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Inside the Pentagon - August 16, 2018
  • 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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  • New report offers DOD ideas on delivering capabilities 'uncompromised'

    The Pentagon is considering a series of recommendations for how it can fix vulnerabilities in its supply chain and convince contractors to take security as seriously as cost, schedule and performance.

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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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  • DOD seeks $648M funding shift to accelerate Army's heads-up display tech

    The Pentagon is asking Congress to approve a $648 million funding shift to accelerate a developmental Army heads-up display program championed by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' close combat lethality task force, according to a document obtained by Inside Defense.

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  • Trump Signs NDAA

    President Trump on Monday signed into law the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act. The legislation authorizes about $716 billion in total defense spending. The bill also directs the Defense Department to establish a combatant command for space, which is slated to become a signature line of effort in the establishment of a new Space Force. Meanwhile, the Senate has yet to vote on a final defense appropriations bill, though the House has already done so. However, the Senate has opted to forgo summer recess and is in session this week, giving lawmakers the opportunity to pass the defense spending bill with other appropriations measures as part of a legislative "minibus."

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  • CBO: Budget caps limit base budget to $550B, $563B in FY-20, FY-21

    The Pentagon's fiscal years 2020 and 2021 base budget allocations will total $550 billion and $563 billion respectively -- dramatically below Trump administration plans -- if discretionary spending caps required by the 2011 Budget Control Act for those two years are not adjusted, according to a new report from the Congressional Budget Office.

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  • Trump concerned about NDAA's Russia, Korea and JSTARS provisions

    President Trump says he has "constitutional concerns" with dozens of provisions in the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, including those addressing U.S.-Russian military cooperation, continued stationing of American troops on the Korean Peninsula and the management of several weapon systems.

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  • GAO: Service safety centers providing incomplete aviation mishap data

    As lawmakers press the Defense Department for more details about the cause of increased aviation mishap rates, a recent Government Accountability Office report highlights a lack of standardization and enforcement in mishap data reporting from the services that is limiting the accuracy and breadth of the department's analysis on mishap trends.

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  • Groups tout legislation aimed at reducing background investigations backlog

    Industry groups are pushing Congress to compel the government to take steps to drastically reduce the backlog of background investigations as the Pentagon readies to take over the investigative process.

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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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  • 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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  • Independent study will inform Pentagon's Space Force proposal

    The Pentagon will rely, in part, on an independent study directed by the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act to inform its plan to create a separate Space Force.

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  • Mattis makes it clear -- he now backs Space Force

    Defense Secretary Jim Mattis now supports the creation of a Space Force as a sixth branch of the U.S. military, saying recently that his past opposition was based on having not clearly defined the problem.

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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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  • Defense law requires DOD to assist DHS with 'non-reimbursable' resources

    The Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act signed into law this week calls on the Pentagon to provide assistance to the Department of Homeland Security in protecting critical infrastructure from cyber attacks -- in line with a long-standing arrangement between DHS and private industryy on sharing threat intelligence -- as part of a pilot project slated to run through 2022.

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  • DOD weapons tech boss vouches for boost-phase BMD

    The Pentagon's top weapons technology official vouched for the technical feasibility of using a kinetic interceptor to destroy ballistic missiles during the boost-phase of flight, suggesting an unmanned air vehicle armed with a special-purpose missile could provide near-term capability "against limited threats" to kill long-range enemy missiles immediately after launch.

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  • McMahon to be nominated for DOD acquisition post

    President Trump recently announced his intent to nominate Robert McMahon to be assistant secretary of defense for sustainment.

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  • Raytheon, Northrop AESA radars pass F/A-18 'fit check'

    The Marine Corps' gambit to replace the venerable AN/APG-73 radar in nearly 100 older-model F/A-18 Hornets is advancing after Raytheon and Northrop Grumman both passed a government-requested "fit check" to assess whether off-the-shelf Active Electronically Scanned Array radars produced by the two U.S. defense contractors are compatible with the available space in the fighter aircraft's nose.

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  • NDAA authorizes multiyear deals for Hawkeyes, Super Hornets

    When President Trump signed the 2019 defense policy bill on Monday, he authorized multiyear buys of two major aircraft programs for the Navy.

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  • Perspecta reports sales boost

    Perspecta said this week sales in its most recent quarter hit $793 million, up 17 percent from the same three-month period the prior year.

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  • Trump administration notes objections to Senate defense spending bill

    The White House "strongly objects" to a measure in the Senate's fiscal year 2019 defense appropriations bill that would add $475 million to procure a second Littoral Combat Ship, as well as host of provisions, according to a recent statement of administration policy.

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