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March 09, 2020

YUMA PROVING GROUND, AZ -- The Army on Friday tested the new platform for its Extended Range Cannon Artillery program, shooting two projectiles 65 kilometers to demonstrate the future long-range capability for multidomain battle.

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The Navy has opted not to conduct service life extensions of its Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, according to recent congressional testimony.

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U.S. Cyber Command is seeking a $42 million increase to its budget in fiscal year 2021 as it ramps up "defend forward" operations targeting adversaries on networks based abroad.

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Pentagon officials on Friday afternoon met with the Aerospace Industries Association, the National Defense Industrial Association and the Professional Services Council for a wide-ranging conversation, according to AIA's chief executive.

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The Defense Department today awarded contracts to begin work on a prototype mobile nuclear reactor under a Strategic Capabilities Office initiative called "Project Pele."

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HILL AIR FORCE BASE, UT -- As the F-35 program shapes requirements for the program that will replace the Autonomic Logistics Information System, users here are hopeful the new capability will overcome the challenges of ALIS without abandoning the pieces that are working.

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology has renumbered proposed revisions for criteria on protecting controlled unclassified information from advanced persistent threats, such as from Russia and China, a move linked to pushing out requirements that were stalled by a White House review and which are central to a Pentagon program for certifying contractors.

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SAN DIEGO -- The Navy's top officer last week defended the service's recent decision to retire its first four Littoral Combat Ships.

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March 06, 2020

The Pentagon recently briefed industry on plans to experiment with sharing electromagnetic spectrum between fifth-generation commercial cellular devices and military aircraft, as Defense Department leaders say they won’t give up DOD's access to mid-band spectrum but are willing to share it.

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The Navy is proposing a $700 million, six-year project to define a second life extension of the Trident II D5 submarine-launched ballistic missile to keep the 27-year old strategic weapon system in service for the life of the new Columbia-class submarine fleet through 2083, potentially stretching the life of the Trident across a century.

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SAN DIEGO -- The Marine Corps' new force design initiative is not tied up with the current hold on the Navy's Integrated Naval Force Structure Assessment, according to the commandant.

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U.S. Special Operations Command has sent Congress a nearly $1 billion "unfunded priorities" list, which includes aircraft, precision munitions and communications systems mostly to support operations in the Middle East and Africa, according to "for official use only" documents obtained by Inside Defense.

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Northrop Grumman confirmed this week it will compete to develop a prototype in the Air Force's new Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar competition.

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In 2017, the Defense Innovation Unit began working with several start-up companies to develop tools to automatically find and fix software vulnerabilities in the U.S. military's highly advanced weapon systems.

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March 05, 2020

The Israeli-made Iron Dome is not compatible with existing U.S. air defense systems, forcing the Army to launch a new acquisition strategy this week for the Indirect Fire Protection Capability Increment 2-Intercept (IFPC Inc. 2) program that features an open invitation to all industry to participate in a "shoot-off" next year in a bid to deliver a cruise missile defense capability in 2023.

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ORLANDO, FL -- Air Force researchers studying how warfighters can use directed energy as defensive weapons have shipped out the first system in their overseas counter-drone experiment and are planning to begin a new testing campaign to bolster anti-cruise missile capabilities.

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HILL AIR FORCE BASE, UT -- The 309th Software Engineering Group here is working to speed up the activation of the F-35's organic software maintenance depot capability, in part by helping the program transition to the cloud and speed up its mission data file generation processes.

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Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) is warning the Congressional Budget Office may overestimate costs of U.S. nuclear forces in an upcoming assessment that could taint the agency's objectivity in major policy debates over controversial programs like the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent.

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Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy told lawmakers this week the Army taking the lead on the Close Combat Lethality Task Force is a "big win" and the service plans to work closely with the Marines.

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March 04, 2020

The Missile Defense Agency is pursuing a ship-based interceptor as the "first instantiation" of the Regional Glide Phase Weapon System for defending against hypersonic threats, according to the agency's top official.

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