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May 29, 2020

The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Accreditation Body is developing standards for assessment that are adaptive to changes made to "source documents" coming from the Defense Department, according to CMMC AB board member Regan Edens.

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The economic slowdown brought on by COVID-19 could set back the Pentagon's nascent efforts to leverage commercial technologies, as venture capital funding recedes and big money government contracts for nontraditional companies remain elusive, according to new reports and interviews with Silicon Valley insiders.

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May 28, 2020

The Missile Defense Agency is planning a four-part upgrade of the Long Range Discrimination Radar that will be operational in 2023, a major software upgrade slated to be sole-sourced to Lockheed Martin but for which the government is soliciting feedback from industry on potential alternative vendors who might improve the sensor's ability to detect and track objects in space.

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To cope with the delays created by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Army has modified the guidelines for industry transitioning to the new version of the Logistics Civil Augmentation Program.

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The Navy’s Philadelphia-based surface warfare center is planning to issue a solicitation in August to partner with a consortium capable of providing a range of different technologies for "maritime sustainment."

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The Air Force sees "real possibility" in the prospect of using cargo aircraft as bomb trucks after conducting successful tests with the C-17 and C-130.

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The top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee say they plan to include a new initiative in their version of the fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill that would deter Chinese military action in the Indo-Pacific region.

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May 27, 2020

Despite telling Congress the Army believes it cannot integrate the Israeli-made Iron Dome air defense system into the service's own command-and-control architecture, the head of Army Futures Command said today the service would try its best to do so.

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The National Nuclear Security Administration will deliver to Congress a final report examining recent technical issues associated with the B61-12 and W88 Alteration 370 modernization programs in the coming months.

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The Army should consider deploying an Iron Dome battery to the U.S. Central Command area of operations, according to a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee who traveled to Iraq in February and was briefed on air-defense capabilities of U.S. forces in the region.

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​Staffers for the Cyberspace Solarium Commission highlighted today the importance of the group's recommendations requiring Pentagon contractors to participate in threat information sharing programs and use threat hunting capabilities on their networks.

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The Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center has stood up a new experimentation directorate to help the service rapidly field emerging technologies like directed energy and artificial intelligence by getting involved in early research that otherwise wouldn’t have been on its radar.

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The deputy director of the Air Force's Warfighting Integration Capability said today that although the COVID-19 pandemic may not change the National Defense Strategy's end goal, it will likely change the way the Defense Department and the Air Force work to achieve that end -- a reality that requires intentional trade-offs around force structure and modernization.

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May 26, 2020

A U.S. Pacific Fleet amphibious ship successfully "disabled" an aerial drone using a solid state laser prototype earlier this month, according to a Navy statement.

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The Space and Missile Systems Center's special programs directorate is at the start of a four-month beta test of a new marketplace that will give companies a venue to sell Space Domain Awareness information and allow the Pentagon to take better advantage of both traditional and non-traditional data sources.

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May 25, 2020

The director of the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center says his organization needs its own acquisition authorities because relying on third parties is too slow.

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Final testing in the current phase of the competition to design the Next Generation Jammer-Low Band began recently at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD, according to the Navy, a key development in the race between L3Harris and Northrop Grumman for the multibillion-dollar airborne electronic attack modernization project.

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Defense Secretary Mark Esper recently argued the Navy needs a fleet larger than the 355-ship goal it has eyed for the last several years.

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Three Senators are pushing for the Government Accountability Office to investigate continued KC-46 tanker delays and review the status of prime contractor Boeing's work to address current deficiencies with the aircraft.

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As Congress debates whether the Pentagon needs more money to cope with the coronavirus outbreak, Huntington Ingalls Industries' chief financial officer said the Defense Department will certainly need additional funding to cover the increased costs of delayed programs -- even if it opts not to help contractors.

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