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Eric Chewning: US, Allies Must Work to Safeguard Defense Industrial Base

Eric Chewning, the deputy assistant secretary for industrial policy at the Defense Department, has said that DoD must collaborate with U.S. allies to establish a "safe space" for cooperation across the worldwide industrial base for military technology platforms and services, Defense News reported Thursday.

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House OKs $716B ‘Compromise’ Defense Budget for FY 2019

The House on Thursday voted 359-54 to pass the negotiated deal on a defense spending bill that would authorize $639 billion in base budget and $69 billion in overseas contingency operations funds for fiscal 2019, Defense News reported Thursday. The compromise fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act would support the addition …

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DoD Restructures Research & Engineering, Acquisition Offices

The Defense Department has issued a memo that details the reorganization of the offices of the undersecretary of research and engineering and undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment, Defense News reported Tuesday. Lt. Col. Michelle Baldanza, a spokeswoman for DoD, told the publication that Congress and Defense Secretary James Mattis have …

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Report: White House Report on Industrial Base Review Could Be Ready by April

The Defense Department is halfway through a cross-government review of the national security industrial base and expects working groups to come up with draft recommendations this month, Breaking Defense reported Monday. An administration official said Peter Navarro, a White House adviser, and his staff will analyze, synthesize and assemble those recommendations …

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GAO: Congress Should Delay $9B Frigate Block Buy Until More Data Becomes Available on Ship Design, Cost

The Government Accountability Office has called on Congress to delay its decision on the U.S. Navy’s authority request for a block purchase of 12 frigates worth approximately $9 billion in fiscal year 2018 until more data is available about the ship’s design, cost and capabilities. GAO said in a report published Tuesday that …

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Jennifer Walsmith: NSA Eyes Acquisition Innovation Through ‘Skunk Works’ Office, Women-Owned Businesses

Jennifer Walsmith, senior acquisition executive at the National Security Agency, has said NSA has started to establish a “Skunk Works” or rapid innovation office in an effort to introduce novel approaches to its acquisition process, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday. “It’s not for Skunk Works technologies, but rather for Skunk Works just thinking …

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Jerry McGinn: DoD Should Use Analytics to Predict Industrial Base Performance

Jerry McGinn, the Defense Department‘s principal deputy director for manufacturing and industrial base policy, believes DoD can better measure industry’s technology efforts against national security requirements with business intelligence tools, FCW reported Monday. Sean Lyngaas writes McGinn also recommended that the department adopt a predictive analytics approach to determine key …

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