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National Space Council to Discuss Space Force Progress, Plans at Next Meeting

The National Space Council will discuss proposals to establish a space-dedicated service branch at a meeting scheduled for Oct. 23, Space News reported Monday. Vice President Mike Pence said in a tweet that the meeting will cover existing progress and steps leading to the development of a Space Force.

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Ellen Lord: DoD to Audit Supply Chains of Defense, Aerospace Companies

The Defense Department will conduct an audit of the U.S. aerospace and defense sector’s supply chains after DoD released a White House-commissioned study of the defense industrial base, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday. Ellen Lord, defense undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment, said U.S. intelligence agencies will take part in the review to assess the local defense supply chains' readiness to support warfighters.

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Rita Baranwal to be Nominated DOE Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy

President Donald Trump intends to nominate Rita Baranwal, director of the Energy Department's Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear initiative, as assistant secretary for nuclear energy. Baranwal previously led research and development of nuclear fuel components for naval reactors at Bechtel Bettis, the White House said Wednesday.

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Report: Pentagon-Led Study Looks at US Military’s Dependence on Foreign Imports

A Defense Department-led study has found that the U.S. military has become too reliant on China and other foreign countries for microelectronics and other items, Reuters reported Wednesday. Some U.S. officials told the news agency those microelectronics include transistors and integrated circuits that can be found in mobile devices, drones, cruise missiles and satellites.

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Trump Signs $674B Defense Appropriations Bill for Fiscal 2019

President Donald Trump on Friday signed into law an appropriations package that would allocate $674B in fiscal 2019 funds for the Defense Department, USNI News reported Friday. The defense spending bill represents a $19.8B increase from the enacted fiscal 2018 budget and earmarks $24.2B in funds for 13 new combat ships that include three Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers, two Virginia-class attack submarines and three littoral combat ships.

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NASA Releases Roadmap for Future Space Exploration

NASA has published its space exploration roadmap for the next several years, detailing efforts that will transition human space-based activities from low-Earth orbit towards the moon, Mars and beyond. The roadmap, referred to as the National Space Exploration Campaign, is the agency’s response to the challenge put forth by President Donald Trump’s Space Policy Directive-1 as well as the requirements itemized in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Transition Authorization Act of 2017.

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Trump OKs FY 2019 Appropriations Minibus for VA, Military Construction, Energy & Water

President Donald Trump has signed into law a package of bills that would allocate fiscal 2019 funds for the Department of Veterans Affairs, military construction and energy and water infrastructure. A White House fact sheet published Friday says the minibus legislation would appropriate $86.5B  in funds for VA, including $1.75B for MISSION Act programs, $1.1B for electronic health record system modernization and $8.6B for mental health services.
 

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Trump Issues National Cyber Strategy

President Donald Trump has released a national strategy that outlines the administration’s action plans to build up cyber defense capabilities and safeguard the country from cyber threats. A White House fact sheet published Thursday says the National Cyber Strategy consists of four pillars and one of those is to ensure the security of federal networks and critical infrastructure.

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