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DoD Saves $4.3B in FY18, Sets $6B Goal for FY19

Lisa Hershman, acting chief management officer for DoD, said 114 projects contributed to the FY18 savings while a reduction in redundant defense systems saved the budget for early FY19. The report said DoD already freed up inventory space five times the size of the agency's central courtyard.

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GAO: Reported Spending Authority, Permanent Appropriations Rose 88% From FY 1994-2015

The Government Accountability Office has found that federal agencies reported $3.2T in total spending authority and permanent appropriations for fiscal year 2015, reflecting an 88 percent rise from FY 1994. GAO said in a report published Tuesday that such inflation-adjusted growth was primarily driven by the use of permanent appropriations authority, which supports federal entitlement initiatives such as Medicare and the Old-Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance program. 
 

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Mark Esper OKs New Army Intellectual Property Mgmt Policy

Army Secretary Mark Esper has cleared a new policy that aims to provide the service with a strategy to advance innovation and modernization and sustain readiness through intellectual property management, the Army News Service reported Tuesday. Esper approved the IP management policy Friday to facilitate acquisition and modernization reforms that seek to accelerate the delivery of new capabilities to warfighters amid emerging threats posed by adversaries.

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House Panel: 11 Federal Agencies Show Progress in Latest FITARA Scorecard

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has issued the seventh iteration of its Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act scorecard, which shows that 11 agencies saw improvement in their letter grades. Thirteen federal agencies maintained their scores, according to the biannual scorecard released by the House panel.
 

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Trump OKs National Strategy Against Terrorist Use of Weapons of Mass Destruction

President Trump approved a new national strategy to counter the use of weapons of mass destruction by terrorist groups. The National Strategy for Countering WMD Terrorism details how the federal government will launch global efforts to prevent insurgents from using chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons to strengthen the security of the U.S. and its allies, the White House said Monday.

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Michael Moran: Navy Program Managers Must Lead Efforts to Streamline Acquisition

Vice Adm. Michael Moran, principal military deputy to the U.S. Navy acquisition executive, said Thursday at an engineering conference that “things can be done” when it comes to streamlining acquisition, USNI News reported Monday. Moran said the use of new and innovative processes like additive manufacturing helped the Navy field an updated next-generation jammer for the EA-18G Growler in four months instead of the initial nine-year schedule.

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USAF Conducts Critical Design Review for B-21 Weapon System; Heather Wilson Quoted

In late November, The U.S. Air Force evaluated the design of the B-21 bomber aircraft's weapon system to verify production readiness. The assessment reflected positive progress from the aircraft's engineering and manufacturing development phase that lasted almost three years, USAF said Monday.

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General Dynamics Shipyard Hosts Launching of Future USS Lyndon B. Johnson Destroyer

The U.S. Navy launched the future USS Lyndon B. Johnson on Sunday at the General DynamicsBath Iron Works shipyard in Bath, Maine, the Naval Sea Systems Command said Monday. The multi-day launching saw the Zumwalt-class destroyer transferred from a land-level platform to a dry dock where fine-tuning operations will take place once the dock is flooded and the ship is afloat on the Kennebeck River.

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Air Force to Unveil Electronic Warfare Study in January

The U.S. Air Force plans to announce the latest findings of its year-long study that explored how the military can protect its equipment and data from emerging global threats on electromagnetic spectrum in January, Military.com reported Monday. Senior service officials will discuss the findings at the Weapons and Tactics Conference at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., according to Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen Wilson.

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