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September 11, 2019

The Missile Defense Agency has secured a de facto authorization from a key Senate panel for an eleventh-hour launch of the Next-Generation Interceptor, winning $222 million in fiscal year 2020 for a major new-start program to follow the recently terminated Redesigned Kill Vehicle program.

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The Defense Department has been slow to meet a government-wide mandate to release more open-source software code, as DOD officials have concerns about cybersecurity risks and are struggling to implement such a program across the department, according to a new audit.

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September 10, 2019

Austal USA's bid protest for a shipyard planning contract was denied because, according to a government watchdog, the Navy acted reasonably when it deemed using a wholly owned subsidiary less risky than using an independent subcontractor.

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Once marred by technical deficiencies that led to a schedule adjustment, the Air Force's multibillion-dollar Combat Rescue Helicopter program is on track for a decision to approve low-rate initial production during a meeting at the end of the month.

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The White House objects to a provision in the Senate Armed Services Committee's fiscal year 2020 defense policy bill that would give the Missile Defense Agency responsibility for a new hypersonic and ballistic space-based sensor constellation, saying the move could "restrict DOD's ability to design the most cost-effective solution."

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A Senate panel today marked up its version of the fiscal year 2020 defense spending bill in accordance with a bipartisan budget deal, appropriating $622 billion in base spending, $70.7 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations and $1.7 billion in emergency funding.

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As the Air Force seeks additional funds to keep the Next-Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared System on schedule, Senate appropriators are proposing a $536 million plus-up for the program that could fill a significant early funding gap.

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The Army is leveraging artificial intelligence and machine learning into new autonomous cyber defenses, according to service officials in the C5ISR Center's Space and Terrestrial Communications Directorate.

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Cubic said today its mission solutions unit has named retired Rear Adm. Brian LaRoche chief operating officer.

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September 09, 2019

The White House Office of Management and Budget is asking Senate lawmakers to reconsider legislation that would transfer procurement funding for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense program from the Missile Defense Agency to the Army, a move lawmakers have long sought and which the Pentagon has resisted.

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Raytheon last week filed a bid protest with the Government Accountability Office over a recent contract award to Lockheed Martin for a combat system outfitted on Navy ships.

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Replicating platforms accurately in simulations remains one of the biggest challenges for the Army, according to a service official.

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An Air Force official anticipates an emphasis on testing prototypes for precision strike and aircraft self-protect capabilities in the 2021-2023 time frame.

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A partisan battle over President Trump’s efforts to divert Defense Department money to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border is poised to snarl House and Senate negotiations over upcoming defense policy and spending bills, despite lawmakers having already reached a broad budget agreement.

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Federal officials are injecting a sense of urgency into multiple initiatives to more effectively secure the Defense Department’s expansive supply chain from cyber threats, as one official warned the issue is nearing a “tipping point.”

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September 06, 2019

The Defense Department plans to divert $8 million to help finance President Trump's controversial border wall from a Missile Defense Agency project deemed urgent for homeland defense. The MDA plan would add two additional ground-based interceptor silos at Ft. Greely, AK, to ensure the entire interceptor fleet remains poised to respond to a North Korean attack.

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The Air Force’s directed-energy researchers are engaging with acquisition officials about establishing programs of record for DE weapons and counter-unmanned aerial systems in the near future.

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The Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center expects a decision by the end of this month on a plan to nearly triple the ceiling of the Space Enterprise Consortium contract. It is also working separately to establish a follow-on effort that could be worth up to $12 billion.

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September 05, 2019

The Air Force's top civilian acquisition official said this week he's concerned a congressional proposal to create a separate acquisition executive for space could limit efforts to better integrate air and space capabilities.

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The Pentagon is seeking feedback on a draft version of new cybersecurity standards defense contractors will have to start following next year.

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