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June 04, 2020

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.

June 03, 2020

In a May 29, 2020 draft environmental impact statement, the Army Corps of Engineers says the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Ft. Benning, GA, is proposing to develop a "Heavy Off-Road Mounted Maneuver Training Area" of at least 2,400 acres to train forces under the Army's new "cross-domain movement and maneuver" training strategy.
The June 3, 2020 Government Accountability Office report discusses the Pentagon's major defense acquisition programs.
In a June 2, 2020 memo, Defense Secretary Mark Esper discusses the Pentagon's "continued support to civil authorities."

June 02, 2020

The June 2, 2020 Congressional Budget Office report "examines two options for establishing a Space National Guard to support active component Space Force personnel, estimating the additional costs beyond those incurred for existing Air and Army National Guard units that have space-related missions."
The June 1, 2020 Congressional Research Service "Insight" report discusses the "FCC-approved Ligado network and potential technical issues for DOD use of GPS."
The June 1, 2020 Congressional Research Service "In Focus" report discusses China's engagement with countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

June 01, 2020

The May 20, 2020 Defense Department reprogramming memo signed by acting Pentagon Comptroller Elaine McCusker shifts nearly $2.9 billion among various accounts to pay for COVID-19 activities.
The June 1, 2020 Government Accountability Office report makes three recommendations to the Defense Department "to inventory [Internet Protocol]-compliant devices, estimate transition costs, and assess risks to develop more realistic transition plans and proactively address potential threats."

May 30, 2020

On May 29, 2020 the Defense Department sent Congress a detailed spending plan for the $10.5 billion it has been provided to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 29, 2020

On May 22, 2020 the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, backed by the Defense Department, petitions the Federal Communications Commission to stay and reconsider the Ligado decision.
In a May 28, 2020 letter to Defense Secretary Mark Esper, Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) led several lawmakers, including Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT), expressing concern that the Defense Department has only spent 23% of the money Congress allocated in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.
In a May 29, 2020 Federal Register notice, the Army "announces the availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Heavy Off-Road Mounted Maneuver Training Area (HOMMTA) at Ft. Benning, GA."
On May 29, 2020 the Defense Department published a final rule setting forth DOD's "policies and processes governing the issuance and use of guidance documents."
In a May 22, 2020 letter to the Defense Department, the Professional Services Council sends comments about draft guidance issued earlier that month related to implementing Section 3610 of the CARES Act, which is meant to provide reimbursement for contractors unable to work because of the coronavirus outbreak.

May 28, 2020

In a May 27, 2020 request for information, the Missile Defense Agency announces it "is conducting market research to determine industry interest and capability to meet emerging requirements for Long Range Discrimination Radar (LRDR) in Clear, AK."
In a May 11, 2020 request for information, the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Philadelphia Division, announces it is planning to issue a solicitation in August to partner with a consortium capable of providing a range of different technologies for "maritime sustainment."
The May 26, 2020 Navy memo "provides policy updates on three key areas contained in SECNAV M-5239.2 impacting the Department of the Navy Cyber Workforce transition: position description, continuous learning requirements, and proficiency levels."
The May 2020 Government Accountability Office "Science & Tech Spotlight" document discusses quantum technologies.

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