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August 17, 2018

The Marine Corps expects to receive the last delivery of its AH-1Z Viper by early 2022, according to the manager of the Light/Attack Helicopter Program.

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The Army is seeking novel approaches to improve expeditionary mission command capabilities as the service looks to a new kind of battle, according to a recent solicitation.

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SAPA Transmission, the U.S. subsidiary of a Spanish defense contractor, is moving forward with support from the state of Michigan to establish a bona fide industrial operation there, advancing plans for a domestic manufacturing beachhead to challenge the Pentagon's two long-standing combat vehicle transmission suppliers.

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The Chinese military is "likely training" for strikes against the United States and its allies, according to a new "special topic" section in the Pentagon's annual report on China's military capabilities.

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The Navy will finish implementing by the end of the fiscal year 78 of 111 surface warfare reform recommendations made by the service's two major reviews, according to the Navy.

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Senate Armed Services cybersecurity subcommittee Chairman Mike Rounds (R-SD) is praising the Trump administration for scrapping an Obama-era order on offensive military actions in cyberspace, while former top cybersecurity officials found positives as well as concerning elements in the policy move.

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The recently enacted annual defense authorization measure gives the Defense Department broad authority to take a more active role in defending privately owned critical infrastructure, deterring and "defeating" cyber aggression from foreign adversaries -- specifically Russia, China, North Korea and Iran -- and securing industrial operations relied on by the military.

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Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Paul Selva on July 25 signed the Joint Concept for Operating in the Information Environment, detailing the joint force's new approach to information warfare.

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The Navy has begun conducting "independent technical risk assessments," which were mandated by the Pentagon's chief technology officer in June, starting with the service's highly anticipated unmanned aerial tanker and followed by an all-weather landing system for land- and sea-based aircraft as well as a multimission radar, according to a Navy spokesman.

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August 16, 2018

When Huntington Ingalls Industries bought Camber in late 2016, it paired the government services company with six other businesses -- from an oil and gas company to its unmanned systems group -- to create a new division called technical solutions.

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The Air Force will maintain its plan to field new Combat Rescue Helicopters starting in fiscal year 2020 despite looming problems for training reserve squadrons, because changing the schedule would require renegotiating its contract with Sikorsky, according to a new Government Accountability Office report.

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Industry sources and Obama administration veterans are expressing concerns about President Trump's decision to scrap Presidential Policy Directive-20 -- which has guided the use of cyber weapons by the military -- while other sources say this simply removes bureaucratic hurdles that have undermined cyber deterrence policy.

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Boeing expects the Federal Aviation Administration later this month to approve a key supplemental certification for the new KC-46 tanker fleet later this month -- one of a few remaining hurdles the company must overcome before it delivers the first aircraft this fall.

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August 15, 2018

The Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act signed into law this week calls on the Pentagon to provide assistance to the Department of Homeland Security in protecting critical infrastructure from cyberattacks -- in line with a long-standing arrangement between DHS and private industryy on sharing threat intelligence -- as part of a pilot project slated to run through 2022.

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The White House "strongly objects" to a measure in the Senate's fiscal year 2019 defense appropriations bill that would add $475 million to procure a second Littoral Combat Ship, as well as host of provisions, according to a recent statement of administration policy.

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The F-35 Joint Program Office projects it will cost $643 million to upgrade 54 F-35C Joint Strike Fighters to Block 3F software between April 2016 and January 2020, among other modifications.

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The Pentagon's fiscal years 2020 and 2021 base budget allocations will total $550 billion and $563 billion respectively -- dramatically below Trump administration plans -- if discretionary spending caps required by the 2011 Budget Control Act for those two years are not adjusted, according to a new report from the Congressional Budget Office.

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As lawmakers press the Defense Department for more details about the cause of increased aviation mishap rates, a recent Government Accountability Office report highlights a lack of standardization and enforcement in mishap data reporting from the services that is limiting the accuracy and breadth of the department's analysis on mishap trends.

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The Pentagon is asking Congress to approve a $648 million funding shift to accelerate a developmental Army heads-up display program championed by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' close combat lethality task force, according to a document obtained by Inside Defense.

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Industry groups are pushing Congress to compel the government to take steps to drastically reduce the backlog of background investigations as the Pentagon readies to take over the investigative process.

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