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September 10, 2019

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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The Air Force is taking steps to institutionalize the work of its software factories -- a process that acquisition executive Will Roper hopes will help the service quantify the value the work its coders are doing and better communicate that to Congress and other stakeholders.

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The Air Force's fiscal year 2021 budget submission has been shaped by a vigorous planning and programming process -- similar to the Army's infamous "Night Court" -- aimed at assuring the service's proposed investments align with the National Defense Strategy.

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The National Security Agency's new cybersecurity directorate will prioritize collaboration to create threat intelligence products that provide more context in an unclassified setting, as well as feature a special focus on the Defense Department's industrial base, according to the director of the office.

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The Missile Defense Agency has selected five industry proposals for a Hypersonic Defense Weapon System for further development -- four concepts that rely on a kinetic interceptor to destroy an enemy hypersonic boost glide weapon and one project that envisions a "non-kinetic" solution to thwart an ultrafast, maneuvering threat. (UPDATED)

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The first production unit in the multibillion-dollar life extension program of the B61 nuclear gravity bomb will be delayed by about 16 to 18 months, according to a senior official at the National Nuclear Security Administration.

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The Air Force is open to all kinds of proposals for the next Ground Based Strategic Deterrent contract, including a teaming approach between prime contractors Boeing and Northrop Grumman, according to the service’s acquisition executive.

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September 04, 2019

Lt. Gen. VeraLinn Jamieson, the Air Force's top intelligence officer, is working on a cyber warfare flight plan to help execute the service's vision for multidomain operations.

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