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CBO: Nuclear Weapon Programs Would Cost $494B Through 2028

A new Congressional Budget Office report says the implementation of plans to modernize and maintain U.S. nuclear forces as stated in the Nuclear Posture Review and the fiscal 2019 budget requests of the departments of Defense and Energy would cost $494B from 2019 through 2028. CBO said the figure reflects a 23 percent increase from its 2017 estimate - $400B - over the 10-year period.
 

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USAF Unifies IT, Intelligence, Cyber Into One HQ Office

The U.S. Air Force began reorganizing and unifying its headquarters' information technology, cyber and intelligence operations, Federal News Network reported Wednesday. USAF's new approach would combine the three technical areas into one organization, merging the branch's deputy chief of staff offices for information dominance and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

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House Passes Bill Identifying State Department Cyber Weaknesses; Rep. Ted Lieu Quoted

The House of Representatives passed a bill to hire ethical hackers to detect cyber vulnerabilities within the Department of State's network. The Hack Your State Department Act would authorize professional hackers to report on the DOS network's weaknesses under a bug bounty program, the office of Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., said Tuesday

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Navy Tactical Networks Program Office Confirms Alignment With Maritime Superiority Plan

The U.S. Navy's Tactical Networks Program Office or PMW 160 verified the alignment of its efforts with the chief of naval operations' maritime superiority plan after a recent review. The office concluded that its efforts support A Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority Version 2.0., fostering future plans to boost the fleet's network capacities, the Navy said Wednesday.

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Navy Exploring Cold Spray to Speed Up, Improve Asset Maintenance

The U.S. Navy is exploring a new method of welding that officials said could reduce costs and accelerate maintenance of naval assets. The Tactical Innovation Implementation Lab within the Navy is leading efforts to field the cold spray process across U.S. shipyards, the service branch said Wednesday

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OPM Advises Agencies to Allow Flexible Employee Schedules Amid Shutdown; Margaret Weichert Quoted

The Office of Personnel Management issued a memo encouraging agencies to allow work-from-home arrangements and other approaches promoting schedule flexibility for employees. The memo intends to support federal employees who are still working despite the government shutdown, OPM said Wednesday.

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Navy Announces Commissioning for Future USS Michael Monsoor Destroyer

The U.S. Navy is holding a commissioning ceremony for the future USS Michael Monsoor destroyer on Saturday at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego, Calif., the Department of Defense said Wednesday. The second Zumwalt-class destroyer will be deployed to support naval, joint or combined maritime missions including aviation, surface and undersea operations.

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GAO Opposes New Army Plans to Speed Up Tech Modernization

The Government Accountability Office has raised concerns about the U.S. Army’s plans to change how it develops and deploys new weapons systems following the establishment of the Army Futures Command. In a report released Wednesday, GAO said the service branch intends to skip field tests to immediately move new technologies into weapons systems.

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Report: Michael Griffin’s Office to Oversee Space Development Agency

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has issued a memo directing Michael Griffin, defense undersecretary for research and engineering, to submit by March 1 a plan to establish a new space development agency, SpaceNews reported Wednesday. Griffin’s office will oversee the new agency, which is expected to be set up no later than March 29, according to the Jan. 19 memo initially reported by Inside Defense.

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Gen. David Goldfein Inspects Air Force’s T-X Trainer Aircraft at Boeing Facility

Gen. David Goldfein, chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force, conducted an inspection of the T-X trainer aircraft during his visit to Boeing’s production facility in St. Louis on Jan. 15, the Air Force reported Wednesday. Goldfein shared his observations on the aircraft during the inspection, including his comments on the sight lines the plane offers.

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