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July 02, 2020

The July 1, 2020 Congressional Budget Office report estimates that enacting the Senate Armed Services Committee's fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill "would increase net direct spending by $343 million over the 2021-2025 period and $488 million over the 2021-2030 period."
In a June 30, 2020 letter to members of the Senate, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce highlighted an amendment introduced by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) that would delay the statutory ban on federal contractors using products and services from Huawei, ZTE and other Chinese technology companies until August 2021 as one of the "key" changes the chamber would like to see in the bill.
In a March 17, 2020 letter to House Appropriations Committee Chairman Pete Visclosky (D-IN) and Ranking Member Ken Calvert (R-CA), Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA) asks the committee to authorize $198 million for 18 MQ-1 Gray Eagle extended-range unmanned aircraft.
On July 2, 2020 the Defense Department published a final rule "to modify the requirement to consider price or cost as an evaluation factor for the award of certain multiple-award task-order contracts issued by DOD, NASA, and the Coast Guard."

July 01, 2020

On June 23, 2020 then-acting Pentagon Comptroller Elaine McCusker submitted a 58-page omnibus reprogramming request to Congress to shift funds appropriated in fiscal years 2018, 2019 and 2020 to higher-priority programs in FY-20.
On July 1, 2020 House Armed Services Committee members began debating the fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill and submitting amendments to it. Tactical Air and Land Forces subcommittee amendments -- En Bloc # 1 Seapower and projection forces subcommittee amendments --- En Bloc # 1  
The June 29, 2020 Defense Department inspector general's report determined "DOD's progress in developing an Artificial Intelligence (AI) governance framework and standards and to determine whether the DOD Components implemented security controls to protect AI data and technologies from internal and external cyber threats."

June 30, 2020

The June 26, 2020 memo signed by acting Comptroller Elaine McCusker "provides additional guidance and procedures for the distribution, execution, and tracking of funding received in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act."
In a June 26, 2020 reprogramming memo, acting Pentagon Comptroller Elaine McCusker approves the shifting of "$6 million within the Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, Air Force, 20/21, appropriation and $2.25 million within the Operation and Maintenance, Defense-Wide, 20/20, appropriation and for proper execution."

June 29, 2020

The June 25, 2020 request for information shows that the Strategic Capabilities Office, in partnership with the Air Force, continues to make steps toward developing a prototyping plan as part of developing an Arsenal Plane-like capability.
The June 29, 2020 Congressional Budget Office briefing slides project "that the costs of replacing aircraft in the current fleet would average about $12 billion from 2020 to 2050."
On June 25, 2020 the Navy held an industry day for the Next Generation Logistics Ship.

June 26, 2020

The June 24, 2020 Congressional Research Service report discusses background and issues for lawmakers regarding the Defense Department's multiyear procurement and block buy contracting practices.
The June 24, 2020 Congressional Research Service report discusses background and issues for lawmakers regarding the Navy's Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine program.

June 25, 2020

The June 25, 2020 Government Accountability Office report finds that the Air Force "should take additional steps to improve aircrew staffing and support" for unmanned aircraft systems.
The June 18, 2020 Defense Department inspector general's office report "determine[d] whether the Army Contracting Command-Afghanistan awarded and administered contracts in accordance with applicable Federal regulations and Army Contracting Command procedures."
On June 25, 2020 the House Armed Services Committee released the chairman's mark of the fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill. Also includes the subcommittee marks. FY-21 House Armed Services Committee Chairman's Mark Subcommittee marks: Intelligence, emerging threats and capabilities Strategic forces 

June 24, 2020

The June 24, 2020 Congressional Budget Office report is an "estimate of the direct spending and revenue effects" of the Senate Armed Services Committee's fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill.
On June 24, 2020 the Senate Armed Services Committee released the report accompanying the fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill text as well as funding tables.
The June 23, 2020 Defense Department directive "updates the responsibilities and functions, relationships, and authorities of the [under secretary of defense for policy] and authorizes the USD(P), as a Principal Staff Assistant (PSA) reporting directly to the Secretary of Defense, to establish DOD policy in DOD issuances within the responsibilities and functions and authorities assigned in this issuance, and to reissue chartering DOD Directives (DODDs) for [Office of the Secretary of Defense] officials who wer

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