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August 23, 2019

The Defense Department in mid-July requested authority from Congress to shift nearly $1 billion to address "unforeseen military requirements," but lawmakers approved a transfer of only $670 million, according to a new Pentagon budgetary reprogramming document.

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August 22, 2019

With a recent Pentagon oversight report on cyber risks and "micro-purchases" as a starting point, Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) on Wednesday offered an assessment of macro cybersecurity issues and a call for U.S. assistance in the global build-out of fifth-generation network infrastructure.

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Lockheed Martin said this week it is on track to complete a critical design review for the GPS IIIF navigation payload this fall and for the integrated space vehicle in the first quarter of 2020.

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August 21, 2019

The Air Force's replacement to the Air Launched Cruise Missile is projected to complete two system-level preliminary design reviews this fall.

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The head of Air Combat Command told reporters this week he has been meeting regularly with congressional staffers during recess to discuss the Air Force's plans for the Next-Generation Air Dominance program and lawmakers' proposed $500 million cut to its fiscal year 2020 funding request.

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The Army is on its way to replacing the Shadow Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System in brigade combat teams.

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The Air Force's lead for remotely piloted aircraft wants to use a 1950s fighter production concept being resurfaced by senior officials to reduce acquisition time lines and costs as the service prepares for the next era of its drone enterprise.

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A leading legal voice for the federal contracting community warns a new regulation banning purchases of products from Huawei and other China-based tech companies will prevent some U.S. suppliers from bidding on contracts, which could force the government to do without certain services and components.

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DynCorp International says it was treated worse than other competitors for the Army's LOGCAP V competition, according to a redacted complaint filed in federal court.

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Whether Pentagon funds should be used to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border remains a key point of contention between the House and Senate as lawmakers prepare to hash out a final defense authorization bill, according to Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-OK).

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The Defense Department late last year touted the establishment of a new team of experts meant to take on Russian and Chinese electronic warfare strategies, but the Government Accountability Office has found the team’s work has been significantly delayed because of internal Pentagon disputes over how it should be funded.

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August 20, 2019

The Pentagon wants to boost American manufacturers of small unmanned aerial systems by connecting them with "trusted" venture capitalists as part of a new program being launched later this fall.

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The Pentagon is shifting nearly $70 million to buy additional intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities, according to an Aug. 13 budgetary reprogramming notice signed by acting Pentagon Comptroller Elaine McCusker.

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The Defense Department will formally establish U.S. Space Command next week, on Aug. 29, a move that will shift 87 units under a single unified combatant command.

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August 19, 2019

The Army is planning to field the first capability of the Distributed Common Ground System to 500 battalions by next spring.

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The Army has started fielding software from the Electronic Warfare Planning Management Tool and is implementing user feedback while the system is in production.

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The first delivery in the foreign military sale of 12 A-29 Super Tucano aircraft to Nigeria is not expected until May 2021, one year later than initially scheduled.

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Defense Secretary Mark Esper has ordered a review of a $116 billion Defense Department account outside the purview of the military services, stoking concern that officials will search for savings in civilian-led corners of the Pentagon already picked clean by previous efficiency initiatives.

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August 16, 2019

The Navy is establishing a new position dedicated to cybersecurity and information management following a critical review earlier this year of the service’s cyber practices, according to a top official.
Speaking to reporters today during a roundtable at the Pentagon, Navy Under Secretary Thomas Modly said the service in the coming weeks will create a special assistant to the secretary for information management, who will also serve as the chief information officer.

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This month, the Air Force began limited flight operations to support airfield assessments at Air Base 201 in Niger, where the service is building infrastructure, including a runway, to support regional counterterrorism missions.

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