Defense Intelligence Agency Releases Report on China Military Power

January 15,2019 – The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) today released China Military Power, a product that examines the core capabilities of China’s military. This volume in DIA’s series of Military Power reports provides details on China’s defense and military goals, strategy, plans, and intentions. It examines the organization, structure and capability of the military supporting those goals, as well as the enabling infrastructure and industrial base. “This report offers insights into the modernization of Chinese military power as it reforms from a defensive, inflexible ground-based force charged with domestic and…

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DoD Launches Talent Exchange Pilot Program to Strengthen the Acquisition Workforce

January 9, 2019 – This week the United States Department of Defense (DoD) launched the Defense-Industry Talent Exchange Pilot Program. This acquisition-focused pilot program will enable 13 DoD and private sector participants to gain a better understanding of each other’s business operations, and share innovative best practices. “I am very excited about this groundbreaking program because it gives our DoD acquisition professionals an incredible opportunity to gain experience and insight with their industry colleagues,” said Ms. Ellen M. Lord, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment. “One of the…

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James “Mad Dog” Mattis Resigns as SECDEF

December 20, 2018 – James N. Mattis became the 26th Secretary of Defense on January 20, 2017. A native of Richland, Washington, Secretary Mattis enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve at the age of 18. After graduating from Central Washington University in 1971, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his more than four decades in uniform, Secretary Mattis commanded Marines at all levels, from an infantry rifle platoon to a Marine Expeditionary Force. He led an infantry battalion in Iraq in 1991, an…

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CACI Awarded Prime Position on $174M on Multiple-Award Technical Services Support Contract for Deputy CNO

October 18, 2018 – CACI International Inc announced today that it was awarded a prime position on the multiple-award, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity Technical Services Support contract for Navy Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education (MPT&E). The company will provide data management, business intelligence and analytics, and business process reengineering services to the MPT&E organization, in support of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (DCNO). The six-year contract, with a ceiling value of $174 million, represents both new and continuing work for CACI in its Business Systems market. CACI’s support for MPT&E…

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US Fiscal Year 2018 Sales Total $55.66 Billion

October 9, 2018 – The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announces Foreign Military Sales (FMS) of $55.66 billion for Fiscal Year 2018. The total sales figure includes all sales executed through the FMS program to include: $3.52 billion for cases funded by the State Department’s Foreign Military Financing Program; $4.42 billion for cases funded under Defense Department authorities; and $47.71 billion funded by partner nations. The Fiscal Year 2018 total is a 33 percent increase above total sales in Fiscal Year 2017. DSCA includes sales in the end-of-year total when…

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US Navy Contract Announcements September 13, 2018

General Dynamics Electric Boat Corp., Groton, Connecticut, is awarded a $480,601,156 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to previously awarded contract N00024-17-C-2117 in preparation for fiscal 2019 and 2020 lead ship advance procurement/advance construction, and long lead time material funding in support of the Columbia class fleet ballistic missile submarines. Work will be performed in Quonset, Rhode Island (55 percent); Newport News, Virginia (40 percent); and Groton, Connecticut (5 percent), and will be subsumed into the lead ship construction contract in October 2020. The award is being combined with a previously scheduled United Kingdom…

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US Navy Contract Announcements August 23, 2018

Cambridge International Systems Inc.,* Arlington, Virginia (N6523618D3003); Grove Resource Solutions, Inc.,* Frederick, Maryland (N6523618D3004); PeopleTec Inc.,* Huntsville, Alabama (N6523618D3005); Systems Technology Forum Ltd,* Fredericksburg, Virginia (N6523618D3006); and UEC Electronics LLC,* Hanahan, South Carolina (N6523618D3007), are each awarded a combined $949,900,000 multiple award, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity, supply contract utilizing firm-fixed-price and cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery/task orders. The contracts are for Cyber Mission Systems, kitting, and supplies. The work includes procuring systems that provide wireless and communications, detection, collection and exploitation of electrical and electronic equipment to support the warfighter. Additionally, related services such…

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US Navy Contract Announcements August 22, 2018

Progeny Systems Corp.,* Manassas, Virginia, is awarded a $40,601,413 cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost-plus-incentive-fee, fixed-price-incentive-fee contract for the production of MK54 Mod 1 lightweight torpedo kits and related test equipment, spares, and engineering and hardware support services. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $303,186,635. This contract combines purchases for the Navy (99 percent); and the governments of Canada, the commonwealth of Australia, the United Kingdom, and Taiwan (1 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. Work will be performed in Charleroi, Pennsylvania…

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DOD Announces Hack the Marine Corps Bug Bounty Program With HackerOne

August 13, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and HackerOne, the leading hacker-powered security platform, today announced the launch of the Department’s sixth bug bounty program, Hack the Marine Corps. The bug bounty challenge will focus on Marine Corps’ public-facing websites and services in order to harden the defenses of the Marine Corps Enterprise Network (MCEN). The bug bounty program will conclude on August 26, 2018. The Marine Corps’ bug bounty program kicked off with a live-hacking event in Las Vegas, Nev. on August 12, 2018 coinciding with…

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Joint Statement from Ellen M. Lord and Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty on Recapitalization of Plutonium Pit Production

An evolving and uncertain geopolitical landscape calls for the United States to recapitalize its defense plutonium capabilities. The Nuclear Weapons Council (NWC) has certified that the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) recommended alternative for recapitalization of these capabilities is acceptable and represents a resilient and responsive option to meet Department of Defense (DoD) requirements. To achieve DoD’s 80 pits per year requirement by 2030, NNSA’s recommended alternative repurposes the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina to produce plutonium pits while also maximizing pit…

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U.S. Protests Chinese Interference With U.S. Planes in Djibouti

By Jim Garamone May 3, 2018 — The United States has protested to China after repeated instances of lasers interfering with U.S. military aircraft landing in Djibouti, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said here today. In her weekly news conference, White confirmed that two Air Force crewmen were slightly injured in one incident. “They are very serious incidents,” White said. “There have been two minor injuries. This activity poses a true … threat to our airmen.” The United States has formally “demarched” the Chinese government, and requested that the…

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