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June 17, 2021

In a landmark achievement for cooperative engagement, a Dutch frigate participating in a multinational missile defense demonstration in the North Atlantic detected a medium-range ballistic missile target and passed the cueing information to a U.S. destroyer, which then calculated an intercept solution and launched a guided-missile to successfully stop the target -- the first-ever integration of a non-U.S. sensor into the ballistic missile defense kill chain.

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Collins Aerospace has started production on its next-generation Tactical Combat Training System II, and received milestone C approval for the program on schedule in April.

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June 16, 2021

The Army held a live-fire demonstration of the Autonomous Multi-Domain Launcher, a robotic version of the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System that is in the early phases of development, today at Ft. Sill, OK.

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The Air Force today released a sources-sought notice seeking a non-developmental air refueler to supplement its tanker fleet later and plans to release a request for proposals by the end of this year.

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The Army plans by 2023 to give all Patriot air defense units a new capability being readied for fielding this summer to troops in South Korea that enhances integration of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system with Patriot for improved ballistic missile defenses in response to North Korea's 2017 long-range rocket technology advances.

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The Defense Department's fiscal year 2022 budget request for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter's continuous modernization effort is approximately $830 million higher than projected -- an increase the department links to expanded Block 4 test capacity, hardware upgrade development and the purchase of additional spare engines to support the flight test fleet.

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June 15, 2021

GOP lawmakers criticized acting Navy Secretary Thomas Harker Tuesday for suggesting nuclear sea-launched cruise missile development efforts should be defunded in a recent memo.

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The Pentagon's No. 2 civilian has approved for operational use the first batch of manufactured Standard Missile-3 Block IIA interceptors, setting the stage for the Missile Defense Agency to issue a technical declaration of improved defenses against Iranian threats for U.S. forces in Europe and NATO allies.

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The Army is developing a common robotic controller software that should make it easier for soldiers to operate a bevy of robots on the future battlefield, according to officials from the Ground Vehicle Systems Center.

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President Biden and leaders from the 30 nations that make up the North Atlantic Treaty Organization endorsed a new cyber defense policy Monday that calls for invoking its self-defense clause against cyberattacks from adversaries on a "case-by-case basis."

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June 14, 2021

The National Defense Industrial Association, in its latest survey of the defense industrial base, found that nearly 32% of defense contractors do not expect their businesses to return to a normal level of operations for more than six months.

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June 11, 2021

The White House announced today it would restore $2.2 billion in remaining unobligated military construction funds former President Trump previously redirected to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border without the approval of Congress.

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FORT WORTH, TX -- As Lockheed Martin and the F-35 joint program office continue negotiations for the next production contract, the company is looking to smooth out delivery quantities and recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command is seeking full funding in fiscal year 2022 for a new Guam missile defense system -- arguing the project requires an additional $231.7 million beyond the Missile Defense Agency's request of $118.3 million -- as well as advocating for the Homeland Defense Radar-Hawaii, which MDA declined to resource in its annual spending request for a second consecutive year.

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The Pentagon last month proposed amending defense federal acquisition regulations to enhance contractors' post-award debriefing rights, a move welcomed by contractors.

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June 10, 2021

Ten companies demonstrated their electric or hybrid-electric vehicle capabilities at an Army soldier touch point May 10-14 at Ft. Benning, GA, to help the service develop a plan for the electric Light Reconnaissance Vehicle, its first electric tactical vehicle.

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The first authorized, certified third-party assessment organization has entered the marketplace to conduct official audits for defense contractors who want to become certified under the Pentagon's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program.

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Leonardo Helicopters delivered the first next-generation TH-73A training helicopter to the Navy today, marking a significant step for a program which is Leonardo's first as a prime contractor.

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The independent accreditation body behind the Defense Department's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program is looking for an individual to serve as "Director of Security and Compliance," a new position created to liaise with the Pentagon on security matters and the latest move by the accreditation authority to transition to a full-time professional staff.

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The Pentagon's top leaders fielded questions and took some criticism today from senators concerned about defense spending and whether the U.S. military is appropriately postured to deter China.

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