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Inside the Army - December 10, 2018
  • Multidomain Operations 1.5 fleshes out new Army warfighting concepts

    The Army last week published its latest iteration of the Multidomain Operations concept, which one general called a "more fleshed out" response to the National Defense Strategy's focus on the near-peer threats of Russia and China.

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  • Army official: AI should be thought of as a process, not a product

    DETROIT -- The director of the Army's new artificial intelligence task force says the service should start thinking of AI not as a product but as a process.

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  • Mattis: NDS priorities will flounder without military spending boost

    SIMI VALLEY, CA -- Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Dec. 1 denounced a potential cut to the Pentagon's future funding, saying the Defense Department needs Congress' full financial support to meet the National Defense Strategy's goals.

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  • DIU now able to issue its own OTAs as it looks to tackle broader projects

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- Three years after it launched as the Defense Department's conduit to Silicon Valley, the Defense Innovation Unit can now award contracts using its own other transaction authorities, rather than rely solely on service-led acquisition groups.

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  • OMFV Interest

    The Army on Dec. 3 updated its list of prime and subcontractors interested in the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle development program. The service expects to issue a draft request for proposals by the end of this calendar year. The service plans to use the middle-tier acquisition authority known as Section 804 to award contracts for development up to a milestone C decision. In September, Army acquisition executive Bruce Jette signed a formal memo regarding the service's use of the Section 804 authority, following suit after the Defense Department and the other services have issued their own memos.

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  • Information technology to be specialized between services

    The military's information technology world is being divided up into specialties to synchronize capabilities and improve interoperability among the services, according to the Army's deputy chief information officer, G6.

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  • Army CFT studying interim cruise missile defense

    The Army's air and missile defense cross-functional team is looking at a few different systems, including foreign-made, for an interim cruise missile defense capability, according to the team's director.

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  • Inhofe 'urging' Trump to up defense budget, but tweets make him 'cringe'

    Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-OK) said Dec. 6 he used a recent White House meeting with President Trump, Vice President Pence and national security adviser John Bolton to urge the administration to forgo a planned $33 billion cut to defense spending.

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  • Army searches for information on portable electronic warfare devices

    The Army is gathering information from industry for developing dismounted electronic warfare capabilities to fulfill requirements from an operational needs statement.

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  • Mattis and GOP defense chairmen go to Trump for budget boost

    Defense Secretary Jim Mattis accompanied Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and House counterpart Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX) to the White House last week to convince President Trump the new defense budget must be at least $733 billion, rather than the $700 billion being floated by the Office of Management and Budget, according to officials with knowledge of the meeting.

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  • Army releases new multidomain concept in response to NDS

    The Army last week released its new concept for fighting near-peer competitors Russia and China, "The U.S. Army in Multidomain Operations 2028," following the priorities outlined in the National Defense Strategy.

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  • Nominees: Anything below $733B defense budget 'would increase risk'

    Military officials nominated to run U.S. Central and Special Operations commands said Dec. 4 that at least $733 billion is necessary to implement the National Defense Strategy, an assertion that aligns them with GOP defense hawks, but runs counter to the White House's position that a $700 billion budget should be considered.

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  • China takes center stage at Reagan Forum

    China's evolving military and surging economy continue to loom large in the minds of U.S. defense policy experts, but President Trump sparked new uncertainty about his administration's posture last week by voicing a desire to halt an "uncontrollable arms race" between China, Russia and the United States.

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  • As programs grow, Lockheed pursues new talent

    The surge of new aerospace and defense work means Lockheed Martin must look beyond simply recruiting from competitors and must attract new employees to the industry, according to Jeff Babione, the general manager of the company's Skunk Works unit.

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  • Pompeo: U.S. to withdraw from INF Treaty in 60 days unless Russia complies

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last week formally announced that if Russia does not come back into compliance with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, the United States would withdraw from the pact in 60 days.

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  • Mercury Systems looks to acquisitions and R&D for growth

    Mercury Systems, a supplier to dozens of prime contractors, has been rapidly making acquisitions and is investing heavily in research and development as it seeks growth.

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  • Pentagon moves to implement LPTA limitations

    The Defense Department last week issued a proposed rule that would implement sections of 2017 and 2018 legislation limiting the use of lowest-price, technically acceptable source selection.

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  • National Defense ISAC announces new executive director

    The National Defense Information Sharing and Analysis Center announced Dec. 3 that Steve Shirley will become executive director, taking over leadership of the group following a period of major transitions and consolidations among defense info-sharing entities.

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