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FAS: Pentagon Asks Congress to Exempt Sensitive Military Data from FOIA

The Defense Department has called on Congress to exempt sensitive and unclassified information on military rules of engagement, tactics, techniques and procedures from the Freedom of Information Act, the Federation of American Scientists reported Tuesday. DoD said in the department’s proposed measures for inclusion in the fiscal 2018 defense authorization bill that …

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GAO: Challenges in 5 Main Areas Impact DoD Mission Capacity

The Government Accountability Office has determined five key areas that hinder the Defense Department‘s capacity to complete its missions. GAO said in a report published Tuesday DoD’s operational obstacles include cyberspace threats and cyber expansion requirements, escalating program costs, human capital management, efficiencies in defense business operations and a need to rebalance its …

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Army to Field Disaster Response Comms Tech Suite

The U.S. Army prepares to implement a network communications tool suite designed to help the Army National Guard soldiers communicate with first responders in the event of a natural disaster or other critical situation. ARNG said Monday the Disaster Incident Response Emergency Communications Terminal will offer internet and commercial phone access as well as commercial …

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Reports: Trump Administration Seeks to Expedite Infrastructure Project Approval Process With New Council

The White House will establish a new council to reform the current approval process for highway development and other projects as part of President Donald Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure modernization plan, Reuters reported Friday. President Trump said the council will work to help infrastructure project managers address bureaucracy and create an online …

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House Bill Would Require DoD to Notify Congress of ‘Sensitive’ Military Cyber Operations

The House Armed Services Committee has introduced a bipartisan bill that would mandate Defense Department officials to inform Congress about the U.S. military’s sensitive cyber operations or weapons within 48 hours of implementation, Nextgov reported Thursday. The scope of the proposed bill covers all defensive and offensive cyber operations that would occur …

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Report: DoD Elevates Counter-ICBM Capacity Assessment

The Defense Department has stepped up its strategy to assess potential systems against intercontinental ballistic missile threats, Reuters reported Wednesday. DoD elevated anti-ICBM technology assessment efforts following the completion of a simulated ICBM interception test last month at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. A June 6 department memo seen by Reuters says the Boeing-built Ground-Based …

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Profile: James MacStravic, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Tech and Logistics

James MacStravic serves as the Under Secretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics in the Defense Department, where he gives the the secretary of defense information on acquisition, contract administration and the defense industrial base. His role supports DoD’s efforts to boost the purchasing power and performance capacity of the defense acquisition enterprise. …

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Report: Rep. Trey Gowdy to Chair House Oversight Committee

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-South Carolina) has been appointed to succeed Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) as chairman of House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, The Hill reported Thursday. Gowdy, a former prosecutor, is known for leading a House select panel that investigated terrorist attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012. …

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Maj. Gen. Scott Howell to Be Nominated SOCOM Vice Commander

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Scott Howell, head of the Special Operations Joint Task Force and the NATO Special Operations Component Command in Afghanistan, will be nominated as vice commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command. The Defense Department said Wednesday President Donald Trump also endorsed Howell for promotion to the rank of lieutenant …

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