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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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NASA Aims to Advance Comms, Proximity Operation Capabilities Via 2 Cubesat Demo Missions

NASA is set to conduct technology demonstration missions for two Cubesats that took off Sunday aboard Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft. The agency said Tuesday it will conduct the Optical Communications and Sensor Demonstration and Integrated Solar Array and Reflectarray Antenna missions as part of the Small Spacecraft Technology Program. “Our primary mission …

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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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