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June 22, 2018

A recent boost in the defense budget means the Pentagon should be able to make new investments in cutting-edge capabilities to regain technological momentum from China amid Beijing's military spending binge, according to Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Paul Selva.

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The Air Force official overseeing the Air Operations Center Weapon System says the program will be on track by August after this year's funding uncertainties caused a slight spending slowdown.

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In a signal of strong congressional support, lawmakers are backing the Army's high-priority project to develop a new cannon for its self-propelled artillery fleet -- a key part of the service's goal to improve its long-range precision fires portfolio.

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Air Force and Navy sustainment officials have been working since December to develop a detailed cost estimate for a plan to establish an organic F-35 Joint Strike Fighter software maintenance capability and will brief the program's sustainment lead in the next few weeks.

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June 21, 2018

The Army's program executive office for command, control and communications-tactical is taking steps to ease both the physical and operational weight on its platforms and soldiers with new systems.

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Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said today he's concerned about "50 or so" emerging technologies that "will definitely have significant impact in the military sector" in the next decade.

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The lawmaker leading efforts within Congress to reorganize the military space enterprise under a separate service told Inside Defense this week that while President Trump's direction to establish a Space Force will give momentum to ongoing efforts, the fiscal year 2019 defense policy bill will not likely authorize the creation of a new military service.

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The Defense Department, alarmed at the volume of sensitive data being stolen through cyber exfiltration, is bolstering the importance of security in its acquisition programs.

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House Republicans released a 10-year budget blueprint this week -- influenced by the party's anti-deficit contingent -- that delivers mixed news for defense spending and would slash discretionary and entitlement funds.

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June 20, 2018

Amazon Web Services, the largest commercial cloud provider in the world, sees the Defense Department as central to a federal sector that's been slow to modernize its IT infrastructure, but has just started to embrace commercial cloud technologies.

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The Army's network cross-functional team has begun expanding its mission, taking the lead on "all four lines of effort" for tactical network modernization, according to its director.

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The Army is working to provide more timely reset and recapitalization of recently deployed Patriot surface-to-air missile systems after the Government Accountability Office found that delays in returning the refurbished systems to soldiers have degraded unit readiness.

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A provision floated by House appropriators could help find a middle ground for lawmakers and Air Force leaders who disagree on the future of the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System recapitalization.

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The Senate Armed Services Committee approved legislation that would require the Army to draft a plan to experiment with Iron Dome, an Israeli-developed system designed to shoot down rockets and low-flying threats, in a move that could set the stage for proponents of the system to fight for a slice of future Pentagon spending on air defense for U.S. ground forces.

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June 19, 2018

The Defense Department inspector general announced today it is broadening the scope of an audit meant to focus on the cyber vulnerabilities of unmanned aerial vehicles to include "select commercial items."

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House appropriators are pushing to restrict the Air Force's OC-135B Open Skies recapitalization due to concerns about the program's direction.

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After declining to seek a base realignment and closure round in its latest budget request, the Pentagon is weighing new approaches to evaluating installations and dealing with excess property, according to a top Defense Department official.

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IT services contractor NCI is today launching an artificial intelligence technology meant to help the government address mundane and repetitive tasks, from data entry to service desk support.

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Although it's unclear how the Pentagon will implement President Trump's direction this week to establish a new “Space Force,” some Defense Department analysts and former officials say the White House's endorsement of the controversial proposal could diminish resistance within the Defense Department and make room for compromise among House and Senate lawmakers.

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June 18, 2018

The Missile Defense Agency's reliance on undefinitized contracts -- which the military uses to authorize companies to begin work on weapons projects before agreeing to final terms -- has increased dramatically over the last five years, according to a congressional audit.

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