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Leadership and Policy July-August 2023

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Leadership and Policy July-August 2023

New policy initiatives and recently appointed or nominated DoD policy leaders. 


Nomination Confirmed

Chaudhary Sworn in as Air Force Energy, Installations and Environment Lead
SECRETARY OF THE AIR FORCE PUBLIC AFFAIRS  
Dr. Ravi Chaudhary was sworn in as the assistant secretary of the Air Force for Energy, Installations and Environment during a ceremony at the Pentagon April 7, following his confirmation to the role by the U.S. Senate, March 15, 2023. (Read more

Acquisition and Sustainment Leadership Transition 
OFFICE OF THE UNDER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE (ACQUISITION & SUSTAINMENT)  
Dr. Radha Iyengar Plumb was confirmed as Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment in a Senate vote April 18, 2023. (Read more)


Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III Announces New Director of the Defense Innovation Unit

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE NEWS 
The DoD announced Doug Beck will serve as the next director of the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU). As DIU director, Beck will oversee efforts to accelerate the department’s adoption of commercial technology throughout the military and serve as a senior advisor to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense on technology innovation, competition, and strategic impact. (Read more

DoD Approves Software Modernization Implementation Plan

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE NEWS  
The DoD Software Modernization Implementation Plan was approved on March 30, 2023, by the DoD Chief Information Officer. The DoD Software Modernization Implementation Plan is the follow-on call to action for implementing the goals of the strategy. The plan identifies key activities, near-term milestones, and responsibilities for driving the process improvements and capabilities needed to achieve the department’s software modernization vision. (Read more)

A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket carrying the U.S. Space Force 67 payload launches from Space Launch Complex-39A at Kennedy Space Center, Fla., on Jan. 15, 2023.

A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket carrying the U.S. Space Force 67 payload launches from Space Launch Complex-39A at Kennedy Space Center, Fla., on Jan. 15, 2023. 

Space Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas Sjoberg
Readout of Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment Dr. William LaPlante’s Engagements With European Allies and Partners

  DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE NEWS 
Dr. Bill LaPlante, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, concluded a week of bilateral and multilateral engagements in London and Brussels. Following that, he co-chaired an in-person meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group National Armaments Directors at NATO Headquarters. More than 40 nations and representatives from the European Union and NATO participated, and discussions focused on air defense and sustainment. Partners and allies remain united in their support for Ukraine. (Read more)

Small Businesses are Heartbeat of U.S. Economy, Says DoD Leader

There is positive news about the nation’s small businesses. Over the last two years, 10.5 million Americans applied to start small businesses and created 3.5 million jobs, which are record highs, said Farooq Mitha, director of the DoD Office of Small Business Programs. (Read more

Control, Cooperation, Classification Remain Focuses of DoD’s Space Policy

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE NEWS 
C. Todd Lopez 
The assistant secretary of defense for space policy told senators yesterday that his office is “laser focused” on three priorities: space control, space cooperation, and space classification. “On space control, the department will protect and defend our national security interests from the growing scope and scale of space and counterspace threats, and we will protect and defend our Service men and women in harm’s way from space-enabled threats,” said John F. Plumb in testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Strategic Forces. (Read more

DoD Releases National Defense Science and Technology Strategy

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE NEWS 
DoD released the National Defense Science and Technology Strategy, or NDSTS, today. Guided by the National Defense Strategy, the NDSTS articulates the science and technology priorities, goals, and investments of the department and makes recommendations on the future of the defense research and engineering enterprise. (Read more

Industrial Base Strength Necessary for Future DoD Success

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY NEWS 
Nancy Benecki 
The defense industrial base is facing serious challenges. Now is the time to help those businesses before it is too late, a former deputy secretary of defense said at the Defense Logistics Agency Supply Chain Alliance Conference and Exhibition in Richmond, Va. (Read more

DoD Official Describes How Capabilities Are Generated for Warfighters

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE NEWS 
David Vergun 
Taking joint warfighting concepts and translating them into the capabilities that are needed for the future in a highly contested fight is a key focus, said Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Heidi Shyu, who joined a panel discussion at the Sea-Air-Space summit at National Harbor, Md. (Read more

Pentagon Cyber Official Provides Progress Update on Zero Trust Strategy Roadmap

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE NEWS 
Joseph Clark 
The Pentagon’s senior information security official said that the Defense Department is on track to implement its Zero Trust cybersecurity framework by fiscal year 2027 as planned. David McKeown, who serves as the DoD’s deputy chief information officer as well as the department’s senior information security officer, said his office has been hard at work to ensure a smooth rollout of the initiative after publishing the Zero Trust Strategy and Roadmap in November. (Read more

U.S. Space Command Commander Army Gen. James Dickinson speaks about the importance of integration with partner nations to help achieve all-domain dominance on May 23 at the 2023 LANPAC (Land Forces of the Pacific) symposium in Honolulu.

U.S. Space Command Commander Army Gen. James Dickinson speaks about the importance of integration with partner nations to help achieve all-domain dominance on May 23 at the 2023 LANPAC (Land Forces of the Pacific) symposium in Honolulu. 

U.S. Space Force photo by Tiana Williams
LANPAC: Army Commander Leads USSPACECOM Against Space Domain Threats

ARMY NEWS SERVICE 
Joe Lacdan 
Adversaries have continually found ways to threaten the Army and U.S. forces, not only from the land, air, and sea but through space. “The threat is growing,” said Army Gen. James Dickinson, commander of U.S. Space Command at Peterson Space Force Base, Colo. “It’s [rising] in numbers and more complexities than ever before, and the Joint Force must have relevant and timely [assets] for space superiority.” (Read more

AUSA Symposium Looks Toward Acquisition Priorities of 2040

ARMY NEWS SERVICE 
Staff Sgt. Jacob Kohrs 
During a contemporary military forum, “Materiel Modernization for the Army of 2040,” at the Association of the U.S. Army Global Force Symposium in Huntsville, Ala., March 28, a panel of experts discussed future acquisition priorities. “We have to be able to react at a speed that paces the threat, and that includes the acquisition world,” said Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology Douglas Bush. (Read more


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