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July 02, 2020

The Air Force has approved a new, $5.2 billion lifecycle cost estimate for the F-15 Eagle Passive Active Warning Survivability System -- a $2 billion increase that reflects the Air Force's decision to buy 144 additional systems for the new F-15EX even as the program faces significant fielding delays due to an unexpected component redesign.

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The Air Force has awarded another 18 companies indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contracts each worth up to $950 million to share technologies that enable joint all-domain command and control.

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The annual defense authorization bill cleared a hurdle late Wednesday, passing the House Armed Services Committee on a 56-0 vote and advancing a number of Cyberspace Solarium Commission and other cybersecurity proposals.

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The Marine Corps wants to double the cash it has on hand in fiscal year 2020 to continue development of a new air defense capability that aims to stitch together elements of the Israeli-designed Iron Dome system with the service's organic sensors and command-and-control tools.

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The Air Force's nascent DevSecOps initiative is giving warfighters modern software development services while tapping into the private sector's data analytics, artificial intelligence and other advanced technologies to build more virtual-friendly weapon systems and operations.

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July 01, 2020

The House Armed Services Committee has joined Senate lawmakers in adopting a fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill measure that would eliminate the Pentagon's chief management officer position.

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The Air Force is asking lawmakers to approve a funding transfer to support additional production efforts for general purpose bombs and integrate counter-small unmanned aerial system software into enterprise systems.

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The F-35 program team recently demonstrated a key Distributed Mission Training milestone, connecting the Joint Strike Fighter with the F-22, F-16 and E3 Sentry in a simulated, highly contested environment, prime contractor Lockheed Martin announced today.

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The Pentagon is seeking congressional permission to shift $2 billion between budget accounts as part of an annual reallocation of funds the U.S. military has in hand, launch five new-start projects and shift funds the Defense Department says are required immediately to achieve U.S. Space Command "critical mission capability."

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The data and technologies supporting the U.S. military's artificial intelligence developments could be at risk of cyberattack because the Defense Department and its contractors neglected to use important security controls, according to a new audit.

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A House panel wants the Navy to detail how many times it has accepted a ship in the past two decades before completing work on major subsystems and explain the circumstances that led to the acceptance decision.

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The Defense Department has completed a study that will determine the fate of the Homeland Defense Radar-Hawaii, a planned $1 billion, long-range, ground sensor project that was effectively defunded in the fiscal year 2021 budget request in order to bolster resources for space-based sensors, according to a senior official. (UPDATED)

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June 30, 2020

The Space Force today successfully launched the third GPS III satellite from a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket -- the company's second GPS mission and the Defense Department's launch to include a booster recovery.

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House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) said today he believes the Defense Department does not require supplemental funding to reimburse defense contractors for coronavirus-related hardships, despite the Pentagon acquisition chief's call for "low double-digit billions.

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Japan's decision to halt plans for two Aegis Ashore systems is driven by concerns of local communities about the deployment of the land-based ballistic missile defense system and there are 'a number of options' to get the project back on track, according to a senior U.S. defense official.

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The Defense Department has completed a study that will determine the fate of the Pacific Radar, a planned $1 billion, long-range, ground sensor project that was effectively defunded in the fiscal year 2021 budget request in order to bolster resources for space-based sensors, according to a senior official.

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U.S. Transportation Command confirmed the award of the $7.2 billion Global Household Goods contract to American Roll-on Roll-Off Carrier after clearing the company of improperly withholding information about its parent company.

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June 29, 2020

The Defense Department has reworked its weapons technology development priorities, elevating microelectronics to the No. 1 position -- a move that bumps maneuvering hypersonic technology development from the top to the No. 3 post, with 5G technology development pulling into the No. 2 billet between them, according to a senior Pentagon official.

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The Senate Armed Services Committee is displeased by the lack of transparency in the Pentagon's Defense-Wide Review, an internal efficiency initiative Defense Secretary Mark Esper says has freed up $5.7 billion to be invested in military modernization and readiness.

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An upcoming military exercise in Europe could give the Air Force's Advanced Battle Management System team and industry suppliers another opportunity to demonstrate maturing technology and leave-behind capabilities for warfighters.

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