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Inside the Pentagon - February 16, 2017
  • Mattis seeks to calm waters as Flynn resignation reverberates through defense circles

    Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, whose primary public role in the fledgling Trump administration has been the reassurance of foreign allies, could stand to benefit from the exit of Michael Flynn, the president's former national security adviser, who the White House said was forced from his job by the president after an "erosion" of trust stemming from statements he made about a wiretapped conversation with Russian officials.

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  • Contractors strike upbeat tone on spending in new administration

    Contracting executives said this week they continue to expect bolstered government spending under a Trump administration, but at least one executive said it may take longer than expected.

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  • Survey finds circuit board industry is small and could be shrinking

    Responses to a Commerce Department survey designed to gather information on U.S. companies that produce bare printed circuit boards found that the fragile industry is contracting, possibly forcing the federal government to turn to China, according to a source with knowledge of the study.

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  • SOCOM chief: Command's review of forces has gone through staffing

    U.S. Special Operations Command has staffed a review looking at its forces and any gaps that exist, according to the head of SOCOM.

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  • Mattis Pushes NATO On Spending

    Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told NATO nations on Wednesday the United States will "moderate its commitment" to them if they do not increase their defense spending to 2 percent of their gross national product. Only five nations currently meet the spending target, which is technically required for NATO membership. "If your nations do not want to see America moderate its commitment to this alliance, each of your capitals needs to show support for our common defense," Mattis said at a conference in Brussels, Belgium. "No longer can the American taxpayer carry a disproportionate share of the defense of western values."

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  • CBO pegs cost of nuclear forces at $400B over next decade

    It will cost $400 billion over the next 10 years to operate, maintain and modernize U.S. nuclear forces, an average of $40 billion annually, according to a recent report from the Congressional Budget Office.

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  • Democrats signal they will stick to script in coming fiscal fight

    Key Democrats on the House and Senate Armed Services committees acknowledge the military is facing serious readiness challenges after some unsettling testimony this week from top Pentagon officials, but the lawmakers are not prepared to cast aside their continued insistence that any increase in defense spending be matched with a boost in non-defense priorities.

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  • Aligning with Trump priorities, AIA touts trade balance and jobs

    In an oblique appeal to the Trump administration, the Aerospace Industries Association is touting a "record trade surplus of $90 billion in 2016" and continued support of the U.S. manufacturing sector.

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  • Senior DOD officials to huddle with Defense Science Board

    Senior Pentagon officials are scheduled to meet with the Defense Science Board on Feb. 16 to discuss classified national security challenges, according to a Federal Register notice.

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  • Commerce Department tracking facilities with classified defense contracts

    The Commerce Department is in the midst of a three-year effort to gather information on all the facilities that have a classified contract with the Pentagon, according to a source with knowledge of the effort.

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  • DARPA says it will team with Space Systems Loral on RSGS program

    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency on Thursday said it has selected Palo Alto, CA-based Space Systems Loral as its commercial partner for the Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites program.

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  • GAO: DOD, services need to better capture audit-related information

    The military services have failed to complete policies and procedures that will capture the financial management information stemming from auditing their books, the Government Accountability Office found in a recent report.

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  • SOCOM official eyes OTA to speed information-sharing changes

    Col. Craig Miller, director of the U.S. Special Operations Command J24 intelligence capabilities and requirements division, said Tuesday the U.S. could use new acquisition techniques to speed adoption of technology that would allow coalition partners to share information securely and selectively, amid complaints that clashing approaches to intelligence hurt international combat efforts in the Middle East.

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  • Saab Defense & Security USA relocates headquarters to Syracuse

    Saab announced last month it has signed a deal with the state of New York to grow its U.S.-based business, planning to invest in facilities and bolster its research and testing capabilities.

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  • With new CEO, Engility reshapes from low-cost contractor to best-value company

    After almost a year as chief executive of Engility, Lynn Dugle says the company has moved from an approach geared to lowest-priced, technically acceptable contracts to a best-value stance as it pursues growth.

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