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July 09, 2020

The Navy is considering tasking its new unmanned surface vessels with the ballistic missile defense mission, a move that could free up guided-missile destroyers and push the service toward the more distributed fleet it is seeking.

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In a new letter sent to the Pentagon this week, eight of the largest defense contractors say they are preparing their estimated costs related to COVID-19 relief legislation and warn the Pentagon will need additional funding to cover these expenses.

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July 08, 2020

The Pentagon is working with major U.S. technology companies on a range of artificial intelligence projects, including software to help streamline warfighting operations, according to the head of the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center.

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The Army is looking to increase funding this summer for a trio of munitions projects for the service's top modernization priority -- the Extended Range Cannon Artillery system, including bolstering funds for an effort that seeks to satisfy U.S. Army Pacific Command's desire for a Multi-Domain Cannon Artillery capability.

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Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord says the United States should "re-shore" the production of key capabilities like microelectronics after the COVID-19 crisis exposed weaknesses in the Defense Department's supply chain.

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The General Services Administration has released a final request for proposals for small businesses that want to provide IT services to agencies that could have lasting repercussions for contractors wanting to do business with the Defense Department and civilian agencies, according to a leading contract lawyer.

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July 07, 2020

The House Appropriations defense subcommittee’s mark of the fiscal year 2021 defense spending bill would fully fund KC-46 tanker procurement, add money to maintain the MQ-9 Reaper production line and support the Space Force’s three requested National Security Space Launch services.

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A House subcommittee wants to provide the Navy with funding to purchase two Virginia-class fast-attack submarines as well as extra money for several select aircraft programs.

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The House Appropriations defense subcommittee is poised to consider a fiscal year 2021 defense spending bill that funds Pentagon modernization to the tune of $244.7 billion, but also sets the stage for confrontation with the White House over the border wall and the names of military bases.

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BAE Systems' U.S. business now has a committee assessing the future of work at the company given the changes brought by the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, according to BAE's new chief executive.

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The Missile Defense Agency is mandating a single specific milestone only for the Next Generation Interceptor program -- emplacement of a new ballistic missile defense interceptor in the ground at Ft. Greely, AK, in 2028 -- and is otherwise allowing bidders to propose developmental milestones on the way to initial fielding.

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology has released a new draft to guide the Defense Department on how to define controlled unclassified information requirements for industry, in line with the maturity levels of the Pentagon's cyber certification program.

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July 06, 2020

The House Armed Services Committee’s fiscal year 2020 defense policy bill includes a reporting requirement for the Pentagon to brief lawmakers on its plan for avoiding conflicts of interest in the new Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program.

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The House Armed Services Committee last week adopted a provision that would direct the Defense Department to explore co-development with Japan of a new guided missile, a follow-on to the Standard Missile-Block IIA ballistic missile interceptor developed by the two nations.

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Air Force operational testers are starting to execute a new, iterative cybersecurity process that, once transitioned to the acquisition community next year, will enable program managers to evaluate vulnerabilities throughout the lifecycle of their weapon systems.

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The Pentagon’s chief pricing official has issued new guidance to acquisition program managers on how to assess the costs and impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak on defense contractors, noting that additional funding has not yet been appropriated by Congress to reimburse companies for pandemic-related hardships or delays.

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July 02, 2020

U.S. industry is urging lawmakers to delay a looming ban on the government contracting with companies that use certain Chinese products, but it's unclear whether a Congress keen on taking a hard line against China will consider the proposal.

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House and Senate lawmakers are pushing to fund the Army's MQ-1 Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft system after concerns that a temporary halt to the program will result in increased costs and requirement delays.

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The House Armed Services Committee's version of the fiscal year 2021 defense policy bill, which the panel approved last night, includes several amendments related to space acquisition programs -- including one that questions the Air Force's efforts to craft an alternate Space Force acquisition system.

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The House Armed Services Committee is directing the Army to submit a briefing on virtual training and simulations through legislation passed yesterday.

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