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April 28, 2021

Sierra Nevada Corp. has filed a lawsuit against the Air Force in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, alleging the service violated competition rules when deciding to award Sikorsky a nearly $1 billion sole-source contract to upgrade the HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter.

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The Government Accountability Office has found the Pentagon's major acquisition programs have accumulated $615 billion in total cost growth since they began, a 52% increase, with about 60% of that growth being unrelated to increases in quantities purchased.

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The Pentagon is making changes to its rollout schedule for the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program, due to issues with getting assessment organizations that will conduct audits for contractors fully credentialed by the Defense Department, according to a DOD official overseeing the pilots.

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The Air Force Research Laboratory's Space Vehicles Directorate recently convened a cislunar stakeholders meeting, aimed at bringing government space agencies together to coordinate activities centered on cislunar space capabilities.

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A bipartisan congressional group has introduced a $25 billion shipyard improvement bill that will provide $21 billion for the Navy's four public shipyards.

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By early June, the majority of the Defense Department's workforce will have access to a new cloud-based productivity suite that allows for remote work, according to acting DOD Chief Information Officer John Sherman.

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The Army faces a challenging year ahead with the next defense budget, where it will have to balance readiness and modernization against what is speculated to be a flat budget, the acting Army secretary said yesterday.

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The Missile Defense Agency punted all planned 2020 operational cybersecurity assessments, tests required to determine vulnerabilities, according to congressional investigators who note these failures are accompanied by agency rationales but nevertheless marks a third consecutive year of shortcomings that point to "a broader MDA cybersecurity development issue.

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The Ship-to-Shore Connector program is "stable" and in "serial production" after a number of challenges have been resolved, including a redesigned gearbox, Navy spokeswoman Kathryn Bienfang told Inside Defense.

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Chief of Space Operations Gen. John Raymond has approved the design plan for a new Space Warfighting Analysis Center, which will lead force design efforts within the new Space Force.

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April 27, 2021

The Defense Department is missing key information and lacking consistent procedures for increasingly popular "consortium" agreements, according to a new report from the DOD inspector general.

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Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael Gilday said the Navy is not moving fast enough to develop the capabilities it needs to compete with America's adversaries, though he cautioned on the need to "get it right" as it relates to new technologies and programs.

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The Pentagon estimates the price tag for the Next Generation Interceptor program is $17.7 billion, including $13.1 billion to develop, $2.3 billion to field, and $2.2 billion to operate and sustain 21 guided missiles, according to new details provided by the Defense Department.

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Takeaways from the Navy's Integrated Battle Problem 21 will play a role in developing a concept of operations for the service's unmanned campaign plan released six weeks ago, Rear Adm. Robert Gaucher, the director of maritime headquarters for U.S. Pacific Fleet, told reporters Monday.

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April 26, 2021

The Navy is taking steps to improve submarine cybersecurity inspections following a Naval Audit Service report last fall that found the service did not have records of more than half of those required annual inspections.

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The future battlefield might move too fast for Army commanders to check with lawyers about the legality and morality of some decisions, especially when soldiers are confronted with swarms of autonomous robots, the leader of Army Futures Command said April 22.

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The Defense Contract Management Agency has briefed assessment organizations that want to conduct audits for contractors looking to obtain a Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification on preparing for and going through the process to get their own certification.

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The Marine Corps will activate, deactivate, or reorganize various units across its aviation, logistics and ground combat forces as the service moves to implement Commandant David Berger's force design efforts, including exploring a transition into a majority-unmanned aviation force.

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In late January 2020, executives at the Ocala, FL-based small business Veterans Trading Co., which specializes in value-added supply chain services, started to get concerned the COVID-19 virus was likely to hit their business.

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April 23, 2021

The Pentagon will release a strategy to guide the move toward what the Defense Department's top IT official says is a "pivotal" shift in network security, as officials are also warning against vendors hawking holistic "zero trust" technologies.

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