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October 15, 2018

The Oct. 14, 2018 memo "gives better granular details to the mission, functions and tasks for [the head of Naval Air Systems Command] to facilitate alignment to product-based requirements."
The Oct. 12, 2018 Congressional Research Service report -- originally obtained by Secrecy News -- states that "as a large defense program that involves issues of strategic and nuclear policy, as well as substantial expenditures, the B-21 is likely to be subject to significant congressional interest."
On Oct. 15, 2018 the chief executives of Harris and L3 Technologies briefed Wall Street analysts on the two companies' proposed merger.
On Oct. 10, 2018 the Defense Innovation Board held a meeting on Defense Department computer software practices. DIB Compute Environment DIB Detecting Agile BS DIB Do's and Don't of Software DIB Development Environment 2018

October 12, 2018

The Oct. 5, 2018 memo "[e]stablishes Department of the Navy (DON) policy to enable operational superiority in the Electromagnetic Battle Space (EMBS) by implementing an enterprise approach to all activities necessary for DON Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations (EMSO)."

October 11, 2018

In a Sept. 28, 2018 memo marked "for official use only," the Navy imposes more rigorous cybersecurity requirements on contractors to protect programs and technologies it deems "critical" following an incident earlier this year in which Chinese hackers reportedly stole sensitive submarine warfare data from a Navy contractor.
The Oct. 7, 2018 Congressional Research Service "In Focus" report -- originally obtained by Secrecy News -- finds that " the most recent 30-year aviation plan released in April 2018 is full of details on specific programs, including cancellations, life extensions, and new starts. Some are explicit; others, between the lines."
The Oct. 11, 2018 Government Accountability Office report finds that the Defense Department "has taken steps to achieve efficiencies in its document services, including implementing a transformation plan to consolidate existing Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Document Services facilities. However, GAO identified four areas where further gains may be possible."
On Sept. 20, 2018 Naval Air Systems Command held an industry day on "Physiological Monitoring/Alerting System for Aircrew." Physiological Monitoring Industry Day Brief PART 1 Physiological Monitoring Industry Day Brief PART 2 Physiological Monitoring Industry Day Brief PART 3

October 10, 2018

The Sept. 26, 2018 Defense Department report "demonstrates how DOD has kept its promise that every decision we make is focused on lethality and affordability."
The Oct. 10, 2018, Government Accountability Office report finds that the Air Force "faces management and readiness challenges in four interrelated areas."
On Oct. 10, 2018, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen Wilson (no relation), and Government Accountability Office Director for Defense Capabilities And Management John Pendleton testified before the Senate Armed Services readiness and management support subcommittee on Air Force readiness. Includes Wilson and Wilson's joint prepared testimony as well as Pendleton's prepared testimony.

October 09, 2018

In a Sept. 25, 2018 memo, Army acquisition executive Bruce Jette outlines the service's own guidance on using the rapid prototyping and fielding authority known as section 804.
The Oct. 9, 2018 Government Accountability Office report finds the Defense Department has developed an "entire generation" of weapon systems without adequately considering the cybersecurity of those platforms.
In an Oct. 4, 2018 broad agency announcement, the Navy seeks proposals for the design and testing of Armored Reconnaissance Vehicle technology demonstrators.

October 05, 2018

The Army last month released briefing slides from an industry day discussing the ability to produce new cannon-delivered projectiles as a replacement for cluster munitions. The slides include an overview of the service's artillery capability gaps, as well as the new requirements. Note: All the slides are available in MS Powerpoint format. Update of Artillery Area Effects

October 04, 2018

In a Sept. 19, 2018 memo, Pentagon Comptroller David Norquist approves the realignment of nearly $15 million for Army "environmental quality technology" funding, a Navy "optionally unmanned hydrographic survey launch" and more.

October 03, 2018

The Defense Department notice, slated for publication in the Federal Register Oct. 4, 2018, announces that the Pentagon will cancel a planned Oct. 10 meeting on a now-rescinded rule on performance-based payments and progress payments.
On Sept. 24, 2018 the Defense Department issued a new proposed rule that would no longer require the Pentagon to consider cost or price when issuing certain multiple-award task order contracts.
On Oct. 2, 2018 the National Institute of Standards and Technology released for comment the final draft of its risk-management framework on security and privacy issues, which integrates feedback received on past drafts and places further emphasis on supply-chain risk management.