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May 07, 2020

The Army is on track to hit a key milestone this summer in the Extended Range Cannon Artillery program, transitioning a lead prototype of the service's top modernization priority from its birthplace as a science and technology project at Picatinny Arsenal, NJ, to Warren, MI, setting the stage to proceed with production of follow-on variants, according to a senior official.

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Pentagon Chief Management Officer Lisa Hershman, responding to the new Defense Business Board recommendation that her office be disestablished for being "mostly ineffective," said the board did not properly weigh "significant accomplishments" of the past two years.

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The head of the Space Development Agency said this week his organization is working closely with potential satellite providers to ensure their supply chains are healthy enough to incorporate new technology at a large scale.

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The Army is looking at leveraging commercial satellites in its next integrated tactical network set as it focuses on capacity, resiliency and convergence, according to an Army official.

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Despite a potential 10-month delay to the schedule, the Navy says it is still planning for its new unmanned aerial tanker program to achieve initial operational capability in fiscal year 2024, according to the officer overseeing the aircraft.

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​The president's nominee to be the next Air Force Chief of Staff told lawmakers today that, if confirmed, his first action as chief would be to develop a framework for the "post-COVID-19 security environment," noting the Defense Department may need to reconsider its priorities in light of the pandemic and address “redundancies” in its approach to modern air warfare to be more effective and efficient.

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May 06, 2020

Pentagon officials appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee today to call on the Federal Communications Commission to reverse its order approving Ligado's L-band network license, but some senators questioned the Defense Department's vehement opposition to the approval.

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The Defense Business Board is recommending the Pentagon eliminate the post of chief management officer on the grounds the position has been "mostly ineffective" and was "never set up for success," according to slides presented today at a public hearing.

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An influential Defense Business Board task force is recommending the Pentagon eliminate the post of chief management officer on the grounds the position has been "mostly ineffective" and was "never set up for success," according to slides presented today at a public hearing.

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North Korean advances in developing intercontinental ballistic missile technology will require the Air Force to radiate a much higher-intensity signal from the Missile Defense Agency's newest ground sensor -- the Long Range Discrimination Radar -- than the U.S. military anticipated in 2016 when launching the Alaska-based project.

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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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Though many defense contractors say they're now taking a break from mergers and acquisitions, some say they expect to be able to capitalize on a wave of deals once the COVID-19 pandemic has come to an end.

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The Air Force revealed new details today about the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle's next mission, which will launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL, in 10 days.

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While the U.S. Air Force continues research and development of low-cost attritable drones, Boeing and the Royal Australian Air Force Tuesday rolled out the first prototype of their Loyal Wingman, moving closer to achieving an operational, autonomy-enabled "force multiplier" for the global defense market. 

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May 05, 2020

The Defense Department last month launched a major overhaul of the nation’s ballistic missile defense system without first securing an independent cost estimate, eschewing what federal auditors say is a best practice for major weapon projects.

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The Navy is uncertain as to how a provision in the latest defense spending bill may affect its newly awarded frigate contract, but has promised lawmakers answers in a report due later this year.

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The Pentagon’s top weapons buyer is eyeing legislation to boost the U.S. government’s ability to scrutinize foreign investments, as officials worry about shell companies and “adversarial” investments in critical suppliers who may be especially desperate for cash during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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May 04, 2020

The second Advanced Battle Management System demonstration, already delayed from April to June because of the COVID-19 pandemic, has been pushed back another two to three months, according to the head of U.S. Northern Command.

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The House Armed Services Committee is calling on the Defense Department to explain how the contracts for two nuclear modernization programs -- each with only one competitor vying for an award worth tens of billions of dollars -- will offer the best returns to the government.

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Lockheed Martin's preliminary design for the Sentinel A4 air defense radar passed muster with the Army this month, clearing the way for the defense contractor to begin drafting designs for the upgraded sensor which a company official said could launch a new line of business -- including foreign sales -- worth as much as $6 billion.

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