June 5, 2020 Defense Department instruction "establishes policies, assigns responsibilities, and prescribes procedures for managing the [Full-Time Support] program in the Reserve Components (RCs)."

June 05, 2020

In a June 2, 2020 letter to Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett, Georgia Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler call on the service to submit an overdue report on the Advanced Battle Management System.
On June 3, 2020 the Air Force released a request for information to start inquiring about industry's capabilities to inform development of an acquisition strategy for future Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) ISR/Strike capabilities. 
In a June 5, 2020 Federal Register notice, the Defense Department issued a new rule raising the threshold for requiring a justification and approval to award a sole-source contract from $22 million to $100 million. 
On June 3, 2020 Joseph Evans, the Defense Department's technical director for 5G in the Pentagon's for research and engineering office, held a briefing where he announced that seven military installations have been selected to host 5G communications technology testing and experimentation. 
On June 4, 2020 the Missile Defense Agency published a notice of its plans to award a $9.9 million, 15-month contract to Raytheon's Albuquerque, NM, business for a new Microwave Technology Testbed to mature directed-energy technologies that could be used to thwart hypersonic glide vehicles and cruise missiles.
The Justification and Approval document signed May 13, 2020 by Air Force acquisition chief William Roper provides insight into a recent sole-source award to Northrop Grumman that increased the company's contract to develop the first two polar-orbit, Next-Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared System satellites.

June 04, 2020

In a June 4, 2020 letter to House and Senate Armed Services committee leadership, American Federation of Government Employees Legislative Director Alethea Predeoux identifies 12 priority issues for consideration in the fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill.
The June 4, 2020 Defense Department directive designates the Air Force secretary as the executive agent for Joint Cyber Command and Control.
The June 2, 2020 Defense Department inspector general's report "developed a list of best practices and lessons learned that DOD officials should consider following to minimize opportunities for fraud, waste, and abuse in awarding and overseeing the large amount of contracts needed to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic."
In a June 3, 2020 letter to Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) expresses concern regarding the use of military forces in response to peaceful protestors in the District of Columbia.