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CAPE Director Jamie Morin: Minuteman III ICBM Replacement Cost Could Exceed DoD’s $85B Estimate

Jamie Morin

Jamie Morin, director of cost assessment and program evaluation at the Defense Department, has described $85 billion as a low cost estimate for the replacement platform of Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles in an interview with Breaking Defense posted Thursday. Sydney Freedberg writes Morin said CAPE provided both low and high estimates for the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent program in …

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DISA Restructures Computing, Storage Activities; David Bennett Comments

Defense Information Systems Agency DISA

The Defense Information Systems Agency has moved to restructure computing and storage operations from January 2017 onward in an effort to standardize the services across its enterprise. DISA aims to unify computing resources across the Defense Enterprise Computing Center networkand other locations, the agency said Thursday. “We conducted a careful and thoughtful review of our computing …

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House Passes Commercial Space Bill to Authorize FAA Studies on Airspace Operation Impacts


The House has passed legislation that would authorize the Federal Aviation Administration to consider impacts on space operations in any study to analyze proposed structures’ impact on airspace operations, Space News reported Thursday. Jeff Fouse writes House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-California) introduced the bill to let the FAA study the impact on launch …

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Senate OKs $1.15B Abrams Tank Sale to Saudi Arabia


The U.S. Senate has approved a $1.15 billion sale of 130 General Dynamics Abrams battle tanks and ground vehicle recovery systems to Saudi Arabia under a foreign military sales agreement, Reuters reported Thursday. Patricia Zengerle writes legislators voted 71-27 against a legislation sponsored by Sens. Rand Paul and Chris Murphy …

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Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski: Cyber Resiliency Steering Group Unveils Air Force Cyber Campaign Plan

Ellen Pawlikowski

Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, U.S. Air Force Materiel Command leader, highlighted her emphasis on cyber resiliency and hardening functions at the Air Force Association’s Air, Space and Cyber conference Wednesday. The Cyber Resiliency Steering Group led by the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, AFMC and Air Force Space Command has developed a Air Force Cyber Campaign Plan …

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White House Forms Public-Private Partnership for Climate Preparedness


The White House has established a public-private partnership comprising federal agencies, non-governmental organizations and private businesses to provide information and tools in support of domestic and international climate preparedness efforts. The Partnership for Resilience and Preparedness seeks to identify priority-information needs, expand access to data and develop an open-source platform for climate data sharing, the White …

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White House Unveils Contracting, Security Assistance Transparency Commitments Under 3rd Open Govt Action Plan


The White House has announced seven new initiatives as part of the Third Open Government National Action Plan that seeks to promote transparency, innovation and accountability in the government. The White House said in a report released Tuesday two of the initiatives seek to support open contracting and promote transparency …

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