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March 01, 2021

On March 1, 2021 the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence approved a final report that covers a broad range of opportunities and challenges associated with AI, but approaches most of its findings and recommendations through the lens of competition with China.
The Feb. 25, 2021 Defense Department reprogramming action shifts nearly $2.5 million into the Innovative Readiness Training Civil Military Programs account.

February 26, 2021

The Feb. 26, 2021 Government Accountability Office report finds the Defense Department "can better leverage existing contested mobility studies and improve training."
In a Feb. 26, 2021 Federal Register notice, the Missile Defense Agency announces plans to "Reopen Public Scoping for the Homeland Defense Radar in Hawaii Environmental Impact Statement" and offers the public a chance to comment on the revised proposal through April 12, 2021.
In a Feb. 25, 2021 letter, Sens. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) implore Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to extend Section 3610 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. 
In a Feb. 25, 2021 letter, nearly a dozen associations call on congressional leaders to extend Section 3610, a provision in COVID-19 relief legislation that allowed reimbursement for contractors who keep their employees in a "ready state."

February 25, 2021

In a Feb. 24, 2021 executive order, President Biden calls for, among other things, an in-depth, one-year review of the defense industrial base. Other sectors, like energy, transportation, and information technology, will also be reviewed.
The Feb. 25, 2021 Defense Department inspector general's report "summarize[es] in terms understandable to non‑auditors the purpose, findings, and potential benefits of the DOD's financial statement audits."
The updated Feb. 18, 2021 Army regulation "provides policy for the management and execution of Army security assistance and international logistics support programs."
On Feb. 25, 2021 the Senate Armed Services Committee held a hearing on Defense Department support to the COVID-19 response. Includes the opening statement of committee Chairman Jack Reed (D-RI) as well as the joint prepared testimony of acting Pentagon acquisition chief Stacy Cummings and acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Global Security Robert Salesses plus Gen.

February 24, 2021

On Feb. 24, 2021 the House Appropriations defense subcommittee held a hearing on future defense spending. Includes the opening statement of subcommittee Chairwoman Betty McCollum (D-MN) as well as the prepared testimony of Elizabeth Field from the Government Accountability Office.
The Feb. 24, 2021 Congressional Research Service "In Focus" report discusses integrated air defense systems IADS and military ranges.
The Feb. 23, 2021 Congressional Research Service report discusses the Navy's Virginia-class nuclear-powered attack submarine program.
The Feb. 23, 2021 Congressional Research Service "In Focus" report "describes the National Guard, relevant mechanisms for its activation, certain legal considerations, and aspects of its use to provide law enforcement support in Washington, DC."
The Feb. 22, 2021 Congressional Research Service report "provides general background information and data for Congress on the levels of Department of Defense (DOD) military servicemembers and DOD-funded contractor personnel deployed in support of prior and ongoing military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan."

February 23, 2021

On Feb. 22, 2021 the Air Force Research Laboratory released a call for proposals inviting companies to participate in a new "off board sensing station" attritable aircraft variant program focused on reducing life-cycle and maintenance needs. Includes a broad agency announcement and a statement of objectives.
In a Feb. 19, 2021 reprogramming action, the Defense Department shifts nearly $1.5 billion from the Navy's shipbuilding and conversion fund to the National Sea-Based Deterrence Fund.
On Feb. 23, 2021 the Senate Armed Services Committee held a hearing on emerging technologies and their impact on national security.

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