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October 18, 2017

U.S. Cyber Command made first use of its new acquisition authority last month, inking a contract worth just over half a million dollars with Gartner Inc. for research and executive advisory assistance.

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Ships from several NATO countries conducting an integrated air and missile defense exercise defended against a supersonic target in waters near Scotland Oct. 17, wrapping up a two-week effort to improve interoperability using alliance command-and-control reporting structures and datalink architecture, according to U.S. 6th Fleet.

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The Navy will apply lessons learned from the Strategic Capabilities Office's Ghost Fleet project to the service's unmanned undersea vehicle programs, according to the Littoral Combat Ship program executive officer.

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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis wants House and Senate lawmakers to know he is opposed to several provisions in their versions of the fiscal year 2018 defense authorization bill as they head into conference committee deliberations, according to an Oct. 17 letter sent to Capitol Hill and obtained by Inside Defense.

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The Navy and Marine Corps plan to release an Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations concept this fall that is subordinate to the Littoral Operations in a Contested Environment construct, according to a Marine Corps official.

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Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command is preparing two request for proposals for a program that manages command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) networks afloat, according to two Federal Business Opportunities notices posted last month.

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As the Navy mulls over the next iteration of SeaPort-e, analysts say changes the service has proposed are raising questions of how some naval commands will fulfill their contracting needs going forward.

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October 17, 2017

The commander of the Europe-based 2nd Cavalry Regiment says his unit’s participation in the Stryker lethality upgrade process has paid dividends.

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The Defense Department has tapped Lockheed Martin to begin integrating a low-power laser on a high-altitude unmanned aerial vehicle, the first of a small number of contracts slated to be awarded this year to develop competing approaches for a potential precursor to an airborne laser capable of intercepting ballistic missiles during the boost-phase of flight.

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The Air Force's military deputy for acquisition said today the service may have to request additional funding from Congress to pursue a light-attack combat demonstration, saying he's not sure it is feasible for the service to find the money internally.

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The Air Force is funneling more money into the early stages of Long-Range Standoff Weapon development to ensure the end product is usable, the service's top uniformed acquisition official said Tuesday.

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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the Defense Department is operating at 19 percent excess capacity and is urging Congress to authorize another round of base realignment and closures, according to a new report sent to Capitol Hill and obtained by Inside Defense.

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Marine Corps logisticians are advocating for a $98 million autonomy solution nearing its final demonstrations to be incorporated into the Marine Air-Ground Task Force Unmanned Aircraft Expeditionary (MUX) program, according to a service official.

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The North Korean regime led by Kim Jong Un poses "the biggest danger to our nation and world," and lends urgency to work by U.S. Army Pacific to test new operational concepts, according to the head of USARPAC.

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October 16, 2017

The Navy refuses to equip the P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft with intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance sensors the Air Force flight tested on the RQ-4 Global Hawk because of size, weight and power constrictions.

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The Navy plans to release a request for proposals for guided-missile frigate replacement design development next month, according to a presolicitation notice.

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A top Defense Department cyberspace adviser told reporters Monday cyber operators will be integrated across the military's geographic and functional organizations as part of U.S. Cyber Command's elevation to a unified combatant command.

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The Army's aviation branch is crafting new doctrine and revising its training emphasis to better operate in a complex environment against a near-peer adversary, according to the commander of the Aviation Center of Excellence.

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The head of Army Materiel Command has directed a critical change to make equipment in prepositioned stocks combat-ready.

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The Defense Department has prioritized transitioning its segmented network to a cloud-based computing system, but senior DOD cyber officials are wrestling with the implications for information security and contractors.

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