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April 02, 2021

A recent U.S. Northern Command Joint All-Domain Command-and-Control exercise demonstrated several capabilities available today to improve domain awareness, information dominance and decision superiority -- and the NORTHCOM commander told reporters this week he wants to move quickly to acquire and field those technologies.

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April 01, 2021

The Army completed a critical design review of Lockheed Martin's Sentinel A4 radar system in February, five months ahead of schedule, the company announced April 1.

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The Air Force's flagship DevSecOps team -- Platform One -- is considering a range of contractual vehicles to deepen partnerships with the defense industrial base and incentivize software companies to collaborate on new and improved enterprise services for military customers.

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The Pentagon is moving full speed ahead with its plans for the first year of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program, despite potential obstacles in finding the right first pilot contracts and meeting demand for assessors.

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The Army will train additional experimental test pilots over the next two months and will look at "critical items" for the second phase of the Future Long Range Assault Aircraft competitive demonstration and risk reduction before beginning the official program of record, service officials told reporters yesterday.

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The Defense Department this week awarded Lockheed Martin a $7.8 million contract modification to address deficiencies with the F-35's Autonomic Logistics Information System.

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The general in charge of Air Mobility Command said this week joint wargames and experimentation will play an important role in shaping requirements for a future "family of systems" strategic airlift capability.

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The newly appointed program executive office for the Air Force's Advanced Battle Management System is planning to release a solicitation this spring for a communication capability that can be installed on the KC-46 tanker and inform future acquisition decisions.

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March 31, 2021

After awarding a single integration contract last week to Lockheed Martin for its Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar program, the Air Force confirmed to Inside Defense it is still considering awarding a second contract "in the coming months."

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The Marine Corps' expeditionary advanced base operations will help the service counter adversaries' growing long-range, anti-access capabilities, according to a new service manual.

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The Navy will soon be studying whether light aircraft carriers have a place in the fleet's future, but Rear Adm. Gregory Harris, the director of air warfare, said he does not believe the service will pursue the platform.

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As some of the Air Force's early Mid-Tier Acquisition programs approach transition points, the service is considering opportunities to increase transparency for those programs and ensure they meet the rapid acquisition pathway criteria.

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Rear Adm. Gregory Harris said the "family of systems" in the Next-Generation Air Dominance Program will involve a combination of manned and unmanned systems, with the goal "over time" of getting to a 60-40 ratio in favor of unmanned systems.

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The Joint Artificial Intelligence Center is finalizing a new acquisition vehicle that would allow the Defense Department to place orders from technology companies to curate data sets for military AI applications.

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The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic brought dramatic changes to American manufacturing, and naval shipbuilding was no exception.

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House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) made the case yesterday for pursuing deterrence, rather than dominance in the U.S.-China security relationship, noting his support for upgrading U.S. weapon systems and expanding arms deals with foreign partners.

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March 30, 2021

The location of the Army's new multi-domain task forces and long-range precision fires in allied countries will have to be decided at political levels, not by uniformed leaders, the Army chief of staff said today.

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A new paper from the Army chief of staff says the service will play a key role in great power competition through three dynamics.

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Each Joint Light Tactical Vehicle costs roughly 17% less, on average, than original government projections, according to Michael Sprang, program manager for the Army's joint program office for joint light tactical vehicles.

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March 29, 2021

The Pentagon's Overseas Contingency Operations account, derided by critics for years as a "slush fund," has become the subject of renewed scrutiny on Capitol Hill and could be headed toward a reckoning next week when the White House proposes President Biden's first defense budget.

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