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August 07, 2019

The Defense Department has awarded Lockheed Martin a $405 million contract to re-purpose a Navy rocket designed for submarine launch for use by the Army to give ground forces the means to fire a hypersonic glide body, marking a major development by the Pentagon to ready a new class of ultra-fast conventional weapons to strike high-priority targets in the open salvos of a major fight.

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The Army is taking a second look at some of the program cuts driven by its $25 billion "Night Court" budget review, including that of the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle.

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August 06, 2019

The Pentagon's acquisition organization has established a chief information security office to lead efforts aimed at protecting sensitive data related to the Defense Department’s weapon systems and critical infrastructure.

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Government negotiators from the United States and Israel are finalizing contract terms for the Army to purchase two Iron Dome batteries from state-owned Israeli defense contractors, an approximate two-month delay that nevertheless will not impede service plans to meet the Oct. 1, 2020 fielding goal, according to an Army official.

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TransDigm Group executives today said a new Defense Department inspector general audit underway will likely yield the same results as a previous review.

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The Navy has once again increased its procurement objective for the Standard Missile-6, taking the program's total cost up by nearly $2.8 billion as the Pentagon gears up for a period of great power competition.

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August 05, 2019

The estimated price tag for the Defense Department's roster of big-ticket weapons projects has grown to more than $2 trillion, an increase of $101 million compared to last year as the U.S. military prepares for great power competition with China and Russia, laying plans for more missiles, ships and aircraft.

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Defense Secretary Mark Esper has directed a "comprehensive zero-based review" of all defense functions and activities, beginning with a kickoff meeting on Saturday, according to a new memo.

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The Presidential Aircraft Replacement program will cost $5.2 billion, the Pentagon revealed last week, roughly $500 million more than the $4.6 billion Air Force estimate for the pair of new highly modified Boeing 747-8s presented to Congress in March -- and a year after President Trump claimed White House negotiations saved more than $1.4 billion on the VC-25B development contract.

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August 02, 2019

The Air Force's National Security Space Launch program costs have grown $4.1 billion since last December, due largely to new investment in rocket system development, according to a summary of the program's Selected Acquisition Report.

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A Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency program that laid the foundation for planning and execution of cyber operations is now being transitioned to the Air Force.

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If Congress does not approve a reprogramming request sent by the Army, the service's aviation training could suffer, according to an official.

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Congressional defense committees recently approved the second half of a reprogramming request for the Marine Corps' new heavy-lift helicopter program.

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F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program costs grew in the first quarter of fiscal year 2019, according to a new selected acquisition report, which reflects a $25 billion increase in base year 2012 dollars, driven largely by a refined Block 4 cost estimate and new sustainment cost projections.

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The Navy can lower the cost of conducting distributed operations by utilizing autonomous systems for logistics, according to the service's acquisition chief.

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The official overseeing directed-energy research for the Air Force has a new effort to step up artificial intelligence applications and develop virtual reality capabilities for warfighter training.

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The Navy's chief engineer is preparing to solicit industry for a wide range of applications it can develop to monitor shipboard components, one effort that is part of a broader six-year, programmatic rollout to replace the service's legacy shipboard monitoring system.

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August 01, 2019

The Army has awarded a contract to Kord Technologies of Huntsville, AL, teamed with competing subcontractors Northrop Grumman and Raytheon, to build a directed-energy prototype for the Maneuver-Short Range Air Defense project, the service announced today.

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NEWPORT, RI -- The Navy plans to observe more than 70 new technologies that aim to bolster undersea security at naval ports and ranges as part of the 2019 Advanced Naval Technology Exercise, a rolling event that began earlier this year and will culminate this month with a two-day exercise designed to both showcase technologies as well as incubate collaboration and innovation among industry, academia and the U.S. military.

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The Center for Army Analysis in the next couple of weeks will begin a study of the service's strategic fires portfolio at the direction of the long-range precision fires cross-functional team.

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