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Inside the Pentagon - June 22, 2017
  • House authorizers poised to increase FY-18 topline, while GOP budget blueprint is MIA

    The House Armed Services Committee is set to authorize a defense spending increase beyond what the Trump administration has proposed for fiscal year 2018 when the committee drafts its version of the defense authorization bill next week, and will likely do so as the GOP remains mired in negotiations over a broader budgetary blueprint.

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  • DOD advisory task force seeking 'new approaches' to CI mission

    The Defense Department is seeking new ways to strengthen counterintelligence capabilities, looking beyond simply spending more money to defend against "insider" threats and seeking "new approaches" to the challenge of managing massive stores of sensitive data in an age where an individual can, in one fell swoop, make off with a "staggering scale" of state secrets.

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  • House authorizers aim to shift procurement away from MDA

    The House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee is advancing legislation requiring the Pentagon to shift acquisition authority for operational missile defense systems from the Missile Defense Agency to the military departments.

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  • McCain questions Shanahan's Boeing ties; threatens to block nomination

    Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) on Tuesday questioned the corporate ties of President Trump's deputy defense secretary nominee Patrick Shanahan, and threatened to block the former Boeing executive's nomination if he continued to "duck" questions on the threat posed by Russia.

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  • Mattis sees cooperation with China

    Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said after a high-level meeting between U.S. and Chinese officials on Wednesday that both nations are not doomed to conflict and continue to share the goal of a de-nuclearized North Korea. "Our two nations can and do cooperate in mutually beneficial ways," he said. "While competition between our nations is bound to occur, conflict is not inevitable." Mattis said China and the United States share the same goal of a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula and had "open and frank" discussions about what more Chinese officials can do to pressure the North Korean regime to cease provocative military actions.

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  • Lawmakers want GAO assessment of emerging national security threats

    House defense authorizers want the Government Accountability Office to conduct an assessment of emerging national security threats and the Defense Department's abilities to manage those challenges.

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  • Mattis urges appropriators to look to unfunded priorities

    Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told House defense appropriators June 15 they should use the military's $32 billion unfunded priorities lists as a guide if they are able to increase the Pentagon's fiscal year 2018 topline above the level sought by the Trump administration.

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  • News of Booz Allen investigation disquiets investors

    Booz Allen Hamilton's stock price is down about 18 percent since the company disclosed late last week it is under investigation by the Justice Department.

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  • Readiness subcommittee leaves BRAC proposal unaddressed

    The House Armed Services readiness subcommittee's portion of the defense policy bill does not provide for a new Base Realignment and Closure round for the Defense Department, but the full committee's bill may address the issue, according to congressional aides.

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  • Analysts predict BRAC approval more likely with Mattis' support

    The chances of a Base Realignment and Closure round could be more likely under Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, some analysts said June 19, noting that the administration's support for reducing excess infrastructure is stronger than it has been in recent history.

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  • STRATCOM chief aims to accelerate all nuclear modernization programs

    The head of U.S. Strategic Command said he's applying pressure on all nuclear modernization efforts to make those programs move faster than currently scheduled.

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  • Pentagon briefing lawmakers on U.S. military advantages over Russia, China

    As the Defense Department tries to convince Congress to raise budget caps and return to regular order, the Pentagon has begun briefing lawmakers in detail about how the U.S. military's upper hand over potential enemies is slipping away, according to a top general.

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  • House lawmakers propose Space Corps, U.S. Space Command in FY-18 bill

    The House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee is proposing a significant reorganization of the military space mission in its mark of the fiscal year 2018 defense policy bill, directing the creation of a new U.S. Space Corps as well as a U.S. Space Command by January 2019.

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  • House authorizers call for more oversight of F-35 EOQ strategy

    Some House authorizers are proposing additional oversight of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter's economic order quantity strategy, calling for reporting requirements similar to those of a multiyear procurement deal.

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  • House authorizers target hypersonics, cyber in new legislation

    The House Armed Services emerging threats and capabilities subcommittee has put forth legislation that would transition the Pentagon's developmental hypersonic weapons programs to the military and increase U.S. cyber operations with NATO.

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  • Trump eyes aerospace exec for DCMO post

    President Trump intends to nominate John Gibson, the president and chief executive of XCOR Aerospace, to serve as the Defense Department's next deputy chief management officer.

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  • Greaves assumes MDA command from Syring

    Air Force Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves assumed leadership of the Missile Defense Agency on June 16, replacing Navy Vice Adm. James Syring who had led MDA since November 2012.

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  • New GMD strategy envisions three new competitions, extending contract

    The Missile Defense Agency intends to break up the next acquisition contract for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense program into a handful of efforts, including a competition for new interceptors as well as a competition for ground systems development and readiness -- while extending the current GMD Development and Sustainment contract held by Boeing from 2018 to 2022 for select activities.

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  • MDA seeking aircraft, preferably unmanned, for new ABL demo

    The Missile Defense Agency is window shopping for a high-altitude aircraft -- preferably unmanned -- to carry a planned speed-of-light weapon, the latest development in an effort to develop a prototype for a new airborne laser and advance the long-standing desire to intercept adversary ballistic missiles during the boost phase of flight.

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  • DSB exploring how machine-learning algorithms might assist decision-making

    The Pentagon has chartered a new task force to explore how machine-learning algorithms and other new technologies can leaven long-standing U.S. military gaming, exercising, modeling and simulation practices to give top brass and policymakers new ways to think about the increasingly complex set of global threats stressing the Defense Department.

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  • Boeing to formally launch new global services business July 1

    Boeing's new global services business unit, which will be operational July 1, will be based around four capabilities and four markets, the group's new chief executive told Inside Defense.

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  • Air Force estimates additional F-22s would cost $50 billion

    The Air Force estimates it would cost about $50 billion to buy 194 additional F-22s and told Congress earlier this month in a classified report it has no plans to re-start the production line.

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