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  • NATO’s first U.S.-based headquarters organization is up and running. The new Joint Force Command in Norfolk, Virginia, declared full operational capability in a ceremony yesterday. The NATO command is meant to deliver reinforcements for any potential future war in Europe. It’s not to be confused with the similarly-named Joint Forces Command — a Defense Department organization based in nearby Hampton Roads, which shut down almost exactly 10 years ago.
  • Vice Adm. James Kilby was tapped as the next leader of U.S. Fleet Forces Command. The organization provides combat-ready Navy forces to combatant commanders around the globe. The command is currently led by Adm. Christopher Grady. Kilby now serves as the deputy chief of naval operations for warfighting requirements and capabilities.
  • President Joe’s Biden’s pick to run the Census Bureau outlined steps to improve workforce morale. Robert Santos, the Urban Institute’s vice president and chief methodologist, said Census employees worked under harrowing conditions last year. In some cases  they worked seven days a week and put in 80-hour workweeks to get ahead of pandemic delays. Santos told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee he’s open to offering bonuses and raises to employees to address morale issues, but he is also looking at telework options for employees. “There are morale issues, we know that. Morale is a symptom, it’s not the root cause of a problem,” Santos said. (Federal News Network)
  • A new Pentagon policy calls for ramping up the use of 3D printing for both frontline and logistical challenges. The Defense Department released its first-ever additive manufacturing policy in early June. Tracy Frost, director of DoD’s manufacturing technology program, said the policy “will align activities to accelerate the use of AM.” DoD wants to use additive manufacturing to help combatant commands meet urgent…

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