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March 05, 2021

The Pentagon has turned to software engineers at three different universities to conduct an independent technical assessment of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, a move that signals failure of a 2012 recovery plan for the fifth-generation fighter in the wake of a December decision to indefinitely postpone a full-rate production review required no later than this month.

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The Space Development Agency's warfighting council will meet at the end of this month to discuss the key capabilities for the next tranche of the agency's proliferated space architecture.

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The Marine Corps' CH-53K helicopter program faces further cost increases due to the overlap between testing and procurement and an unreliable schedule, according to a Government Accountability Office report released Thursday.

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The Army's tactical wheeled vehicles fleet is unlikely to get the funding it needs to meet acquisition objectives in the next budget, the service's program executive officer for combat support and combat service support said March 4.

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House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) said today it is time for Congress and the Pentagon to begin a debate to "cut our losses" on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, meaning the most expensive weapons program in U.S. history could be nearing a major inflection point.

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China is on track to overtake the United States as the most powerful military in the Pacific within the decade -- potentially as soon as 2026 -- with the wherewithal sooner than previously expected to establish permanent, regional primacy, the top U.S. military official in the Asia-Pacific region warned March 4.

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March 04, 2021

The Navy's surface ship and submarine fleets both experienced drops in material readiness during fiscal year 2020, according to the Navy Board of Inspection and Survey's annual report.

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Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, in a department-wide memo, pledged today the Pentagon would modernize the military "at a speed and scale that matches a dynamic threat landscape," while also divesting "legacy systems and programs that no longer meet our security needs."

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The Defense Department's weapons contracts include exhaustive requirements ensuring systems can withstand vibration, resist dust and sand and don't have sharp edges that could cut personnel, but most still fail to include detailed cybersecurity specifications, according to a Government Accountability Office report released today.

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The Government Accountability Office has found the Defense Department does not have a "complete picture" of its prepositioning programs.

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Colin Kahl, nominated to be under secretary of defense for policy, told the Senate Armed Services Committee today he believes that, if confirmed, he will be able to perform in a nonpartisan manner, despite concerns some Republicans have about his past tweets and policy positions.

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The Air Force's Rapid Capabilities Office and Advanced Battle Management System contractors are planning for a new phase in the "internet of military things" program since the service established it as a more traditional acquisition effort.

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PICATINNY ARSENAL, NJ -- An autoloader for the Extended Range Cannon Artillery simulated a three-round burst at a rate of eight rounds per minute during a Feb. 26 demonstration here.

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PICATINNY ARSENAL, NJ -- The Army held a demonstration of FIRESTORM, an artificial intelligence software that is designed to accelerate battlefield decision-making, during a Feb. 26 visit to Picatinny Arsenal, NJ, by the Army's vice chief of staff and other general officers.

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March 03, 2021

President Biden today released interim national security guidance pledging to pivot the defense budget away from "legacy" weapon systems toward "cutting-edge technologies."

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The Government Accountability Office has denied Anduril Industries' complaint against the Air Force's Advanced Battle Management System program, arguing the agency lacks jurisdiction over the protest because the award in question is worth less than $25 million.

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Lockheed Martin is redesigning its LM 2100 spacecraft bus to enable on-orbit docking and plans to showcase the capability on a future Air Force GPS IIIF mission.

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The Defense Department is developing a data-driven, interconnected web of sensors, weapons and communications systems, but one major roadblock in the effort is the lack of useful Identity, Credentialing, Access and Management solutions, according to a top Joint Staff official.

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Boeing and the Royal Australian Air Force have successfully flown their Loyal Wingman drone for the first time and signed a deal to co-develop another three aircraft and advance its capabilities for manned-unmanned teaming.

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The Army this month completed its Future Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System Rodeo, the capstone event following a yearlong soldier touchpoint with different drones in an effort to replace the Textron RQ-7B Shadow.

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