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February 21, 2020

The Army is requesting a slight increase in tactical network modernization funding for fiscal year 2021 and is planning to spend more than $3 billion on radios in its future years defense program.

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U.S. Transportation Command says its top unfunded priority is aerial refueling and recommends Congress provide additional funds beyond its regular budget request for the KC-135 and KC-10 aircraft, according to documents obtained by Inside Defense.

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The Missile Defense Agency has provided Congress a $1.1 billion wish list to finance nine projects above and beyond the agency's $9.2 billion fiscal year 2021 budget request, additional undertakings that -- if funded -- would increase Standard Missile-3 Block IIA interceptor procurement, hypersonic defense funding and buy an additional Terminal High Altitude Area Defense battery.

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The Navy's annual wish list for fiscal year 2021 is $5.4 billion and features one Virginia-class submarine.

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The Army is asking Congress for $7 billion in its fiscal year 2021 unfunded priorities list, including $985.4 million for the service’s modernization priorities.

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U.S. Central Command is asking Congress for $371 million for "unfunded priorities," most of which would go to purchase MQ-9 unmanned aerial vehicles, which were recently cut to pay for President Trump's wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, according to documents obtained by Inside Defense.

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U.S. Cyber Command is requesting an extra $106 million in fiscal year 2021 for three programs: "hunt forward" capabilities, access operations and Defense Department information network security.

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The Marine Corps' wish list for fiscal year 2021 comes to $769.8 million, which includes a ground-based anti-ship missile the service hopes to purchase.

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The chief of U.S. Northern Command has submitted a list of unfunded priorities to Congress seeking additional funds for Arctic communications and radar to counter cruise missiles and drones, according to documents obtained by Inside Defense.

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The Defense Department's fiscal year 2021 budget request includes nearly $13 million for developing its landmark cybersecurity certification program, with an emphasis on "pathfinders" selected from the defense industrial base to guide requirements and services for countering cyber threats.

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February 20, 2020

The Air Force this week sent Congress a $4.2 billion fiscal year 2021 unfunded priorities list, which includes $1 billion for the Space Force, $1.1 billion to buy 12 F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft and about $736 million for facility sustainment efforts.

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West Palm Beach, FL -- Boeing and Sikorsky today flew their proposal for the Army's Future Long Range Assault Aircraft program, the SB-1 Defiant, for the first time publicly.

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The Defense Department's cloud computing applications face approximately 10,000 "serious cyberattacks" on a weekly basis, according to a DOD official, who said the department needs the commercial sector's help in shifting to a better cloud security model.

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Mark Buzby, the Maritime Administration chief, said today his agency would soon publish a national maritime strategy.

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The Air Force is looking to invest more than $1 billion over the next five years and will publish a request for proposals this spring to upgrade a developmental Navy guided missile that's intended to enhance the F-35 fighter jet's performance against anti-access/area-denial defenses.

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The Army is issuing a request for prototype proposals for the Modular Active Protection System, according to a recent notice.

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February 19, 2020

The Defense Department plans major advances in fiscal year 2021 for its Tactical Boost Glide project, including manufacture of Raytheon's first air-launched flight test vehicle and critical design review of Lockheed Martin's ship-launched variant.

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The Pentagon's technology chief has pumped the brakes on the Missile Defense Agency's move toward an airborne, ballistic missile-killing laser, instead consolidating "laser scaling" efforts under the umbrella of his own office.

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An internal Pentagon review that resulted in $5.7 billion in savings has led to the termination of three classified weapons programs managed by the secretive Strategic Capabilities Office, according to newly released budget documents.

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The president's fiscal year 2021 budget proposal gives the first peek into the Air Force's acquisition plans for new utility helicopters that will patrol the military's intercontinental ballistic missile silos -- showing an anticipated expenditure of $1.9 billion on 54 MH-139 Grey Wolf aircraft across the future years defense program.

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