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April 30, 2021

On April 30, 2021 the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction "released its fifty-first Quarterly Report to Congress examining the approximately $144.40 billion in funds for reconstruction and related activities in Afghanistan since fiscal year 2002."

April 29, 2021

On April 29, 2021 Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael Gilday and acting Navy Secretary Thomas Harker testified before the House Appropriations defense subcommittee on their fiscal year 2022 budget request.
On April 29, 2021 the House Armed Services seapower and projection forces and Asia, the Pacific, Central Asia and nonproliferation subcommittees held a joint hearing on "Maritime Security in the Indo-Pacific and the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea." Includes the prepared testimony of Daniel Russel from the Asia Society Policy Institute, retired Navy Adm.
The April 29, 2021 Government Accountability Office report found that "the National Nuclear Security Administration's analysis of alternatives process for its $600 million El Capitan HPC acquisition did not fully follow agency policy that states that AOA processes should be consistent with GAO best practices, where possible, and any deviations must be justified and documented."
The April 27, 2021 Defense Department inspector general's report "reviewed the system of quality control for the Army Audit Agency (AAA) Special Access Program (SAP) audits in effect for the 3-year period ended December 31, 2019."

April 28, 2021

On April 28, 2021 the Senate Armed Services emerging threats and capabilities subcommittee held a hearing on "U.S. Special Operations Command's efforts to sustain the readiness of special operations forces and transform the force for future security challenges." Includes the prepared testimony of Marine Corps Special Operations Command chief Maj. Gen. James Glynn, Naval Special Warfare Command chief Rear Adm.
On April 28, 2021 the Senate Armed Services readiness subcommittee held a hearing on "defense acquisition programs and acquisition reform." Includes the prepared testimony of acting Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment Stacy Cummings, acting Director of Operational Test and Evaluation Raymond O'Toole, and Shelby Oakley from the Go
On April 28, 2021 the House Armed Services Committee held a hearing on the Defense Department's financial statement audit. Includes the opening statement of committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) as well as the joint prepared testimony of Pentagon Deputy Chief Financial Officer Douglas Glenn, Air Force Comptroller Stephen Herrera, acting Navy Comptroller Alaleh Jenkins and acting Army Comptroller Wesley Miller.

April 27, 2021

The April 21, 2021 Defense Department inspector general's report determines that "DOD officials do not have access to important information associated with OTs awarded through consortiums, such as which contractor received the OT award and the specific costs associated with funded OT projects."
On April 27, 2021 the Senate Armed Services Committee held a hearing on Defense Department management challenges and opportunities.
On April 27, 2021 the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs emerging threats and spending oversight subcommittee held a hearing on "Controlling Federal Legacy IT Costs and Crafting 21st Century IT Management Solutions." Includes the prepared testimony of Kevin Walsh from the Government Accountability Office, former General Services Administration Chief Information Officer Casey Coleman, former NASA Chief Information Off

April 26, 2021

The Sept. 30, 2020 Naval Audit Service report, released in September 2020 and acquired by Inside Defense under the Freedom of Information Act, examined the cybersecurity inspections on submarines under the purview of Commander Submarine Force U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMSUBPAC) for 2016 to 2018.
On April 26, 2021 Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger released his first annual Force Design report.
On April 26, 2021 the Army released briefing slides for an upcoming industry day for the Close Terrain Shaping Obstacle (CTSO) Increment 1 effort.

April 23, 2021

The April 22, 2021 Congressional Research Service "In Focus" report discusses Army Multi-Domain Operations.
The April 19, 2021 Congressional Research Service "In Focus" report discusses "International Discussions Concerning Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems."
In an April 20, 2021 reprogramming action, acting Pentagon Comptroller Anne McAndrew authorizes the replenishment of the Foreign Currency Fluctuations, Defense (FCF, D) account to $970 million.

April 22, 2021

The April 22, 2021 Congressional Budget Office report "estimates that the total shipbuilding budget would average $34 billion per year, 10 percent more than the Navy estimates. The Navy's average shipbuilding budget would be almost 50 percent larger, on average, than those of recent years."
In an April 22, 2021 letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, House Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Michael McCaul (R-TX) expresses concern over the decision to fully withdraw all U.S. forces from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, 2021.
On April 22, 2021 the Senate Armed Services Committee held a hearing on U.S. Africa and Central commands. Includes the opening statement of committee Chairman Jack Reed (D-RI) as well as the prepared testimony of AFRICOM chief Gen. Stephen Townsend and CENTCOM chief Gen. Kenneth McKenzie.

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