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December 19, 2018

At a Dec. 12, 2018 Senate Armed Services seapower subcommittee hearing on Navy readiness, service Secretary Richard Spencer identified for Congress the potential impact on a variety of Navy vendors and bases throughout the country if the Pentagon's fiscal year 2020 budget is limited by sequestration with a map of the country dotted with the names of Navy vendors who would ultimately lose business and bases or maintenance centers that would have hiring freezes or furloughs. 
The Dec. 17, 2018 memo "establish[es] policy, procedures, and responsibilities for the submission, assessment, prioritization, and validation of oceanographic, hydrographic, and bathymetric (OHB) survey requirements."
The Dec. 13, 2018 memo "establish[es] policy, procedures, and responsibilities for the Department of the Navy (DON) Combating Trafficking in Persons (CTIP) program."
The Dec. 17, 2018 memo "provide[s] the U.S. Navy policy regarding the assignment, management, and operational use of unit reference numbers (URN). This instruction has been revised due to the change in responsibility from Navy Cyber Forces to Navy Information Forces."

December 18, 2018

On Dec. 17, 2018 the Army updated its list of prime and subcontractors interested in the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle development program.
On Dec. 17, 2018 the U.S. Navy released its newest maritime strategy that seeks to align with the National Defense Strategy and details how the service can prepare for "great power competition" with the Russian and Chinese navies.

December 17, 2018

The Dec. 17, 2018 Government Accountability Office audit of an Air Force report to Congress on the Cobra Dane radar in Alaska finds that the Defense Department plans to spend $418 million through 2024 to keep the missile defense and space surveillance sensor operational.
The Dec. 17, 2018 Defense Department inspector general's report finds that the Air Force has thousands of excess MQ-9 Block 5 aircraft parts in its inventory.
The Dec. 13, 2018 Defense Department directive "establishes DOD policy and assigns responsibilities for stabilization efforts" and "provides guidance for the planning, training, execution, and oversight of stabilization."

December 14, 2018

On Dec. 14, 2018 the Army released its intellectual property management policy.
In a Dec. 10, 2018 unclassified version of a 44-page report, the Defense Department inspector general finds that military facilities responsible for protecting Ballistic Missile Defense System technical information did not pass muster.
In a Dec. 7, 2018 letter to lawmakers, the Trump administration details "deployments of United States Armed Forces equipped for combat," specifically in counterterrorism operations.
The Dec. 14, 2018 Government Accountability Office report recommends "the services assess the effectiveness of their depot workforce programs."

December 13, 2018

The Dec. 13, 2018 Government Accountability Office report discusses "long-range emerging threats facing the United States as identified by federal agencies."
The Dec. 13, 2018 Congressional Budget Office report "presents 121 options that would decrease federal spending or increase federal revenues over the next 10 years."
In a motion filed Dec. 12, 2018, Amazon Web Services argues it has "direct and substantial economic interests at stake" in Oracle's lawsuit challenging the JEDI request for proposals in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

December 12, 2018

On Dec. 10, 2018, Oracle America released a redacted, unsealed version of a complaint filed in the Court of Federal Claims challenging the Pentagon's Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure solicitation, alleging two Defense Department officials helped craft a single-award strategy for the Pentagon's $10 billion cloud program while having "significant" conflicts of interest tied to their work with Amazon Web Services.
On Dec. 12, 2018 the Senate Armed Services seapower and readiness and management support subcommittees held a joint hearing on Navy and Marine Corps readiness. Includes the joint testimony of Navy Secretary Richard Spencer, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller and Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. William Moran, as well as John Pendleton from the Government Accountability Office.

December 11, 2018

In a Dec. 11, 2018 decision, the Government Accountability Office's comptroller general dismissed IBM's cloud computing protest "because the matter involved is currently pending before a court of competent jurisdiction."
On Dec. 11, 2018, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Lisa Porter and Pentagon Chief Information Officer Dana Deasy testified before the House Armed Services emerging threats and capabilities subcommittee on the Defense Department's artificial intelligence efforts.

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