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February 24, 2021

The Air Force is still assessing the impact of Congress' decision to cut nearly half of the fiscal year 2021 funding the service requested for the Advanced Battle Management System program but anticipates the planned on-ramp events and capability rollouts will have to slow down.

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Air Mobility Command is working on a plan to approve the KC-46 for limited operational missions beginning later this year, despite remaining deficiencies that have delayed full mission capability until 2024.

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The Pentagon's Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2) strategy will be released in the coming weeks, Vice Adm. Jeffrey Trussler, deputy chief of naval operations for information warfare, said Wednesday at an Association of Old Crows event.

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Senior Pentagon leaders have identified a core set of priorities with direct impact on the fiscal year 2022 defense budget that must be reviewed in advance of submission to Congress, Inside Defense has learned.

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Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jack Reed (D-RI) said today a new executive order from President Biden to review the U.S. defense industrial base is the start of a "major effort" to secure national supply chains, despite challenges posed by China's key role in the global marketplace.

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Sierra Nevada Corp. has filed a complaint with the Government Accountability Office against the Air Force's solicitation for a nearly $1 billion HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter upgrades contract the service is sole sourcing to Sikorsky.

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The Defense Department and Lockheed Martin have negotiated a significantly smaller scope for a forthcoming performance-based logistics sustainment contract for the F-35, opting for a "bridge" contract the company expects will yield less savings but instill confidence in its performance and set a foundation for a full PBL.

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The COVID pandemic has revealed the U.S. defense industrial base to be "not healthy" and hampered by "weak" supply chains that threaten the ability of the nation to nimbly develop and field new capabilities to keep ahead of technological advances by other nations, according to the Pentagon's No. 2 military official.

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February 23, 2021

House and Senate defense authorizers used hearings with outside technology experts this week to probe the Pentagon's struggle to transition new technologies into programs of record and take full advantage of advances in software.

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Austal USA President Craig Perciavalle has resigned following an investigation into the company's Littoral Combat Ship program, Austal announced today.

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February 22, 2021

The Defense Science Board last month launched a congressionally mandated study of the Defense Department's cyber warfighting capabilities, including a technical evaluation of DOD's major cyber warfare programs.

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The Defense Department is working with the General Services Administration's Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program team to develop a "gap analysis" that will compare the cloud services effort with the Pentagon's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification initiative, according to DOD's Stacy Bostjanick.

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The Pentagon has entered arrangements with three universities to study key areas related to contract finance and pricing that could impact the way defense contractors are paid.

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February 19, 2021

Congressional seapower leaders are calling on the Biden administration's first budget to prioritize the Navy and shipbuilding to counter the growing threat posed by China.

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The new executive vice president of Lockheed Martin's aeronautics business told reporters today that as the Air Force evaluates the makeup of its tactical aircraft portfolio -- and considers a clean-sheet 4.5-generation fighter to replace the F-16 -- he thinks the three fighter aircraft the company already builds for the service provide a holistic, family-of-systems approach to meet a spectrum of capability needs.

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Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said today he discussed challenges posed by "an increasingly aggressive China" during recent meetings with NATO officials.

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The Defense Department is expecting to release its first request for proposals containing requirements from its Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program in March, according to Pentagon acquisition Chief Information Security Officer Katie Arrington.

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The Navy is readying plans this spring to begin in earnest collaboration with industry and academia at a prototype "software factory" called the Forge -- an entity that aims to accelerate delivery of new capabilities by the program executive office for integrated warfare systems to the surface combatant fleet.

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The Army is conducting several communications exercises and upgrading technologies and data collection efforts as it gears up for the second annual sensor-to-shooter learning campaign known as Project Convergence, service officials told Inside Defense in a recent interview.

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February 18, 2021

The U.S. and Israel today announced the start of a new collaborative weapon system project: Arrow-4, a "next-generation" guided-missile interceptor -- a project neither previously disclosed by the Missile Defense Agency nor explicitly authorized by Congress -- that aims to improve the Missile Eastern nation's ability to defeat both endo- and exoatmospheric threats.

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