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Dunford Emphasizes Need for ‘Sustained Predictable, Adequate’ Funding in Sustaining Military Edge

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff recently underscored the importance of having sufficient defense funding when it comes to maintaining the competitive advantage of the U.S. over possible competitors. Speaking at the Halifax International Security Forum over the weekend, U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford expressed confidence in the military’s ability to defend the country against potential adversaries, the Defense Department reported Saturday.

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Military Looks to Replicate USAF Agile Development

Other U.S. military branches plan to adopt the Air Force's program to accelerate the development of agile applications, Fedscoop reported Friday. The effort, known as Kessel Run, minimizes the years-long agile development timeline to months, and cuts costs as a result. USAF piloted the effort last year and began experiments in May 2018.

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Analysis: US Wars Post-9/11 Have Cost Nearly $6T

The chair of the Department of Political Science at Boston University estimates that, as of fiscal year 2019, the U.S. will have to spend $5.9T to pay for all the wars the country has been involved in following the 9/11 terror attacks. Professor Neta Crawford, who also serves as the director of the Costs of War Project at BU, breaks down this cost projection in detail in a recently-released paper titled “United States Budgetary Costs of the Post-9/11 Wars Through FY2019: $5.9 Trillion Spent and Obligated”.

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UN Committee Approves Draft Resolutions on Responsible ICT Use by State Actors

The United Nations General Assembly First Committee has announced the approval of two documents that aim to regulate the way state actors use modern information and communication technologies. The documents call for the adherence to a set of norms governing ICT use and the establishment of consultative panels that would further develop related principles and protocols.

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Patrick Shanahan: OSD Expects Space Force Set Up to Cost Less Than $13B

Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has said that the Office of the Secretary of Defense expects the establishment of a Space Force to cost less than the amount that the U.S. Air Force had earlier projected, Defense News reported Thursday. Air Force leadership said in a Sept. 14 memo that transitioning the service’s space functions into a separate, independent command would initially cost $3B and $13B overall in the course of five years.

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White House Official Sees ‘Business as Normal’ in Admin Tech Agenda Following Midterms

White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Coordination Chris Liddell spoke about the Trump Administration's technology agenda at the recent Technology 202 conference hosted by the Washington Post. Liddell said he does not expect the government's tech initiatives, such as federal information technology modernization, to be affected by results of the midterm elections, which saw Democrats retake the House of Representatives, Nextgov reported Thursday.

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Air Force to Extend Space Training, Require Top Security Clearance

Brig. Gen. DeAnna Burt, U.S. Air Force Space Command director of operations and communications, recently announced that the Undergraduate Space Training program is being expanded from 77 days to 111 days, Federal News Network reported. Trainees will also be taught to visually identify threats in space. This new requirement will necessitate top secret clearance for those undergoing UST.

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CBO: Federal Rotational Cyber Workforce Bill Would Cost $2.5M Over 5 Years

The Congressional Budget Office has estimated the implementation of a Senate bill that would allow cybersecurity personnel in one federal civilian agency to work at another agency on a rotational and temporary basis would cost less than $500K annually from fiscal 2019 through fiscal 2023.

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