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February 19, 2019

SAN DIEGO -- The F-35 Joint Program Office is planning to award up to 20 software development and sustainment contracts for "immediate" requirements to small businesses and startups later this year, according to the program executive officer.

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President Trump is expected to sign a key space policy directive today that would set up a new military service, but would fall short of establishing a new department for space.

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February 15, 2019

The Air Force is hosting a second experiment this fall to determine whether off-the-shelf directed energy technology can be used to counter unmanned aerial systems, and if successful, the service intends to acquire this technology using accelerated acquisition authorities, according to a Feb. 8 announcement.

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The Pentagon has established a new Joint Cyber Warfighting Architecture to ensure the military's cyber capabilities are better integrated, according to the head of U.S. Cyber Command.

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Army Secretary Mark Esper has directed an influential advisory panel to study how the service finds new soldiers, puts them to work and nurtures their careers to ensure a personnel management system is aligned with plans to modernize the force for future fights. 

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Democrats in Congress say they are eager to learn which military construction projects will go unfunded so President Trump can divert $3.6 billion to build a wall on the southwestern border following his declaration of a national emergency.

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The Army today announced it has chosen BAE Systems to participate in a "layered" active protection demonstration this summer following a successful performance in a test last fall.

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The Navy is starting to see benefits from a new aviation sustainment system in the form of reducing the time it takes to conduct various maintenance activities, one of the service's top aviators said.

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President Trump will declare a national emergency today to use $3.6 billion in Defense Department military construction funds to build a wall on the southwestern border. Additionally, he will seek to reprogram $2.5 billion to DOD's drug interdiction account from other unidentified Pentagon sources.

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U.S. Strategic Command is setting up a new organization to oversee the Defense Department's disparate nuclear command, control and communications systems, as well as lead the development of next-generation NC3 requirements.

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The Navy has delayed its time line for conducting an operational evaluation of the America-class amphibious assault ship’s capability to accommodate the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter from fiscal year 2020 to FY-21.

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SAN DIEGO -- The Navy's aircraft carriers will rely on other technologies to defend against torpedoes after determining its $700 million Surface Ship Torpedo Defense system is not worth pursuing any further, according to the Navy's acquisition executive.

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The Defense Department estimates the newest Global Positioning System satellite program -- the GPS III Follow-On being built by Lockheed Martin -- will cost $10.7 billion, a figure the Air Force has recently conveyed to Congress as part of a report establishing a baseline for the planned 22-satellite acquisition effort.

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February 14, 2019

SAN DIEGO -- The Navy's top civilians are convinced $13 billion aircraft carriers are not sustainable, but what the next aircraft carrier looks like and what it will cost is not clear to senior leadership, according to the service's second most senior civilian.

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SAN DIEGO -- The Navy is preparing to equip Los Angeles-class submarines with a Harpoon weapon system as a way to bridge a capability gap until the service can field its upgraded Tomahawk missile, according to a top admiral.

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The Defense Department's base budget would have to reach $735 billion by 2033 -- an 11 percent increase from the topline projected for 2023 -- if it is to cover the spending plan the Pentagon envisions, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

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The Pentagon is moving forward with plans to score defense companies on cybersecurity, similar to measuring credit scores, as one Defense Department official says DOD's current efforts regarding contractor cybersecurity are not sufficient.

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The Air Force has established a $9.9 billion price tag for its new Advanced Pilot Training program, the Boeing-led project -- also dubbed T-X -- to recapitalize the aging fleet of T-38C aircraft used to train fighter and bomber pilots.

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February 13, 2019

The Air Force's strategy to develop the next generation of missile warning satellites on an aggressive schedule using new acquisition concepts and resiliency standards hit a snag last fall when Congress partially denied funding for a reprogramming request, delaying the start of payload development by about four months, according to a service official.

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Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-OK) said this week he would back the Pentagon if it submitted a budget requesting a massively inflated warfighting account intended to skirt statutory spending caps, but his Democratic counterpart Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) opposes the move on the grounds that it is a "dramatic retreat . . . from common sense and good government."

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