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August 06, 2020

The Pentagon is telling Congress it needs $11 billion in emergency supplemental funding to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic across its acquisition portfolio and the U.S. defense industrial base, according to a new document obtained by Inside Defense outlining expected delays to specific programs.

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The Army this week is concluding the first soldier operational experiment for the Robotic Combat Vehicle effort to assess how it can integrate unmanned vehicles into ground combat formations.

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The nominee for a high-level Pentagon intelligence job said he believes the government could set new "timeliness goals" for completing background investigations, as the Defense Department shifts to a "continuous vetting" model for its cleared workforce.

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The Army is using two artificial intelligence software systems called Prometheus and SHOT to help interpret data and identify threats following a successful sensor-to-shooter test in Germany this past year.

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The chief executive of Huntington Ingalls Industries said today that though the ongoing pandemic has proven "extremely disruptive," the company is seeing a higher attendance rate that it now considers sustainable.

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August 05, 2020

Sikorsky will deliver the first production lot of HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopters one month later than expected next year because of issues created by the coronavirus pandemic, according to an Air Force spokesman.

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The Army's Assured Positioning, Navigation and Timing Cross-Functional Team is planning to merge its second annual assessment exercise with next year's sensor-to-shooter demonstration called Project Convergence, a service official said today.

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The Army and its partner companies are making strides to build an industrial base for the service's future long-range, offensive hypersonic weapon, a service official said today.

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The House's fiscal year 2021 defense appropriations bill would bar the Defense Department, including the National Security Agency, from paying or requiring companies to add security vulnerabilities, such as "backdoors" for encrypted communications, to their products.

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As Space Force leaders establish the service's new field command focused on space acquisition and development, efforts in recent years to re-architect the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center will help set the foundation for the new organization.

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The new Air Force Research Laboratory commander wants to speed up by two years the organization's plan to invest 20% of its science and technology budget in "transformational" capabilities.

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August 04, 2020

The Air Force's new Virtual Test and Training Center is on track to formally stand up next summer -- nearly four years after the service announced its intent to establish a hub for advanced synthetic training that could eventually integrate joint and international partners.

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The Army is now conducting the second limited user test for the Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System made by Northrop Grumman, a service official said today.

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The Army Applications Laboratory, Network Cross-Functional Team and C5ISR Center are working on a new project focused on communications in degraded environments.

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The Pentagon official slated to become chief of cost assessment and program evaluation said today the Defense Department scrapped the Navy's 30-year shipbuilding plan earlier this year because it did not offer a "credible pathway" to 355 ships, one of President Trump's key campaign promises.

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August 03, 2020

The Minuteman III replacement team must transition 20 launch facilities -- each loaded with an in-silo missile and deployed with a legacy reentry vehicle and warhead -- to achieve initial operational capability on the new intercontinental ballistic missile system in fiscal year 2029.

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July 31, 2020

Oshkosh Defense is proposing design changes to the newest variant of the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles, the FMTV A2, in an effort to both resolve reliability issues that surfaced during production vehicle testing earlier this year and get its truck back to being assessed at Aberdeen Proving Ground this fall, according to a service spokeswoman.

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The Trump administration is touting its export policy for unmanned aerial systems as a win for American companies, but some industry representatives say the government still hasn't fixed ongoing restrictions that hinder business.

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Members of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission are urging Congress to consider expanding the Pentagon's Defend Forward strategy to review the current state of military cyber capabilities and incorporate new ways to engage with the defense industrial base.

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The White House is threatening President Trump will veto a House minibus bill that includes fiscal year 2021 defense funding over a wide range of provisions, including new restrictions on the Pentagon's reprogramming authority.

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