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Patrick Shanahan: DoD to Evaluate Defense Industry Based on Cybersecurity

Patrick Shanahan, deputy secretary of defense, said that cybersecurity will become the Defense Department's key basis in evaluating the defense industry, Fifth Domain reported Wednesday. His comments come as the Pentagon urges the industry to boost its cybersecurity focus, in support of a new cyber strategy.

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Trump Releases Strategy to Boost US Biodefense Enterprise

President Trump has introduced a strategy that aims to help the federal government respond to biological threats and boost the U.S. biodefense enterprise.

Trump noted in his recently signed National Security Presidential Memorandum that secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services will oversee the implementation of the National Biodefense Strategy, the White House said Tuesday.

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DoD Officials: Digital Engineering Strategy Will Modernize Weapons Development Processes

Michael Griffin, undersecretary for research and engineering at the Defense Department, has said the Digital Engineering Strategy will help federal agencies implement digital engineering practices in weapons systems development by the end of 2018.

Griffin noted that the recently released document provides an advanced way of creating defense systems, as well as focuses on rapidly delivering technologies to win future battles, DoD said Thursday.

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Trump Signs Measure to Increase DoD Spending Over 2 Years

President Donald Trump on Friday signed a spending measure that would allocate a defense budget of $700 billion for fiscal year 2018 and $716 billion for FY 2019, The Associated Press reported Sunday. The FY 2018 budget would earmark approximately $629 billion for base defense budget and about $71 billion …

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House OKs $1.2T Fiscal 2018 Spending Package

The House voted 211-198 Thursday to pass a potential $1.2 trillion spending package to fund government operations for fiscal year 2018, The Hill reported Thursday. The appropriations package contains four bills the House approved in July and eight new spending measures and its approval came a week after Congress passed …

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CBO: Fiscal 2017 Appropriation Actions Will Not Result in Sequestration

The Congressional Budget Office has said sequestration is not necessary for fiscal 2017 since appropriations for both defense and nondefense programs do not go beyond the caps on discretionary budget authority. CBO said in an August report that fiscal 2017 appropriations for defense programs based on the Office of Management and Budget …

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Rep. Kay Granger: $603B Defense Budget Plan ‘Reasonable’ for Fiscal 2018

Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas), chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee, has said Congress is unlikely to raise the defense budget beyond President Donald Trump’s $603 billion proposal for fiscal 2018, Bloomberg reported Thursday. Granger said at a Bloomberg Government event she thinks the $603 billion proposal is “reasonable.” …

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