June 25, 2018

Morning Coffee Off the Burner

Morning Coffee is off the burner, but will be back Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018.

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Tax Bill Benefits Contractors, Maybe Not VA

Tax Bill Benefits Contractors

The GOP tax reform bill heading to President Donald Trump appears to benefit federal contractors, but some negotiations may have dashed bipartisan hopes for a VA health plan overhaul.

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Defense Acquisition Addressed in Authorization Bill

acquisition

A provision in the defense authorization bill would let government buy through existing online marketplaces such as Amazon, Walmart, and Staples.

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Survey: Agencies Ready If Gov’t Shutdown Occurs

Survey: Agencies Ready If Shutdown Occurs

Whether a shutdown is on the horizon for the holiday season, a majority of federal employees who took an anonymous online survey from Federal News Radio said their federal agencies are ready if a shutdown does happen Dec. 22.

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355-Ship Navy Not a Wish. It’s Now Policy

7th Fleet

President Trump’s 2018 National Defense Authorization Act includes a provision that calls for the US to build up to 355 ships “as soon as practicable.” That makes achieving a 355-ship Navy national policy.

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Trump Signs FY18 Defense Authorization Bill

FY18 Defense Authorization

President Trump signs the FY18 Defense Authorization Bill. The nearly $700 billion authorization establishes the 2018 military pay raise at 2.4 percent and sets the stage for increased Pentagon spending in coming months.

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Drones Sending Sensitive US Data to China’s Cloud

ICE intelligence suggests small drones by Chinese firm Da Jiang Innovations (DJI) and purchased in the US were likely downloading sensitive US infrastructure data to the Chinese government’s cloud.

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Arms Sales Rise for First Time Since 2010

arms sales F-35s

Global arms sales by the world’s top 100 defense contractors rose last year for the first time since 2010,

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First DoD-Wide Audit Announced

Military Spending

The Pentagon’s office of the inspector general announced the start of the first agencywide financial audit. Beginning in 2018, audits will occur annually.

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Boeing Loses Canada Hornet Deal to Australia

Hornet

Canada dashes Boeing’s hopes for a buy of 18 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet jets, instead seeking an interim buy of used F/A-18 Hornets from Australia.

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