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Pentagon Watchdog Reviewing Air Force Certification for SpaceX Falcon Launch Vehicles

The Department of Defense’s inspector general plans to review the U.S. Air Force’s previous certification for SpaceX to offer its Falcon launch vehicles for military launch service contracts. DoD's watchdog announced an evaluation on Monday that will examine if the service branch complied with the Launch Services New Entrant Certification Guide while certifying the launch system. 

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MDA Considering Interceptor Missiles for Hypersonic Defense

During a recent Center for Strategic and International Studies event in Washington, D.C., Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, director of the Missile Defense Agency, said the MDA is considering acquiring interceptors, National Defense reported Friday. Greaves noted that the agency is conducting assessments of available interceptor missiles after completing an analysis of potential capabilities for hypersonic defense.

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Dana Deasy: DoD Planning to Evaluate Suppliers’ Cybersecurity Self-Checks

Dana Deasy, chief information officer of the Department of Defense, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the Pentagon plans to conduct assessments of cybersecurity self-evaluation among defense suppliers, Federal News Network reported Wednesday. According to Deasy, the proposed new procedure will have the DoD evaluate vendors’ cybersecurity self-checks and give “confidence scores” on these assessments.

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DISA Tests New Biometric Device in Pilot Program

The Defense Information Systems Agency has distributed new biometric devices across military partners under a pilot program in partnership with Qualcomm, FCW reported Wednesday. The program disseminated 50 units of the device with Joint Interoperability Test Command among the recipients, Stephen Wallace, systems innovation scientist at DISA, told FCW.

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Fix Begins for DoD’s Vulnerable Health Records System

The Department of Defense began working to fix the cybersecurity vulnerabilities discovered in its new electronic health records system, Bloomberg reported Wednesday. DoD formed a working group to fix the Military Healthcare System Genesis that was found last fall as “not survivable” when hit with staged attacks by military hackers and information technology specialists. 

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Michael Fantini: USAF Warfighting Integration Unit Focusing on Future Combat Scenarios

At a recent Air Force Association event, Maj. Gen. Michael Fantini, director of the U.S. Air Force Warfighting Integration Capability, predicts warfighting will be the evolutionary, revolutionary and disruptive baseline, National Defense reported Tuesday. Fantini said the baseline concept involves increasing the service's 312 squadrons to 386, while the evolutionary option focuses on integrating emerging technologies into current aircraft and spacecraft.

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Mark Esper: Army Seeking Modernization Funding to Achieve Readiness by FY 2022

Mark Esper, Secretary of the U.S. Army, said in an interview the service branch wants to allocate significant funding into science and technology efforts to reach its readiness goals by fiscal year 2022, Defense News reported Tuesday. He noted that the Army is making progress with 31 programs under the established Futures Command in line with the service’s modernization strategy developed in 2018.

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DoD Completes Blended Retirement System Opt-In Enrollment

The Department of Defense has concluded the opt-in enrollment of a new military retirement system with over half a million servicemen registered in total. The Blended Retirement System fuses traditional pension with a thrift savings plan, allowing members to receive retirement benefits before reaching 20 years in service, the DoD said Monday.

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