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July 03, 2019

In a July 3, 2019 letter, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and other key Republican senators urge the Trump administration to abandon plans for a yearlong stopgap spending measure, or continuing resolution, should budget negotiations with Democrats fail.
In December 2019, the Air Force announced via a Federal Business Opportunities notice and statement of objectives that it is pursuing a Rapid Technology Development and Demonstration Program to develop new sensor systems that assist in command-and-control and battlespace awareness.
The July 1, 2019 White House letter delineates where "$4.6 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2019 emergency funding for humanitarian assistance and security at the southern border" would go.

July 02, 2019

In a June 26, 2019 notice, the Defense Department's Rapid Reaction Technology Office announced it will host a meeting in "late summer" or "early fall" in northern Virginia on behalf of the fledgling Joint Artificial Intelligence Center where select companies can make pitches to be considered for potential pilot projects and experiments as part of a major cyber initiative.

July 01, 2019

On June 28, 2019 the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Strategic Technology Office announced plans to host the Alpha Dogfight Trials, a demonstration of artificial intelligence (AI) dogfighting algorithms.
On June 5, 2019 the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Strategic Technology Office issued a broad agency announcement calling for "innovative proposals for the Air Combat Evolution (ACE) program."
On June 29, 2019, Adebayo Adedeji, an analyst in the Congressional Budget Office's National Security Division, presented at the Annual Conference of the Western Economic Association International.

June 28, 2019

The June 28, 2019 Government Accountability Office report "found no significant examples of fragmentation, overlap, or duplication at the [Defense Department] inspector general offices we looked at."
In a June 28, 2019 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 2018 that requires the use of reliability and maintainability sustainment factors in weapon system design."
On June 28, 2019 the Defense Department inspector general released a report that "reviewed the system of quality control for the United States Special Operations Command, Office of the Inspector General (USSOCOM OIG), Audit Division in effect for the period January 1, 2016, through December 31, 2018."
The June 28, 2019 Congressional Budget Office report estimates the cost of a Senate Homeland Security Committee bill that would "require the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to establish a program to train federal employees to identify and defend against counterintelligence threats to the federal supply chain."

June 27, 2019

The June 26, 2019 Congressional Budget Office report estimates the cost of the House version of the fiscal year 2020 defense authorization bill.  
The June 26, 2019 Congressional Research Service report discusses the differences between the House and Senate Armed Services committees' fiscal year 2020 defense authorization bills.
The June 27, 2019 Government Accountability Office report recommends the Defense Department "regularly assess how its contract financing policies affect industry."
In a June 26, 2019 memo drafted by Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Development Mike Griffin, the Defense Department identifies Ft. Drum, NY, as its preferred location for a continental United States interceptor site, even though DOD does not currently have a requirement for an East Coast interceptor site and has "no intent to develop one."

June 26, 2019

On June 26, 2019 Naval Sea Systems Command released the Naval Power and Energy Systems Technology Development Roadmap (NPES-TDR) "providing an evolutionary strategy to meet future weapon and sensor systems power requirements."
On June 26, 2019 NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg held a briefing with reporters ahead of the meetings of NATO defense ministers in Brussels.
The June 25, 2019 Congressional Research Service report discusses the Navy's Large Unmanned Surface Vehicles (LUSVs), Medium Unmanned Surface Vehicles (MUSVs) and Extra-Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicles (XLUUVs).  
The June 25, 2019 Office of Management and Budget memo updates and extends the Data Center Optimization Initiative.  

June 25, 2019

The June 19, 2019 Congressional Record entry has a full list of the 93 bipartisan amendments included in the manager's package of the Senate Armed Services Committee's version of the fiscal year 2020 defense authorization bill.

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