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January 14, 2021

The Marine Corps is "very excited" about the Light Amphibious Warship concept designs it has received from industry and is heading toward a fiscal year 2022 start of lead ship construction, Maj. Gen. Tracy King, the service's director of expeditionary warfare, told reporters last week.

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Air Force acquisition executive Will Roper is responding to intense congressional pushback against his bypassing of the traditional requirements process for his prized Advanced Battle Management System by signing a formal acquisition strategy ahead of President-elect Biden's inauguration.

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An annual report from the Pentagon's director of operational test and evaluation, released Jan. 13, detailed novel and continuing problems with the Army's newest ground vehicles.

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A new report from the Pentagon's director of operational test and evaluation labels the F-35 joint program office's test schedule for the Operational Data Integration Network "high risk" and questions the program's ability to deliver a fully functional system by this September.

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The Navy's unmanned procurement efforts are under harsh scrutiny due to the past failures of other programs, Gregory Slavonic, the outgoing Navy under secretary, said Wednesday.

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Pentagon chief weapons tester Robert Behler warns the MH-139A Grey Wolf program's continued delays obtaining a military flight release is not only driving the Air Force to rely on suboptimal, contractor-led testing but potentially jeopardizing the milestone C decision to begin production.

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January 13, 2021

The Pentagon's chief weapons tester says the government needs to spend the next 10 years updating weapons testing processes and infrastructure, paying special attention to space and cyber capabilities.

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The Navy is "bullish" about the capability of the industrial base to produce unmanned maritime systems, Capt. Pete Small, the program manager for unmanned maritime systems, said Wednesday.

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Pentagon officials today released more details on a revamped, digital version of the Trusted Capital Marketplace, highlighting how the program will stave off "adversarial capital" by linking vetted sources of finance with defense companies requiring investment.

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The Air Force is beginning to see its vision for a government-owned, synthetic modeling and simulation environment take shape and, while challenges remain, the head of the service's test center said he's encouraged by the development progress he's seen on the technical backbone that will connect fourth- and fifth-generation simulators for high-fidelity testing and training.

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Lead ship construction of the Constellation-class frigate is set to start in fall 2021, following the completion of detail design later this year, Capt. Kevin Smith, the frigate program manager, said Tuesday.

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January 12, 2021

The Pentagon has fallen short in sharing a list of critical military capabilities with key Defense Department stakeholders and outside government agencies, potentially putting at risk federal efforts to protect those technologies, according to a new Government Accountability Office report.

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Budget fluctuations, program uncertainty and manufacturer capacity constraints have created a "fragile market" for military ground vehicles, according to the Defense Department's latest industrial capabilities report.

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The Senate Armed Services Committee, in advance of a scheduled Jan. 19 nomination hearing for retired Army Gen. Lloyd Austin to serve as defense secretary, today questioned experts about the perceived erosion of civil-military relations at the Pentagon.

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The Air Force's decision last year to bet on Raytheon to build the multibillion-dollar Long Range Standoff Weapon and later remove Lockheed Martin from the program entirely may have come down to inferior design performance by the latter company.

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Several defense contractors confirmed today that they have paused their political action committee giving while assessing the insurrection at the Capitol last week.

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January 11, 2021

Government testers are evaluating a Lockheed Martin-built laser that promises a better-than-expected capability that, when paired with the Aegis combat system, provides area defense far more robust than simply self-defense against small boats and unmanned aircraft promised at the outset of the project, according to a company representative.

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The Navy is committed to the Littoral Combat Ship despite engineering issues plaguing the program, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael Gilday said Monday.

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The Army could adapt the open and modular architecture being developed for the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle to other ground vehicles, Bruce Jette, the Army's acquisition executive, told Inside Defense last week.

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Congress, after overriding President Trump's veto, has passed a defense policy bill that immediately eliminates the office of the Defense Department's chief management officer, a post lawmakers established in 2017 intending it become the third-most senior job in the Pentagon.

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