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Late last year, President Trump signed the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act into law which included a change in United States policy, spearheaded by Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker and Virginia Congressman Rob Wittman, calling for a Navy battle force of 355-ships. This policy, ...
... systems to bolster the Avengers' deterrence, while James Rhodes can be deployed to Capitol Hill to push for increases in acquisitions and procurement spending allotments for the Avengers in the next National Defense Authorization Act -- perhaps earning his "War Machine" sobriquet more accurately.

However, the fiscal year 2018 defense authorization bill prohibited the Air Force from creating the A11, with the document slamming the A11 plan as "a hastily-developed half-measure instituted by the Air Force, which at best only added a box on the organizational chart." Instead, Thompson will ... war
Now, Congress has weighed in with a directive for the Department of Defense to begin capturing common information on PALT to facilitate identifying the root causes of PALT and ultimately reducing the time for awards. Section 886 of the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, signed by ...
The massive National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2018 contained language requiring the Pentagon to provide more detail on its spending plans for $144 billion in services contracts. But in the Trump administration's fiscal 2019 budget released in February, the document that provides the ...
With the reorganization aimed at simplifying business, which was mandated by Congress in the fiscal year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, research and engineering will drive innovation and accelerate the advancement of U.S. warfighting capability, while acquisition and sustainment will ... Technology Logistics

The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 amended existing requirements for DOD to annually collect data on contracted services and to compile and review an inventory of the functions performed by contractor personnel. The Act also contained a provision for GAO to report on the ...
The letter was released Thursday in conjunction with a schedule for the Armed Services Committee's markup of the fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The NDAA authorizes funding for the Department of Defense and all of its activities and frequently touches on hot-button issues.
Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) said previous defense authorization bills and the FY18 appropriations bill awaiting congressional approval has given the services more acquisition authority and responsibility, now the Defense Department “and the services have to deliver results.” The additional defense funding ...
Stefanik said she will look to add the legislation into the fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, the annual bill that sets defense policy. The nascent artificial intelligence tech is already being used in automated robots, self-driving cars, object recognition in photos and videos, and prediction models, ...
First, that the source of the bureaucracy is largely the U.S. Congress, which annually passes a National Defense Authorization Act that almost always increases bureaucracy by adding requirements that have to be implemented through regulations. Second, it is important to realize that bureaucracy is not ...
The head of U.S. Strategic Command on Tuesday told lawmakers that now is not the “right” time to create a separate military space branch. “I think that someday we'll have a space corps or 'Space Force' in this country. But I don't think the time is right for that right now,” Gen. John Hyten told the Senate ...
They could amend Arms Control Export Act or the licensing of defense services or the National Defense Authorization Act.” [Trump Touts Putin Get-Together as Senators Warn of Electoral Threat]. The White House and Pentagon joined McConnell in opposing the resolution, pushed by Utah Republican ...
It's too soon to know what will be in this year's defense authorization. But the proposal's likely to remain contentious, said Kingston Reif, a nonproliferation expert at the Arms Control Association. “What we heard today suggests there's division on the Armed Services Committee about the need and rationale for this proposal,” ...
... to manage the program and a restructuring of the health benefit itself that was mandated in the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The new East and West regions both saw problems with long call center wait times, backlogged enrollments and referrals and delayed payments to providers.
For the 2019 defense policy bill the armed services committees are drafting now, the National Defense Authorization Act, what's coming from your subcommittee? My number one priority is nuclear modernization, and to make sure that we stay on that path. I don't think we have room to postpone anything.
The MGT Act became law in December as part of the annual defense authorization bill. Focused on updating aging systems, the law creates a central fund that agencies can borrow from and working capital funds where they can stash savings to pay for future IT projects. OMB issued guidance Feb.

DoD still doesn't know how much O&M money it will have to spend for 2018 without an appropriations bill, but the 2018 defense authorization act allows for nearly $250 billion for O&M accounts. So, how is DoD going to spend it all in 2018? It's going to ask for more time. But there are a lot of options as ...
While it sounded like good news at first, once the real results were plucked from the slurry, they resemble nothing so much as the same old uncertainties. About the future of GPS III, I mean. Additional money allocated by Congress to the Department of Defense budget — $80 billion on top of $549 billion for FY18 and $85 ...
The National Defense Authorization Act included four sections extending the authority for agency heads to waive pay and benefits caps for certain ... Management has issued guidance on how agency heads should address pay extensions established in the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act.
The National Defense Authorization Act gives military personnel a 2.4 percent pay raise - the largest in eight years - and $90.5 million for local military construction, the Colorado Springs Republican said at his annual State of the 5th Congressional District luncheon. The new policy also gives a $90 million ...
There is a substantial amount of confusion and concern about Section 1045 of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), entitled “Prohibition on lobbying activities with respect to the Department of Defense by certain officers of the Armed Forces and civilian employees of the Department ...
The reductions were required by Congress in the 2017 defense authorization act and DoD used the last year to come up with an execution plan on how to best shave down its ranks. DoD will slowly build up the number of employees it will lay off, culminating in nearly 49 SES members being taken off the ...
After the National Commission on the Future of the Army endorsed the idea, Congress ordered the DoD to examine a new operating construct in the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (section 1091). This approach is known as the Macgregor Transformation Model. The Pentagon is currently testing a ...
The 2017 defense authorization bill ordered the Pentagon to sum up the total costs of the post-9/11 conflicts per taxpayer. In that report, the annual “'war‐related' estimated costs” come in at several billion less than the enacted OCO fund for each country — likely a calculation reflecting the enacted OCO minus the varying ...
The 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, which became law in December, provides the military justice system new tools to prosecute service members who maliciously distribute sexually explicit images of others. The 2018 NDAA adds Article 117a to the Uniform Code of Military Justice. “The new ...
Thanks to a provision in the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act which Trump signed into law in December, the Pentagon has an opportunity to make the Gerald Ford rapidly deployable. Previously, Mattis could have delayed full-ship shock trials, where charges are detonated proximate to the ship to ...
Kaspersky Lab has upped its legal fight with the U.S. government, filing another lawsuit related to a ban against its products tucked within the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act. Based on court documents filed Monday in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the Russian company says the ...
For example, the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act limited DIUx's access to available funds to 75 percent of its operational budget and 25 percent of its overall program budget. DIUx received $29.6 million in 2018. In fiscal 2017, Congress approved only $10 million for the experimental unit.
The provision never made it into law, but might be rehashed during the 2019 defense authorization bill debate. House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-Wash.) usually puts in a bid for BRAC every year, which doesn't make it into the final defense authorization bill.
10 a.m. Senate Visitor Center 217. Closed hearing to examine the United States Special Operations Command in review of the Defense Authorization Request for fiscal year 2019 and the Future Years Defense Program with Owen West, assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low-intensity ...
Fundamentally, the RFI is a duplication of effort considering that Congress, through the enactment of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), directed GSA, in coordination with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), to investigate the issues associated with establishing ...
... harden it against a wider array of threats and enhance its mobility and ease of operations. The report, which was delivered to the House and Senate Armed Services committees Feb. 1 and obtained by Inside Defense , fulfills a requirement in the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act. The ...
Eventually, she got a call back, but once she revealed she's a Navy wife, she didn't hear back again. "It's so frustrating and disheartening," she said. Kaine said he plans to attach the bill to the National Defense Authorization Act later this year and believes it will be an easy sell to his fellow members of ...
Cruz also denounced China for “vigorously” lobbying to kill strong ports-of-call language for Taiwan that he wanted included in the 2018 defense authorization bill, Cruz said. A Senate version of the annual National Defense Authorization Act from September called for the Pentagon to study and issue a ...
A provision regarding climate change even made it into the 2018 defense authorization bill. The law explicitly stated that climate change is a direct threat to the national security of the United States. It requires the defense secretary to make a list of the 10 military installations most threatened by climate ...
It made three recommendations in an early interim report last summer, each of which were adopted and enacted as part of this year's National Defense Authorization Act. The report's first volume also provided a preview of formal recommendations the panel plans to include in forthcoming editions, ...
Congress mandated the split in the 2017 defense authorization act. “In elevating the mission of advancing technology and innovation while simultaneously fostering distinct technology and acquisition cultures, we must also take the opportunity to reform processes, internal practices and regulations and ...
The fiscal 2018 defense authorization bill includes a provision requiring each branch of the military to develop a list of the bases and installations that are most vulnerable to the effects of global warming and report on their efforts to mitigate those effects. Conger said the data from the survey will serve as a ...
When added to the $4.7 billion in emergency missile defense and ship repair funds passed as part of a continuing resolution in December, the bill would mean a total of $664 billion for the Pentagon for fiscal 2018, consistent with the funding levels authorized in the National Defense Authorization Act.
In its latest annual report, the MSPB summarized what it views as the key changes enacted in fiscal year 2017 in federal personnel law. “National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2017. Enacted on December 23, 2016, this statute contains several provisions that affect MSPB jurisdiction. One provision ...
Though the fiscal 2018 funding to rewing the A-10s is still uncertain amid the stalled federal budget, McSally noted that the funding was included in the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act passed and signed by the president. In his remarks at Brookings, Holmes indicated that the fiscal 2018 funding ...
Following those two reports, the fiscal 2018 National Defense Authorization Act gave DOD authority to conduct background investigations for its own personnel, separating that process from investigations run by the NBIB. The GAO's high-risk list was last updated a year ago, and it typically receives updates ...
The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2018 gave federal agencies at least some of what they've wanted for years. Namely, a special pot of money dedicated to modernize IT systems and the services they deliver. That will change how IT is marketed and sold this year. Agencies already set ...
Subsequently, the U.S. Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2017, which included recognition of India as a major defense partner. This act legally recognizes a unique partnership designation by the United States to India and codifies in U.S. law the spirit of the ...
When added to the $4.7 billion in emergency missile defense and ship repair funds passed as part of a continuing resolution in December, the bill would mean a total of $664 billion for the Pentagon for fiscal 2018, consistent with the funding levels authorized in the National Defense Authorization Act.
Furlough letters to 909 employees were sent out after Congress and the president were unable to come to an agreement on the Defense Appropriation and National Defense Authorization Act by the end of the day Friday. It appeared early Monday that a “stopgap” agreement would be voted on later in the ...
Take a look at the tables in the FY2018 National Defense Authorization Act conference report, which start on page 1,150 here. Note the items where the conference added something to the president's request. Those are the earmarks. Count them if you want — there are hundreds. But that isn't all of them in ...
Shanahan's actions were part of the implementation of Section 1601 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018. Meanwhile, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson moved forward with a plan to create a three-star position that would directly support U.S. Space Command. The post would be ...
Both the House and Senate Armed Services committees have addressed some of these problems in the last two defense authorization bills. Senior civilian and military leaders understand the challenges and continue to try to alter long-established personnel dogma and legacy actions. But innovation and ...


 

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