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July 19, 2019

A lawyer representing Huawei Technologies told federal officials today that statutory requirements for banning foreign influence in the government's IT supply chain should be met through a broad cybersecurity risk-management process, rather than an entity-based purchasing prohibition that targets Huawei products.

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The Army Requirements Oversight Council this month approved a draft, "abbreviated" capabilities development document for the Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft, advancing the service's No. 2 priority of the Future Vertical Lift effort.

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July 18, 2019

The Trump administration wants to retain the option to develop a road-mobile variant of the new Ground Based Strategic Deterrent, objecting to legislation that would extend through 2030 the current statutory ban on truck-launched intercontinental ballistic missiles -- which are more difficult for an adversary to target than silo-based weapons.

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Army Futures Command is looking to engage more with small businesses to achieve its goals.

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The Navy intends to award a contract to refresh a system aimed at protecting aircraft carriers from incoming torpedoes.

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The Air Force has delayed two upcoming United Launch Alliance missions after discovering an anomaly with a component shared by the company's Delta IV and Atlas V rockets.

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Gen. Mike Murray, head of Army Futures Command, said today the command will be fully operationally capable as of July 31, just over a year since its creation.

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The Air Force has approved an acquisition strategy to buy at least 93 Family of Beyond-Line-of-Sight Force Element Terminals for an estimated cost of $3.8 billion, years after budget constraints drove the service to separate the airborne terminal acquisition effort from the overall program.

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July 17, 2019

The Pentagon's chief weapons buyer says it will cost between $500 million and $600 million to relocate the supply chain for more than 900 F-35 Joint Strike Fighter parts out of Turkey after the country's expulsion from the program.

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At the prompting of the Senate Armed Services Committee, the presumptive next defense secretary and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff both declined to endorse a controversial reorganization of the Strategic Capabilities Office under the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, pledging to review the proposed change.

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The Pentagon is preparing to meet with industry later this month to discuss its requirements for Fully Networked Command, Control and Communications, as the official in charge of the "FNC3" effort recently laid out his strategy for developing the military's future battle network.

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Textron today reported lower quarterly sales and profit in its Bell Helicopter business, but said new opportunities from the Army and Marine Corps could provide growth.

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The Navy intends to award a contract in the third quarter of fiscal year 2020 for the ground-based training system (GBTS) associated with its new training helicopter, the TH-XX, according to industry day slides.

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July 16, 2019

The Air Force has released a request for proposals for the engineering and manufacturing development phase of the service's intercontinental ballistic missile replacement system.

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Army Secretary Mark Esper, nominated to be defense secretary, today defended his time as a senior Raytheon executive as Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) argued that his failure to commit to several of her recusal proposals "smacks of corruption, plain and simple."

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The U.S. military requires new, high-agility interceptors and a layer of space-based sensors to defend against hypersonic threats, the presumed next defense secretary told lawmakers today, shedding new light on Defense Department thinking about elements of a hypersonic defense system.

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The U.S. military requires a new high-agility interceptor and a layer of space-based sensors to defend against hypersonic threats, the presumed next defense secretary told lawmakers today, shedding new light on Defense Department thinking about elements of a hypersonic defense system.

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The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is not expected to meet the military's goal of 80% mission-capable rates by the end of fiscal year 2019 because of supply shortages, the president's nominee to be defense secretary told Senate lawmakers today, despite confidence from military officials earlier this year.

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While interest in the Air Force’s VAULT data platform continues to grow, questions abound on the policy, roles and authorities for practitioners incorporating data into their work, leading the service to revise a key policy document that was released to the public in May.

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Lt. Gen. Paul Ostrowski, military deputy to the Army acquisition executive, said this morning a continuing resolution being considered by the White House would tie the Army's hands on modernization.

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