August 15, 2018

Revenues Up 2nd Year for Top 100 Defense Contractors

100 Defense

For the second straight year revenues for the Top 100 defense companies in the world have increased, suggesting the defense industry has weathered sequestration-related budget cuts and emerged stronger. Total 2017 defense revenues for the Top 100 companies came in at $375.4 billion, a 2.9 percent increase over the companies represented in the previous year’s Top 100 list.

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DoD Plans for Space Force Combatant Command

Space Force

The Pentagon releases its four-prong approach for a Space Force combatant command as a sixth branch of the armed forces.

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Fitness Trackers Banned for Deployed Troops

Fitness

New Pentagon Policy: deployed service members will no longer be allowed to use fitness tracking apps or other wearable technology that relies on geolocation.

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Military Families Dissatisfaction with Tricare Grows

tricare

Military families are growing more dissatisfied with their Tricare medical insurance according to a recent survey of more than 8,500 Tricare beneficiaries.

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DoD Report Aims to Head Off ‘Strategic Surprise’

'Strategic Surprise'

A Pentagon study is expected to consider “what potential technological capabilities may not be sufficiently acted upon by the Department of Defense in the decade to come, that will lead to US regrets in 2028,” says Michael Griffin, undersecretary of defense for research and engineering.

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GAO: On Drones, Safety Oversight Is Lagging

Safety Oversight

A recent GAO report finds that as the nation’s fleet of small recreational and commercial drones soars, federal enforcement oversight is stalling.

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Lives Depend on Sailors Ready to Fight

ready to fight

If the Navy’s going to win the next war against a great or rising power, America’s chief petty officers must prepare deck-plate sailors to be ready to fight. Message from ADM John Richardson: Prepare yourselves and your sailors now because all of your lives depend on it.

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$639B NDAA Increases Readiness, Base Infrastructure Budgets

base infrastructure

All service branches will see increases in readiness budgets if the Senate passes the $639.1 billion FY19 National Defense Authorization Act that passed and out of a conference committee this week. The conference summary notes $23.5 billion to sustain, repair and rebuild crumbling military buildings and other infrastructure.

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More Remains Could Be Returned from No. Korea

More Remains Could Be Returned from No. Korea

DefSec Jim Mattis said that relations between the US and North Korea may be warming to the point that US forces could be allowed to return there to find more war remains of US servicemembers.

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Lawmakers Want Large-Scale DoD Cyber Exercise

DoD cyber exercise

Congress is requiring the Department of Defense to conduct a large-scale exercise gaming response to a national cyber incident.

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