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Pentagon’s Base-Budget Costs Projected to Climb Through 2033

The Congressional Budget Office projects that the Pentagon’s 2019 Future Years Defense Program is leading to a significant increase in the agency’s base-budget costs into the early 2030's. In a report released Wednesday, CBO said the figure could increase from the agency’s request of $617B for 2019 to $735B in 2033. In April, the Department of Defense released the 2019 FYDP detailing the expectations about the planned costs from 2019 to 2023. 

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Navy Schedules Commissioning of Future USS Tulsa

The U.S. Navy has set a commissioning ceremony for LCS 16, the Independence-class littoral combat ship to be named USS Tulsa on Saturday at Pier 30/32 in San Francisco, Calif. Kathy Taylor, former mayor of Tulsa, Okla., will order the activation of the vessel as the ship's sponsor. Sen. James Lankford will administer the ceremony's principal address, the Department of Defense said Wednesday.

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Pentagon Admits Implementing New Acquisition Reforms Will Be ‘Challenging’

Kevin Fahey, assistant secretary of defense for acquisition, said the Pentagon expects to face challenges implementing the acquisition reforms suggested by a new panel established by Congress, National Defense Magazine reported Wednesday. Congress established the Section 809 Panel in 2016 to guide the Department of Defense in the changes to how it buys new technologies. 

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Air Force, Army Working on New Contracts to Expand Military Cyber Training

The U.S. Air Force and Army issued solicitations seeking industry support for new initiatives to expand the cyber training environment for U.S. service members, Fifth Domain reported Tuesday. The Army is aiming to build new cyber ranges in Orlando and Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Charleston, S. C., and in Patuxent River, Md to increase cybersecurity training and certification events for its troops.

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Potomac Officers Club Hosting Artificial Intelligence Summit With Keynote Speaker Dana Deasy, CIO at Department of Defense

The Potomac Officers Club — a division of Executive Mosaic — will be hosting the 2019 Artificial Intelligence Summit on Feb. 13 at the Hilton-McLean in McLean, Va. Dana Deasy, chief information officer of the Department of Defense and a 2019 Wash100 winner, will serve as a keynote speaker. On Monday, President Trump signed an executive order to launch the American AI Initiative, which directs federal resources toward the development of artificial intelligence in order to build up economic and national security and improve the quality of life of citizens.

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Force Master Chief James Herdel Named CENTCOM Leader

James Herdel, force master chief of Navy Expeditionary Combat Command, has been assigned to serve as the U.S. Central Command's senior enlisted leader. He succeeds Command Sgt. Maj. William Thetford of the U.S. Army, and will perform the duties from MacDill Air Force Base in Florida, the Department of Defense said Friday

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USAF Lt. Gen. VeraLinn Jamieson Nominated for ISR, Cyber Leadership Role

President Trump nominated Lt. Gen. VeraLinn Jamieson; deputy chief of staff for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance with the U.S. Air Force; for an ISR leadership role that includes a cyber component. The nomination is for Jamieson's assignment as USAF deputy chief of staff for ISR and cyber effects operations, the Department of Defense said Friday

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Air Force, Army, Navy Heads Want Modernized, More Lethal Military After Reforms

Secretaries of the U.S. Air Force, Army and Navy said the ongoing reforms across the military should focus on force modernization, more lethality and readiness. Army Secretary Mark Esper, Navy Secretary Richard Spencer and Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson discussed their reform efforts at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, the Department of Defense said Friday

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DoD Adding Reform Investments to Budget Request for First Time

Lisa Hershman, acting chief management officer at the Pentagon, said the agency’s fiscal year 2020 funding request will include a formal reform budget for the first time, Defense News reported Thursday. She said her office has over 50 reform initiatives focusing on the Office of the Secretary of Defense, fourth estate agencies and military departments. 

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Gov’t May Appoint Leader to Oversee DoD-VA Electronic Health Record; James Byrne Quoted

The Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs are looking to establish a single position of authority who would oversee activities regarding an electronic health record system, FCW reported Tuesday. James Byrne, acting deputy secretary at VA, said at a senate appropriations hearing that VA considers to have one arbitrator to make decisions on the health record when there are disagreements between the two departments.

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