Thursday, October 30, 2014
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10-29-2014

Pentagon Wants New 'Time-Critical Targeting' For 'A Road-Mobile ICBM Threat'

The Defense Department, concerned about "a road-mobile ballistic missile threat" from an unnamed country, is convening a classified meeting with industry next week to explore "time-critical targeting capabilities," an information-gathering exercise that could be a potential precursor event for a new missile defense project.

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Hagel Jabs Congress On Gridlock In Face Of Global Threats

As the Nov. 4 mid-term elections approach, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has called out Congress for its continued partisan gridlock, despite an ever-growing list of global threats facing the United States.

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NNSA Chief Hopes For Better Grade From Congress In November Report

The civilian chief of the National Nuclear Security Administration hopes a congressionally mandated panel charged with assessing nuclear enterprise management gaps at NNSA will see recent improvement efforts as evidence of progress.

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F-35 Retrofit Mod Kits Purchased, Critical For Marines To Achieve IOC

The Pentagon recently purchased retrofit modification kits for the Marine Corps F-35 variant that are critical to the service declaring its jets operational in July 2015, according to a program spokesman.

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10-28-2014

MDA Drops Plans For GMD Intercept Test, Eyes CE-II Flight Only In FY-15

The Defense Department has revised the test plan for the $41 billion Ground-based Midcourse Defense program, replacing a previously scheduled intercept attempt with a new non-intercept test flight next summer that will further assess capabilities of the Raytheon-developed second-generation exoatmospheric kill vehicle -- a weapon that successfully hit a target for the first time earlier this year.

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Engility To Buy TASC In $1.1 Billion Deal

Government services contractor Engility said Tuesday it has agreed to buy TASC, a services contractor divested by Northrop Grumman about five years ago.

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FAA Official: Notice On Draft Small UAS Rule Could Drop 'Any Time' Before Year's End

The Federal Aviation Administration is weeks, if not days, away from releasing a draft rule on the safe integration of small unmanned aircraft into the national airspace system.

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Think Tank Urges Axing Of Marine Vehicle Program, Army Forces

A think tank with close ties to the Pentagon has published a vision of U.S. future warfare dominated by sophisticated air and naval weaponry, to be financed by cutbacks in ground forces and associated equipment.

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Northrop Pitching Integrated Avionics Suite, Open Architecture To Navy

Northrop Grumman is pitching its new digitized, integrated avionics suite to the Navy for use on both rotary and fixed-wing platforms, according to company officials.

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Comptroller: Pentagon Discussing Future Of OCO Budget, Increased Spending In Europe

The Defense Department is discussing the future of its overseas contingency operations account with the Office of Management and Budget, including the possibility of making OCO a long-lasting piece of the DOD budget.

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Naval Forces, Coalition Partners Conduct Amphib Exercise Focused On Crisis Response

U.S. naval forces and coalition partners will experiment with the Joint High Speed Vessel as well as employ cyber tactics during an amphibious exercise focused on high-level crisis response operations that begins tomorrow, according to a Marine Corps official.

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Top DOD Acquisition Official Lists Planned 'Offset' R&D Investment Areas

The Defense Department is not yet prepared to disclose what percentage of the overall research and development budget it will use to finance the upcoming technological "offset" strategy aimed to guide long-term R&D spending, but a top acquisition official did provide a list of likely investment areas.

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10-27-2014

JPO, Lockheed Martin Reach Agreement on F-35 LRIP 8

Lockheed Martin and the F-35 Joint Program Office have reached an agreement on the next lot of F-35 aircraft, the JPO announced on Monday, noting that the average unit price for all three variants of the airframe would be approximately 3.6 percent lower than the previous contract.

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Cost Of Operation Inherent Resolve Climbs To $580 Million

The Defense Department recently pegged the total price tag for Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq and Syria at $580 million -- a $156 million increase from when the Pentagon last provided cost figures.

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10-24-2014

MDA To Assess First-Ever Integrated Air And Ballistic Missile Defense Capability

The Missile Defense Agency on Monday plans to test a new version of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System that aims to give the Navy the ability to simultaneously conduct air and ballistic missile defense -- a first-ever integrated capability that, if validated, would allow the nation to efficiently expand the BMD-capable fleet.

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Rapid Acquisition Demand Remains High As Global Threats Expand

After satisfying more than 500 requests in the past decade, the Pentagon's joint rapid acquisition cell is unlikely to slow its pace in the face of new global threats, according to the outgoing chief of the program.

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North Korean Nuclear And Cyber Threats Drive OPCON Transfer Delay

The commander of U.S. forces on the Korean Peninsula said the miniaturization of a nuclear device and cyberattack were among the "evolving and developing" threats from North Korea that have indefinitely delayed the transfer of operational control in the region to the South Korean military.

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10-23-2014

Air Force Avoids New-Start Ban, Launches 6th-Gen Fighter, Next-Gen JSTARS

The Air Force is launching high-priority, new-start modernization programs this fall after winning approval from Congress to begin a sixth-generation fighter aircraft program and the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System replacement effort with fiscal year 2014 funds, sidestepping a statutory ban on new projects mandated by the stopgap spending bill funding the government through Dec. 11.

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CNO To 'Educate' Lawmakers On Importance Of Ohio Replacement

Once Congress is back in session, the chief of naval operations plans to "educate" members of Congress on the importance of the Ohio-class replacement ballistic missile submarine program.

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Raytheon SM-6 Missiles Intercept Two Targets In 'Engage On Remote' Test (Updated)

A Navy ship testing its Standard Missile-6 interceptors has successfully shot down two anti-ship cruise missile targets prior to its own radar detecting the incoming threats, instead using targeting information from another Aegis ship nearby, according to a Raytheon statement.

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