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April 17, 2019

The Government Accountability Office is raising concerns about the Pentagon lacking a detailed plan for taking over the federal background investigations mission later this year, as the Defense Department seeks a big budget boost for the organization assuming the responsibility.

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NASHVILLE, TN -- The Army needs to move away from ground control stations and put more autonomy in aircraft to fight in megacities, according to the service's project manager for unmanned aircraft systems.

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The Air Force's chief of Global Strike Command has approved a plan to inspect the B-1B Lancer aircraft yesterday, following a stand down last month.

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The Pentagon has launched a search for the next director of the Defense Security Service, as the agency is set to significantly expand with the Defense Department's takeover of the federal background investigations mission and an increased focus on protecting technologies critical to U.S. national security.

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Two California lawmakers said this week they’re concerned the Pentagon’s plan to create a new Space Development Agency duplicates the Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center and could “undermine” the organization’s "proven track record."

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April 16, 2019

Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan has directed Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord to begin planning for alternative supply options for Turkish-made F-35 Joint Strike Fighter parts in the event Turkey remains suspended from the program or is expelled for its purchase of the Russian S-400 missile defense system, according to a defense official.

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NASHVILLE, TN -- Boeing is trying to convince lawmakers to preserve the Chinook Block II upgrade as the Army prepares to make a final decision on the program’s fate in two to three years, according to the service's vice chief of staff.

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The F-35 joint program office estimates its Block 4 plan will cost $10.5 billion over eight years, plus an additional $2.8 billion to modify 441 jets to the new configuration.

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Defense industry advocates say they are waiting for the Pentagon to implement more than 150 acquisition reform measures passed into law several years ago, and they hope new legislation being drafted by House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Mac Thornberry (R-TX) will do something to break up the bureaucratic logjam.

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Defense officials are facing an uphill battle to convince Capitol Hill they've made the right choice in seeking to retire a nuclear-powered, Nimitz-class aircraft carrier more than two decades before the end of its life expectancy.

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The Navy earlier this month issued a request for information to identify contractors capable of providing ground-based training for the service's new training helicopter, dubbed TH-XX, according to a Federal Business Opportunities notice.

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April 15, 2019

The chief of the Air Force's weapons portfolio is surveying industry options for a Next-Generation Aerial Target that mimics adversaries' newer technology.

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The Army said late Friday it has awarded KBR, Vectrus, Fluor and a PAE-Parsons team spots on the latest incarnation of its Logistics Civil Augmentation Program, known as LOGCAP V.

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The head of the Air Force's National Security Space Launch enterprise says he's confident there are “multiple providers” that can meet the requirements to support its Launch Services Procurement strategy.

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The Navy is widening its Next Generation Land Attack Weapon analysis of alternatives, releasing to industry a request for information about a separate analysis to develop the next increment of its air-launched, anti-surface missile, according to an April 12 Federal Business Opportunities notice.

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April 12, 2019

The Army has begun deploying a new prototype Long-Range Persistent Surveillance passive sensor developed to meet urgent needs from commanders in Europe, the Pacific and U.S. Central Command, launching a two-year campaign to provide improved capability to detect enemy cruise missiles, aircraft as well as unmanned aircraft systems.

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The Defense Department is in the midst of a new six-month independent cost estimate of the Air Force's Ground Based Strategic Deterrent program, a multibillion dollar effort to replace the service's Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles.

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April 11, 2019

Senators from across the political spectrum flexed their oversight powers today when they questioned Pentagon leaders on their latest initiative to establish a new service that will defend against threats in space.

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The Pentagon's research and engineering directorate confirmed today it is effectively severing ties with an independent group of scientists known as JASON, as the Defense Department says it makes “economic sense” to end a studies program that cost about $35 million over the past five years.

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A full-rate production decision for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle is slated for May, according to the Navy’s acquisition chief.

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