July 18, 2019

Private Spacecraft Heads to the Moon

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The first privately funded spacecraft is scheduled to launch Thursday from Florida to the moon. The aircraft is propelled by a Falcon rocket from Elon Musk’s space company SpaceX.

Trump Shifts Military From Counterterrorism to Competition

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The Trump administration shifts US military focus from counterterrorism to competition with peer adversaries such as China.

Social Media Shares With FBI & DHS

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Social media giants called on the FBI and Homeland Security to help the companies prepare for the upcoming midterm elections, but were told they would receive no information from the government on security threats.

BRAC Is Out of DoD’s FY19 Budget Request

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The Pentagon’s FY19 budget request abandons its years-long effort to win congressional approval for a BRAC touted to save $2 billion annually.

Carter Remakes Silicon Valley Liaison Team

DefSec Carter shakes up DoD Silicon Valley tech office with a new organizational chart and casting change.

Industry Unhappy with Encore III Contract

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The “lowest price, technically acceptable” basis for Encore III contracting is problematic, say contractor industry groups.

Google Facing EU Antitrust Charges

Google has run afoul of the European Union’s tough antitrust regulations. Charges believed to be forthcoming.

No Sequestration Cuts This Year

The defense budget is expected to slightly decline through 2016 then gradually increase until 2021.

Google Buys DARPA’s Favorite Robotics Lab

Boston Dynamics became the eighth robotics firm Google has purchased in the past six months. Current military contracts will be honored, say Google execs, but the company doesn’t seek to become a military contractor on its own.

Defense Spending Bill Winds Toward House Floor

Republican leadership struggles to keep spending bill on track with NSA surveillance funds intact and without restrictions regarding actions in Egypt or Syria.