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October 31, 2019

The Oct. 31, 2019 report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction finds that civilian casualties in that country "rose significantly during the quarter due to a high number of terrorist and insurgent attacks prior to the presidential elections that included the use of improved explosive devices (IEDs)."

October 30, 2019

The Oct. 30, 2019 Government Accountability Office report recommends that the Defense Department "should ensure the Air Force develops a comprehensive acquisition strategy for the Space [command and control] program."
On Oct. 29, 2019 the Marine Corps held an industry day "in support of the effort to integrate models and simulations for the purpose of Force Design within the Marine Corps."
The Oct. 25, 2019 request for information is part of a series of RFIs looking for more details on commercial launch, maneuver and transport capabilities that will help shape the Air Force's future launch requirements. 
On Oct. 29, 2019 Defense Department acquisition chief Ellen Lord and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program Executive Officer Lt. Gen. Eric Fick provided an F-35 program update and additional detail on the DOD and Lockheed Martin agreement regarding the production and delivery of F-35 lots 12 to 14.  

October 29, 2019

On Oct. 29, 2019 Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-OK) released a "skinny" version of the fiscal year 2020 defense authorization bill.
On Oct. 29, 2019 David Mosher, the Congressional Budget Office's assistant director for national security, gave a presentation at the Professional Services Council's Vision Conference 2019.
On Oct. 16, 2019 the Army Research Laboratory announced it, "together with the Algorithmic Warfare Cross-Functional Team (AWCFT or 'Project Maven') and the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC), are hosting the 3rd Annual DOD AI Industry Day on November 13, 2019 to discuss AI software prototyping activities and future industry participation."
On Oct. 29, 2019 the House Armed Services Committee's "Future of Defense Task Force" held a hearing on "Theories of Victory." Includes the opening statement of task force Co-Chair Seth Moulton (D-MA) as well as the prepared testimony of Michèle Flournoy from WestExec Advisors and Jim Talent from the Reagan Institute Task Force.
On Oct. 29, 2019 the Senate Armed Services Committee held a hearing on the nominations of Lisa Hershman to be the Defense Department's chief management officer, Dana Deasy to be DOD's chief information officer, and Robert Sander to be the Navy's general counsel.

October 28, 2019

At an Oct. 28-29, 2019 industry day, the Air Force reached out to industry suppliers who can provide data science support as part of a multiple-award, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract with a potential total value of up to $100 million to $500 million.
On Oct. 25, 2019 Defense Department officials gave a presentation to the Information and Communications Technology Supply Chain Risk Management Task Force, where they said DOD's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program will establish a "go/no-go decision" for Pentagon acquisition officials based on whether a contractor meets the specific certification requirements spelled out in a request for proposals.  
In an Oct. 28, 2019 memo, the Defense Department's inspector general plans to begin an evaluation the following month of how combatant commands are countering foreign adversaries' use of financial networks to harm the United States and its interests abroad.  
The August 2019 State Department report "assesses U.S. compliance with and adherence to arms control, nonproliferation, and disarmament agreements and related commitments in 2018, including Confidence- and Security-Building Measures (CSBMs), as well as the compliance and adherence in 2018 of other nations to arms control, nonproliferation, and disarmament agreements and commitments, including CSBMs and the Missile Technology Control Regime, to which the United States is a participating State."

October 25, 2019

In an Oct. 23, 2019 letter to Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL), acting White House Office of Management and Budget Director Russell Vought outlines the Trump administration's views on 10 of the committee's fiscal year 2020 defense spending bills, including the defense one.
The Oct. 4, 2019 joint doctrine document updates the June 15, 2015 version, "provides fundamental principles and guidance to plan, execute, and assess communications system support to joint operations" and includes new guidance for cyberspace operations.  
On Oct. 24, 2019 Navy Secretary Richard Spencer issued an updated "Strategic Vision, Goals and Implementation Guidance" as the service looks ahead to fiscal year 2020 and beyond.

October 24, 2019

The Oct. 22, 2019 letter, sent by Deputy Defense Secretary David Norquist to Daniel Levin, personal attorney to Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia Laura Cooper, highlights the Trump administration's position that the impeachment inquiry is invalid.  
The Oct. 23, 2019 Congressional Research Service "In Focus" report discusses "select issues" raised by the House and Senate fiscal year 2020 defense appropriations bills.
In an Oct. 23, 2019 "Defense Primer," the Congressional Research Service discusses emerging defense technologies including "artificial intelligence, lethal autonomous weapons, hypersonic weapons, directed-energy weapons, biotechnology, and quantum technology."  

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