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Gen. Joseph Martin on Army Futures Command, Military Readiness

Gen. Joseph Martin, vice chief of staff of the U.S. Army, told Defense News in an interview published Monday that he believes the service branch is on the right path when it comes to building up military readiness. “And because we’ve had consistent funding over time, we’ve been able to continue to execute our training strategy, which, again, includes home-station training, capstone exercises at combat training centers, maintaining proficiency so that we can meet combatant commanders’ needs,” Martin said.

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Rep. Will Hurd Won’t Seek Re-Election

Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) announced that he will not run for re-election in 2020 “in order to pursue opportunities outside the halls of Congress to solve problems at the nexus between technology and national security.” Hurd, a 2019 Wash100 Award recipient, wrote in an editorial published Thursday about the “generational challenges” facing the U.S., including the geopolitical competition with China, the increasing incidents of cyber attacks and competition for leadership in the field of artificial intelligence.

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AI National Security Commission Issues Initial Report to Congress

The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence provided updates on its activities and future plans to advance AI development through its initial congressional report, National Defense reported Wednesday. According to the report released Wednesday, the commissioners decided to group themselves into four working teams focused on four key areas, including maintaining U.S. leadership in AI research and keeping the country’s advantage in AI national security applications.

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Reps. Gerry Connolly, Mark Meadows Bring Back Bill to Codify FedRAMP

Reps. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., and Mark Meadows, R-N.C., have reintroduced a bill to codify and reform the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program. The FedRAMP Authorization Act of 2019 would allot $25M for the FedRAMP Project Management Office and Joint Authorization Board to address federal cloud requirements, Connolly's office said Wednesday

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi: House Should Pass Deal on Government Spending, Debt Limit Before Recess

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she hopes the lower chamber can pass a deal to raise the debt ceiling and set spending levels by July 26, CNBC reported Wednesday. Pelosi said she expects the White House and the chamber to agree on a measure by Friday, July 19 to allow lawmakers to work on the legislative text over the weekend.

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Three DoD Officials to Lead Implementation of Software Acquisition Study’s Recommendations

Three Department of Defense leaders have been selected to implement the approved recommendations within the four lines of effort of the Defense Innovation Board’s Software Acquisition and Practices study, FedScoop reported Monday. The four lines of effort are refactoring regulations, statutes and processes for software, creating cross-program and cross-service digital infrastructure, establishing new paths for digital talent and changing software procurement and development practices.

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