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October 16, 2019

On Oct. 16, 2019 the Army released the latest version of the service's modernization strategy, focusing on a multidomain force in 2035 and expanding on the first version published the previous year.
In an Oct. 15, 2019 letter sent to lawmakers and signed by Robert Hood, the assistant secretary of defense for legislative affairs, the Defense Department will not comply with a subpoena from House committees seeking information related to an impeachment inquiry into President Trump and the decision to withhold U.S. military aid to Ukraine.

October 15, 2019

In an Oct. 10, 2019 memo, Defense Secretary Mark Esper writes that "it is incumbent on commanders and leaders at all levels to instill in their units the proficiency and discipline needed to fight and win in future conflicts."
The Oct. 3, 2019 Defense Department joint doctrine document "provides fundamental principles and guidance to plan, execute, and assess joint land operations."
In an Oct. 10, 2019 reprogramming memo, acting Pentagon Comptroller Elaine McCusker approves shifting $1.6 billion to a special account that funds the Columbia-class submarine.
The Oct. 15, 2019 Defense Department instruction "establishes policy and assigns responsibilities for managing the Defense-wide collection and sharing of supplier and product PI reported on supplies and services."  

October 11, 2019

The Oct. 11, 2019 Congressional Research Service report discusses background and issues for lawmakers regarding the Open Skies Treaty.
On Oct. 11, 2019 Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley briefed reporters at the Pentagon about U.S. troop movements in Syria and Saudi Arabia.
The March 14, 2014 Defense Department instruction -- reissued Oct. 7, 2019 -- updates "the description of cyberspace defense," requires "cybersecurity scorecard reporting," and mandates that "systems processing controlled unclassified information (CUI) be categorized at no less than the moderate confidentiality impact level."

October 10, 2019

The Oct. 9, 2019 Congressional Research Service report discusses Iran's nuclear weapons program.
The Oct. 9, 2019 Congressional Research Service "Defense Primer" discusses U.S. ballistic missile defense programs.

October 09, 2019

The Oct. 9, 2019 Defense Department manual "describes procedures for the DOD supply chain materiel management processes dealing with sourcing and acquiring materiel [and] establishes the DOD Integrated Materiel Management Committee (IMMC)."
On Oct. 7, 2019 the Air Force awarded the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology a $93 million contract to provide facilities at its military training range where the service can develop operational cyber and electronic warfare capabilities in an "austere environment." The following day, the Air Force released a justification and approval document citing the reasons why the institute was the only one who should get the award.

October 08, 2019

On Oct. 8, 2019, House Armed Service Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-A), House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-NY), Senate Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Jack Reed (D-RI) and Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-NJ) sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper opposing withdrawal from the Open Skies Treaty.
The Oct. 8, 2019 Congressional Budget Office report "estimates that the total shipbuilding budget would average $31 billion per year, one-third more than the Navy estimates. The plan would require an increase of more than 50% compared with recent shipbuilding budgets."
On Oct. 4, 2019 the Army released separate requests for information for "Intel Apps" on "Collection Management" and "CI-HUMINT."

October 07, 2019

In an Oct. 7, 2019 letter to Defense Secretary Mark Esper, the chairmen of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Oversight and Reform and Foreign Affairs committees say they are "investigating the extent to which President Trump jeopardized national security by pressing Ukraine to interfere with our 2020 election and by withholding military assistance provided by Congress to help Ukraine counter Russian aggression, as well as any efforts to cover up these matters."
In an Oct. 7, 2019 letter to Defense Secretary Mark Esper, the chairmen of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Oversight and Reform and Foreign Affairs committees say they are "investigating the extent to which President Trump jeopardized national security by pressing Ukraine to interfere with our 2020 election and by withholding military assistance provided by Congress to help Ukraine counter Russian aggression, as well as any efforts to cover up these matters."
In an Oct. 7, 2019 memo, the Defense Department inspector general's office announces it will conduct an external peer review of the Defense Logistics Agency Audit Organization.
In an Oct. 1, 2019 reprogramming action, acting Pentagon Comptroller Elaine McCusker announces the shifting of $11.8 million from the defense-wide counter-drug activities line item to Army counter-drug accounts.

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