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Inside the Army - August 13, 2018
  • CRS: Funding EDI in OCO could affect partner countries' commitment

    The Congressional Research Service is raising concerns over the Defense Department funding the European Deterrence Initiative in the Overseas Contingency Operations account.

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  • Army cyber support program yields lessons for maneuver units

    The Army through a cyber support program is getting commanders to bring electronic warfare and information operations to the forefront of training exercises.

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  • New SCO director aims to maintain 'optempo,' with tech demos forthcoming

    The new director of the Strategic Capabilities Office says several technology demonstrations are planned for the coming weeks, as he looks to maintain the "optempo" the office has set in developing novel ways of using existing conventional capabilities to deter China and Russia.

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  • Pentagon moves to create Space Force as a new branch of the military

    At the behest of President Trump, the Pentagon has begun taking immediate steps to establish a sixth branch of the U.S. military -- a Space Force -- by 2020, though its creation requires congressional authorization, according to a new report provided to Congress.

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  • Bill Signing

    President Trump will sign the fiscal year 2019 defense authorization bill Aug. 13 at Ft. Drum, NY, according to a statement from Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY). "I am honored that President Trump has accepted my invitation to visit Ft. Drum and the brave men and women of the 10th Mountain Division on Monday," she said. "I am proud of the partnership with this administration to begin rebuilding our military, and the president's visit is an important opportunity to highlight this achievement and to thank our men and women in uniform for their service."

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  • Army seeks responses for Abrams, Stryker upgrades

    As the Army continues its efforts to decrease the weight of the Abrams tank while adding technologies, the service is seeking information on industry's ability to support the next iteration of the vehicle.

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  • Army awards $2 billion missile contract

    Advanced Technology International has been selected to develop guided-missile technologies for the Army.

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  • Army to award multiple contracts for Fires Center support

    The Army seeks contractors to provide its Fires Center of Excellence with support for everything from concepts and capabilities to experimentation and wargaming, according to a recent notice.

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  • Pentagon's big acquisition shake-up still waiting on two key players

    The Pentagon is touting its new efforts to reorganize its acquisition and innovation system, but remains without two key administration officials who must be confirmed by the Senate.

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  • Army wants automatic mortar system on JLTV, NGCV

    The Army is seeking vendors to produce two new mortar systems, one an unmanned turret for brigade combat teams and the other a replacement for the current 120 mm dismounted variant. 

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  • Army hosts Apache industry day in Huntsville

    The Army hosted industry days last week for the Apache development and modernization effort in Huntsville, AL.

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  • Trump officials pledge 'streamlined' arms sales to boost defense industry

    Trump administration officials said Aug. 8 the government has embarked on a new era in foreign military sales to boost the U.S. defense industry and maintain global influence amid the rise of China and resurgence of Russia.

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  • Army looking to invest in airborne surveillance sensors

    The Army seeks industry feedback on ideas for potential investments in airborne intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance sensors for manned and unmanned platforms, according to an Aug. 8 request for information posted on Federal Business Opportunities.

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  • Oracle files pre-award protest in $10B JEDI cloud competition

    Oracle America filed a pre-award protest last week against the Pentagon's Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure solicitation, as the company argues the contract will lock DOD into a "legacy cloud" for the next decade.

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  • Pentagon still working through cost, scope of Space Force

    The Pentagon hasn't yet determined the cost to create a new Space Force, but the deputy defense secretary said last week he assumes it will require "billions" of dollars in additional resources.

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  • Selva: Standing up Space Force will be complicated

    The military's second highest-ranking officer said Aug. 10 that while the Pentagon will fully support President Trump's direction to propose the creation of a Space Force, the complicated path toward a sixth service will require "significant work with Congress."

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  • British defense chief stresses defense industry partnerships with U.S.

    The United Kingdom's top defense official last week stressed military relations with the United States remain strong thanks partly to robust industrial partnerships and foreign military sales, though he noted that "some" are quick to discount the UK's contributions to global stability.

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  • DSB recommends new roadmap to bolster defense against WMDs

    A Pentagon advisory panel is advancing two dozen recommendations for changes in policy, organization, personnel and technology that collectively aim to improve the U.S. military's ability to deter, prevent the threat from -- and deal with the aftermath of an attack of -- chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons, according to a summary of a three-volume, classified report.

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  • Defense Innovation Unit drops 'experimental' to reflect permanence at DOD

    The military's Silicon Valley start-up is no longer an experiment, according to the Pentagon's No. 2 official.

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  • General Dynamics promotes Marzilli

    General Dynamics' board of directors has tapped Chris Marzilli, president of General Dynamics Mission Systems, to serve as executive vice president of the contractor's Information Technology and Mission Systems segments, effective Jan. 1.

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  • Boeing HorizonX invests in 3D printing company

    Boeing said last week it has invested in Burlington, MA-based Digital Alloys, which is developing high-speed, multimetal additive manufacturing systems.

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  • Leidos executive to depart

    Leidos said Aug. 2 Timothy Reardon, the head of the company's defense and intelligence group, will leave the company.

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