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Navy Planning to Acquire First Large Surface Combatant Ship in FY 2025

The U.S. Navy delayed its acquisition of an initial Large Surface Combatant ship from fiscal year 2023 to FY 2025, USNI News reported Friday. Ron O’Rourke, naval affairs specialist for the Congressional Research Service, said he believes the lead LSC vessel did not appear in the FY 2020 budget request because it is scheduled for FY25. However, the Navy is looking to accelerate the acquisition process which may lead to the LSC effort being covered by an earlier budget proposal.

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Former Hill Staffers on Factors Needed to Reinstate Tech Advisory Office in Congress

A few lawmakers have launched an effort to revive the congressional office of technology assessment and some congressional staffers believe that such an institution, if reinstated, should operate in a nonpartisan manner and with adequate funding to be effective, Nextgov reported Wednesday. The OTA, which had a budget of $25M and approximately 140 employees when it ceased operations in 1995, used to educate and advise lawmakers on technology issues ahead of congressional hearings.

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Report: DoD Lacks Data on Effective Use of Other Transaction Authority

There is a lack of reliable data from the Pentagon to prove that the agency’s use of Other Transaction Authority to escalate development and acquisition of new technologies is effective, according to a new congressional analysis. The Congressional Research Service released its assessment report on Friday highlighting a “questionable reliability” of available data from the Department of Defense on how it manages OTA.

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CRS Describes Four Ways to Establish Space Force in New Report

The Congressional Research Service recently published a report describing four possible ways by which either Congress or the president could establish a space force. A space force could be set up through an internal reorganization within an existing military service branch, the creation of a new service branch, the establishment of a new unified combatant command, or the putting up of a new military department.

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CRS: DoD’s R&D, Test & Evaluation Appropriations Hit $65.5B in Fiscal 2015

A Congressional Research Service report obtained by the Federation of American Scientists shows that the Defense Department’s research, development, testing and evaluation appropriations reached $65.5 billion in fiscal year 2015, which accounted for 48.2 percent of $135.8 billion in total federal R&D appropriations for that year. Steven Aftergood wrote in a …

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CRS: US Led Global Conventional Arms Trade in 2015

A new report from the Congressional Research Service says the U.S. continued to lead the world in global conventional armaments trade during 2015 as overall weapons orders decreased to $79.8 billion in 2015 from $89 billion in 2014. The report titled “Conventional Arms Transfers to Developing Nations, 2008-2015” also revealed that the U.S. government’s global …

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