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August 18, 2017

The Army is executing a multiyear procurement contract for UH-60M utility helicopters with Sikorsky that obligates the government to buy 51 fewer helicopters, or 20 percent less, between fiscal years 2017 and 2021 than the service originally proposed to Congress when seeking authorization for a five-year deal, offsetting the cuts in part with foreign military sales.

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Despite President Trump's decision to elevate U.S. Cyber Command to a unified combatant command, the Pentagon will not put a time line on when the command will be separated from the National Security Agency.

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A classified change to the Air Force's acquisition strategy for the B-2 Defensive Management System upgrade will not significantly impact the program's time line, a service spokesman confirmed this week.

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The Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization program office and Boeing are working on ways to drive costs down during the 18-month preliminary design phase, which is slated to begin after a contract award in September.

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The Air Force announced last week it plans to award Boeing an additional $30 million to continue Small Diameter Bomb I integration support.

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August 17, 2017

Lockheed Martin is making progress on a bridge capability that would allow the legacy GPS ground system to operate new GPS III satellites until the delayed Next-Generation Operational Control Segment is delivered.

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By the end of the year, F-35 maintainers will have access to 100 new virtual training modules through Lockheed Martin's Aircraft Systems Maintenance Trainer.

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Govini, a big data and analytics company that helps users make sense of public-sector data, has brought on a new chief executive and named several well-known defense and industry officials to its board as it seeks new customers.

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Given "the potential of our adversaries to employ ballistic and cruise missiles as an asymmetric weapon of choice," the Army and the joint force must continue to modernize their own capabilities, according to the head of Space and Missile Defense Command and Army Forces Strategic Command.

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The White House Office of Management and Budget wants the Defense Department to give “special focus” to missile defense, hypersonic weapons, autonomous and space-based systems as well as other technologies when drawing up research and development investments for fiscal year 2019, according to a recent memo.

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The Defense Department has tapped Science and Engineering Services to perform maintenance and training services for the Afghan Air Force's future fleet of UH-60A Black Hawk helicopters, according to a recent award notice.

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August 16, 2017

Former top Defense Department weapons testers are concerned a new bureaucratic shake-up, combined with the possible departure of Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ), could weaken their former office’s influence on decisions to procure multibillion-dollar weapon systems.

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The Army has been incorporating feedback from the 2nd Cavalry Regiment into its Stryker upgun effort and plans to continue improving the vehicle's design. 

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Army senior leaders are nearing a decision on whether to purchase an off-the-shelf active protection system for the Abrams tank, while APS work on the service’s other combat vehicles is slightly behind schedule.

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The Defense Department is sidestepping a requirement to conduct a review of the U.S. military's future aircraft needs originally requested by Congress to produce a prioritized ranking -- or "optimized mix" -- of short- and long-range strike aircraft as well as the best combination of manned and unmanned platforms.

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Shifting the Navy's manning strategy for the Littoral Combat Ship will cost the service an additional $245 million over the next five years, according to a service spokesman.

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The top Republican and Democrat on the House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee have sent a letter to President Trump seeking his support for an additional $2.5 billion in missile defense funding for fiscal year 2018 in response to threats from North Korea.

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The Air Force Research Laboratory's 711th Human Performance Wing is continuing its investigation of the F-35 Onboard Oxygen-Generating System and plans to begin comparison testing later this month with one of the systems used by a pilot who experienced physiological symptoms at Luke Air Force Base, AZ.

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Rapid technological advancement by not only the United States and its allies, but by adversaries, presents new challenges for the Army and the joint force, according to the head of Army Cyber Command.

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The Navy is seeking solutions to fill irregular, expeditionary and special warfare capabilities with a projected annual cost under $750,000 per project, according to a notice on Federal Business Opportunities.

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