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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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HASC Members Stand Up Defense Innovation Task Force

Reps. Adam Smith, D-Wash., and Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, have jointly initiated a task force that would assess the country's efforts to innovate against modern threats. The newly activated Future of Defense Task Force will work to perform this task and review the nation's defense assets, the House Armed Services Committee said Friday.

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Rep. Mac Thornberry Releases FY20 NDAA Proposals on Acquisition, Industry Participation

Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, introduced two proposals for inclusion in the fiscal 2020 National Defense Authorization Act to improve acquisition procedures and promote industry engagement, the House Armed Services Committee said Thursday. Thornberry, a ranking member of the committee, noted that his reform proposals set out to “improve agility, cut bureaucracy, promote justice, provide better benefits, and save the taxpayer billions.”

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Outgoing HASC Chairman: Space Force to Enjoy Bipartisan Support in New Congress

Rep. Mac Thornberry believes that setting up a Space Force as a new branch of the U.S. military will continue receiving support from both sides of the aisle even though the House of Representatives is now under the control of the Democratic Party. Thornberry's remarks come even as incoming House Armed Services Committee chairman Rep. Adam Smith has expressed opposition to the establishment of a Space Force as an independent military branch, Space News reported Tuesday.

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James Mattis, Lawmakers Discuss Planned $33B Defense Budget Cut With Trump

President Donald Trump has met with Defense Secretary James Mattis and chairmen of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees to discuss the administration’s plan to implement a $33B cut to the Pentagon’s fiscal 2020 budget, Defense News reported Tuesday. “I had a frank and productive conversation about our national security goals with the president," Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), SASC chairman, said in a statement.
 

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Sen. Jim Inhofe, Rep. Mac Thornberry Urge White House to Back $733B DoD Budget for Fiscal 2020

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) have called on the Trump administration to back away from the plan to impose a $33B cut to the Defense Department’s budget for fiscal 2020. Inhofe and Thornberry, chairmen of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees, wrote in a Wall Street Journal commentary piece posted Thursday that such a move would force DoD to enforce cuts in “areas where most money can be saved quickly—troops, new equipment, training and maintenance—as it did under sequestration in 2013.”
 

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Report: IT Weaknesses Among Largest Issues Uncovered in DoD’s First Financial Audit

The Pentagon failed to get a “clean opinion” in its first departmentwide financial audit, Federal News Network reported Thursday. A team of 1K independent auditors and representatives from the Defense Department’s office of inspector general evaluated over 90K sample items and found that information technology weaknesses were some of the top issues identified in the audit.

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Eric Schmidt, Eric Horvitz Named to Artificial Intelligence Commission

The House Armed Services Committee has named Eric Schmidt, technical adviser to Alphabet’s board; and Eric Horvitz, director of Microsoft Labs; to the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence. The commission was formed through the fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act to assess developments in AI, machine learning and related technologies as well as their implications for national security, the committee said Wednesday.
 

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