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Sens. Kirk, Gillibrand Push New Bill to Speed Up Electronic Warfare Acquisition

Sens. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) have proposed a bill that seeks to provide the Defense Department with more flexibility in terms of allocation of funds for electronic warfare platforms. The proposed Electronic Warfare Enhancement Act would also incorporate EW platforms into the Rapid Acquisition Authority Program in an effort to …

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Report: Army Nominee Eric Fanning’s Agenda Includes Force Readiness, Rapid Acquisition

Eric Fanning, nominee for the U.S. Army secretary post, said he plans to explore strategies to ensure military personnel readiness and reverse a proposed brigade size reduction at the Army if confirmed, Defense News reported Thursday. Jen Judson writes Fanning also vowed to maximize the Army’s combat power during his nomination hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee. …

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Dawn: Congress Moves to Stall F-16 Fighter Jet Sale to Pakistan

Congress has used clarification notices to delay the Obama administration’s plan to sell eight new Lockheed Martin-built F-16 aircraft to Pakistan, Dawn reported Tuesday. Anwar Iqbal writes the Senate also moved to stall the sale of the fighter jets to Pakistan through a legislative “hold” notice sent to the White …

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Adm. Michael Rogers: NSA to Undergo Reorganization in January

Navy Adm. Michael Rogers, director of the National Security Agency, has said NSA will launch a reorganization of its workforce in January following a 10-month evaluation of the agency’s structure, Government Executive reported Wednesday. Charles Clark writes Rogers told his audience at an Intelligence and National Security Alliance event that the …

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Senate Approves Gayle Smith as USAID Administrator

Gayle Smith, senior director at the National Security Council, has received Senate confirmation as the new administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, the New York Times reported Monday. Ron Nixon writes the Senate voted 79 to 7 to confirm Smith as a successor to Rajiv Shah, who resigned from …

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Nextgov: Fiscal 2016 Defense Bill Contains Cyber Screening Provision

A defense policy bill the Senate approved Tuesday contains a provision that would provide the Defense Department a $200 million budget to assess the susceptibility of every Internet-connected weapons system to cyber attacks, Nextgov reported Wednesday. Aliya Sternstein writes the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act would require Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman …

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2-Year Budget Plan Heads to Obama’s Desk After Senate Approval

The Senate voted 64-35 early Friday to pass a bipartisan budget deal that sets two-year government spending priorities and averts a possible federal default next week, Bloomberg reported Friday. Terrence Dopp and Kathleen Miller write the budget plan, which is headed for President Barack Obama’s signature, would keep the government afloat …

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