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May 21, 2021

The May 3, 2021 memo outlines the Air Force's transition to digital acquisition.

May 20, 2021

The May 20, 2021 Congressional Budget Office's update of its 2016 primer on the structure of the U.S. military "describes the size, functions, and operation and support costs of every major element of the armed forces."
On May 20, 2021 the House Armed Services cyber, innovative technologies and information systems subcommittee held a hearing on the Defense Department's fiscal year 2022 science and technology programs.
On May 20, 2021 the Senate Armed Services Committee held a hearing on "the transition of all United States and Coalition forces from Afghanistan and its implications." Includes the joint prepared testimony of Brig. Gen.
In a May 18, 2021 letter to President Biden, Maine Sens. Susan Collins (R) and Angus King (I) and Reps. Jared Golden (D) and Chellie Pingree (D) express concerns that the administration's request for only one DDG-51 destroyer in its fiscal year 2022 budget would harm the industrial base and send the wrong message to China.
In a May 20, 2021 Federal Register notice, the Defense Department "is proposing to amend the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to implement a section of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 that establishes a requirement for use of the best available information regarding past performance of subcontractors and joint venture partners when awarding DOD contracts for construction and architect-engineer services."

May 19, 2021

On May 19, 2021 the Senate Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee held a hearing on the National Nuclear Security Administration's "atomic defense activities and programs in review of the Defense Authorization Request for Fiscal Year 2022 and Future Years Defense Program." Includes the prepared testimony of NNSA Deputy Administrator for Naval Reactors Adm.
On May 19, 2021 Senate Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Richard Shelby (R-AL) and Senate Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Jim Inhofe (R-OK) have introduced an amendment that, if adopted, would require defense and non-defense parity across all budget resolutions, reconciliation bills, and appropriations legislation.
On May 18, 2021 the Army released for public review and comment the programmatic environmental assessment, draft finding of no significant impact, and draft finding of no practicable alternative for the proposed fielding of the Maneuver-Short Range Air Defense Capability (M-SHORAD) at six installations in the continental United States.
In a May 19, 2021 letter to acting Air Force Secretary John Roth and Chief of Space Operations Gen. John Raymond, 24 House lawmakers call for the reinstatement of the commander of the 11th Space Missile Warning Squadron at Buckley Air Force Base, CO.

May 18, 2021

On May 18, 2021 the House Armed Services readiness and seapower and projection forces subcommittees held a joint hearing on the "Posture and Readiness of the Mobility Enterprise." Includes the prepared testimony of U.S. Transportation Command chief Gen. Stephen Lyons and Lucinda Lessley, deputy administrator of the  U.S.
On May 18, 2021 the Senate Armed Services cyber subcommittee held a hearing on "Cybersecurity of the Defense Industrial Base." Includes the prepared testimony of Navy Rear Adm. William Chase, deputy principal cyber adviser to the defense secretary and director of the Protecting Critical Technology Task Force, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Policy Jesse Salazar.
On May 18, 2021 the Senate Armed Services Committee held a hearing on Gen. Paul LaCamera's nomination to become head of U.S. Forces Korea. Includes LaCamera's answers to advance policy questions as well as the opening statements of committee Chairman Jack Reed (D-RI) and Ranking Member Jim Inhofe (R-OK).
In a May 13, 2021 letter to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Samantha Power, the National Defense Industrial Association, the Professional Services Council and the International Stability Operations Association listed their concerns regarding a lack of collaboration between the U.S. government and industry on the military drawdown from Afghanistan.
In a May 17, 2021 memo, the Defense Department inspector general announces it plans to restart an evaluation "to determine whether U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM) and U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) established and followed targeting procedures in the USAFRICOM area of responsibility to reduce civilian casualties (CIVCAS) and collateral damage."
On May 18, 2021 the House Foreign Affairs Committee held a hearing on the "U.S.-Afghanistan Relationship Following the Military Withdrawal." Includes the prepared testimony of Zalmay Khalilzad, special representative on Afghanistan reconciliation at the State Department, and Karen Freeman, acting assistant administrator for Asia at the U.S. Agency for International Development.

May 17, 2021

On May 17, 2021 the Congressional Research Service issued an updated "In Focus" report on "Chinese Nuclear and Missile Proliferation."
The Nov. 16, 2020 Defense Business Board report examines "the designated roles and missions of the Defense Logistics Agency and Defense Information Systems Agency."
The Nov. 16, 2020 Defense Business Board report is an assessment of "how the audit data and analytics is used in the DOD and an examination of how private industry uses data from financial statements, transactions, and performance to inform decision-making."

May 14, 2021

The May 13, 2021 Congressional Research Service "In Focus" report discusses the Marine Corps' Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicle program.

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