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May 23, 2019

The Army flipped key evaluation criteria during the solicitation endgame for the Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor competition, supplanting "capability" for "schedule" as the most important factor in the final request for proposals compared to an earlier draft for the potential multibillion-dollar project to replace the service's Patriot radar inventory.

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The Senate Appropriations Committee today proposed legislation that would allocate nearly $1.7 billion in emergency supplemental funding to support recovery efforts at Tyndall Air Force Base, FL, and Offutt AFB, NE.

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The GOP-led Senate Armed Services Committee, as expected, has approved $750 billion in total defense spending for fiscal year 2020, according to a summary of the panel’s authorization bill.

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The Senate Armed Services Committee's fiscal year 2020 defense policy bill will authorize the Navy to purchase two Virginia-class submarines, but calls on the service to revise its strategy for the acquisition program, according to a summary of the bill released today.

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The Army's new intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance task force will support Army Futures Command by placing intelligence capabilities in its cross-functional teams, according to the service.

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Senate policymakers are showing support for major Air Force investments in their mark of fiscal year 2020 legislation, authorizing 12 additional F-35A Joint Strike Fighter aircraft, validating the service’s request to buy new fourth-generation jets and proposing additional funding for the Advanced Battle Management System and the service’s Light-Attack Aircraft experiment.

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The Senate Armed Services Committee this week took a step toward reorganizing the space enterprise, passing a fiscal year 2020 policy bill that would establish a Space Force within the Air Force.

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The Senate Armed Services Committee has agreed to defense authorization bill that would require the Defense Department's annual report on Chinese military strength include a new assessment of Beijing's overseas investments related to national security objectives.

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The Senate Armed Services Committee's fiscal year 2020 defense authorization bill would create "special pathways" for software acquisition and cut funding for programs not using agile development methods, according to a summary of the legislation released today.

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A week after its executives were asked during a congressional hearing to voluntarily refund “excess” profit, TransDigm has not returned the funds, according to a DOD spokesman.

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Serco said today it has agreed to acquire Alion Science & Technology's naval systems business unit, including its Canadian business, for $225 million.

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May 22, 2019

The Pentagon's research and engineering directorate is leveraging broad agency announcements, typically used for basic and applied research, to get over the "contractual valley of death" and more quickly design, develop and advance joint warfighting systems toward the field in key mission areas, starting with long-range targeting and electronic warfare.

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House authorizers are considering the option to cut the Chinook Block II upgrade program gradually, instead of canceling it after fiscal year 2020 as the Army has proposed, according to a key lawmaker on the House Armed Services Committee.

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Senior Pentagon acquisition officials are writing new intellectual property policies amid heightened scrutiny from Capitol Hill, where concerns about price gouging have put a new spotlight on the issue.

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SpaceX has filed a lawsuit against the Air Force in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, protesting the service's October 2018 Launch Services Agreement competition.

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The Air Force could see a major cut to its plan to fast-track development of the next generation of missile warning satellites as House appropriators pitch a plan to reduce the program's fiscal year 2020 funding by more than $200 million.

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The Navy's new experimental squadron for surface vessels anticipates requesting $31.8 million in the fiscal year 2021 future years defense program for its manpower requirements, according to briefing slides obtained by Inside Defense.

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May 21, 2019

Defense Department contractors are struggling to meet the standards for protecting sensitive DOD information on their networks, as most companies fail to use key controls like multifactor authentication and incident response tests, according to a new report from cybersecurity auditing firm Sera-Brynn.

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The B61-12 tailkit assembly program is on track to begin initial operational cyber testing this week and flight testing in August, with delivery of the first tailkit expected in October.

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A new report from the Government Accountability Office urges the Defense Department to direct an independent review of the Next-Generation GPS Operational Control System's schedule, noting that the information could offer lawmakers and department leaders key information to mitigate risk of future delays.

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