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November 30, 2018

DETROIT -- The director of the Army's Next Generation Combat Vehicle cross-functional team this week detailed initial plans to develop the Robotic Combat Vehicle.

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November 29, 2018

DETROIT -- The Army's team tasked with developing next-generation surface-to-surface weapons is considering how artificial intelligence could aid targeting and ensure economical distribution of effort in a fires attack.

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Following industry feedback, the Navy is moving away from its initial vision of a program that would produce one ship hull for five mission sets and is instead weighing using two or more designs.

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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL -- A small-business cybersecurity group funded under an Air Force contract has decided that forming an information-sharing and analysis organization, or ISAO, is crucial to its mission in developing cost-effective measures for defending against cyberattacks, a recommendation that is expected to be offered as a model for firms across the country.

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The former leader of the F-35 joint program office said Thursday that while he thinks the program's decision to transition to a continuous software development and delivery framework for Block 4 modernization was a good one, he has some concern about how that capability will be integrated across the fleet.

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The former leader of the F-35 joint program office said Thursday that while he thinks the program's decision to transition to a continuous software development and delivery framework for Block 4 modernization was a good one, he has some concern about how that capability will be integrated across the fleet.

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As the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency awards early contracts for a satellite architecture demonstration program that could change the way the Defense Department approaches resiliency in space, the agency is working closely with the Air Force and other Pentagon stakeholders to make sure a plan is in place to transition to a formal program once the concept is proven.

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As the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency awards early contracts for a satellite architecture demonstration program that could change the way the Defense Department approaches resiliency in space, the agency is working closely with the Air Force and other Pentagon stakeholders to make sure a plan is in place to transition to a formal program once the concept is proven.

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Pentagon spending on electronic-warfare research and development is projected to exceed $5 billion in fiscal year 2019 and to remain above $4 billion through FY-23, as the military continues to assess what technologies it needs to control the electromagnetic spectrum.

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The vice chairman of the joint chiefs of staff said this week he's cautiously optimistic that better interservice dialogue on how to address electronic warfare capability gaps will help the Pentagon gain some edge over Chinese and Russian technological advancements.

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The recently re-established U.S. 2nd Fleet will begin operational testing in February as it works toward final operational capability in 2019, according to the fleet's commander.

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DETROIT -- The Army's Training and Doctrine Command Analysis Center, called TRAC, tomorrow will transition to Futures Command's authority, the next of many organizational moves within the service as its fourth major command takes shape.

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The Army has awarded Oshkosh Defense a $1.7 billion contract to produce more than 6,000 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles and more than 22,000 associated vehicle kits -- the largest single order to date for the program that partially consolidates purchases for vehicles Congress funded over three years.

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The Navy is "likely" to stand up an independent review team to help oversee the production, testing, certification and long-term sustainability of the advanced weapons elevators bound for the Ford-class aircraft carriers, according to the Navy's top acquisition official. (UPDATED)

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November 28, 2018

Lofty goals in the Trump administration's National Defense Strategy were brought down to earth by a pair of Defense Department advisers, who told a Senate panel this week that a lack of funding will hinder execution of the plan, which deeply incorporates cybersecurity in the consideration of malign actions by nation-states and individuals.

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November 27, 2018

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-OK) has an ambitious list of priorities all built around a central line of effort -- increasing the defense budget, despite newly empowered Democrats and a White House looking for spending cuts to offset skyrocketing deficits.

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The Navy expects to decide whether it should pursue a two-aircraft-carrier buy of CVN-80 and CVN-81 by the end of next month, according to the service's top acquisition official.

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MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, VA -- The Marine Corps plans to conduct an urban warfare experiment in summer 2019 as part of its Sea Dragon 2025 effort.

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The Air Force should "substantially refocus" investments in its $2.6 billion science and technology portfolio to maintain  -- and in some cases regain -- technological advantage against potential adversaries, as well as develop new technologies needed to prevail in conflicts in the 2030s, according to a new advisory panel study.

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The opening bell has officially rung in Washington's latest round of arguments over national defense spending.

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