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December 13, 2017

The Navy investigated a series of physiological episodes involving aircraft pilots on a case-by-case basis and not as a series of related events, according to a new government report that suggests the service could have more effectively reviewed the problem.

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After a nine-month rotational deployment to Europe demonstrated navigational challenges for Army aviation, the service has moved to find an interim solution.

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The head of U.S. Special Operations Command says the government is hindering partnerships with key allies and the defense industry by overclassifying information about cyber operations and capabilities.

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The Air Force expects that “re-sequencing” its F-35 Joint Strike Fighter transition at Eielson Air Force Base, AK, and Burlington Air National Guard Base, VT, could relieve some strain on its maintainer training pipeline.

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The federal government is ill-prepared to reduce the backlog of more than 700,000 background investigations, as officials don't have the requisite plans for addressing the issue, according to the Government Accountability Office.

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The Marine Corps sent the Amphibious Combat Vehicle downselect request for proposals last week to BAE Systems and Science Applications International Corp.

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December 12, 2017

The Pentagon's acquisition chief has delegated decision authority on 73 of the 87 major defense acquisition programs to the military services, according to a detailed list provided to Inside Defense.

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The troubled next-generation GPS ground segment development program is at high risk for delivering future capability on time and on budget, the Government Accountability Office reports, noting its continued problems could impact other GPS modernization efforts.

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President Trump today signed the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act into law, further intensifying partisan budget talks on Capitol Hill over defense spending.

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The Naval Undersea Warfare Center released a request for proposals last week to establish a technology consortium to get equipment to the fleet faster compared to the traditional Defense Department acquisition process.

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The MQ-8C Fire Scout is expected to reach initial operating capability and see its first deployment in 2020, according to Northrop Grumman officials.

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The Army will soon conduct "fly-off" tests of potential unmanned aircraft systems for use by individual soldiers, according to a solicitation notice.

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December 11, 2017

Air Force Global Strike Command will host a "concept and challenges" workshop next month to explore near-term improvements to nuclear command, control and communications.

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The National Defense Industrial Association is working with its members to collect and anonymize their data to contribute to the Pentagon's ongoing industrial base review.

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The Pentagon is at a "moderate impasse" over how to carry out a new congressional directive to transition procurement for operational ballistic missile defense programs away from the Missile Defense Agency and make it a responsibility of the military departments, according to one official.

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The Pentagon has tapped Boeing to compete in a new technology demonstration effort to integrate a low-power laser on a high-altitude unmanned aerial vehicle, handing the company which led the Airborne Laser program -- terminated in 2009 -- another bite at the apple in the U.S. military's latest effort to develop speed-of-light missile defense.

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The Marine Corps held an out brief conference in late November that focused on the first phase of Sea Dragon 2025 and has decided to rapidly field quadcopters to every infantry squad "within months," according to a service official.

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The Commerce Department's report on its Section 232 investigation into steel imports has been deemed insufficient due to Defense Department objections and other concerns, sources told Inside U.S. Trade, delaying its release and any action the president might take to shore up the U.S. industry.

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Army Secretary Mark Esper told lawmakers last week the service is striving to enhance its collaboration with commercial industry.

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December 08, 2017

Washington insiders who have seen elements of the unfinished National Defense Strategy say it will create a frame that requires the Pentagon to focus modernization over a more traditional buildup of military forces.

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