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Inside the Pentagon - November 29, 2018
  • Inhofe unveils top defense policy priorities; gears up for budget battle

    Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-OK) has an ambitious list of priorities all built around a central line of effort -- increasing the defense budget, despite newly empowered Democrats and a White House looking for spending cuts to offset skyrocketing deficits.

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  • Trump response to China's cyber activities pulls all levers of international power

    Senior Trump administration officials have described China's cyber aggressions as a "whole-of-government" campaign from Beijing, and in response the United States is putting in motion a range of policy options involving the Pentagon and economic and trade sanctions, as well as law enforcement actions, according to recently released strategy documents and reports.

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  • Defense Department contract obligation boost mostly benefited 'big five'

    The Pentagon's contract obligations grew 13 percent between fiscal years 2015 and 2017 -- but the five largest defense contractors reaped most of that benefit, according to new analysis by the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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  • Army awards Oshkosh $1.7B JLTV contract, the largest single order to date

    The Army has awarded Oshkosh Defense a $1.7 billion contract to produce more than 6,000 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles and more than 22,000 associated vehicle kits -- the largest single order to date for the program that partially consolidates purchases for vehicles Congress funded over three years.

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  • STRATCOM Strategic Advisory Group

    The U.S. Strategic Command Strategic Advisory Group is slated to meet this week, according to a Federal Register notice. The purpose of the Nov. 29-30 meeting is "to provide advice on scientific, technical, intelligence, and policy-related issues to the Commander, U.S. Strategic Command, during the development of the Nation's strategic war plans," the notice states. Discussion topics, according to the notice, will include: "Policy Issues, Space Operations, Nuclear Weapons Stockpile Assessment, Weapons of Mass Destruction, Intelligence Operations, Cyber Operations, Global Strike, Command and Control, Science and Technology, [and] Missile Defense."

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  • Chewning: Government is taking into account BAE's concerns over CFIUS

    A top Pentagon official said an interim Treasury Department rule that has concerned some organizations, including BAE Systems, will go through a regulation-writing process over the next year.

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  • DOC considering emerging technologies, including AI, for export control

    The Commerce Department is seeking input on how to best identify emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence and machine learning, that are essential to national security and could be subject to export controls.

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  • Senate Republicans at odds with White House over proposed defense cut

    The opening bell has officially rung in Washington's latest round of arguments over national defense spending.

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  • Mattis asks Senate to back Saudi Arabia, despite Khashoggi murder

    Defense Secretary Jim Mattis advised U.S. senators in a Nov. 28 closed-door meeting to continue military support and the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia, despite the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, noting that "we are seldom free to work with unblemished partners."

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  • Pentagon says border deployment has cost $72 million

    The Pentagon has spent about $72 million to send 5,900 active-duty troops to the southwestern border, but the total price tag for the operation could still grow, according to a Defense Department spokesman.

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  • Cybersecurity ambitions in NDS meet reality of budget constraints

    Lofty goals in the Trump administration's National Defense Strategy were brought down to earth by a pair of Defense Department advisers, who told a Senate panel this week that a lack of funding will hinder execution of the plan, which deeply incorporates cybersecurity in the consideration of malign actions by nation-states and individuals.

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  • AFSAB: Air Force should 'substantially refocus' $2.6B S&T portfolio

    The Air Force should "substantially refocus" investments in its $2.6 billion science and technology portfolio to maintain -- and in some cases regain -- technological advantage against potential adversaries, as well as develop new technologies needed to prevail in conflicts in the 2030s, according to a new advisory panel study.

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  • PACAF assessing wing comdr needs to support increased fighter readiness

    As the Pentagon drives the Air Force and Navy to bring key fighter aircraft to an 80 percent mission-capable rate, the head of the Pacific Air Forces said Nov. 26 he is working with his wing commanders to better understand what they need to increase aircraft availability.

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  • Navy turns to Lockheed for hypersonic flight test support through 2023

    The Navy is turning to its trusted supplier for submarine-launched intercontinental ballistic missiles -- Lockheed Martin's Sunnyvale, CA, business unit -- to design, develop, build and integrate large rocket motors and missile bodies to support test flights of the service's hypersonic boost-glide vehicle program.

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  • Moody's: UTC split would allow 'enhanced strategic focus'

    United Technologies' plan to spin off Otis and Carrier into separate entities following its acquisition of Rockwell Collins means the company will need an adapted capital structure as well as new capital allocation policies, according to a new Moody's Investors Service report.

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  • General Atomics opens New Delhi office

    General Atomics said Nov. 27 it has opened a new office in New Delhi, India, and named Pratesh Gandhi to serve as director of India strategic development.

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  • Elbit acquires IMI Systems

    Israeli defense contractor Elbit Systems said Nov. 25 it has completed its acquisition of IMI Systems for about $495 million with a potential additional payment of about $27 million if performance goals are met.

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  • Maxar CEO seeks growth in space systems

    The chief executive of Maxar Technologies said Nov. 28 the company is pursuing growth in its space systems business and will be more able to do so once it divests its geostationary communications satellite business.

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  • PSC calls on Pentagon to issue LPTA rule

    In a new letter to a top acquisition official, the Professional Services Council is calling on the Pentagon to take steps to clarify how to use lowest price, technically acceptable contracting, a controversial strategy that has attracted significant attention in recent years.

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  • Leidos hires Freeman

    Leidos said this week it has named Tim Freeman senior vice president for business development and strategy within its defense group.

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