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Weekly Debrief #52

Aarzu Maknojia, Friday, November 6, 2020

1. DoD Stands Up Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy

(Intelligence Community News) As directed in the FY2020 NDAA, the DoD established the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy (ASD(SP)) and the Office of the ASD(SP). The ASP(SP) will be responsible for the overall supervision of DoD policy for space warfighting and the office will be responsible for interagency coordination and international engagement on space policy and strategy.  

2. Would Biden White House, GOP Senate Prevent Defense Spending Dips?

(Defense One) Wall Street analysts are saying that a Biden White House combined with a Republican Senate could signal stability for defense spending. Generally multi-party control results in negotiations that lead to maintaining the status quo.

3. Defense Aerospace Primes are Raking in Money for Classified Programs

(Defense News) Two months after disclosing the existence of a next-generation fighter jet demonstrator, the U.S. Air Force is not saying which company may have built it. Classified aviation programs are on the rise and there are many opportunities available to defense aerospace primes.   

4. 5G Experiments in U.S. Pave Way to Battlefields Abroad

(Breaking Defense) Upcoming experiments at a dozen bases will inform both how the Pentagon adopts 5G networks on U.S. territory and also how the military modifies civilian 5G tech for battlefield use around the world. The DoD requested $449 million for 5G in 2021 and has already announced two waves of pilot projects.

5. McConnell Says He Wants Coronavirus Deal by the End of the Year

(The Hill) Senate Majority Leader McConnell said on Wednesday that he wants a deal on another COVID relief bill by the end of the year as cases are spiking. Negotiations between Speaker Pelosi and Secretary Mnuchin have been in the works since May and have not resulted in a deal.
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