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House Armed Services Committee Starts Legislative Process for Fiscal 2021 Defense Bill

Leaders of the House Armed Services Committee have begun the process of crafting a defense policy bill for the fiscal year 2021. Committee Adam Smith, D-Wash., introduced the “by request” version of the panel's 2021 National Defense Authorization Act with ranking member Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, to formally start the legislative procedure for the proposed bill, HASC said Friday.

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Will Roper: Air Force Eyes Commercial Drones to Replace Reapers

Will Roper, assistant secretary for acquisition, technology and logistics at the U.S. Air Force and a 2020 Wash100 award winner, said the service branch is considering commercial drones and high-end unmanned aircraft as it looks to replace the General Atomics-built MQ-9 Reaper drone, Defense News reported Thursday.

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Michael Griffin: DoD Focuses on Short-Term Activities in Long-Term Vision

Michael Griffin, the undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, said he sees quantum applications as long-term pursuits in the Department of Defense, DoD News reported Thursday. DoD now focuses on what quantum computing and communication can do for the military in the short term, instead of going beyond what is available in resources, Griffin said to the House Armed Services Committee.

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Terrence O’Shaughnessy: Northcom Needs Modernization

Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy, who leads U.S. Northern Command, said the Arctic area has changed into an environment that requires modern technology to protect, DoD News reported Wednesday. He told the House Armed Services Committee that Northcom is working with North American Aerospace Defense Command to address this issue via force modernization.

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Jen Stewart to Serve as Chief of Staff to Defense Secretary Mark Esper

Jen Stewart, minority staff director at the House Armed Services Committee, has been appointed as Defense Secretary Mark Esper's next chief of staff, Politico reported Monday. She will succeed Eric Chewning, who will leave his post at the Pentagon by the end of January to take a career opportunity in the private sector.

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Rep. Adam Smith on Acquisition Reform, National Security

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-Wash.) told Defense News in an interview published Friday that he will prioritize acquisition reform. “I’m a big believer in competition and commercial off-the-shelf technology. We need to make sure we encourage as many competitors as possible."

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