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Senate OKs FY 2019 Minibus Spending Measure With Over $670B for DoD

The Senate voted 93-7 on Tuesday to pass a negotiated package that would allocate over $850B in fiscal 2019 funds for the departments of Defense, Health and Human Services, Labor and Education, Stars and Stripes reported Tuesday. The decision came days after congressional negotiators reached a compromise on the appropriations package.
 

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Pentagon Launches New Cyber Strategy

The Defense Department has released a new strategy that lays out its action plans to counter cybersecurity threats posed by Russia, China and other strategic competitors. A summary of DoD’s cyber strategy issued Tuesday states DoD’s cyber space goals such as the need to build up the joint force’s capability to carry out cyber operations that enhance the country’s military advantage; defend U.S. critical infrastructure from malicious threats; and secure the Pentagon’s information systems from cyber vulnerabilities.

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Soraya Correa: DHS Aims to Streamline Procurement Process Through Innovation Lab Boot Camp

Soraya Correa, chief procurement officer at the Department of Homeland Security, told Federal News Radio in an interview published Tuesday how DHS' procurement innovation lab helps personnel and other agencies streamline the acquisition process through the boot camp. “People walk out of the course not only understanding what our innovative techniques are, but encouraged and motivated to go out and innovative and be innovative in the constructs of the Federal Acquisition Regulations,” Correa said of PIL’s boot camp.

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Report: Army Gets $343M Funding Boost for Weapons, Munitions R&D in FY 2019 Budget Compromise

Congressional negotiators have reached a deal to allocate $383.4M in fiscal 2019 funds for the U.S. Army's research and development work on weapons systems and munitions, Defense News reported Monday. The negotiated spending bill released late Thursday reflects a $343M increase from the service's budget request of $40.4M for weapons and munitions tech development and improvement efforts.

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Heather Wilson: Air Force Eyes 24% Rise in Squadrons by 2030

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson has said the service plans to increase the total number of operational squadrons to 386 and add 40K more personnel by 2030 to counter potential military threats posed by Russia and China, Reuters reported Monday. That figure represents a 24 percent increase from the service’s 312 squadrons today.
 

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Gen. David Goldfein: Air Force Wants Light-Attack Aircraft With Data Sharing Capability

Gen. David Goldfein, chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force, has said the service wants to field a light-attack aircraft with an information networking capability designed to help U.S. and allied forces counter insurgents, the Air Force Times reported Monday. “If I hear one thing from my international air chiefs, it’s ‘we need to figure out how to share information both ways,’” Goldfein told the publication.

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Report: Congress Wants Accountable Entity to Oversee EHR Modernization at DoD, VA

Some lawmakers have raised concerns about the lack of a single body that would be accountable as the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs modernize and integrate their electronic health records systems despite the presence of an interagency program office, Federal News Radio reported Friday. The report said Congress mandated the formation of an IPO a decade ago to help VA and DoD facilitate EHR interoperability, but the office has seen its responsibilities reduced in recent years.
 

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Patrick Shanahan Issues Memo on DoD’s ‘Space Force’ Establishment Plan

Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has released a memo that lays out the Defense Department’s plan to establish by 2020 a new “space force” that would serve as the country’s sixth service branch, SpaceNews reported Thursday. John Rood, defense undersecretary for policy, will work with the Joint Staff, military services’ secretaries and DoD’s legislative office to come up with a legislative proposal for the new space force for submission to the Office of Management and Budget by Dec. 1, according to a copy of the Monday memo obtained by the publication.
 

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Alan Thomas: Next Phase of Awards Under Technology Modernization Fund to Advance

Alan Thomas, commissioner of the General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service, has said the board that oversees the Technology Modernization Fund plans to award the next round of funding for information technology upgrades at agencies amid uncertainty in budget allocation for TMF in fiscal 2019, Federal Times reported Thursday. “We did not take into account whether we were going to get another tranche of money in there,” Thomas, a member of the Technology Modernization Board, said Thursday at an Association for Federal Information Resource Management event.

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House, Senate Negotiators Reach DoD-HHS-Labor-Education Appropriations Deal With Stopgap Measure

Conference members of both chambers of Congress have reached a compromise to combine the $674B defense spending bill with a measure that would appropriate fiscal 2019 funds for the departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and Education, Defense News reported Thursday.

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