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Statement by Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III on the Department of Defense Climate Adaptation Plan
Dated October 7, 2021.

Secretary of Defense Mandates COVID-19 Vaccinations for Service Members
Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III yesterday issued a memorandum directing mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for service members, a Pentagon official said today. John F. Kirby, Pentagon press secretary, said only Food and Drug Administration-approved vaccines will be mandatory. Dated August 25, 2021.

Secretary of Defense Austin's Message to the Force Regarding Vaccination for COVID-19
Dated August 9, 2021.

DOD Official Says U.S. Faces Climate Change Crisis
Joe Bryan, Senior Climate Advisor to the Secretary of Defense, speaking to the Department of Energy’s Energy Exchange on August 2nd, says climate change absolutely affects national security.

News Release:  Acquisition and Sustainment Leadership Transition
The Department of Defense announces leadership changes in DOD Acquisition and Sustainment.

Building Resilient Supply Chains, Revitalizing American Manufacturing, and Fostering Broad-Based Growth
BUILDING RESILIENT SUPPLY CHAINS, REVITALIZING AMERICAN MANUFACTURING, AND FOSTERING BROAD-BASED GROWTH 100-Day Reviews under Executive Order 14017

Acquisition and Sustainment Leadership Transition
The Department of Defense announced today the following leadership transitions: Mr. Gregory M. Kausner, Executive Director for International Cooperation, assumed the duties of Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (USD(A&S)). Mr. Paul D. Cramer, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment (Installations), assumed the duties of Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (DUSD(A&S)). As of August 3, 2021.

Increased Restrictions on the Pentagon Reservation
Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases and positive test cases in the National Capital Region over the past 15 days, the Pentagon Reservation will move to Health Protection Condition Bravo effective 5 a.m. EDT, Monday, Aug. 2, 2021.  Both Armed Forces Retirement Home campuses, in Washington, D.C., and Gulfport, Mississippi, will transition to HPCON Charlie. Dated July 30, 2021.

Statement by Deputy Pentagon Press Secretary Jamal Brown on the Deputy Secretary of Defense Memorandum for Updated Mask Guidelines for All DOD Installations and Other Facilities

DOD Directs Employees to Start Wearing Face Masks Again
Following guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Defense Department has directed employees working in areas at high risk for transmission to begin using face masks again as a measure to prevent the continued spread of the COVID-19 virus, especially the fast-moving, highly-transmittable Delta variant. Dated July 28, 2021.

Face of Defense: Swimming Toward Gold
Army Sgt. 1st Class Elizabeth Marks is a combat medic and also a decorated Paralympic swimmer in the U.S. Army's World Class Athlete Program — a Pat Tillman ESPY award winner and a member of the Army Women's Hall of Fame. Dated July 28, 2021.

DOD Announces Winners of the 2021 Commander in Chief's Annual Award for Installation Excellence
Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin announced the 2021 recipients of the Commander in Chief’s Annual Award for Installation Excellence, dated July 14, 2021.

19 Military Athletes to Represent U.S. at Tokyo Olympics
Seventeen soldiers, one Marine and one Coast Guardsman have earned spots in the delayed 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. The games, which were postponed last year due to COVID-19, will be held from July 23 to August 8. Dated July 12, 2021.

Readout of Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks' Travel to Boston, Massachusetts
Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks visited Boston, Massachusetts, to meet with academic institutions, industry partners, and military innovation incubators to discuss and assess their efforts in support of Secretary Austin’s commitment to modernize and drive innovation across the Department of Defense, dated July 8, 2021.

Readout of Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks' Travel to Maine, New Hampshire
Deputy Press Secretary Jamal Brown provided the following readout, dated July 7, 2021.

Department of Defense Leaders Update Reporters on COVID-19 Efforts
Acting Assistant Secretary Of Defense For Health Affairs Dr. Terry Adirim; Army Lieutenant General Ronald J. Place, Director, Defense Health Agency; Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Defense on COVID-19 Max Rose, dated June 30, 2021.

DOD Gives Update on Tenant Bill of Rights for Privatized Housing
The Defense Department has made strides toward ensuring that service members and their families have safe, quality housing that's well-maintained by privatized housing companies, a top DOD housing official said, dated, June 4, 2021.

Combating Climate Change Factors Into Defense Budget Request
Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III has said there is little that the department does that isn't impacted by climate change. The President's Fiscal 2022 Defense Budget Request reflects that reality, dated, June 2, 2021.

DOD to Hold Public Hearings on PFAS Contamination
The Defense Department will expand community outreach regarding PFAS contamination, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for environment and energy resilience said.

Biden Awards Medal of Honor to Retired Ranger for Korean War Heroism 
President Joe Biden presented the nation's highest military honor to retired Col. Ralph Puckett Jr., for his actions as a first lieutenant and the Eighth Army Ranger Company commander during the Korean conflict Nov. 25-26, 1950.

President's FY 2022 Discretionary Funding Request for the Department of Defense
The Biden-Harris Administration today submitted to Congress the President’s priorities for fiscal year 2022 discretionary spending. The funding request, totaling $715 billion, invests in the core foundations of our country’s strength and advances key Department of Defense priorities to defend the Nation, innovate and modernize the Department, build resilience and readiness, take care of its people, and succeed through teamwork.

Leaders Testify About DOD Installation Resiliency Efforts
Army Installation Management Command Army Lt. Gen. Douglas M. Gabram, Navy Installations Command Navy Vice Adm. Yancy B. Lindsey, Marine Corps Installations Command Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Edward D. Banta and Air Force Materiel Command Air Force Brig. Gen. John J. Allen Jr. testified March 26 at a House Armed Services Committee HASC Readiness subcommittee hearing on "Installation Resiliency: Lessons Learned from Winter Storm Uri and Beyond."

Partnership Expands Opportunities for New and Small Businesses to Work With the Department of Defense, Expand National Security Innovation Base
The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP), the principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense on small business matters, and the National Security Innovation Network (NSIN), an innovation unit within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, signed a memorandum of agreement on March 5 to collaborate on expanding the national security innovation base.

DOD Awards $53.7 Million Contract to Ortho Clinical Diagnostics
On March 31, 2021, the Department of Defense (DOD), on behalf of and in coordination with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), awarded a $53.7 million contract to Ortho Clinical Diagnostics to increase production capacity of COVID-19 antigen and antibody test kits and associated VITROS® Systems test analyzers.

Force Health Protection Guidance (Supplement 18) - Department of Defense Guidance for Protecting All Personnel in Department of Defense Workplaces During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic

Today, the department released the memorandum for Force Health Protection Guidance (Supplement 18) - Department of Defense Guidance for Protecting All Personnel in Department of Defense Workplaces During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic. Dated March 22, 2021.

MEMORANDUM FOR SENIOR PENTAGON LEADERSHIP COMMANDERS OF THE COMBATANT COMMANDS DEFENSE AGENCY AND DOD FIELD ACTIVITY DIRECTORS
Force Health Protection Guidance (Supplement 16) - Department of Defense Guidance for Deployment and Redeployment of Individuals and Units During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic. Dated March 16, 2021

MEMORANDUM FOR SENIOR PENTAGON LEADERSHIP COMMANDERS OF THE COMBATANT COMMANDS DEFENSE AGENCY AND DOD FIELD ACTIVITY DIRECTORS]
Force Health Protection Guidance (Supplement 15) Revision 1 - Department of Defense Guidance for Coronavirus Disease 2019 Laboratory Testing Services. Dated March 15, 2021.

House Armed Services Committee Stands Up Acquisition Task Force: Task Force Will Examine Supply Chain Threats and Vulnerabilities
Representatives Adam Smith (D-Wash.) and Mike Rogers (R-Ala.), Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, today announced the official activation of the Defense Critical Supply Chain Task Force. The bipartisan Task Force is chartered to review the industrial base supply chain to identify and analyze threats and vulnerabilities. Dated March 4, 2021.

DOD Announces $8 Million Defense Production Act Title III Agreement With GLOBALFOUNDRIES to Strengthen the Domestic Microelectronics Industrial Base
As part of the nation's effort to ensure the U.S. sustains the microelectronics manufacturing capability necessary for national and economic security, the Department of Defense (DoD) has made an $8 million award to GLOBALFOUNDRIES (GF). Dated March 9, 2021

DOD Officials Discuss Quantum science, 5G and Directed Energy
Three of the Defense Department's 11 principal directors of modernization within the Office of Defense Research and Engineering, discussed quantum science, 5G and directed energy. Date March 9, 2021

Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III Message to the Force
Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III, published his Message to the Force, which committed to ensuring that the Department develops the right people, priorities, and purpose of mission to continue to defend the Nation from enemies foreign and domestic. Dated March 4, 2021

Secretary of Defense Reaffirming DOD Values and Ethical Conduct
Memorandum from The Honorable Lloyd J. Austin III, Secretary of Defense, dated March 1, 2021

Official Explains DOD Data Strategy
Joint warfighting is at the heart of the Defense Department's Data Strategy, released in October, the DOD chief data officer said. Dated March 3, 2021

Defense Officials Outline Hypersonics Development Strategy
The Defense Department has identified hypersonics as one of the highest priority modernization areas, as Russia and China develop their own capable systems. Dated February 27, 2021

Defense Department Launches $2 Million Aerospace Research and Education Center of Excellence at Tuskegee University
The Department of Defense (DOD), through the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)), has launched the DOD Aerospace Education Research and Innovation Center (AERIC) at Tuskegee University in Alabama. Dated February 22, 2021

Hicks Takes Reins as Deputy Secretary of Defense
The Defense Department's glass ceiling is cracking: Kathleen H. Hicks was sworn in as the 35th deputy secretary of defense today. Dated February 9, 2021

Global Posture Review Will Tie Strategy, Defense Policy to Basing
American service members are based around the world and some of those overseas bases have been occupied since World War II. But are the troops still needed there? Dated February 5, 2021

Military, Medical Leaders Discuss COVID-19 Issues With Service Members
Top military and medical officials gathered yesterday for a virtual town hall meeting with service members and their families to discuss COVID-19 vaccinations. Dated February 5, 2021

Defense Official Discusses Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Human Decision-Making, AI
Defeating a swarm of small unmanned aircraft systems may one day require faster decision making than what a single human being can provide, and may mean the use of artificial intelligence to make those decisions. Right now, though, rules of engagement still require a human in the loop. Dated February 3, 2021

DOD Announces $1.1 Million Defense Production Act Title III Agreement With American Apparel, Inc. to Strengthen the Domestic Clothing and Textile Industrial Base
As part of the national response to COVID-19, the Department of Defense entered into a $1.1 million agreement with American Apparel, Inc. to sustain critical industrial base production of U.S. military uniforms. Dated February 1, 2021

Statement by Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad
Statement from The Honorable Lloyd J. Austin III, Secretary of Defense, dated January 27, 2021

DOD Releases Report on Defense Spending by State in Fiscal Year 2019
States and communities have a new tool to enhance national security and mission readiness, while making their economies stronger and more resilient. Dated January 13, 2021

Defense Department Awards University Consortium for Applied Hypersonics Contract 
The Department of Defense announced it will be awarding Texas A&M University's Engineering Experiment Station $20 million per year over a 5-year period to establish and manage a University Consortium for Applied Hypersonics (UCAH). Dated October 26, 2020

Message to Defense Industry Base
Memorandum from The Honorable Mark T. Esper, Secretary of Defense, dated July 17, 2020

Undersecretary of Defense (A&S) and CEO of IDFC Sign Memorandum of Agreement
Transcript from The Honorable Ellen Lord, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (A&S) and Adam Boehler, CEO, U.S. International Development Finance Corporation, dated June 22, 2020

Guidance for the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce
Memorandum from The Honorable Ellen Lord, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (A&S), dated March 20, 2020

Addressing Cybersecurity Oversight as Part of a Contractor's Purchasing System Review
Memorandum from The Honorable Ellen Lord, Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (A&S), dated January 21, 2019 

Defense Energy Resilience Program
Presentation by Ariel Castillo, Ph.D., Director, Installation Energy Resilience, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Energy), August 20 – 22, 2019

“Interim Policy and Guidance for the Use of Additive Manufacturing (AM) in Support of Materiel Sustainment” 
Directive-type Memorandum (DTM)-19-006 from The Honorable Ellen Lord, Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (A&S), dated March 21, 2019

DoD Small Business Strategy
Signed by The Honorable Mark T. Esper, Secretary of Defense, dated October 2019

Energy Storage at DOD 
Presentation by Oliver Fritz, Principal Director, Office of the Deputy Secretary of Defense (Energy), August 20 – 22, 2019

Measuring Success in Resilience
Presentation by Ariel Castillo, Ph.D., Director, Installation Energy Resilience, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Energy), August 20 – 22, 2019