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May 15, 2020

The Air Force's top acquisition official told reporters yesterday he's approved an accelerated award of a "major satellite contract" that could be announced this week -- part of a larger effort to increase companies' cash flow during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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May 14, 2020

The Missile Defense Agency is eyeing formation of a third-party entity dedicated to managing rapid prototyping of missile defense projects, following a pivot by the Army, Navy, and Air Force from traditional acquisition rules to a new pathway called “middle-tier” acquisition intended to experiment with and potentially deliver new weapons in two to five years.

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The Army is asking industry to help it choose a contracting schedule for the Future Long Range Assault Aircraft, for which the service has narrowed down to two options, and whether the Army should award a hybrid fixed-price type contract after executing the initial portion under other transaction authority.

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The Defense Department inspector general today released new plans to audit the Pentagon's response to the COVID-19 outbreak, including oversight of $10.6 billion Congress has authorized for DOD to focus on the pandemic.

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The Air Force Sustainment Center is working to mitigate possible supply chain disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, paying close attention to potential component shortages and reductions across the transportation network.

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May 13, 2020

The Pentagon is proposing changes to the law that would require "operationally critical" contractors to let Defense Department investigators access their unclassified information systems in the wake of a cyber incident.

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The Army has tapped a U.S.-European industry team to design a potentially revolutionary munition that would pair an artillery round with an air-breathing engine to form a kind of quasi-missile to strike targets as far away as 100 kilometers, doubling the reach of current howitzers.

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Lawmakers are voicing concern that the Air Force's fiscal year 2021 plan to divest from legacy drone programs before next-generation platforms are ready could leave a gap in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities -- putting the service on the defensive as budget negotiations ramp up.

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May 12, 2020

The Missile Defense Agency estimates total spending on the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system to be $46.6 billion, including $34 billion in sunk costs and more than $12 billion in forecasted outlays through fiscal year 2025 -- in part to help finance a Next Generation Interceptor intended to keep GMD effective against threats expected in the 2030s.

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A new report from the Government Accountability Office highlights risks in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program's test schedule and manufacturing practices -- noting concerns with the Pentagon's plans to continue delivering aircraft despite a nine-month operational testing delay.

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The Skyborg program office plans to release a solicitation to buy vehicles for experimentation this month, on the path toward achieving the imagined artificial intelligence-enabled, autonomous unmanned aerial system that can function as a "force multiplier" for manned aircraft.

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The Navy will produce an "analysis plan" to assess its pilot program for ship maintenance availabilities, as the service works to reduce delays to maintenance timelines.

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May 11, 2020

The Air Force is moving toward finishing closeout negotiations for the canceled Hypersonic Conventional Strike Weapon and performing a new flight test of the Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon this summer.

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A group of industry associations says it is "strongly opposed" to several Pentagon proposals to reform the defense contracting process, including provisions intended to counter controversial pricing practices used by TransDigm.

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The independent accreditation body developing standards for auditors and assessors under the Defense Department's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program has circulated information on how the provisional program will work, including fees and an initial structure for the selection process for third-party assessors.

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The Defense Department is asking lawmakers to grant the Air Force secretary the authority to pay for military construction projects needed to modify Minuteman III launch centers for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent using the new system's fiscal year 2021 research and procurement funds.

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The Air Force announced today it has selected Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin and Australian firm CEA Technologies to demonstrate radar prototypes under its Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar program.

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The Pentagon is moving aggressively under its cybersecurity certification program to create a framework and structure for contractors, vendors, and suppliers to get up to speed on what they will need to do to get certified, according to a top Defense Department official, but the process of changing acquisition rules to make the program effective could be delayed.

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May 08, 2020

The Army has drafted an acquisition strategy calling for at least three additional opportunities for competition on the Precision Strike Missile, giving Raytheon -- which was bumped from the contest in March -- and other interested companies a chance to improve the base missile being developed by Lockheed Martin as a follow-on to the Army Tactical Missile.

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The Navy wants the new Light Amphibious Warship it is pursuing to have a price tag in the "several digit millions," as the service seeks to quickly field a lower-cost amphibious vessel while it prepares for a fight in the Pacific.

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