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GovCon Expert McAleese: Gen. Mark Milley, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin Testify on Afghanistan Withdrawal

Jim McAleese

Consulting firm McAleese & Associates has issued a report outlining key takeaways from hearings held by Senate and House Armed Services Committees on the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. Jim McAleese, founder of McAleese & Associates and a three-time Wash100 winner, reported that Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testified that he recommended maintaining 2,500 to 3,500 U.S. advisory troops plus 5,000 NATO forces in Afghanistan. 

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US, Australia, UK Announce Trilateral Security Partnership; Gen. Lloyd Austin Quoted

Gen. Lloyd Austin

The U.S., Australia and the U.K. have agreed to further strengthen collaboration on defense and security capabilities under a trilateral security partnership. The AUKUS alliance will provide the Royal Australian Navy with at least eight nuclear-powered submarines and the Australian government said it plans to construct the submarines in Adelaide.

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Lloyd Austin: US Capabilities to Strike, Track Global Threats Have Evolved Since 2001

Gen. Lloyd Austin

Lloyd Austin, secretary of the Department of Defense and a 2021 Wash100 Award winner, said he believes the U.S. is now safer than in 2001 given the capabilities it has acquired and developed when it comes to collecting, analyzing and tracking threats worldwide. Austin talked about evacuation efforts in Afghanistan, the counterterror war and his top priority.

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DOD’s Lloyd Austin, Canadian Counterpart Issue Joint Statement on NORAD Modernization

Gen. Lloyd Austin

Lloyd Austin, secretary of the Department of Defense and a 2021 Wash100 Award winner, and Harjit Sajjan, Canada’s defense minister, have released a joint statement to guide collaborative efforts to advance the modernization of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) as part of a push to strengthen the defense and security of the U.S. and Canada against aerospace and maritime threats.

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PSC to Host Forum to Address Industry Concerns With Afghanistan Drawdown; Stephanie Kostro Quoted

Stephanie Kostro

The Professional Services Council (PSC) has called on the Department of Defense (DOD) and other federal agencies to take part in an information-sharing forum on August 6th to improve communication and coordination between government and industry on contractor issues in relation to the military drawdown in Afghanistan.

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Lloyd Austin: AI Included in DOD’s Top Tech Modernization Priorities

Gen. Lloyd Austin

The Department of Defense (DOD) has included artificial intelligence on its list of priority technology modernization initiatives under DOD's $112 billion research, development, testing and evaluation budget request, Defense Secretary and 2021 Wash100 Award recipient Gen. Lloyd Austin said at the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence's Global Emerging Technology Summit. 

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Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld Passes Away

Donald Rumsfeld

Donald Rumsfeld, a two-time defense secretary, passed away Wednesday at the age of 88. Rumsfeld served as secretary of the Department of Defense in the administrations of Presidents Gerald Ford and George W. Bush. Gen. Lloyd Austin, DOD secretary and a 2021 Wash100 Award winner, issued a statement on Rumsfeld’s passing and accomplishments as a public servant.

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DOD Reviews Definition of ‘Prohibited Extremist Activities’ Among Troops; Gen. Lloyd Austin Quoted

Gen. Lloyd Austin

The White House National Security Council released the National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism and the Department of Defense (DOD) is now assessing and updating its definition of “prohibited extremist activities” among uniformed service members in line with the strategy. DOD will also look at policy recommendations to address such activities among contractors and civilian employees, according to the 32-page document.

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Lloyd Austin: New DOD Center to Strengthen Rules-Based Order in Arctic Region

Gen. Lloyd Austin

The Department of Defense (DOD) announced the establishment of a new regional center on Wednesday to help facilitate collaborate between the U.S. government and allies on issues related to the Arctic region. The office of the undersecretary of defense for policy will oversee the Ted Stevens Center for Arctic Security Studies.

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