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White House Directs Pentagon Away From Discussion of US-China ‘Competition’

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The White House has issued a directive that forbids the Defense Department to discuss the U.S. military’s interaction with China using “great power competition” and other potentially inflammatory phrases, Navy Times reported Monday. David Larter writes the new directive from the National Security Council requires Pentagon officials to find less provocative descriptions when …

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Deborah Lee James: More Assessment Needed Before DoD’s Final Cost Estimate for Nuclear Modernization

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Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James believes the Defense Department needs more room for evaluation before it can finalize the cost estimate on the effort to modernize the U.S. intercontinental ballistic missile arsenal, National Defense Magazine reported Wednesday. John Harper writes DoD’s Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation Office estimated the cost of the …

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Frank Kendall: DoD Likely to Establish 3rd Outpost for Defense Innovation Hub

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Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall said the Defense Department aims to open a third outpost for the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental organization in the next few months, Defense News reported Wednesday. Aaron Mehta writes Austin, Texas, could be a possible location for the third DIUx office after Defense Secretary Ash Carter visited an innovation hub there in …

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Pentagon Creates Advisory Panel on Streamlining Acquisition Process

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The Defense Department has launched an advisory panel with a two-year charter to help streamline the military’s acquisition process, Defense News reported Tuesday. Aaron Mehta writes Deidre Lee, a former director of Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy and previously a Office of Federal Procurement Policy administrator, will lead the Advisory Panel on Streamlining …

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Rear Adm. Tom Druggan Named Commander of Naval Surface Warfare Center

Rear Adm Tom Druggan

Rear Adm. Tom Druggan, a surface warfare officer at the U.S. Navy, has been appointed as commander of the Naval Surface Warfare Center. He relieved Rear Adm. Lorin Selby, who has led NSWC since October 2014, during a change-of-command ceremony Thursday, the Navy said Friday. Druggan previously commanded the Aegis ballistic missile defense destroyer …

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