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May 23, 2019

On May 15, 2019 the Army published the final Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor prototype project opportunity notice with revised evaluation criteria rankings that will shape industry proposals for the radar that are due the following July 9.
On May 23, 2019 the Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security published a new rule that "revises the [Commerce Control List] to implement certain changes made to the Wassenaar Arrangement List of Dual-Use Goods and Technologies maintained and agreed to by governments participating in the Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies (Wassenaar Arrangement, or WA) at the December 2018 WA Plenary meeting."
On May 23, 2019 the Senate Appropriations Committee allocated nearly $1.7 billion in emergency supplemental funding that will support recovery efforts at Tyndall Air Force Base, FL, and Offutt AFB, NE.
On May 15, 2019 Ernest Hibbs, chief engineer in the Defense Information Systems Agency's infrastructure directorate, gave a presentation arguing in favor of applying systems engineering principles to cyber-defense efforts.
On May 23, 2019 the Senate Armed Services Committee released a summary of the panel's fiscal year 2020 defense authorization bill.
The May 22, 2019 updated Defense Department instruction "establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and provides procedures for the development, coordination, approval, publication, and review of DOD issuances."

May 22, 2019

In a May 22, 2019 Federal Register notice, the Defense Department "announces the proposed extension of a public information collection requirement and seeks public comment on" a defense federal acquisition regulation on "Safeguarding Covered Defense Information, Cyber Incident Reporting, and Cloud Computing."
On May 17, 2019 SpaceX filed a lawsuit against the Air Force in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, protesting the service's October 2018 Launch Services Agreement competition.
On Feb. 3, 2019 Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord sent Congress a report supporting the intellectual property reform recommendations of a congressionally mandated panel.

May 21, 2019

The May 20, 2019 letter from acting Office of Management and Budget Director Russell Vought to House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-NY) outlines the White House's opposition to the panel's fiscal year 2020 defense spending bill.
The April 8, 2019 letter to the leaders of the House and Senate Appropriations military construction subcommittees requests the reprogramming of $44.5 million to fund construction projects on various military bases.
The May 17, 2019 Lead Inspector General (Lead IG) report to Congress on Operation Freedom's Sentinel (OFS) is the 16th quarterly report detailing the Overseas Contingency Operation. The report summarizes significant events involving OFS and describes completed, ongoing, and planned Lead IG and partner agency oversight work. This report covers the period from Jan. 1, 2019, to March 31, 2019.

May 20, 2019

On May 20, 2019 the House Appropriations Committee released its draft fiscal year 2020 military spending bill and accompanying report. Also includes a committee summary.

May 17, 2019

On May 17, 2019 Inside Defense obtained the report accompanying the House Appropriations defense subcommittee's fiscal year 2020 military spending bill.
Includes the May 2019 research, development, test and evaluation language from the report accompanying the House Appropriations defense subcommittee's fiscal year 2020 military spending bill.
On May 13-17, 2019 the Army held an unmanned combat vehicle rodeo in Texas that included six companies, some of which offered more than one candidate, putting 10 robotic systems through their paces in a technological maturity assessment for the Robotic Combat Vehicle program. (Note: the briefing slides are marked "unclassified//for official use only.")
The May 17, 2019 Government Accountbility Office report finds that the Defense Department is making changes to how the Office of Corrosion Policy and Oversight operates to more effectively address corrosion issues.   
On April 24-25, 2019 the National Defense Industrial Association held a conference on Army robotics capabilities. Keynote: Preparing For Multi-Domain Operations LTG Eric Wesley, USA, Deputy Commanding General, Futures and Concepts Center, U.S. Army Futures Command Keynote: Helping Industry Understand The Army's Effort To Transform Acquisitions

May 16, 2019

On May 16, 2019 the chairmen of the House Armed Services, Intelligence and Foreign Affairs committees sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo raising concerns over what they call the abuse of classification and politicization of intelligence regarding Iran and other countries in the State Department's latest arms control report.
On May 16th, House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Mac Thornberry (R-TX) released his proposals to reform how the Defense Department does business. Continuing Acqusition Reform Legislative Text Accelerating Defense Innovation Act Legislative Text

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