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July 22, 2020

On July 22, 2020 the Government Accountability Office submitted written testimony at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program.

July 21, 2020

On July 21, 2020 the Air Force formally released its Arctic strategy, which calls for enhanced missile defense, space and polar mobility capabilities, greater collaboration with allies and partners in the Arctic region and improved and expanded readiness and training exercises.
In a July 21, 2020 statement of administration policy, the White House Office of Management and Budget threatens a veto of the House's version of the fiscal yeae 2021 defense authorization bill.
On July 20, 2020 the White House Office of Management and Budget issued a memo encouraging the heads of executive departments and agencies to focus their contracting activities on "smart buying for America."

July 20, 2020

The July 17, 2020 Defense Department report outlines the accomplishments reached toward the National Defense Strategy during Defense Secretary Mark Esper's first year in office.
The objective of the July 16, 2020 Defense Department inspector general's report is to "validate implementation of recommendations from" an April 2016 IG report on DOD biological safety and security implementation.

July 17, 2020

On July 17, 2020 the Army released a draft RFP for the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle program's preliminary design phase, in which up to five contractors will complete digital designs for a preliminary design review.
The July 15, 2020 Defense Department instruction "establishes policies, assigns responsibilities, and provides procedures for signing EUCs required by foreign governments for foreign defense items purchased by the United States."
The July 15, 2020 Defense Department directive "establishes the position, responsibilities and functions, relationships, and authorities of the" office of the Pentagon's top acquisition executive.
The July 15, 2020 Defense Department directive "establishes the position, responsibilities and functions, relationships, and authorities of the" office of the under secretary of defense for research and engineering.
In an April 17, 2020 reprogramming memo, acting Pentagon Comptroller Elaine McCusker approves the transfer of $25 million from the Army's Improved Turbine Engine Program to Army Space Systems Integration.

July 16, 2020

On July 16, 2020 the Congressional Budget Office released a report on the House Armed Services Committee's fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill that "estimates that appropriation of all authorized amounts would result in outlays of $710.5 billion over the 2021-2025 period."
The July 16, 2020 Government Accountability Office report finds that the Army and Marine Corps' operational needs -- "such as how far they needed the parachutist to travel -- led them to buy separate [parachute] systems with different features."
The July 16, 2020 Government Accountability Office report finds that the Army and Marine Corps "need to improve efforts to address challenges in measuring performance and planning [depot] maintenance work."
In a July 15, 2020 letter, the head of the Professional Services Council is calling on Congress to extend a legislative provision that allows the government to reimburse contractors unable to work but kept in a "ready state."
In a July 15, 2020 letter to lawmakers, a coalition of groups led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce urge Congress to include language in the next COVID-19 relief package delaying the Huawei ban. 

July 15, 2020

In a July 14, 2020 letter signed by dozens of defense executives, the Aerospace Industries Association calls on Capitol Hill to reimburse defense contractors for their COVIC-19 costs.
In a July 14, 2020 memo, the Office of Management and Budget issues "additional guidance that further addresses the resiliency of the federal acquisition workforce and the federal contractors who support our agency missions, including in the fight against COVID-19."

July 14, 2020

On July 14, 2020 the House Appropriations Committee marked up its version of the fiscal year 2021 defense spending bill, including amendments. Includes the defense subcommittee's version of the bill as well as a summary of the bill plus the report accompanying the bill.

July 13, 2020

On June 20, 2020 the Joint Hypersonics Transition Office -- via the Washington Headquarters Services/Acquisition Directorate -- issued a solicitation for proposals to stand up a University Consortium for Applied Hypersonics.

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