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DHS Outlines Efforts to Fight Domestic Terrorism

The Department of Homeland Security has outlined four ways that the department works to mitigate domestic terrorism. DHS said Wednesday its office for community partnerships conducts briefings, exercises, workshops and training to educate and help communities fight domestic terror threats. OCP’s Countering Violent Extremism grant program funds initiatives to address violent …

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James Mattis: Continuing Resolution Affects DoD Modernization Efforts

Defense Secretary James Mattis has said another continuing resolution would affect the Defense Department‘s modernization efforts since it would prevent the launch of new programs, Defense News reported. Mattis told reporters Monday that a stopgap funding measure “creates unpredictability” and hampers DoD’s capacity to address new threats. “We cannot start new …

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Pentagon Assigns F-35 Warehousing Task to Australia, Netherlands

The Defense Department has delegated regional warehousing capability to Australia and the Netherlands as part of DoD’s F-35 Global Support Solution strategy. Both countries will manage the international fighter program’s aviation inventory through warehouse and distribution facilities located across the European and Pacific regions, according to an article published Wednesday on Lockheed …

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GAO: Air Force Faces Oversight, Acquisition Challenges on Nuclear C2 & Comms System

The Government Accountability Office has found that the U.S. Air Force‘s oversight and acquisition programs for the Nuclear Command, Control and Communications system face challenges in meeting requirements in the long run. GAO said in a report published Tuesday the Air Force expressed an awareness of NC3’s short-term sustainment needs but does not possess …

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Report: USMC Requests Additional 50,000 M27 Automatic Rifles for Military Troops

The U.S. Marine Corps has requested for an additional 50,000 automatic rifles for the service branch’s riflemen, combat engineers and light armored reconnaissance battalion scouts, Marine Corps Times reported Wednesday. The 5.56 mm M27 Infantry Automatic Rifles, which will replace the service branch’s current M4 assault rifles, feature a 30-round magazine and can fire …

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GAO: DoD Should Expand Use of Checklists to Aid FMS Clients in Requirements Specification

The Government Accountability Office has called on the Defense Department to issue guidelines to expand the use of checklists and other tools in order to help program offices and foreign military sales customers define requirements and facilitate the delivery of services and equipment. GAO made the recommendation after it analyzed FMS-related acquisition …

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