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July 26, 2019

A new Defense Department inspector general audit has found DOD agencies routinely failed to check whether defense contractors were protecting sensitive information on their networks with the required security controls.

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Republican lawmakers are imploring the Trump administration to delay the award of a massive enterprise cloud contract until the Defense Department inspector general investigates potential conflicts of interest, but DOD says it has already examined those allegations and found they did not affect the acquisition process.

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Northrop Grumman has retained its role as design agent for the AN/SPQ-9B, a rotating X-band radar on Ticonderoga-class cruisers, San Antonio-class landing transport docks and other large ships whose primary mission is to detect and track low-flying anti-ship missiles.

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Raytheon and United Technologies this week held a "joint kickoff" event for their integration process, according to a top Raytheon executive.

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July 25, 2019

Defense experts have diverging views on how the Air Force should move forward with its acquisition strategy for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent to mitigate fallout from Boeing's decision not to bid on the program.

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Northrop Grumman has retained its role as design agent for the AN/SPQ-9B, a rotating X-band radar on Ticonderoga-class cruisers, San Antonio-class landing transport docks and other large ships whose primary mission is to detect and track low-flying anti-ship missiles.

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Raytheon has taken steps to put "normal best practices" in place in its missile systems business unit, the company's chief executive said today.

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The opportunity for the Defense Department to pursue non-traditional acquisition strategies such as other transaction authorities is "closing," according to the Navy's assistant secretary for research, development and acquisition.

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July 24, 2019

Boeing has informed the Air Force it will not submit a bid for the service's intercontinental ballistic missile replacement program under the current acquisition strategy, a development that could narrow the competitive field to one company and hinder the Air Force's efforts to contain costs on the multibillion-dollar program.

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Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), the ranking member on the House Armed Services Committee who helped guide past budget deals to significantly boost defense spending, said today he supports the latest two-year budget compromise reached by the White House and Congress, despite the fact it is $12 billion less for the Pentagon that he thinks is necessary.

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The new nominee for deputy defense secretary said he would expand the efforts of a Pentagon task force working to shore up defense supply chain security and pledged to consider how the Defense Department can work with smaller contractors to provide adequate cybersecurity.

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With the Navy's final order for multimission MH-60R helicopters recently placed, Lockheed Martin now expects orders from foreign customers for the anti-surface and submarine-hunting aircraft to keep the production line going for at least another two years, according to a company official.

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Some of the largest defense contractors today reported higher quarterly sales and profit.

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The B-21 Raider is expected to have its first flight in December 2021, according to Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen Wilson.

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The Defense Department this week sent Congress a $160 million reprogramming request to support continued development of the Air Force’s Next-Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared system, but the proposed funding is about $463 million less than the service has said it needs to keep the program on a rapid delivery schedule.

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July 23, 2019

U.S. Southern Command is working to provide cyber defense training and IT infrastructure to several South American militaries in a bid to blunt China's growing technological influence in the region.

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The new two-year budget agreement means the Defense Department will absorb about $580 billion in reductions between fiscal years 2012 and 2021, far less than the $1 trillion worst-case scenario that originally loomed as part of the 2011 Budget Control Act, but still substantial reductions compared to plans set by U.S. military leaders in 2011.

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Air Force Space Command is working to boost its test and training range infrastructure and is eyeing the creation of a new Space Test and Training Group in the next five to 10 years.

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Lockheed Martin has already taken actions to address Turkey's suspension from the F-35 program and expects limited "future production or sustainment impact," the contractor's chief executive said today.

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July 22, 2019

President Trump today said his administration will be looking into recent media reports that China-based Huawei has been working with North Korea in its build-out of 5G networks, while also suggesting the United States has a strong working relationship with North Korean President Kim Jong-un.

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