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HASC Chairman Adam Smith Proposes Smaller Space Armed Service

Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., who chairs the House Armed Services Committee, said during a meeting that HASC has agreed to vote for the authorization of a Space-focused service branch that won't necessarily be named the Space Force, Space News reported Monday. He spoke with other HASC officials on the establishment of what may instead become a Space Corps under the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act.

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Brig. Gen. Michael Greiner to Lead USAF Cost Analysis Integration

Brig. Gen. Michael Griener, director of cost analysis integration within the U.S. Air Force, has been appointed to oversee the service branch's budget operations and personnel as director. He will perform his new duties within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management and Comptroller, the Department of Defense said Monday.

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Stoney Trent: Incentives Key to Driving Industry Participation in DoD’s AI Efforts

Col. Stoney Trent, chief of operations at the Department of Defense’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, said that commercial entities are “poorly incentivized” to conduct AI development and testing during a recent C4ISRNET conference, C4ISRNET reported Sunday. Trent noted that the DoD needs to encourage private sector partners to develop better AI testing tools and methods that can be used in potential activities relevant to national security.

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DoD Sees Challenges to Promote Information Network Security

The Pentagon’s inspector general said that the agency should increase personnel training and further promote Joint Regional Security Stacks to enhance regional security. JRSS provides the agency with equipment, including network routers, firewalls and switches, to secure its information network.

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Christine Gex, Innovation and RPA Lead, DASA-FIM of the U.S. Army, Announced as Panelist for Potomac Officers Club’s 2019 Artificial Intelligence Forum on June 13th

Christine Gex, Innovation and RPA Lead, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army Financial Information Management (DASA-FIM) of U.S. Army, will be featured as a panelist during Potomac Officers Club’s 2019 Artificial Intelligence Forum on June 13th.

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GAO Finds Challenges to Monitor Major DoD Acquisition Programs

The Government Accountability Office called on the Pentagon to clarify acquisition oversight roles amid disagreement between the Office of the Secretary of Defense and military branches in monitoring how the agency buys technologies. A new report issued Wednesday highlights the challenges facing the Department of Defense in implementing reforms to restructure the oversight of defense acquisition programs.

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House Panel Seeks Progress Report on DoD’s Electronic Warfare Efforts

The House Armed Services Committee released its draft fiscal 2020 defense policy bill directing the comptroller general to report on the Department of Defense’s electronic warfare and electromagnetic threat mitigation efforts, C4ISRNET reported Monday. The draft defense authorization bill directs the comptroller general to provide updates on matters such as the electronic warfare executive committee’s progress and the implementation of the 2013 Electromagnetic Spectrum Strategy.

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Raytheon Secures Two-Year Mentor Protégé Program Contract from U.S. Air Force; Bill Sullivan Quoted

The U.S. Air Force has awarded a two-year Mentor Protégé program contract to Raytheon and Infinity Technology Services to help the Department of Defense diversify its supplier base by giving small businesses experience in high-demand disciplines. In addition, Raytheon will help ITS mature its cybersecurity design, testing, defense and verification capabilities.

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David Norquist: Potential Caps to Reprogrammed DoD Funds Would Drive ‘Significant Challenges’

David Norquist, acting deputy defense secretary and 2019 Wash100 Award recipient, said that Congress’ potential restrictions on the Department of Defense’s reprogramming authority for funding will pose “significant challenges” and obstruct efforts to address evolving needs, Defense News reported Thursday.

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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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