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David Norquist: DoD-Wide Audit Results Could Come in Fall

Pentagon Comptroller David Norquist has said the ongoing Defense Department-wide audit is part of National Defense Strategy implementation efforts and that he expects the results to be available by fall, DoD News reported Thursday. He told WGAN radio station in an interview the review will cover the Pentagon’s personnel, equipment and property investments. …

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Pentagon Renames Defense Innovation Org

Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has announced the removal of the word “experimental” from the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental in a move to emphasize the organization’s permanence within the Defense Department. Shanahan wrote in a memo dated Aug. 3 the unit has completed experiments for DoD and helped the department establish …

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Defense Science Board Offers Recommendations on Cyberspace Protection

The Defense Science Board is advising the government to integrate the military’s cyber defense efforts with other agencies, Bloomberg Government reported Thursday. The advisory board’s report, titled “Cyber as a Strategic Capability,” includes a recommendation to expand the military’s role in protecting major private sector networks. The report also advises …

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DoD Prohibits Department Personnel From Using Geolocation Tools in Operational Areas

Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan recently issued a memo prohibiting Defense Department personnel in operational areas from using the geolocation features of their electronic devices. Activating geolocation functions of devices such as smartphones and fitness trackers could result in “unintended security consequences” by divulging “personal information, locations, routines and numbers …

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Hill AFB’s F-35 Program Makes Headway

Hill Air Force Base’s F-35A Lightning II program has progressed since its initial operational capability announcement in August 2016, the service branch said Friday. The F-35’s new 3F software increases the aircraft’s capacities, including that of its weapons systems, with its flight envelope now reaching nine Gs. The Air Force also worked …

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Chris Shank to Head DoD Strategic Capabilities Office

Chris Shank, former senior adviser to the secretary of the U.S. Air Force, has joined the Defense Department’s Strategic Capabilities Office as its new director, Defense News reported Friday. Shank will lead the SCO and its efforts to explore and develop strategies to counter emerging threats across various domains. He …

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