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June 10, 2021

The Missile Defense Agency has provided Congress a $367 million wish list to finance eight projects above and beyond the agency's $8.9 billion fiscal year 2022 budget request, additional undertakings that -- if funded -- would increase Standard Missile-3 Block IIA and Terminal High Altitude Area Defense interceptor procurement, hypersonic defense funding and support a project to better defend the National Capital Region from cruise missile attack.

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The Air Force is progressing toward a down-select decision for the B-52 Commercial Engine Replacement Program, with plans to award a contract in September following a technical risk assessment and cost estimate review this summer.

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June 09, 2021

The Pentagon is readying to launch in the next couple of weeks an examination of the mix of missile defense capabilities the Biden administration believes the U.S. military requires, but it's not clear yet whether the final product will be a stand-alone volume or folded into a larger defense strategic assessment, a senior official told lawmakers today.

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The Army has sent Congress a legislative proposal asking to use a multiyear contract to buy UH/HH-60M Black Hawk helicopters beginning next fiscal year that could produce significant savings for the service.

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The head of the bi-national North American Aerospace Defense Command has outlined for Congress a trio of unfunded fiscal year 2022 elevated sensor projects aimed at improving the U.S. and Canada's ability to defend domestic targets against advanced Russian and Chinese subsonic and hypersonic cruise missiles as well as maritime surface threats.

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The Army has asked Congress to slow the pace at which the service must purchase and field the Indirect Fire Protection Capability Increment 2, the cruise missile defense system that would interface with the rest of the military's network and radars.

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Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will begin personally overseeing joint experimentation and prototyping following recommendations from the China Task Force, according to senior defense officials.

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June 08, 2021

U.S. Southern Command, in its fiscal year 2022 unfunded priorities list, is asking for $40.2 million to fund Army intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities, according to a memo obtained by Inside Defense.

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New Navy fiscal guidance obtained by Inside Defense calls for the service to stop funding the development of a sea-launched nuclear cruise missile, calls for a new infrastructure plan and states the service cannot afford to develop next-generation air, surface and subsurface programs at the same time.

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The ranking member on the House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee said today he thinks the service should restructure or recompete its contract with Boeing for the KC-46 tanker.

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The Navy has launched a new effort to improve the reliability and sustainability of the Littoral Combat Ship, identifying 32 key reliability issues across the two LCS variants.

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U.S. Space Command's $67 million fiscal year 2022 unfunded priorities list would boost space protection and rapid prototyping and experimentation efforts and help the command reach full operational capability.

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The Air Force has not finalized a new schedule for the Air Force One replacement program, but the service's top weapons buyer told lawmakers today Boeing has projected at least a one-year delay.

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The Navy is planning to outfit each of its three DDG-1000 destroyers with a dozen long-range hypersonic strike missiles, eyeing a new cold-launch system for the Zumwalt-class ship as part of a new plan to arm by 2025 a surface ship rather than a nuclear-powered guided missile submarine with the Conventional Prompt Strike weapon.

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A new report from the Government Accountability Office warns that delays to the Next Generation GPS Operational Control Segment could have a longer-term impact on development of a follow-on ground segment and the operational availability of future GPS IIIF satellites.

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Despite an updated cost assessment that forecasts a two-year delay to the launch of the Next-Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared System's first Block 0 geosynchronous satellite, the program appears to still be working toward a fiscal year 2025 launch date, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

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Army leaders might have to consider allocating a greater share of funding to research and procurement in future years if the service does not receive a higher topline budget to complete its modernization programs, a senior official told lawmakers June 7.

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June 07, 2021

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley are slated to appear before Congress this week to justify the fiscal year 2022 defense budget, which would cut procurement by $8 billion and divest some existing weapon systems in favor of new investments in emerging technology.

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The Navy's unmanned MQ-25 program completed its first-ever refueling from an unmanned tanker to a manned receiver aircraft, an F/A-18 Super Hornet, Friday, the service announced.

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June 04, 2021

The Defense Department's acquisition and sustainment directorate is in the early days of measuring whether new reforms are improving the department's notoriously outdated software development practices, with an initial 18 programs now using the new procedures, according to a DOD official.

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