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April 26, 2017

Satellites the U.S. military relies on to wage war -- with the exception of those that operate on extremely high frequencies -- are at risk of being rendered inoperable by jamming and cyber attack, a "reality that should be considered a crisis to be dealt with immediately," an influential Pentagon advisory panel warns in a new report.

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The F-35 joint program office has approved the newest version of the jet's diagnostic health management system for installation at Air Force and Navy sites, after several months of delays.

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Collaboration among the Army’s requirements generators, contracting communities and industry is critical to streamlining the acquisition process, according to participants in an April 26 event hosted by the Association of the United States Army.

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Executives from some of the largest defense contractors on April 26 reported bolstered profits in the most recent quarter and struck an upbeat tone about U.S. defense spending, though one executive said the increase will likely be modest.

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As the Army continues to adapt to changing warfare, the service needs to look at how it uses technology, according to the service's deputy chief of staff (G-2).

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The Army National Guard plans to use the higher end strength authorized by Congress to improve the readiness of its "urgent units," according to its director, Lt. Gen. Timothy Kadavy.

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This week's gathering of the Army aviation community is expected to include insights from senior service leaders and previews of potential future platforms from industry.

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The Navy can only meet half of the requirements for attack submarines from U.S. Pacific Command, according to a top military officer.

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April 25, 2017

The Pentagon plans to seek more than $650 million in fiscal year 2018 to finance bulk purchase of parts for F-35 Joint Strike Fighter production, an initiative congressional auditors say may be premature but which the Defense Department says will produce future savings in tandem with a potential multiyear block-buy package from foreign governments.

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The Pentagon plans to award Pratt & Whitney a contract to study how the company will support future Joint Strike Fighter flight test activity for follow-on modernization.

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General Atomics is pitching the Navy that it is the best vendor for the MQ-25 Stingray program because accelerated acquisition is part of the company's culture, according to an executive.

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A short-range air defense unit will be sent to Europe next spring to augment the maneuver force, the chief of the 263rd Army Air and Missile Defense Command said this week.

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The world's largest defense contractor said April 25 that while sales grew in the company's most recent quarter, profit declined because of several charges.

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Congress wants the Navy to design a submarine optimized to host special operations forces based on the Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine.

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April 24, 2017

The Navy recently awarded Boeing a $700,000 sole source contract to delve into the T-45 Goshawk environmental control system due to "unusual and compelling urgency" after pilots reported an uptick in physiological episodes.

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The Pentagon's No. 2 official has tasked the Defense Business Board with two new studies examining how private sector tools could help the Defense Department reduce its overhead costs.

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The Defense Department plans to release a request for proposals for F-35 Block 4 follow-on modernization by the end of the year, but said in a Government Accountability Office report published today it is evaluating those plans “in light of existing budget realities.”

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In a new report, the Congressional Budget Office estimates it will cost the Navy $26.6 billion annually over the next 30 years to build a 355-ship fleet.

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The Army’s next-generation long-range guided missile system has been cleared to enter the next phase of the acquisition process.

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A continuing resolution that lasts until October could delay the Air Force's effort to move the EC-130H Compass Call's electronic attack and early warning capabilities to a new platform by at least a year, a service spokeswoman said last week.

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