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April 22, 2019

ANDOVER, MA -- Protruding from the side of a pair of two-story buildings here are dozens of oversize pipes that turn down at a right angle and extend directly to the ground, a quirky architectural feature that brings to mind insect legs.

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April 19, 2019

NASHVILLE, TN -- The executive director of Army Aviation and Missile Command says "the current level of fragility" within the aviation supply chain is "unacceptable" and his No. 1 concern for sustaining the force.

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The upcoming request for proposals from the Navy's unmanned maritime systems office for the Medium Unmanned Surface Vessel will send a "clear signal" to industry about autonomy: intellectual property cannot come at the expense of the military's ability to "plug and play," according to a service official.

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The Marine Corps is preparing to sign a three-year cooperative research and development agreement this summer with Kaman Aerospace to develop autonomous flight capabilities for logistics delivery using CQ-24A KMAX helicopters.

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April 18, 2019

The Navy anticipates it will finish the modeling and simulation work associated with optimizing the layout of all four public shipyards by the end of fiscal year 2020, according to planning documents presented to contractors at a recent industry day.

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NASHVILLE, TN -- Army National Guard units will be among the first to receive the Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft, named the No. 2 priority of the Future Vertical Lift effort, according to the service's vice chief of staff.

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The Air Force's new strategy for science and technology may cause changes in its fiscal year 2020 budget, according to the service's research and development lead.

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April 17, 2019

Speculation is mounting at the Pentagon and on Capitol Hill that President Trump will nominate acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan to the full position upon the conclusion of an inspector general ethics investigation, which government officials said is expected soon.

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The Air Force intends to appoint a chief technology officer, use "vanguard" research programs and expand its workforce as part of a new strategy to revamp the service’s science and technology enterprise by 2030.

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As Raytheon and the Air Force work to complete development of the next-generation GPS III ground segment, OCX, the service is beginning to plan for system sustainment and future capability insertion and is considering whether to compete that work or maintain Raytheon as its prime contractor.

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The Defense Department has set a new plan to achieve a ten-fold increase in directed-energy technology over the next decade with potential to power lasers for combat on land, at sea and in air and space and identified existing contract vehicles to begin executing this new Laser Scaling Plan with fiscal year 2019 funds.

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MD Helicopters, denied by the Government Accountability Office, is taking the Army to federal court over the service's rejection of the company's proposal for the Future Attack Reconaissance Aircraft competitive prototype.

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The Government Accountability Office is raising concerns about the Pentagon lacking a detailed plan for taking over the federal background investigations mission later this year, as the Defense Department seeks a big budget boost for the organization assuming the responsibility.

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NASHVILLE, TN -- The Army needs to move away from ground control stations and put more autonomy in aircraft to fight in megacities, according to the service's project manager for unmanned aircraft systems.

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The Air Force's chief of Global Strike Command has approved a plan to inspect the B-1B Lancer aircraft yesterday, following a stand down last month.

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The Pentagon has launched a search for the next director of the Defense Security Service, as the agency is set to significantly expand with the Defense Department's takeover of the federal background investigations mission and an increased focus on protecting technologies critical to U.S. national security.

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Two California lawmakers said this week they’re concerned the Pentagon’s plan to create a new Space Development Agency duplicates the Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center and could “undermine” the organization’s "proven track record."

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April 16, 2019

Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan has directed Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord to begin planning for alternative supply options for Turkish-made F-35 Joint Strike Fighter parts in the event Turkey remains suspended from the program or is expelled for its purchase of the Russian S-400 missile defense system, according to a defense official.

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NASHVILLE, TN -- Boeing is trying to convince lawmakers to preserve the Chinook Block II upgrade as the Army prepares to make a final decision on the program’s fate in two to three years, according to the service's vice chief of staff.

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The F-35 joint program office estimates its Block 4 plan will cost $10.5 billion over eight years, plus an additional $2.8 billion to modify 441 jets to the new configuration.

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