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March 03, 2020

On March 3, 2020 the Senate Armed Services readiness and management support subcommittee held a hearing on U.S. policy and posture in support of Arctic readiness. Includes the prepared testimony of acting Deputy Under Secretary Of Defense For Policy James Anderson and U.S. Northern Command chief Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy.
On March 3, 2020 the House Appropriations defense subcommittee held a hearing on the fiscal year 2021 National Guard and reserve forces budget. Includes the prepared testimony of Marine Forces Reserve chief Lt. Gen. David Bellon, National Guard Bureau Chief Gen. Joseph Lengyel, Army Reserve chief Lt. Gen. Charles Luckey, Navy Reserve chief Vice Adm.
The March 3, 2020 Government Acccountability Office report finds that the National Nuclear Security Administration's modernization efforts "would benefit from a portfolio management approach."
On March 3, 2020 acting Air Force Under Secretary Shon Manasco, Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen Wilson and U.S. Space Force Vice Commander Lt. Gen. David Thompson submitted joint testimony to the House Armed Services readiness subcommittee on the Space Force's fiscal year 2021 budget request.
The March 2020 Air Force Special Operations Command document presents "three focus areas to empower and enable AFSOC's human capital -- officers, enlisted, and civil servants alike -- to meet the needs of the Nation."
On March 3, 2020 Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy and Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville testified before the House Armed Services Committee on their fiscal year 2021 budget request.
On March 3, 2020 Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett and Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee on their fiscal year 2021 budget request. Includes their prepared testimony as well as the opening statements of committee Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and Ranking Member Jack Reed (D-RI).

March 02, 2020

In a Feb. 24, 2020 letter to Congressional Budget Office Director Phillip Swagel, Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) warns CBO may overestimate costs of U.S. nuclear forces in an upcoming assessment that could taint the agency's objectivity in major policy debates over controversial programs like the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent.
The March 2, 2020 Congressional Research Service "In Focus" report discusses the rules governing direct commercial sales for defense contractors.
The Feb. 28, 2020 Congressional Research Service "In Focus" report discusses the Defense Department's new U.S. antipersonnel landmine use policy.
The Feb. 28, 2020 Navy instruction "establishes the Department of the Navy policies and assigned responsibilities for military whistleblower protection."

February 28, 2020

In a Jan. 6, 2020 memo, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy calls on the Army Science Board to provide an independent assessment of the service's information assurance capabilities.
The Feb. 28, 2020 Government Accountability Office report "reviewed the RAND and Air Force reports on the Ready Aircrew Program, assessed the study against generally accepted research standards, and interviewed officials at RAND, Air Force Headquarters, and the Air Combat Command."
The Feb. 28, 2020 Government Accountability Office report "provides information on (1) excess humvees requested and approved during fiscal years 2012 through 2018 and (2) how the humvee manufacturer's perspectives on the proposed transfers have been addressed by DOD as part of the determination of any adverse industrial base effects."

February 27, 2020

The Feb. 27, 2020 Government Accountability Office report finds that "past U.S. involvement improved Russian nuclear material security, but little is known about current conditions."
On Feb. 27, 2020 the House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee held a hearing on aviation programs in the Air Force's FY-21 budget request.
On Feb. 27, 2020 the House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee received testimony from acting Under Secretary of Defense for Policy James Anderson; Gen. John Raymond, head of U.S. Space Command; and Adm. Charles Richard, head of U.S. Strategic Command.
On Feb. 27, 2020 acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael Gilday and Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger submitted joint testimony to the House Armed Services Committee on their fiscal year 2021 budget request.  
The Jan. 25, 2020 Defense Department inspector general's report determined "whether the Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) planned and executed military information support operations (MISO) in accordance with joint doctrine, and coordinated its OIR messaging efforts and planned the transition of its messaging responsibilities with allies, the host nation, and the U.S. Department of State (DOS)."

February 26, 2020

In a Feb. 26, 2020 letter to Pentagon Chief Information Officer Dana Deasy, Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) emphasizes the need to utilize proper cybersecurity measures and monitoring, including on commercial cloud-computing platforms and open-source software.

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