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August 28, 2020

The Defense Department’s initiatives for sharing cyber threat intelligence with contractors are set for a major expansion under the fiscal year 2021 defense policy bill currently being negotiated by House and Senate lawmakers.

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The Next Generation Jammer-Mid Band program, the Navy and Marine Corps $8.7 billion maritime airborne electronic attack modernization effort, achieved an important developmental milestone this month when a prototype was flown for the first time on an EA-18G Growler, a key step for a project that suffered serious design setbacks three years ago.

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L3Harris Technologies' new contract to build the Navy’s Medium Unmanned Surface Vessel includes the maritime technology firm Gibbs & Cox as well as the Louisiana-based shipbuilder Swiftships as subcontractors, according to an L3Harris executive.

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The Navy’s chief weapons buyer said yesterday the service’s new campaign plan for unmanned systems will strive to “align” various efforts across the operational fleet, developmental squadrons, warfare centers and the acquisition corps.

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August 27, 2020

The Missile Defense Agency is refining its plan to potentially disaggregate the Ground-based Midcourse Defense sustainment contract, potentially setting the stage for a major realignment of industry participation.

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The Air Force has directed legacy programs to quickly integrate with the Advanced Battle Management System, though it’s not necessarily clear to what extent aging platforms will play into the broader vision for joint all-domain command and control.

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A group of foreign military attachés representing some of the United States’ closest allies is asking Senate lawmakers to oppose House defense legislation that would strengthen “Buy American” requirements for some of the Pentagon’s largest weapons programs, according to a letter obtained by Inside Defense.

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As the Space Force looks to maintain and improve its current mission slate, service leaders say now is the time for discussions with industry about future growth, particularly in space logistics.

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August 26, 2020

The director of the Defense Digital Service wants Pentagon organizations to reuse software rather than build bespoke solutions for the same capabilities.

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The Pentagon has issued a second interim rule on how contractors who want to do business with the federal government need to provide details on Huawei and ZTE equipment and services in their systems.

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The Defense Department is working on a no-cost contract with the independent authority that oversees the accreditation process for its Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program.

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A new Defense Department space leader forum aims to help facilitate cooperation and deconfliction across the national security space enterprise's architecture without adding bureaucracy to the space acquisition process.

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August 25, 2020

The Missile Defense Agency is delaying until the end of this year a marquee test, slated for fiscal year 2020, pitting a Standard Missile-3 Block IIA against an intercontinental ballistic missile target to validate a new homeland defense architecture that would add a new "underlayer" to work in tandem with the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system.

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With a major acquisition and a key divestiture under its belt, Alion has reshaped to focus on high-tech areas and significantly change its customer base.

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August 24, 2020

The Army's most advanced Patriot interceptor appears to have misfired during a key test of the service's new air and missile defense system, requiring a back-up guided missile, an older Patriot variant, to chase and destroy a tactical ballistic missile target last week.

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The official in charge of the Army's Long Range Precision Fires Cross-Functional Team today said the service's plan to develop a Long Range Hypersonic Weapon prototype by 2023 is the quickest way to maintain combined arms overmatch, as it aims to engage in the fight with Russia and China.

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The Marine Corps has delayed by two months the full-rate production decision for its new Amphibious Combat Vehicle because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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August 21, 2020

A Washington defense budget analyst is looking at the Pentagon's future spending plans and warning they could very well collide with political forces now building because of the COVID-19 pandemic and historic federal deficits.

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The Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System -- a project that has consumed $2.7 billion and more than a decade just to commence limited user testing -- won strong public backing from Army leaders this week, a turnaround from two years ago when the program was allegedly at risk of being dramatically curtailed or even terminated over schedule delays and cost.

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WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, NM -- While the Army prepares for delivery later this year of the first battery of the Israeli-made Iron Dome air defense system, the service is still considering whether it will be able to integrate the system with its Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System.

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