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May 02, 2019

The Missile Defense Agency is hailing a “very successful” March ground test of laser technology that a senior official said penetrated a threat-representative ballistic missile component, buoying support within the agency for a new speed-of-light weapon and hopes for a future capability to destroy an enemy target immediately after launch.

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A high-energy laser destined for an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer is set to undergo a critical design review later this year, and is on track to be delivered to the Navy in May 2021, according to the weapon's prime contractor.

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The Federal Acquisition Security Council held its first meeting this week to begin developing a national strategy for securing the government's supply chain from cyber and other threats, with the Defense Department's strict cybersecurity rules likely to serve as a model. 

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May 01, 2019

The Missile Defense Agency is hailing a “very successful” March ground test of laser technology that a senior official said penetrated a threat-representative ballistic missile component, buoying support within the agency for a new speed-of-light weapon and hopes for a future capability to destroy an enemy target immediately after launch.

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Congressional committees are preparing to consider defense spending and authorization bills this month, but lawmakers have yet to reach a bipartisan budget deal to avert sequestration.

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Lockheed Martin today revealed an independent research and development effort to increase the ammunition capacity of the Air Force and Navy variants of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

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The Air Force could start initial operational test and evaluation for the KC-46 Pegasus later this month, after a successful April 2 test execution review.

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U.S.-based classes to train Afghan Air Force pilots on the AC-208 light attack aircraft have been disbanded, according to the Pentagon's oversight lead for Afghanistan reconstruction.

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Harris and L3 Technologies executives said today they are readying for their merger, which is still on track to close in mid-2019.

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A pair of Defense Department programs being pursued to develop air-launched, hypersonic weapons are racing to reach their initial flight tests by the end of calendar year 2019, although hardware integration issues could push the trials into 2020, according to the head of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

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April 30, 2019

In the absence of supplemental funding from Congress, the Air Force will uphold its planned halt on all new rebuilding efforts at Tyndall Air Force Base, FL, which was destroyed in a category 5 hurricane in October.

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Navy Secretary Richard Spencer today acknowledged risk in the service’s goals for the Columbia-class submarine program, noting the Navy is working to alleviate concerns.

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COLUMBUS, GA -- As the Army prepares to publish this fall the second iteration of its multidomain operations concept, called MDO 2.0, the official in charge of the concept says coordination of the joint force to solve the No. 1 problem it faces in future warfare is “problematic."

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The Navy estimates a new multimission auxiliary ship meant to recapitalize the aging Ready Reserve Force could cost “more than $1 billion,” according to policy questions sent by Senate lawmakers to the nominee to be the next chief of naval operations.

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Vice President Mike Pence told sailors aboard the Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) today the service will not retire the aircraft carrier, despite the Pentagon’s push to opt out of the vessels’ mid-life refueling and complex overhaul.

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Army Secretary Mark Esper today at Brookings Institution in Washington, discussing great power competition, offered the service’s multidomain task force as a tool for shaping the current picture of what the future force should look like. 

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The new National Defense Strategy calls for “urgent change at a significant scale” to reposition the U.S. military for global competitions with China and Russia, but the Defense Department lacks a sound strategic analysis process to drive the tough budget decisions likely required for major transformation, according to the Government Accountability Office and former Pentagon officials who spent years crafting national security policy.

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April 29, 2019

During the roll out of their long-awaited 2030 Science and Technology Strategy, Air Force leaders emphasized relations with the commercial sector as a means of driving innovation.

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The Government Accountability Office is recommending the Defense Department hold off on awarding additional F-35 Block 4 development contracts until an independent cost estimate is completed and the program office conducts a partial technology readiness assessment and has an approved test and evaluation master plan.

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Boeing believes 18 months of early testing and embedding Navy officials into its program office will play a big part in accelerating the MQ-25's initial operational capability ahead of the 2024 goal, according to a company official.

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