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Defense Primer: The NDAA Process

Defense Primer: The NDAA Process

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) provides authorization of appropriations for the Department of Defense, nuclear weapons programs, and other defense-related activities. Unlike an appropriations bill, the NDAA does not…

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Covert Action and Clandestine Activities of the Intelligence Community: Selected Definitions

Covert Action and Clandestine Activities of the...

This report provides background and definitions for covert action and clandestine activities carried out by the Intelligence Community (IC) and should assist Congress in assessing the premises justifying covert action…

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Summary of the Terrorism Threat to the U.S.

Summary of the Terrorism Threat to the U.S.

The United States remains in a perilous threat environment. A continuous and potentially lethal threat to the United States comes from individuals acting on their own or in small groups…

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China Military Power Report

China Military Power Report

The Department of Defense released its annual report on the ‘Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China (PRC)’ to Congress, referred to as the China Military Power…

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Defense Primer: Electronic Warfare

Defense Primer: Electronic Warfare

The Department of Defense defines electronic warfare (EW) as acts that employ electromagnetic energy to manipulate the electromagnetic spectrum. EW allows commanders to communicate with troops while keeping potential enemies…

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Defense Primer: Directed-Energy Weapons

Defense Primer: Directed-Energy Weapons

Both the 2022 National Defense Strategy and the House Armed Services Committee’s bipartisan Future of Defense Task Force Report have identified directed energy as a technology that could have a…

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China Naval Modernization: Implications for U.S. Navy Capabilities

China Naval Modernization: Implications for U.S....

China’s navy is, by far, the largest of any country in East Asia. It surpassed the US Navy in terms of battle force ships between 2015 and 2020. China’s naval…

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Pathways to Implementing Comprehensive and Collaborative JADC2

Pathways to Implementing Comprehensive and...

This paper describes the implementation strategy for Joint All Domain Command and Control and lays out the pathway for future Joint Force networked Command and Control (C2). This complex planning…

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Software Defined Warfare: Architecting the DOD’s Transition to the Digital Age

Software Defined Warfare: Architecting the DOD’s...

The Department of Defense (DOD) needs a new design and architecture that will allow it to be far more flexible, scale on demand, and adapt dynamically to changing conditions. The…

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DOD Strategic Management Plan FY 2022-2026

DOD Strategic Management Plan FY 2022-2026

The Department of Defense has made public the Fiscal Years 2022 – 2026 Strategic Management Plan (SMP). The SMP articulates the Secretary of Defense’s strategic priorities, consistent with the National…

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Department of Defense: Microelectronic Vision

Department of Defense: Microelectronic Vision

The Defense Microelectronics Cross-Functional Team, (DMCFT) formed in 2021 to develop a DoD-wide ME strategy. This document is the DMCFT’s recommendation for a whole-of-DoD vision and strategy. It includes an…

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Department of Defense: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Strategic Plan

Department of Defense: Diversity, Equity,...

The mission of the Defense Equal Opportunity and Inclusion agency (DEIA) is to improve the readiness of the Department of Defence workforce and to ensure the security of the nation…

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Department of Defense: Ukraine Contracting Action

Department of Defense: Ukraine Contracting Action

The Department of Defense is delivering security assistance to Ukraine through two main authorities, USAI and PDA. Under USAI, the Department procures defense articles directly from industry to support Ukraine.…

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Hypersonic Missile Defense: Issues for Congress

Hypersonic Missile Defense: Issues for Congress

This paper addresses some of the concerns of hypersonic missile defense, as well as some questions for Congress to consider.

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Multiyear Procurement (MYP) and Block Buy  Contracting in Defense Acquisition:  Background and Issues for Congress

Multiyear Procurement (MYP) and Block Buy ...

This report provides background information and issues for Congress on multiyear procurement (MYP) and block buy contracting (BBC),1 which are special contracting mechanisms that Congress permits the Department of Defense…

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