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DoD Urges Congress to Rescind Requirement for Unclassified FYDP Submission

The Department of Defense (DoD) is asking Congress to cancel the statutory requirement to develop an unclassified version of the Future Years Defense Program, the Federation of American Scientists reported Monday. DoD offers its defense spending estimates for the next five years through FYDP and the Pentagon said it might inadvertently disclose sensitive data through the publication of unclassified FYDP.

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Space Force Gets Initial Operational Capability of Space Fence Radar

The U.S. Space Force has attained the initial operational capability of a radar system designed to help the service branch identify and track objects in orbit. The Space Fence radar is designed to boost space situational awareness across satellites, debris, depleted boosters and other orbiting objects, USSF said Friday.

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DoD Eyes Commercial, Nat’l Security Transition for Space Tech Under ‘Hallmark’ Program

The Department of Defense (DoD) is coordinating with national security organizations and commercial entities as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency prepares to conclude its research and development program for space situational awareness technologies this year.

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GAO: DoD Must Improve Monitoring, Sustainment of Nuclear Programs

The Government Accountability Office has found that while the Department of Defense made progress in implementing recommendations for improving its nuclear program reviews, the department is yet to deploy key tracking tools to ensure transparency.

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DoD Formalizes Nonprofit Board’s Authority to Certify Third-Party Cybersecurity Assessors

Ty Schieber, chairman of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification accreditation board, said the Department of Defense has granted the nonprofit group formal authority to select third-party assessment organizations that will audit companies' CMMC compliance, FedScoop reported Thursday.

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Lt. Gen. Jack Shanahan: DoD’s JAIC In Talks With Northcom, National Guard Bureau Over AI

Lt. Gen. Jack Shanahan, director of the Department of Defense’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said JAIC is in discussions with the National Guard Bureau and U.S. Northern Command about how to facilitate response to the coronavirus pandemic using AI, Bloomberg Government reported Wednesday.

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GSA, VA, IRS Raise Micropurchase, Simplified Acquisition Thresholds

The departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, General Services Administration and the Internal Revenue Service have executed emergency procurement authorities to accelerate contract awards in support of COVID-19 relief efforts, Federal News Network reported Friday. VA, GSA and the IRS raised their simplified acquisition threshold and micropurchase threshold for purchases made in the U.S.

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