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July 29, 2020

The July 29, 2020 Government Accountability Office report "describes, among other objectives, key characteristics of federal contracting obligations awarded in response to the COVID-19 pandemic," including by the Defense Department.

July 28, 2020

On July 28, 2020 the Senate Armed Services Committee held a hearing on the nominations of Air Force Lt. Gen. Glen VanHerck to become head of U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command and Army Lt. Gen. James Dickinson to become chief of U.S. Space Command.
The July 28, 2020 report authored by officials from the Air Force Research Laboratory, Defense Innovation Unit and the Space Force, points to uncertainty around how well and how quickly industry will recover from the COVID-19 pandemic's effects.
On July 28, 2020 Senate Republicans released their $1 trillion "HEALS Act" proposal for a fourth round of COVID-19 legislation that includes $11 billion for defense contractor eimbursements, as well as billions more for the Defense Department to purchase new weapon systems.
On July 28, 2020 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper hosted hosted their Australian counterparts for the 30th Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations.

July 27, 2020

In a July 24, 2020 letter, the National Defense Industrial Association, along with seven other industry associations, urges congressional leadership for funding and an extension to Section 3610 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. 
The July 27, 2020 Congressional Research Service "Insight" report discusses recent Defense Production Act actions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The July 27, 2020 Government Accountability Office report recommends "among other things, incorporating climate resilience into military acquisition and supply guidance."

July 24, 2020

The July 24, 2020 Government Accountability Office report finds that "action [is] needed to address the W80-4 Warhead Program's schedule constraints."
The July 23, 2020 Congressional Research Service report discusses background and issues for lawmakers regarding multiyear procurement and block buy contracting in defense acquisition.
The July 23, 2020 Congressional Research Service report discusses background and issues for lawmakers regarding the Navy's Large Unmanned Surface and Undersea Vehicle programs.
The July 23, 2020 Congressional Research Service report discusses background and issues for lawmakers regarding the Navy's Lasers, Railgun, and Gun-Launched Guided Projectile programs.

July 23, 2020

In July 2020, the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center released a request for information as the armament systems development division develops a trade space analysis for a new maritime strike weapon.
In a July 23, 2020 statement of administration policy, the White House threatens to veto a Senate "minibus" appropriations bill that would provide funding for the State Department plus spending for the Agriculture Department, rural development, the Food and Drug Administration, the Interior Department and the Environmental Protection Agency as well as military construction and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The July 23, 2020 Government Accountability Office report finds that the Missile Defense Agency "can't fully evaluate weapon performance, conduct simulations, or ensure that it is spending money effectively" given its dearth of flight tests.

July 22, 2020

In a July 21, 2020 letter to lawmakers, the Shipbuilders Council of America "strongly requests that Congress include appropriations for the unexpected costs that have burdened the ship repair and shipbuilding industrial base."
The July 20, 2020 Defense Department instruction "establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and provides procedures for science and technology (S&T) managers and engineers to manage system security and cybersecurity technical risks from foreign intelligence collection."
The May 22, 2020 Defense Department memo designates Platform One as DOD's first "enterprise service provider for DevSecOps."
In an April 16, 2020 memo, Defense Department Chief Information Officer Dana Deasy signs out "interim" cloud guidance. 
On July 22, 2020 the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence submitted its second-quarter recommendations to the president and Congress.

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