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Wayne Monteith: Gov’t Shutdown Delayed FAA’s Release of Proposed Commercial Launch Regulations

Wayne Monteith, the Federal Aviation Administration’s new associate administrator for commercial space transportation, said during the Commercial Space Transportation Conference that the government shutdown impacted the release of proposed legislation, Space News reported Wednesday. Monteith noted that the five-week shutdown delayed the release of proposed rules on licensing commercial launch and re-entry activities, including launches from multiple locations.

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Navy Planning to Establish University System by 2020

U.S. Navy Secretary Richard Spencer has signed a memorandum creating a Naval University System to maintain U.S. military edge, the Department of Defense said Tuesday. The service branch is seeking to establish a Naval Community College system to cover masters degrees for unrestricted line and general officers focusing on strategic studies.

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DoD Adding Reform Investments to Budget Request for First Time

Lisa Hershman, acting chief management officer at the Pentagon, said the agency’s fiscal year 2020 funding request will include a formal reform budget for the first time, Defense News reported Thursday. She said her office has over 50 reform initiatives focusing on the Office of the Secretary of Defense, fourth estate agencies and military departments. 

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Sens. Amy Klobuchar, Dan Sullivan Present Bill for International Electoral Information Sharing

Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Dan Sullivan, R-Ark., reintroduced a bill to open the country's election practice information to foreign allies. The Global Electoral Exchange Act would direct the Department of State to exchange election administration information with allies, Klobuchar's office said Tuesday.

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DoD Unveiling First AI Strategy for Military Use

Senior defense officials announced the Pentagon is set to release its first artificial intelligence strategy to guide service branches and commands in regard to how they design and develop AI-based tools based on their needs, Defense One reported Tuesday. An unnamed official familiar with the strategy said the document will focus on the immediate operational applications of AI in military operations.

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IPEC: Trump Administration Taking ‘Comprehensive’ Approach on Intellectual Property Protection

Vishal Amin, the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, has detailed the Trump administration’s intellectual property protection and policy strategy in the 2018 Annual Intellectual Property Report to Congress released Monday. The report states the administration is “taking a targeted, practical, and comprehensive approach” to ensure that American innovators’ creations are respected and U.S. businesses can operate in a fair and open market.

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Navy May Cut 355-Ship Goal to Meet Changing Security Requirements

Adm. John Richardson, U.S. Navy chief of naval operations, announced that the service is reconsidering its proposed 355-ship fleet after a series of changes to the Pentagon’s security efforts, Defense One reported Friday. The service announced its plan to increase the number of its warships from 287 in late 2016. 

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Rep. Jim Langevin Calls on Congress to Limit Committees with Cyber Oversight

Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., said Congress should reduce the nearly 80 groups of lawmakers that have authority over cyber issues to speed up the decision making process, Nextgov reported Tuesday. He's requested congressional leaders limit the number of committees and create a time frame for how long lawmakers could work on each cyber-related bill. 

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IC Report Highlights Russia-China Alliance, Growing Threats to US

The U.S. intelligence community issued a new report warning the government of a strengthening alliance between Russia and China and the negative impacts on U.S. allies of previous policy changes by the Trump administration, CBS News reported Tuesday. During a recent meeting with the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, top intelligence officials presented the 2019 Worldwide Threat Assessment

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DoD to Run Space Force Under Dep’t of Air Force Temporarily

President Trump is expected to sign a draft space policy directive in the coming weeks to establish the Space Force within the Department of the Air Force as the sixth branch of the U.S. armed forces, SpaceNews reported Monday. The Department of Defense noted the new service would only operate temporarily under the same department with the Air Force.

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