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Capt. John Rucker: Navy Takes Incremental Approach Toward Unmanned Maritime Systems Devt

The U.S. Navy is working to build a range of unmanned maritime vessels through an incremental development approach, National Defense Magazine reported Thursday. Capt. Jon Rucker, Navy program manager for unmanned maritime systems, said at the Surface Navy Association’s national symposium in Arlington, Virginia that the service branch develops modular …

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GAO: DoD Spent $9.1B on O&M for Overseas Contingency Operations in FY 2016

The Defense Department spent the $9.1 billion budget that Congress authorized for the operation and maintenance needs of overseas contingency operations to meet base requirements. The Government Accountability Office said in a report issued Wednesday that DoD obligated funds to cover base programs and activities, including headquarters, maintenance and transportation costs. Base requirements include …

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Reps. Rob Wittman, Mike Gallagher: Navy Should Reorganize Fleet, Advance Strategic Comms

Reps. Rob Wittman (R-Virginia) and Mike Gallagher (R-Wisconsin) have said the U.S. Navy should launch organizational changes and strategic communication efforts in an effort to address readiness issues, USNI News reported Wednesday. Wittman said Wednesday at the 2018 Surface Navy Association symposium that the service should introduce changes to fleet …

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David Norquist: DoD’s Inaugural Financial Audit to Cost $367M in 2018

David Norquist, Defense Department comptroller, has said the first departmentwide financial statement audit is expected to cost approximately $367 million this year, DoD News reported Wednesday. “We also anticipate spending about $551 million in 2018 fixing problems identified by the auditors,” he said Wednesday during his testimony before the House Armed Services Committee. …

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Sen. John Hoeven Urges DHS Leaders to Use North Dakota’s UAS Expertise for Border Protection Efforts

Sen. John Hoeven (R-North Dakota) has asked Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection agency officials to take advantage of the state’s unmanned aerial systems knowledge to formulate strategies to protect the northern border. According to a report published Thursday on Hoeven’s website, the senator met with DHS …

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Air Force Brig. Gen. John Millard will Take Helm as Air Mobility Command Deputy Director of Plans, Requirements

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. John Millard, former executive officer to the commander at the U.S. Transportation Command, has been appointed as deputy director of strategic plans, requirements and programs at the Headquarters of the Air Mobility Command, the Defense Department said Monday. Millard held various management and leadership positions …

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Maj. Gen. John Morrison: CEMA Units Integrate with Brigades from Other Specialties

Maj. Gen. John Morrison, commander of the Cyber Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon, has said cyber-electromagnetic activities have begun to routinely operate alongside brigades from other domain specialties at combat training centers and home-station training environments. The U.S. Army said Monday Morrison noted CEMA teams have merged with cyber, electronic …

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