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October 03, 2019

The Marine Corps is charting its new path forward for a period of great power competition with the understanding that defense budgets will remain stagnant or decrease, according to the service’s top officer.

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The head of the Section 809 panel says Congress will peel back the Defense Department’s ability to use other transaction agreements if it doesn’t reign in the “abuse” of such agreements.

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The Air Force Research Lab wants to establish a new management structure that oversees the vanguard effort intended to transition mature technologies into programs of record.

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L3Harris Technologies expects to complete a preliminary design review for an experimental Navigation Technology Satellite that will serve as a pathfinder for new GPS capabilities and potentially an augmentation platform for the constellation.

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Three of the largest defense industry associations are raising questions about the Pentagon's new cybersecurity certification, including concerns about the "aggressive" implementation time line and the lack of clarity on how the protections will be applied across different programs and suppliers.

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October 02, 2019

A Pentagon decision to transition the Standard Missile-3 Block IIA interceptor from development to production is "imminent," according to a Raytheon executive, a milestone that could allow the ballistic missile defense project to tap more than $450 million in production orders that have been on ice pending resolution of technical questions by Defense Department brass about the new interceptor.

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U.S. Transportation Command has begun work on a follow-up to last year's mobility capability requirements study that will have a broader scope than the 2019 analysis and will consider what forces are needed to support the National Defense Strategy.

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Bell unveiled its proposal for the Future Armed Reconnaissance Aircraft, the 360 Invictus, yesterday at its headquarters in Arlington, VA.

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October 01, 2019

The Air Force this week awarded United Launch Alliance two major fixed-price launch mission support contracts that represent the last remnants of a sole-sourced block-buy deal and, the service says, brings it into compliance with a fiscal year 2016 congressional requirement that it eliminate its practice of awarding cost-plus incentive contracts for mission support.

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The Air Force has indefinitely delayed an effort to update the RQ-4 Global Hawk's communications network and is "in the process of assessing and realigning resources" for the unmanned aerial vehicle program's many development projects.

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The Navy yesterday announced a contract modification to Lockheed Martin worth up to $1.2 billion for production of submarine-launched ballistic missiles for the United States and United Kingdom.

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The Navy is restructuring several high-level acquisition directorates alongside the recent establishment of a new senior civilian position for sustainment, according to a memo obtained by Inside Defense.

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The Small Business Administration's advocacy office is urging the Defense Department to subject its draft cybersecurity certification program to a formal notice-and-comment rulemaking process, warning the complexity and costs of the plan could undermine the Pentagon's contracting goals.

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In the latest move to field an industry team to support efforts to rapidly prototype a ground-launched hypersonic glide vehicle, the Army has selected General Atomics to support flight test execution of the Long Range Hypersonic Weapon.

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September 30, 2019

The Navy's new chief information officer says one of his top priorities will be ensuring prime contractors help the Pentagon hold subcontractors accountable for cybersecurity.

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Congress has approved the Air Force's request to reprogram $160 million to support the Next-Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared program's accelerated schedule, which aims to deliver an initial satellite by 2025.

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House Energy and Commerce Committee members last week defended the jurisdiction of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the Federal Communications Commission over 5G issues with security implications, amid what the lawmakers see as expansive Defense Department efforts on fifth-generation network applications and a greater role managing finite spectrum resources.

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House Energy and Commerce Committee members last week defended the jurisdiction of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the Federal Communications Commission over 5G issues with security implications, amid what the lawmakers see as expansive Defense Department efforts on fifth-generation network applications and a greater role managing finite spectrum resources.

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September 27, 2019

The Pentagon inspector general is reviewing a request from lawmakers to investigate what role defense officials may have played in delaying military aid to Ukraine, a controversy at the heart of an impeachment inquiry against President Trump.

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A federal district judge has suggested he may rule against the U.S. government in a case challenging the constitutionality of a federal ban on purchases of products by China-based tech giant Huawei, in explaining why the Justice Department needs to file an additional brief on a core question in the dispute -- the Constitution's prohibition on a "bill of attainder."

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