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DIU director Michael Brown withdraws as Pentagon acquisition nominee

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Pentagon spokesman John Kirby confirmed that Defense Secretary Austin received Brown’s letter expressing his desire to withdraw. 

WASHINGTON — President Biden’s pick to serve as undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, Michael Brown, has withdrawn his nomination.

Brown is the director of the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), the Pentagon’s commercial outreach office based in Silicon Valley. 

In a July 13 letter to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Brown said he is dropping out due to an ongoing DoD inspector general investigation into personnel practices at DIU that could last up to a year. 

“While I’m confident the Office of the Inspector General will ultimately find no wrongdoing on my art, I know there are other qualified candidates who can focus on the urgent business of making the acquisition process faster and more cost effective,” Brown said in the letter to Austin. 

Brown’s nomination has been in limbo since Biden tapped him in April. News of Brown’s withdrawal was first reported by InsideDefense. 

Before joining the U.S. government, Brown was the CEO of two public Silicon Valley technology firms, Symantec and Quantum.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby on July 14 confirmed that Austin received Brown’s letter expressing his desire to withdraw. 

Kirby told reporters that Brown remains in his current post as director of DIU.


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Missile defense space sensor made by Northrop Grumman and Ball Aerospace clears design review

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A new sensor payload developed by Northrop Grumman Corporation and Ball Aerospace to detect missile launches has passed a critical design review.

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Op-ed | China’s Success in Space Calls for Caution in Pursuing a New Treaty for Outer Space

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Any decision by the U.S. to pursue a new treaty for outer space should take into account whether the worldview espoused by the U.S. and its allies is solidified in international law and has the political will to prevail over attempts by China and its client states to subvert an enacted treaty.

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Planet and SpaceX announce multiyear launch agreement

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Planet announced a multiyear agreement Aug. 5 that designates SpaceX as the Earth-observation company’s “go-to-launch provider through the end of 2025.”

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China’s space station emerges as competitor to commercial ventures

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Companies involved with commercial activities on the International Space Station or planning their own space stations may face a new competitor in China’s new space station.

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