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April 02, 2020

House Armed Services Committee leaders say they hope to have the fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill ready by May 1, though the COVID-19 outbreak means the legislation will be crafted in a much different and more "informal" way than in the past.

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Navy acquisition executive Hondo Geurts says he anticipates a "major effort" this summer to correct for programmatic and contractual issues caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

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The Pentagon plans to give companies credit for existing cybersecurity qualifications as part of a new contractor cyber certification program, after the tech industry lobbied for the reciprocity, according to a defense official.

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Defense Department acquisition officials have issued new guidance to allow "maximum flexibility" to award emergency contracts for commercial products and services in preparation for a "significant number of new awards" to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a pair of new Pentagon memos.

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The industry-based accreditation body tasked with implementing the Pentagon's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program is reaching out to the broader contracting community for advice on how to determine whether a company has complied with the new requirements, a move that comes days after the group signed a legally binding agreement with the Defense Department on training and certifying cyber auditors.

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The Hypersonic Conventional Strike Weapon, one of two Air Force programs intended to create a prototype that can travel faster than Mach 5 to boost the military’s strategic assets for near-peer competition, has officially been canceled.

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Raytheon and the Missile Defense Agency are exploring options to extend the range of the Standard Missile-3 Block IB -- pushing the ballistic missile interceptor to dramatically expand a defended area by allowing the weapon to communicate with off-board radars -- a move that would require enhancing one of the Aegis ballistic missile defense system's newest features: Engage-on-Remote.

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The Air Force is nearly finished with a key report that will recommend a plan for establishing an alternative Space Force acquisition system that draws successful practices from organizations like the National Reconnaissance Office and the Rapid Capabilities Office to improve the way space capabilities are developed and procured.

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A memo signed yesterday by a top Defense Department acquisition official says DOD agencies and the services should act to ensure the defense industrial base remains healthy despite the coronavirus outbreak.

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After a major uptick in foreign military sales last year, the Air Force expects to make even more deals moving forward, in large part driven by increased demand for fourth-generation aircraft.

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March 30, 2020

The Boeing-built KC-46 has a new Category 1 deficiency involving excessive fuel leaks, which was first identified during an air refueling test last July.

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The Pentagon has taken on a key role aiding civilian agencies working to shore up key medical supply shortfalls amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, but it's unclear whether the timing of those actions will move fast enough to help mitigate the rapidly spreading virus in the coming weeks.

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The Skyborg vanguard program is ready to move beyond experimentation and release a solicitation to industry, according to the Air Force's acquisition executive.

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The Pentagon wants Congress to back off a requirement that it establish an unclassified database detailing its five-year budget plans.

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The Space and Missile Systems Center on Friday revealed it has directed Raytheon, the prime contractor for the GPS Operational Control Segment, to replace the system's computer hardware -- a move that will add another 10 months to the program's schedule and cost the government an additional $378 million.

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March 27, 2020

Air Force acquisition executive Will Roper said today the service has stood up a COVID-19 acquisition task force to support industry and address concerns with program execution.

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The director of the Army's network cross-functional team says the schedule of the first integrated tactical network capability set may slip amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Missile Defense Agency has awarded its first-ever multiyear procurement deal, a $2.1 billion package more than five years in the making that calls for Raytheon to manufacture 230 Standard Missile-3 Block IB interceptors for the Navy and Japan.

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The coronavirus relief legislation passed by the Senate this week would loosen restrictions on how the Defense Department can award larger other transaction agreements for prototypes related to COVID-19.

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An information technology company's adjustment to its claims about cybersecurity certification under an emerging Pentagon program reflects tensions in the marketplace, as the Defense Department aggressively pushes forward on landmark requirements and businesses strive to keep up in preparing for compliance and new clients.

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