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April 25, 2018

The official charged with setting defense acquisition policies is pushing Congress to streamline requirements that result in lengthy haggling over cost and pricing data so the Defense Department can drastically reduce the time it takes to buy equipment.

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Lawmakers are calling on the Army to address two issues concerning its Patriot missile defense system.

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The House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee is recommending the creation of a new numbered Air Force that would be responsible for the service's warfighting operations and could lay the groundwork for a future Space Corps.

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The House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee is authorizing the defense secretary to pursue 20 ships for the surge sealift fleet and Ready Reserve Force, according to the subcommittee's mark of the fiscal year 2019 defense policy bill.

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The Air Force's Compass Call recapitalization program isn't moving fast enough for House lawmakers, who floated language this week urging the service to speed up the move from legacy EC-130Hs to the new EC-37B.

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House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee members -- in their mark of the fiscal year 2019 defense policy bill -- are directing the Navy to build three Littoral Combat Ships in fiscal year 2019 instead of the one vessel that was in the service's budget request.

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A congressional audit of the Pentagon's major weapon systems portfolio reveals that two major acquisition reform initiatives -- statutory changes Congress spearheaded in 2009 and executive stratagems led by Defense Department procurement executives beginning in 2010 -- have yielded some success reigning in cost growth and improving buying power.

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A group of House authorizers is seeking to elevate the importance of the Defense Department's laboratories by involving them in the weapon system requirements process and aligning them more closely with the commercial sector.

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Army senior leaders have initiated a new process designed to assess and optimize the service's execution of its fiscal year 2018 funds, which were appropriated months into the fiscal year and include additional flexibility provided by Congress.

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A provision in the House Armed Services emerging threats and capabilities subcommittee's mark of the fiscal year 2019 defense authorization bill directs the Army secretary to provide the full committee with a briefing on the service's plan for urban warfare training no later than Feb. 1, 2019.

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Members of the House Armed Services tactical air and land forces subcommittee will push the Air Force to continue the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System recapitalization program by restricting funds for a next-generation battle management network and blocking the service from retiring the legacy aircraft until it awards an engineering and manufacturing development contract.

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The Pentagon must develop a good way to share Joint Strike Fighter lessons learned across the military services as the program rapidly expands in the coming years instead of keeping information within each faction, according to a government watchdog agency.

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Lawmakers are questioning Air Force Air Combat Command's ability to manage MQ-9 Reapers on behalf of their special-operations counterparts and want a report on how Reaper aircrews are assigned, managed and developed, according to the House Armed Services emerging threats subcommittee's mark of the fiscal year 2019 defense policy bill released this week.

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The Army Futures Command task force is looking to measure the service's business processes for the first time, and the official command will have a large focus on analysis, according to a service official.

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A congressional audit of the Pentagon's major weapon systems portfolio reveals that two major acquisition reform initiatives -- statutory changes Congress spearheaded in 2009 and executive stratagems led by Defense Department procurement executives beginning in 2010 -- have yielded some success reigning in cost growth and improving buying power.

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Peter Navarro, director of the White House Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, said on Tuesday that the administration’s new conventional arms policy is a way for the U.S. boost exports to markets dominated by countries like China and Russia.

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The Pentagon's acquisition and sustainment chief says the U.S. government is going to step up its advocacy of defense exports under a new conventional arms transfer policy, but she believes companies can do more by designing their systems with "exportability" up front.

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New legislation being considered by the House Armed Services Committee could result in the elimination or restructuring of the Strategic Capabilities Office by Oct. 1, 2020.

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The Army intends to award a contract for a “unique solution” for an unmanned aerial system device that would provide real-time location of its UAS platforms while reducing size and weight. The service would use the capability to enhance UAS and counter-UAS training at two combat training centers.

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Congress has provided the services greater flexibility in contracting, but it is incumbent upon the Army to utilize that flexibility responsibly, according to the assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology.

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