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July 01, 2020

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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The Navy's next generation logistics ship program recently published its initial acquisition schedule, but the project may falter early as a Senate panel pushes to cut the service's research and development funding.

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After unveiling the initial results of its force design work, the Marine Corps is gearing up for the third phase of the effort, analyzing and preparing to begin testing what it needs for a fight in 2030.

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June 26, 2020

Two congressional committees are again coming to the rescue of the Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor program, each recommending a $120 million increase for an ostensible Pentagon priority that was not funded in the fiscal year 2021 budget request and rejecting the Defense Department's gambit to shift responsibility for the project from the Missile Defense Agency to the Space Development Agency.

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The House Armed Services Committee is proposing a major reduction to the Air Force's desired fiscal year 2021 budget for the Advanced Battle Management System -- the service's flagship program to achieve joint all-domain command and control.

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Senate authorizers are concerned about the Army's move to reduce funding across its tactical wheeled vehicle fleet in favor of developing next-generation systems, as they feel it could negatively impact the industrial base as well as readiness.

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The Army announced yesterday the selection of eight interim counter-small unmanned aircraft systems for future investments as the service takes the lead on joint counter-drone technology efforts.

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The Senate Armed Services Committee is proposing legislation that would withhold support for adopting ballistic missile defense systems originally designed for regional missions to protect the U.S. homeland in a new "layered" architecture.

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The Senate Armed Services Committee is pushing the Pentagon to set up a comparative testing program for U.S. technologies.

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