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September 21, 2018

The Sept. 19, 2018 Congressional Research Service report discusses the Army's Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle program.
On Sept. 21, 2018 the Navy announced it intends to issue a solicitation to industry to study the feasibility of a Common Hull Auxiliary Multi-Mission Platform, with options for concept design and preliminary design awards.
The fiscal year 2019 "minibus" spending package, signed into law on Sept. 21, 2018, funds military construction, the Department of Veterans Affairs, energy and water development and the legislative branch.
On Sept. 21, 2018, the Defense Department announced it would host a public meeting the following Oct. 10 "to obtain views of experts and interested parties in Government and the private sector" in the wake of an industry outcry over a proposed change to progress and performance-based payment rates.

September 20, 2018

The Sept. 20, 2018 Government Accountability Office report finds that the Defense Department "has made progress by taking a number of actions to address the 35 recommendations from the Army's 2015 investigation report on the inadvertent shipments of live Bacillus anthracis (anthrax). However, DOD has not yet developed an approach to measure the effectiveness of these actions."
In a Sept. 7, 2018 reprogramming action, Pentagon Comptroller David Norquist shifts $37.6 million between various Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and U.S. Special Operations Command accounts.
On Sept. 20, 2018 the White House released what officials called the first updated national cybersecurity strategy in 15 years, with an emphasis on deterrence, interagency coordination and protecting critical infrastructure.

September 19, 2018

The Sept. 17, 2018 Defense Department inspector general's report finds the Army and Marine Corps did not properly store or maintain at least $203.7 million worth of prepositioned stocks under U.S. European Command's authority.
The Sept. 14, 2018 memo establishes the Navy's cybersecurity safety program "policy, governance and implementation management."
On Sept. 19, 2019, Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation Christopher Ford gave remarks at the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation on the future of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.

September 18, 2018

On Sept. 18, 2019 the Defense Department released an unclassified summary of its new cyber strategy that "represents the Department's vision for addressing this threat and implementing the priorities of the National Security Strategy and National Defense Strategy for cyberspace." Also includes a fact sheet.
On Sept. 17, 2018, the Navy released the final request for proposals for the end user hardware contract portion of the Next Generation Enterprise Network recompetition. Also includes the performance work statement.
On Sept. 18, 2018 President Trump issued a National Security Presidential Memorandum directing the implementation of a National Biodefense Strategy to more effectively prepare for and combat biological threats. Also includes the text of a briefing by national security adviser John Bolton and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar.
On Sept. 18, 2018 the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing on the status of U.S.-Russian arms control efforts, featuring the prepared testimony of Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy David Trachtenberg and Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Andrea Thompson.

September 17, 2018

In a Sept. 14, 2018 memo and accompanying report, the Air Force projects that standing up a separate Space Force would cost $3.2 billion in FY-20 and $12.9 billion across the future years defense plan.
On Sept. 17, 2018, Naval Sea Systems Command released a justification and approval document allowing the award of a $13 million contract to Federal Equipment Co. to procure a hybrid version of the advanced weapons elevator integrated onto the aircraft carrier Gerald Ford (CVN-78) to be used for land-based testing.
The updated Sept. 17, 2018 Defense Department manual "implement[s] policy, assign[s] responsibilities, and provide[s] procedures for DOD materiel managers and others who work within or with the DOD supply system."
On Sept. 17, 2018 the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced that the State Department "has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Egypt of 46,000 M831A1 and M865 rounds and 10,000 APFSDS-T rounds for an estimated cost of $99 million."

September 14, 2018

The Sept. 13, 2018 Defense Department inspector general's report "determine[s] whether U.S. and Coalition efforts to train, advise, assist, and equip Iraqi Police Hold Force units supported the Hold Force mission of securing liberated areas and preventing a future insurgency in Iraq."

September 13, 2018

On Sept. 13, 2019 House and Senate appropriations conferees approved a fiscal year 2019 minibus spending bill that includes $675 billion for defense. Defense: Summary | One-Pager (Editor's Note: The bill text will be added as soon as it becomes available.)

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