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USAF Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch on Aircraft Sustainment, Software Development

Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch, the incoming head of Air Force Materiel Command, told Defense News in an interview published Tuesday that software development and aircraft sustainment are some of the improvement areas he wants to focus on. He cited the service’s effort to build up readiness as well as software development initiatives.

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Navy Leaders Discuss Budget, Readiness at 2019 Sea-Air-Space Expo

Rear Adm. John Nowell, the U.S. Navy’s director of military personnel plans and policy, said that the service’s biggest challenge in readiness is “maintaining a stable and predictable budget,” the Navy said Tuesday. Nowell noted during the recent Sea-Air-Space exposition in Maryland that his office is addressing the Navy’s gaps in readiness that were identified in fiscal 2018.

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Navy Looks to Train Sailors in Virtual Simulators; Bill Moran Quoted

The U.S. Navy is looking to employ virtual reality simulators addressing communication gaps that led to collisions of USS John McCain and USS Fitzgerald in 2017, National Defense Magazine reported Tuesday. The plan is based on comprehensive and strategic readiness reviews the service branch conducted to assess these collisions and prevent future repercussions.

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Air Combat Command Intending to Integrate Cyber, ISR Ops Through 24th, 25th Air Forces Merger

Air Combat Command will combine this summer its 24th and 25th air forces to integrate cyber, electronic warfare, information operations and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance activities at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas, the Air Force reported Thursday. “The merger of 24th and 25th is the next step in leveraging and integrating new ideas and technologies to both improve the quality and speed of decision-making and deliver improved effects for commanders,” said Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command.

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Navy Seeking to Establish Analytics Unit Addressing Fleet Readiness

Adm. Christopher Grady, head of the U.S. Fleet Forces Command, said during the WEST 2019 conference he intends to create a Fleet Analytics Office supporting the U.S. Navy fleet readiness efforts, USNI reported Tuesday. Grady noted that the new office will use real-time reporting systems to handle data collection and risk assessment operations under the Revolutionize Readiness Campaign Plan initiative.

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GAO: FY 2014-2017 Priority Recommendations to DoD Relate to Acquisitions, Readiness

The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Department of Defense’s efforts to implement GAO’s recommendations made between fiscal years 2014 and 2017. DoD implemented 67 percent of GAO’s recommendations as of November 2018 compared with the governmentwide implementation rate of 77 percent, according to the report published Tuesday.

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USMC Requesting $14B in FY 2020 Funding for Modernization, Readiness

Lt. Gen. Brian Beaudreault, the U.S. Marine Corps’ deputy commandant for plans, policies and operations, announced the USMC is requesting $14B for modernization and $13.8B for near-term readiness efforts, USNI News reported Thursday. Each appropriation accounts for 30 percent of the service branch’s total budget for fiscal year 2020.

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Navy, Marine Corps Detail Plans to Address Readiness Issues

The U.S. Marine Corps and Navy have announced plans to leverage commercial services, replace aging systems, accelerate ship and aircraft acquisition, build shipyard workforce and increase international partnerships to address recently found readiness issues.

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Mark Esper OKs New Army Intellectual Property Mgmt Policy

Army Secretary Mark Esper has cleared a new policy that aims to provide the service with a strategy to advance innovation and modernization and sustain readiness through intellectual property management, the Army News Service reported Tuesday. Esper approved the IP management policy Friday to facilitate acquisition and modernization reforms that seek to accelerate the delivery of new capabilities to warfighters amid emerging threats posed by adversaries.

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Gen. Stephen Wilson: Air Force Launches Efforts to Speed Up Procurement Process

Gen. Stephen ‘Seve’ Wilson, Air Force vice chief of staff, told National Defense in an interview published Monday that the service has initiated efforts to accelerate the acquisition process in order to expedite the delivery of capabilities to warfighters. He noted that Will Roper, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, technology and logistics, came up with an idea to have the service sign 50 contracts in 50 hours in a move to speed up the procurement process.

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