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DNI James Clapper Backs Govt Approval of Commercial 25-CM Imagery

National Intelligence Director James Clapper supports DigitalGlobe‘s application for a license to offer satellite images with a 25-centimeter spatial resolution to non-U.S. government clients, Space News reported Tuesday. Mike Gruss writes that Clapper’s recommendation on high-resolution commercial imagery has been submitted to the White House. “As far as I’m concerned, it certainly …

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Navy Readies Bid Solicitation For UCLASS System Project

The U.S. Navy is preparing to issue a formal request for bids on the aerial element of its proposed unmanned technology for surveillance and strike missions. Four companies have prequalified to compete for the Navy’s Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike program, according to a March 13 FedBizOpps post. …

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Report: Afghan Military Spending Grew 557% Over 9 Years

A new report from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute indicates that 23 countries have doubled their military spending over the last 10 years, Defense One reported Monday. Kedar Pavgi and Ben Watson write Afghanistan has raised its military spending by 557 percent from 2004 to 2013, followed by Azerbaijan …

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Pentagon to Audit GSA Schedule Prices; Richard Ginman, Jeffrey Koses Comment

The Defense Department is reviewing the General Services Administration’s schedules for potential variations in prices, Federal Times reported Friday. Nicole Blake Johnson writes Pentagon is concerned about the cost it pays for commercial products and services acquired through GSA’s catalog. “What the [Federal Acquisition Regulation] said was the price has been …

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Air Force Announces Program Leadership Reorganization

The U.S. Air Force is reorganizing the management of its acquisition, missile systems, tanker planes and air mobility programs, Defense News reported Monday. Aaron Mehta writes that Lt. Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski has been nominated as military deputy for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition and Maj. Gen. …

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