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Pentagon’s Andrew Knaggs: USSOCOM to Develop Information Warfare Amid Growing Threat

Andrew Knaggs, deputy assistant secretary of defense for special operations and combating terrorism, said the U.S. Special Operations Command must explore and develop new information warfare methods, Air Force Times reported Wednesday. “We need to move beyond our 20th century approach to messaging and start looking at influence as an integral aspect of modern irregular warfare,” Knaggs said during a recent defense industry symposium.

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Army Employs New EW Tool to Improve Planning, Coordination in the Field

U.S. Army Europe is exploring a new electronic warfare tool designed to assist troops conduct command and control of direct connect, non-networked sensors in the field. The new Electronic Warfare Planning and Management Tool was deployed by the Program Executive Office Intelligence Electronic Warfare and Sensors to help USAREUR meet its EW needs, according to a report by the Pentagon's Director, Operational Test and Evaluation. 

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DHA, VA Healthcare Merger Enters Strategy Dev’t Phase

The Defense Health Agency announced an effort to merge the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs’ healthcare systems is in the “strategy development stage,” Bloomberg Government reported Monday. Pat Murray, deputy director of the National Legislative Service for Veterans of Foreign Wars, said the DoD VA Health Care Staffing Services initiative will help the VA provide timely health services to veterans.

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MDA Considering Interceptor Missiles for Hypersonic Defense

During a recent Center for Strategic and International Studies event in Washington, D.C., Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, director of the Missile Defense Agency, said the MDA is considering acquiring interceptors, National Defense reported Friday. Greaves noted that the agency is conducting assessments of available interceptor missiles after completing an analysis of potential capabilities for hypersonic defense.

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Dana Deasy: DoD Planning to Evaluate Suppliers’ Cybersecurity Self-Checks

Dana Deasy, chief information officer of the Department of Defense, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the Pentagon plans to conduct assessments of cybersecurity self-evaluation among defense suppliers, Federal News Network reported Wednesday. According to Deasy, the proposed new procedure will have the DoD evaluate vendors’ cybersecurity self-checks and give “confidence scores” on these assessments.

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Fix Begins for DoD’s Vulnerable Health Records System

The Department of Defense began working to fix the cybersecurity vulnerabilities discovered in its new electronic health records system, Bloomberg reported Wednesday. DoD formed a working group to fix the Military Healthcare System Genesis that was found last fall as “not survivable” when hit with staged attacks by military hackers and information technology specialists. 

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Mark Esper: Army Seeking Modernization Funding to Achieve Readiness by FY 2022

Mark Esper, Secretary of the U.S. Army, said in an interview the service branch wants to allocate significant funding into science and technology efforts to reach its readiness goals by fiscal year 2022, Defense News reported Tuesday. He noted that the Army is making progress with 31 programs under the established Futures Command in line with the service’s modernization strategy developed in 2018.

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Lisa Hershman: DoD Expected to Save $6B for FY 2019

Lisa Hershman, acting chief management officer of the Department of Defense, said in an interview the department is on the track to reach $6B in savings for fiscal year 2019, ABC News reported Saturday. Hershman noted that the DoD’s streamlining efforts for its projects and business strategies has enabled the department to save $4.7B in 2017 and 2018.

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Christopher Grady: Navy, Industrial Base Need to Adjust for Maintenance, Modernization Demands

During a Surface Navy Association event, Adm. Christopher Grady, commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command, said the U.S. Navy and industrial base need better flexibility to accelerate shipbuilding and maintenance operations, USNI News reported Thursday. Grady noted the industrial base’s growth rate is not keeping up with the Navy’s maintenance demands, with the suppliers being “optimized for cost efficiency” as a result.

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