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House Lawmakers Want DoD to Halt Military Medical Billets Reduction

House lawmakers want to retain the 18,000 military medical billets that the Pentagon plans to close to transfer personnel to other operational and modernization priorities, Federal News Network reported Monday. The House Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee issued its marks of the 2020 defense authorization bill to prevent the Department of Defense from reducing or realigning military medical personnel. 

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DoD to Boost Rare Earth Mineral Production to Reduce Dependence on China

The Department of Defense is requesting funds to increase the production of rare earth minerals in the U.S. to reduce the country’s reliance on China, Reuters reported Thursday. Air Force Lt. Col. Mike Andrews, a spokesman for DoD, said the department’s request was included in a report submitted to the White House as part of a federal program seeking to offer economic incentives to boost domestic manufacturing capabilities.

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Report: DoD Plans to Move Strategic Capabilities Office to DARPA

The Department of Defense plans to integrate the strategic capabilities office into the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to centralize more research divisions under Michael Griffin, DoD undersecretary for research and engineering and 2019 Wash100 Award recipient, Reuters reported Friday. The SCO oversees the development of technological capabilities against emerging threats.

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Donald Parker: DISA’s Purebred Mobile Credentialing System ‘Doing Really Well’

Donald Parker, head of the Defense Information Systems Agency's Public Key Infrastructure branch, said that DISA’s Purebred tool is “doing really well as a capability to support mobile credentialing,” the agency said Monday. Parker told attendees at a recent AFCEA event in Baltimore, Md. that PKI has emerged as the foundation for internet security and secure data transmission.

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Suzette Kent: OMB Working on Automated Tech Policy for Federal Agencies

Suzette Kent, federal chief information officer and 2019 Wash100 winner, said at a Department of Labor meeting that the Office of Management and Budget is “working aggressively” to develop automated technology policies, Nextgov reported Thursday. Kent told reporters at the closed-door meeting in Washington, D.C. that automated technology policy requires a lot of planning with various agencies which have different missions and controls.

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Matthew Donovan Named Acting Air Force Secretary

Matthew Donovan, undersecretary of the U.S. Air Force, will serve as the service’s interim secretary, effective June 1, the Department of Defense said in a news release published Wednesday. He will assume the responsibilities of Air Force Secretary and 2019 Wash100 winner Heather Wilson, who will step down from her post to join the University of Texas at El Paso as president.

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House Panel Proposes $690B in Defense Discretionary Spending for FY 2020

The House Appropriations Committee introduced a draft spending bill that would authorize $690.2 billion in fiscal 2020 discretionary funds for the Department of Defense, reflecting an increase of $15.8 billion from the enacted discretionary budget for the current fiscal year. The committee said Tuesday the bill includes a base budget of $622.1 billion and $68.1 billion in overseas contingency operations funds – an increase of $15.6 billion and $165 million from current levels, respectively.

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Report: DoD to Reprogram $1.5B in Funds for Border Wall

The Department of Defense is redirecting approximately $1.5 billion in funds allocated for several defense programs toward the Trump administration’s plan to construct 80 additional miles of border wall, The Washington Post reported Sunday. The funds will come from the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile and surveillance plane program called Airborne Warning and Control System, according to a DoD document obtained by the Post.

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Ellen Lord: DoD Aims to Bring Together Investors, Companies via ‘Trusted Capital Marketplace’

Ellen Lord, undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment at the Department of Defense, said she approved a new program that “will convene trusted sources of private capital with innovative companies critical to defense industrial base and national security.” Lord, a 2019 Wash100 winner, said Friday in a press briefing the Trusted Capital Marketplace is a public-private partnership that seeks to launch a pilot program that will help small- and medium-sized firms produce "emerging defense and commercial technologies."

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Report: New Hellfire Missile Variant Aims to Avoid Civilian Casualties

The U.S. government developed a variant of the Hellfire air-to-surface missile designed to target terrorists without explosion and reduce the risk of civilian casualties, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. The modified Hellfire missile, also known as R9X, comes with a ring of six blades that can cut through vehicle roofs or buildings to home in on the target. U.S. officials said the Department of Defense used R9X six times in its operations in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen and Somalia. 

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