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Report: IT Weaknesses Among Largest Issues Uncovered in DoD’s First Financial Audit

The Pentagon failed to get a “clean opinion” in its first departmentwide financial audit, Federal News Network reported Thursday. A team of 1K independent auditors and representatives from the Defense Department’s office of inspector general evaluated over 90K sample items and found that information technology weaknesses were some of the top issues identified in the audit.

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Jim Bridenstine Voices Concern Over Potential Cuts in NASA’s Fiscal 2020 Budget

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine has said potential cuts in the agency’s fiscal 2020 budget could have an impact on space exploration programs, SpaceNews reported Thursday. “If that materializes, no, we’re not going to have what we need to go to the moon,” he said Thursday at a National Space Council meeting of the users’ advisory group in Washington.

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Air Force Nears Completion of EW Technology Gap Study

The U.S. Air Force is almost finished with its one-year study on electronic warfare technologies and is expected to submit its final report in January next year, C4ISRnet reported Wednesday. Gen. Stephen Wilson, USAF vice chief of staff, told reporters the same day that the results reflect the service branch's lag in the EW area.

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DOE Announces Funds to Support Large Power Transformer R&D Efforts

The Department of Energy is obligating up to $75M to finance four research and development efforts for more resilient large power transformers. The DOE said Wednesday these projects aim to produce sensor-equipped transformers with boosted flexibility, analytical performance and security under the Transformer Resilience and Advanced Components and Resilient Distribution Systems programs.

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Maj. Gen. Sami Said Promoted to Lt. Gen.; Assigned as USAF Inspector General

Maj. Gen. Sami Said, deputy inspector general at the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, has been named the service branch's new inspector general. The U.S. Air Force is also promoting Said to lieutenant general, with the Pentagon serving as his base of operations, the Defense Department said Wednesday.

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Analysis: US Wars Post-9/11 Have Cost Nearly $6T

The chair of the Department of Political Science at Boston University estimates that, as of fiscal year 2019, the U.S. will have to spend $5.9T to pay for all the wars the country has been involved in following the 9/11 terror attacks. Professor Neta Crawford, who also serves as the director of the Costs of War Project at BU, breaks down this cost projection in detail in a recently-released paper titled “United States Budgetary Costs of the Post-9/11 Wars Through FY2019: $5.9 Trillion Spent and Obligated”.

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Jonathan Feibus: Cloud Adoption Offers Flexibility to Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Jonathan Feibus, chief information security officer at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, has said NRC has begun to update several internal applications as part of its cloud migration effort, Federal News Network reported Wednesday. “We’ve recently moved to a number of cloud applications for productivity apps like the office suite, like email,” he said on the network’s Federal Monthly Insights-Application Services Month. 
 

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