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February 21, 2018

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is nearly quadrupling its planned investments in fiscal year 2019 for programs seeking to find new materials, architectures and designs for microelectronics.

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The Trump administration aims to drastically increase the funding in fiscal year 2019 for the European Deterrence Initiative, designed to counter Russian adventurism on the continent, with Army equipment and activities comprising $4.6 billion of a total $6.5 billion request.

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The Pentagon will soon deliver a proposal to the director of national intelligence to reform the security clearance process by relying more on the use of "continuous evaluation" technologies and automated record checks rather than periodic background investigations.

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The Defense Department is ratcheting up planned funding for the Conventional Prompt Strike program and plans to hand responsibility for the project -- the U.S. military's marquee effort to develop an intermediate-range, non-nuclear hypersonic weapon -- to the Navy beginning in fiscal year 2020.

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Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) wants Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to provide him with detailed cost and time line information on the Defense Department's ongoing $2 trillion audit, according to a recent letter the lawmaker sent to the Pentagon.

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The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 provides for topline increases for the Defense Department in fiscal year 2018 and FY-19, but the Army's share of that funding growth has not yet been finalized, according to a senior service official.

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Col. Michael Lalor, commander of the 1st Armored Division Sustainment Brigade, recently returned from a rotation in Afghanistan, says aerial resupply capability and fuel distribution, as well as expeditionary fuel equipment, were major areas of investment in support of Operation Freedom's Sentinel.

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Robotics testing and prototypes would receive some sizable gains in the Army's fiscal year 2019 budget request.

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February 20, 2018

The Strategic Capabilities Office is seeking nearly $1.5 billion in fiscal year 2019 -- an increase of more than 20 percent over FY-18 -- to develop new and surprising ways of using existing technology to bolster conventional deterrence against China and Russia.

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The Air Force and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency are seeking more than $400 million in fiscal year 2019 -- up about 160 percent from the FY-18 request -- to mature "game-changing" technologies for potential aircraft-launched, hypersonic-strike weapons.

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Senior leadership's Navy-wide push to integrate additive manufacturing has highlighted how prevalent the technology's use already is among enlisted sailors and junior officers.

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While the Army's overall budget request and procurement account increased from fiscal year 2018 to FY-19, the service intends to spend less on aircraft procurement than in the prior fiscal year.

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The Army's fiscal year 2019 budget request includes increased research, development, test and evaluation funding to support the efforts of the cross-functional teams pursuing senior leaders' six modernization priorities.

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Army senior leaders are nearing key decisions about the composition of the new command tasked with force modernization.

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February 16, 2018

The Navy has awarded conceptual design contracts to Austal USA, Fincantieri Marinette Marine, General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, Huntington Ingalls Industries and Lockheed Martin at $14.9 million apiece for the guided missile frigate replacement program, as it readies to later down select to one vendor.

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The Navy has budgeted for one Littoral Combat Ship in the fiscal year 2019 budget, generating consternation that the construction plan may be detrimental to the shipbuilding industrial base.

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The Pentagon is considering deploying a new nuclear-tipped, sea-launched cruise missile on surface ships such as the Zumwalt-class destroyers as well as submarines, according to the head of U.S. Strategic Command.

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A key experimentation campaign spurred by the Air Superiority 2030 flight plan is helping the Air Force move toward multidomain operations, its lead scientist tells Inside the Air Force.

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Army leaders are asking Congress to plow $3 billion more than previously forecast into the service's missiles account in fiscal year 2019 -- an increase of nearly 140 percent compared to the FY-19 forecast the Pentagon published last year -- with major increases for the Guided Missile Launch Rocket System, Patriot MSE missile, and modifications of Army Tactical Missile System programs.

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February 15, 2018

The Distributed Common Ground System will reap the benefits of the Air Force's decision to double down on ISR capabilities with $450.3 million in the fiscal year 2019 budget request to speed its transition to an open architecture.

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