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April 23, 2019

The Missile Defense Agency last spring finalized a contract to accelerate development of a new Ground-based Midcourse Defense warhead that locked in costs 55% above estimates for the pre-acceleration plan -- a bid to speed development that unraveled within months when design challenges surfaced saddling the project with an estimated two-year delay.

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LMI Ventures has established a partnership with Immuta, which focuses on data management, in its first deal since being established several months ago.

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The Defense Department supports the majority of reforms recommended by a congressionally mandated panel, but says many of the group's proposals require further research or lawmaker intervention, according to a report signed by Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord.

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The Air Force wants to establish a joint information operations center to help the space community better manage satellite communications resources as part of a broader enterprise SATCOM strategy that is set to be released later this year.

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Pentagon technology chief Mike Griffin ended the Defense Department's long-standing contract with a group of high-level scientists known as JASON because he felt the group wasn’t worth funding anymore, arguing DOD would be better off using other avenues for independent technical analysis, according to government officials.

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The five-year acceleration of a large unmanned undersea vehicle was made possible in part by the work the Navy has been doing with a similar vessel that is further along in the acquisition process, according to a service official.

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April 22, 2019

An influential Pentagon advisory panel has completed a classified assessment of potential U.S. military applications of 5G network technology to aide defense policymakers contemplating the ramifications of the looming adoption of fifth-generation wireless technology networks -- being shaped in part by China -- that promise step-change improvements in data speed, volume and latency.

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The Pentagon has realigned funding so the Defense Information Systems Agency can take over management of the "Sharkseer" cybersecurity program from the National Security Agency, in line with a congressional mandate.

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ANDOVER, MA -- Protruding from the side of a pair of two-story buildings here are dozens of oversize pipes that turn down at a right angle and extend directly to the ground, a quirky architectural feature that brings to mind insect legs.

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April 19, 2019

NASHVILLE, TN -- The executive director of Army Aviation and Missile Command says "the current level of fragility" within the aviation supply chain is "unacceptable" and his No. 1 concern for sustaining the force.

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The upcoming request for proposals from the Navy's unmanned maritime systems office for the Medium Unmanned Surface Vessel will send a "clear signal" to industry about autonomy: intellectual property cannot come at the expense of the military's ability to "plug and play," according to a service official.

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The Marine Corps is preparing to sign a three-year cooperative research and development agreement this summer with Kaman Aerospace to develop autonomous flight capabilities for logistics delivery using CQ-24A KMAX helicopters.

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April 18, 2019

The Navy anticipates it will finish the modeling and simulation work associated with optimizing the layout of all four public shipyards by the end of fiscal year 2020, according to planning documents presented to contractors at a recent industry day.

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NASHVILLE, TN -- Army National Guard units will be among the first to receive the Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft, named the No. 2 priority of the Future Vertical Lift effort, according to the service's vice chief of staff.

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The Air Force's new strategy for science and technology may cause changes in its fiscal year 2020 budget, according to the service's research and development lead.

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April 17, 2019

Speculation is mounting at the Pentagon and on Capitol Hill that President Trump will nominate acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan to the full position upon the conclusion of an inspector general ethics investigation, which government officials said is expected soon.

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The Air Force intends to appoint a chief technology officer, use "vanguard" research programs and expand its workforce as part of a new strategy to revamp the service’s science and technology enterprise by 2030.

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As Raytheon and the Air Force work to complete development of the next-generation GPS III ground segment, OCX, the service is beginning to plan for system sustainment and future capability insertion and is considering whether to compete that work or maintain Raytheon as its prime contractor.

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The Defense Department has set a new plan to achieve a ten-fold increase in directed-energy technology over the next decade with potential to power lasers for combat on land, at sea and in air and space and identified existing contract vehicles to begin executing this new Laser Scaling Plan with fiscal year 2019 funds.

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MD Helicopters, denied by the Government Accountability Office, is taking the Army to federal court over the service's rejection of the company's proposal for the Future Attack Reconaissance Aircraft competitive prototype.

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