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June 05, 2019

The Army and the Defense Innovation Unit are working on a pre-decisional program to prototype and field over the next 18 months small, expendable scout drones from slightly modified commercial models.

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The Air Force is considering awarding Raytheon a sole-source contract to develop the follow-on system to the next-generation GPS operational control segment.

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Acting Deputy Defense Secretary David Norquist said today he is optimistic about the chances for Congress to eventually reach a bipartisan budget agreement, but only because the alternative is unthinkable.

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Defense Department plans for a new kinetic boost-phase interceptor, an air-launched weapon envisioned for fighter aircraft to attack enemy ballistic missiles, stalled this month after the Air Force and an unnamed contractor failed to agree on contract terms to develop the new capability.

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Cybersecurity is the biggest challenge Army logisticians will face against a near-peer adversary, according to Lt. Gen. Aundre Piggee, the service's deputy chief of staff for logistics (G-4).

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A renewed focus on readiness in recent years and a directive from former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to maintain 80% mission-capable rates for key fighter aircraft platforms has driven the Air Force to take a closer look at mission capability across its fleet.

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The public-private partnership approach to cybersecurity is advancing on several fronts, but a couple of developments yesterday showed just how challenging this space is for policymakers.

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The Navy is beginning the initial planning for its mid-life refueling and complex overhaul of the Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) after reversing course on the service’s original plan to retire the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier more than two decades early.

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The Air Force is testing a new system to help unmanned aerial vehicles avoid air traffic while conducting operations beyond the visual line of sight.

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The Defense Intelligence Agency assesses Russia is "probably" violating a ban on conducting nuclear tests, according to the head of DIA, although U.S. officials have not provided any further evidence of the claim.

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The Army needs a new logistics model to fight in a modern world, according to the service's under secretary.

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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford said today the Pentagon should be cautious about increasing the size of the military at the expense of investments in new technologies critical to maintaining longstanding advantages over China and Russia.

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The Air Force Research Laboratory reached out to industry this week, seeking manufacturing technologies or concepts that could help enable future proliferated low-earth orbit space constellations.

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The Pentagon will unveil a new cybersecurity certification for Defense Department contractors this year, as DOD officials concede the current rules governing how companies should secure sensitive information are not working.

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The Missile Defense Agency issued a formal stop-work order to Boeing on Friday for the Redesigned Kill Vehicle program, following direction from the under secretary of research and development to halt development on the warhead portion of the Ground-based Interceptor.

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The Army is scheduled to begin operational testing next month on a new infrared system that would protect aircraft from incoming missiles.

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May 28, 2019

Despite the Navy's efforts to convince lawmakers to make major investments in unmanned technology, House appropriators are proposing funding cuts for several high-profile programs in their fiscal year 2020 defense spending bill.

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The Missile Defense Agency, eyeing new ballistic missile target needs, will meet with industry next month as part of an ongoing market research effort in support of a potential future acquisition of new re-entry vehicles, medium- and intermediate-range ballistic missile-class targets as well as intercontinental ballistic missile-class targets.

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May 24, 2019

The Air Force has started a new partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to bolster outreach to startup companies and advance artificial intelligence solutions for decision support, condition-based maintenance, medical readiness and disaster response.

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The Defense Department is readying a stop-work order for Boeing and Raytheon on the Redesigned Kill Vehicle after determining that technical difficulties with the new warhead are effectively insurmountable, a roughly $700 million setback that will further delay plans to improve U.S. defenses against advancing North Korean ballistic missile threats. (UPDATED)

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