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Esper, other Defense Department officials not on Ukraine call, Pentagon says Pentagon faces heightened scrutiny in aftermath of whistleblower complaint

Oct 3, 2019...No one from the Defense Department was listening in on President Donald Trump’s now-infamous July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, the Pentagon’s top spokesman said Thursday.

With 5G in mind, senators plan big boost for Pentagon cybersecurity Much of the future infrastructure is being developed by China

Sep 17, 2019...Lawmakers are proposing to add more than half a billion dollars to the Pentagon’s 2020 budget for cybersecurity measures, in particular asking the department to include security features enabling its weapons and information systems to safely operate on future 5G worldwide wireless networks.

Pentagon to begin diverting construction funds for border wall Democrats quick to slam move as an executive power grab

Sep 3, 2019...The Pentagon announced Tuesday it would begin diverting $3.6 billion in military construction funding for a wall along the U.S. southern border, even as court challenges continue.

Defense secretary focused on filling Pentagon vacancies Five candidates to fill senior Pentagon positions will have confirmation hearings in the coming weeks

Aug 28, 2019...Newly installed Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper wants to waste no time assembling his team at the Pentagon.

Pentagon assembles team of intellectual property experts Questions linger about how to properly compensate defense industry for data

Aug 27, 2019...The Defense Department is on the verge of standing up a new cadre of intellectual property experts to help the Pentagon negotiate rights to valuable data and other IP from defense contractors, the department’s top weapons buyer said Monday.

Child care centers, cybersecurity facility among Pentagon projects delayed for wall Funds diverted from military construction to border barriers under Trump's emergency declaration

Sep 5, 2019...Pentagon officials briefed lawmakers Wednesday on which military construction projects previously approved by Congress would be delayed so the Trump administration can instead use the money to pay for barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Did the Pentagon weaponize ticks? CQ on Congress, Episode 162

Jul 19, 2019...The House passed a bill this month that would order the Pentagon's inspector general to investigate whether the Defense Department weaponized ticks. Stanford University science writer Kris Newby, in a new book called "Bitten,'' hints that such experiments may have led to the rapid spread of Lyme disease. Newby says that congressional inquiry into the matter "is exactly what I wanted to happen.'' And CQ Roll Call's defense writer John Donnelly explains what Congress has asked the Pentagon  to do and why many experts doubt it caused the public health crisis.

Senate confirms Norquist for No. 2 Pentagon job Norquist shepherded the DOD through its first audit, and received plaudits from members of both parties during his confirmation

Jul 31, 2019...The Senate late Tuesday night confirmed by voice vote David Norquist to be deputy Defense secretary as the chamber rushes to vote on numerous nominees before senators leave town for August recess.

Tech vanguard is dodging Pentagon To recruit the next generation of cyber-sentries, DOD will need a new approach

Jul 9, 2019...The Pentagon’s cybersecurity mission is facing a classic supply and demand problem: There’s a nationwide shortage of tech talent and an oversupply of jobs.

Norquist appears to be on fast track to become Pentagon’s No. 2 Senators from both sides of the aisle said they looked forward to voting for him

Jul 24, 2019...David Norquist, President Donald Trump’s nominee for deputy Defense secretary, sailed through his confirmation hearing Wednesday, with senators from both sides of the aisle saying they looked forward to voting for him.