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DoD Partners With National Governors Association to Support Defense Economy

NGA

The National Governors Association (NGA) and the Department of Defense (DoD) have partnered to boost the defense industrial base's economic performance. DoD's Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) will work with NGA 's best practices center to help states form strategies for economic and industrial resiliency in the defense sector.

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President Trump Eyes Nomination of Matthew Shipley as DoD Asst Secretary

Matthew Shipley

President Trump plans to nominate Matthew Shipley, a two-decade U.S. Navy veteran, to serve as assistant secretary for readiness at the Department of Defense (DoD). Shipley manages and develops policies for the U.S. military in his current role as deputy assistant secretary for force readiness at DoD. 

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Dr. Mark Lewis, Michael Brown Discuss DoD Modernization Strategy

Mark Lewis

Dr. Mark Lewis, acting deputy undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, and Michael Brown, the director of the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) recently discussed the Department of Defense (DoD) modernization strategy, including the development and procurement of high priority systems. The Department's officials stated that artificial intelligence, directed energy, small satellites, hypersonics, 5G network and unmanned aerial systems have the potential to offer a competitive advantage.

 

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Justin Johnson Named Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for DoD’s Space Policy

Justin Johnson

Justin Johnson, who is a senior member of the staff for Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, has been appointed to serve as deputy assistant secretary of defense for Space Policy on an acting basis. Johnson succeeds Stephen Kitay who recently stepped down after three years in the role and 18 years in the public sector.

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OMB Releases Interim Rule to Address IT Supply Chain Security Risks

Office of Management

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has issued an interim final rule detailing how the Federal Acquisition Security Council will evaluate threat information and recommend issuance of orders to remove or exclude certain products from future procurements or information systems as part of efforts to protect the information and communications technology and services supply chain.

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GAO: DoD Must Improve Info Sharing Among Military Branches’ Maintenance Depots

Maintenance Depots

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is recommending the Department of Defense (DoD) to improve information sharing among its repair depots through the implementation of working groups and best practices aimed at meeting weapons system maintenance goals. GAO said that although the DoD has experienced challenges in meeting weapons repair objectives in recent years.

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Alion Wins Task Order to Support USAF ANT Development; Eric Wright Quoted

Alion

The U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology has awarded Alion Science and Technology a 60-month, $20 million task order to provide Autonomy and Navigation Technology (ANT) Development, the company reported on Friday. Under the task order, Alion will research, assess, analyze and develop the ANT Center's research in autonomous and cooperative systems. 

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CBO: Nuclear Forces Expansion in Response to New START Pact’s Expiration Could Cost DoD Up to $439B

Nuclear Forces Expansion

A new Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report says the Department of Defense (DoD) could incur $410 billion to $439 billion in onetime costs if the U.S. government decides to expand its strategic nuclear forces to the START I treaty levels in response to the expiration of the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with Russia.

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JAIC’s Nand Mulchandani on DoD AI Hub’s Long-Term Mission Goals

Nand Mulchandani

Nand Mulchandani, acting director of the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC), said his office aims to generate valuable data and fully enable AI concepts to become “built-in and learned." Mulchandani envisions JAIC to spearhead the DoD’s efforts to speed up the authority to operate process and while promoting agility in technology development.

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