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February 03, 2021

The Feb. 3, 2021 Government Accountability Office report finds the Defense Department "has not assessed whether using [fixed-price-incentive] contracts has actually kept costs and schedules in line."
On Feb. 2, 2021 senior Defense Department officials held a briefing on DOD advisory committees.

February 02, 2021

In a Jan. 30, 2021 memo, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin effectively fires all members of more than 40 Defense Department advisory boards and committees so he can conduct a "zero-based review."
On Feb. 2, 2021 Eric Labs, an analyst in the Congressional Budget Office's National Security Division, gave a presentation at the 2021 Virtual Expeditionary Warfare Conference.
On Feb. 2, 2021 Kathleen Hicks testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee on her nomination to become deputy defense secretary.
The February 2021 Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction report finds that the U.S. government "has faced serious challenges in helping Afghanistan build its capacity to prepare for, observe, administer, and adjudicate elections."
On Jan. 15, 2021 the Army's Joint Counter-small Unmanned Systems Office issued a request for information for the Low Collateral Interceptor Demonstration Event.

February 01, 2021

On Feb. 1, 2021 the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction submitted its 50th quarterly report to Congress.
The November 2020 document obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request reflects a new agreement that replaces a memorandum of understanding between the Pentagon and the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Accreditation Body signed the previous March and establishes a more formal relationship between both parties.

January 29, 2021

The Jan. 19, 2021 Navy instruction "establish[es] policy and assign[s] responsibility for the oversight and management of intelligence activities, intelligence-related activities, Special Access Programs (SAPs), and sensitive activities within the Department of the Navy."
The Jan. 26, 2021 Navy instruction on Visibility and Management of Operating and Support Costs "establish[es a] mandatory data reporting policy to meet the congressional requirement to provide complete, accurate, and timely Navy and Marine Corps Operating and Support (O&S) costs and related metrics for major weapon systems."

January 28, 2021

On Jan. 28, 2021 Naval Sea Systems Command issued a new campaign plan that calls on the service to transform its digital capability and ensure on-time delivery of combat-ready ships, submarines and systems.
On Jan. 8, 2021 the Space Force held an industry day focused on the Deep Space Advanced Radar Capability.

January 27, 2021

In a Jan. 27, 2021 executive order, President Biden among other things orders the first U.S. National Intelligence Estimate on the security implications of climate change.

January 26, 2021

In a Jan. 25, 2021 broad agency announcement, the Space Development Agency seeks industry input on future architecture concepts and technologies to support the National Space Defense Architecture.
In a Jan. 25, 2021 memo, the Defense Department inspector general's office announces plans "to determine the extent to which U.S. Special Operations Command developed and implemented supply chain risk management procedures in accordance with the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement and Department of Defense policy to identify, assess, and mitigate risk during the acquisition and development of USSOCOM specialized equipment."
In a Jan. 25, 2021 memo, the Defense Department inspector general's office announces plans "to determine the extent to which U.S. Central Command and U.S. Special Operations Command developed and implemented programs in accordance with DOD Law of War requirements to reduce potential law of war violations when conducting operations."
In a Jan. 22, 2021 report, the Defense Department inspector general's office "determine[d] whether testing conducted on the Aircraft Monitor and Control (AMAC) system for DOD nuclear weapon-capable delivery aircraft met the DOD and the Department of Energy (DOE) AMAC nuclear certification requirements."
In a Jan. 21, 2021 report, the Defense Department inspector general's office "determine[d] whether the actions taken by DOD contracting officers on questioned direct costs reported by the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) complied with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), DoD Instructions, and agency policy."

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