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September 13, 2018

The September 2018 Army document details the role intelligence plays on the battlefield and the challenges to collecting intelligence within multidomain operations.
On Sept. 13, 2018 Army Under Secretary Ryan McCarthy and Futures Command chief Gen. John Murray jointly testified at a House Armed Services readiness subcommittee hearing titled "Army Futures Command:  Will it help?" Also includes the opening statement of subcommittee Chairman Joe Wilson (R-SC).

September 12, 2018

In a Sept. 7, 2018 letter, Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) urges the four top congressional defense appropriators to include funding for three Littoral Combat Ships in the fiscal year 2019 defense spending bill.
The Sept. 12, 2018 Government Accountability Office report finds that "in 2007, a congressional advisory panel identified a number of ways the government could buy goods and services more effectively and save money in the process. While Congress and the executive branch did a lot to address the panel's recommendations, we found that some challenges endure over a decade later."
The Sept. 12, 2018 Congressional Budget Office report finds that "maintenance at private shipyards has been less expensive, on average, than at public shipyards for the most common type of overhaul for certain attack submarines."

September 11, 2018

The Aug. 17, 2018 Defense Department document "provides joint doctrine to plan, conduct, assess, and support foreign internal defense."
On Aug. 31, 2018 the Defense Department issued updated solicitation documents for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure request for proposals. Amendment 0002 HQ0034-18-R-0077 Amendment 0002 Summary of Changes Amendment 0002 Attachment J-7 DD Form 254
The Sept. 10, 2018 Congressional Budget Office report finds that the federal government spent $33 billion more on defense in the first 11 months of fiscal year 2018 than it did over the same period in FY-17, which helped contribute to an overall $222 billion increase to the deficit from August 2017 to August 2018.

September 10, 2018

The Sept. 10, 2018 Government Accountability Office report finds that "between fiscal years 2011 and 2016, the Air Force and Navy generally did not meet aircraft availability goals, and operating and support (O&S) cost trends for GAO's selected fixed-wing aircraft varied."
On Sept. 10, 2018 national security adviser John Bolton gave a speech at the Federalist Society where he outlined U.S. policy toward the International Criminal Court.
The Sept. 6, 2018 Defense Department directive designates the Navy secretary "as the DOD Executive Agent for commercial software product management of Core Enterprise Technology Agreements (CETAs)."

September 07, 2018

In an Aug. 30, 2018 memo, the Defense Department inspector general's office announces it will conduct a joint audit with the Army Audit Agency, Naval Audit Service and Air Force Audit Agency "to determine whether DOD Components are leveraging cybersecurity reciprocity to reduce redundant test and assessment efforts when authorizing information technology through the Risk Management Framework process."
In an Aug. 24, 2018 memo, the Defense Department's inspector general announces it has begun an audit to assess the affordability of the Army's Integrated Air and Missile Defense program.

September 06, 2018

In a Sept. 5, 2018 letter to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, four senior House Democrats oppose a plan to potentially spend $450 million to enhance existing fencing and construct additional barriers along 31 miles of an Arizona bombing range that borders Mexico.
The Sept. 4, 2018 Congressional Research Service "primer" -- originally obtained by Secrecy News -- discusses the Defense Department's use of lowest price technically acceptable contracts.
The Sept. 6, 2018 Government Accountability Office report finds that the Defense Department "needs to address inefficiencies and implement reform across its defense agencies and DOD field activities."

September 05, 2018

The Sept. 5, 2018 Congressional Budget Office report states that "the rate of cost growth for the Air Force's aging aircraft has increased in recent years to a considerable degree because of growth in the total Air Force budget."
The Aug. 28, 2018 instruction "establishes Department of the Navy (DON) policies and procedures to ensure all DON activities are compliant with applicable arms control agreements, as well as applicable arms control procedures and guidance issued by the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition and Sustainment (USD (A&S))."
The purpose of the updated July 25, 2018 instruction is to "ensure the Department of the Navy's (DON) ability to develop and/or acquire spectrum dependent systems (SDS) through an enforceable and controlled system that assesses risks to or of those systems through a deliberate and repeatable process."