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Senate OKs FY 2019 Minibus Spending Measure With Over $670B for DoD

The Senate voted 93-7 on Tuesday to pass a negotiated package that would allocate over $850B in fiscal 2019 funds for the departments of Defense, Health and Human Services, Labor and Education, Stars and Stripes reported Tuesday. The decision came days after congressional negotiators reached a compromise on the appropriations package.
 

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Pentagon Launches New Cyber Strategy

The Defense Department has released a new strategy that lays out its action plans to counter cybersecurity threats posed by Russia, China and other strategic competitors. A summary of DoD’s cyber strategy issued Tuesday states DoD’s cyber space goals such as the need to build up the joint force’s capability to carry out cyber operations that enhance the country’s military advantage; defend U.S. critical infrastructure from malicious threats; and secure the Pentagon’s information systems from cyber vulnerabilities.

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Report: Congress Wants Accountable Entity to Oversee EHR Modernization at DoD, VA

Some lawmakers have raised concerns about the lack of a single body that would be accountable as the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs modernize and integrate their electronic health records systems despite the presence of an interagency program office, Federal News Radio reported Friday. The report said Congress mandated the formation of an IPO a decade ago to help VA and DoD facilitate EHR interoperability, but the office has seen its responsibilities reduced in recent years.
 

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Patrick Shanahan Issues Memo on DoD’s ‘Space Force’ Establishment Plan

Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has released a memo that lays out the Defense Department’s plan to establish by 2020 a new “space force” that would serve as the country’s sixth service branch, SpaceNews reported Thursday. John Rood, defense undersecretary for policy, will work with the Joint Staff, military services’ secretaries and DoD’s legislative office to come up with a legislative proposal for the new space force for submission to the Office of Management and Budget by Dec. 1, according to a copy of the Monday memo obtained by the publication.
 

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House, Senate Negotiators Reach DoD-HHS-Labor-Education Appropriations Deal With Stopgap Measure

Conference members of both chambers of Congress have reached a compromise to combine the $674B defense spending bill with a measure that would appropriate fiscal 2019 funds for the departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and Education, Defense News reported Thursday.

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Engineer Nick Guertin: Open Systems Approach Supports DoD Procurement Efforts

Nick Guertin, senior software systems engineer at Carnegie Mellon University, said in an interview that the use of open systems generates market opportunities that helps Defense Department procurement, Federal News Radio reported Friday. Guertin, who formerly held technology leadership roles at the U.S. Navy, cited the service branch's first open systems engagement in a rapid insertion program for acoustic sonar technology.

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Army Tests New EW Vehicle for Brigade Combat Applications

The U.S. Army's Third Armored Brigade Combat Team has tested a new vehicle designed to detect and jam enemy communications occurring within the electromagnetic spectrum. The team, also known as "Greywolf", fielded the Electronic Warfare Tactical Vehicle over a two-week training period in Yuma, Ariz., the Army said Monday.

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GAO Recommends DoD, Navy to Update Requirements for Making Weapons Sustainment Strategies

The Government Accountability Office has recommended the Defense Department and U.S. Navy issue an updated or new set of guidelines for developing plans to sustain legacy weapon systems.

GAO said in a report published Monday that the Navy inconsistently documented its sustainment strategies for C-2A, E2C, EA-18G and F/A-18A-D aircraft since 2012.

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