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October 26, 2018

The Oct. 25, 2018 report authored by research firm SOS International under contract to the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission finds that the Chinese government's involvement in and manipulation of emerging Internet of Things technologies, both through investments and espionage, pose a risk to U.S. national security and economic interests.

October 25, 2018

The Oct. 1, 2018 memo outlines a Defense Science Board summer study that will "develop creative ways and means beyond traditional weapon systems to achieve National Defense Strategy objectives."
In an Oct. 25, 2018 request for information, the Air Force announces it is "conducting market research analysis in support of an anticipated experiment using a high-energy laser (HEL) or high-power microwave (HPM) to conduct precision airborne offensive strike and aircraft defense against surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) or air-to-air missiles (AAMs)."

October 24, 2018

On Oct. 24, 2018 the Navy published its business operations plan for fiscal years 2019 through 2021.
The Oct. 19, 2018 Navy instruction outlines a process "for rapidly fielding material solutions to address gaps against fielded or nearly fielded threat capabilities."
In an Oct. 22, 2018 letter, Reps. Steve Womack (R-AR) and Tom Cole (R-OK) ask the Defense Department inspector general's office to investigate the development of the requirements and the request for proposal process for the Pentagon's Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud program.

October 23, 2018

The Oct. 23, 2018 Congressional Budget Office report "analyzes how the Defense Department's (DOD's) funding for military conflicts has changed over time and how the separate budgetary treatment of that funding affects perceptions of DOD's spending and the anticipated costs of DOD's plans."
In a recently filed congressional response to a July "omnibus" reprogramming document, defense lawmakers approve the lion's share of the Pentagon's request to shift billions of dollars in existing funds toward new and emerging priorities.
The Oct. 23, 2018 Government Accountability Office report finds that "that the military services have realized financial and nonfinancial benefits from using [intergovernmental support agreements] with local or state governments to obtain installation services such as waste removal, grounds maintenance, and stray animal control."

October 22, 2018

The October 2018 document "details the U.S. Army's major weapon systems and equipment programs, as well as our Science and Technology initiatives." Army's 2018 weapon systems handbook (39MB)
The September 2019 Air Combat Command document "reemphasizes and further details ACC's three interdependent priorities: diligently pursue squadron readiness, build leaders, and bring the future faster."

October 18, 2018

The Oct. 18, 2018 Congressional Budget Office report "analyzes the Navy's fiscal year 2019 shipbuilding plan and estimates the costs of implementing it."
The Oct. 16, 2018 Congressional Research Service report -- originally obtained by Secrecy News -- "highlights selected personnel-related issues [in the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act] that may generate high levels of congressional and constituent interest."

October 17, 2018

On Oct. 17, 2018 the Defense Department's Project Maven team and its new Joint Artificial Intelligence Center announced plans to hold an industry day the following Nov. 28 to discuss five key areas in AI for the military.
The Sept. 20, 2018 Defense Department document -- marked "pre-decisional/for official use only" -- proposes standing up a new Space Development Agency.
In an Oct. 17, 2018 request for information, Naval Sea Systems Command seeks input from industry on its proposed medium unmanned surface vehicle.
On Oct. 17, 2018, Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) introduced bipartisan legislation that would stop all military sales and aid to Saudi Arabia unless the State Department determines that the Saudi regime had nothing to do with Khashoggi's disappearance.
The Oct. 16, 2018 Office of Management and Budget memo calls on federal agencies and departments to send feedback on the Federal Data Strategy.

October 16, 2018

In an Oct. 9, 2018 memo to senior Pentagon officials, Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord increases oversight of developmental weapon programs for which the military seeks to use a new rapid prototyping authority granted by Congress.
The Oct. 10, 2018 memo signed by Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney consists of a report on the enacted fiscal year 2019 minibus appropriations bill that includes defense spending legislation that contains "the 0MB and Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates of discretionary new budget authority provided by the legislation and an explanation of any differences between the two estimates." 

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