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November 17, 2020

Navy Secretary Kenneth Braithwaite announced Tuesday that he wants to create a new 1st Fleet that would be based "in the crossroads between the Indian and Pacific Ocean."

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The top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee said today he is concerned that "political calculations" over renaming military bases currently honoring Confederate leaders, along with two U.S. Senate election runoffs in Georgia, are threatening to scuttle the annual defense policy bill that has passed for 59 consecutive years.

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A Standard Missile-3 Block IIA interceptor shot down an intercontinental ballistic missile target during a flight test over the Pacific Ocean last night, demonstrating the extended reach of a weapon originally designed for shorter-range regional threats and bolstering Pentagon plans to add a second layer of homeland defenses against a limited ICBM attack from North Korea and potentially Iran.

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The Army is calling for white papers on three capabilities it is asking industry to provide input for on its next integrated tactical network set, including moving away from the traditional tent-based command post to a vehicle-based command post.

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November 16, 2020

The Defense Department, which does not expect to pass a full financial audit for many years, has failed for the third year in row, but is making some progress, according to the Pentagon inspector general's office.

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The Navy needs to invest in submarine shipbuilding and work to increase industry capability for the submarine force to meet its full potential, a top Navy official said Monday.

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November 13, 2020

President Trump, after losing the election earlier this month, has pushed several senior officials, including the defense secretary, out of the Pentagon, replaced them with loyalists and sparked questions about the national security moves he might make as his administration draws to a close.

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The Army and Sikorsky are planning flight tests next year using UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters retrofitted with an artificial intelligence co-piloting software, company officials told reporters yesterday.

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A key congressional panel, concerned by a recent independent cost estimate for the Pentagon's marquee offensive hypersonic strike weapon, is moving to rein in plans for the Conventional Prompt Strike program by clipping Navy-requested procurement funding as well as resources sought for a Block 2 variant and blueprint efforts to integrate the two-stage booster and hypersonic glide vehicle into the Virginia-class submarine.

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The Navy successfully cut days of maintenance delay in fiscal year 2020 but will miss its goal to eliminate days of maintenance delay this fiscal year, Vice Adm. William Galinis, the commander of Navy Sea Systems Command, said Thursday.

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November 12, 2020

The Defense Department has named John Tenaglia principal director of defense pricing and contracting, while Kim Herrington, who had been acting in the role, has become director of industrial base acquisition portfolio management, according to a Pentagon spokeswoman.

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Senate appropriators have rejected the Pentagon's gambit to give the Space Development Agency funding control of the Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor project in a recommendation that appears set to end a bureaucratic turf skirmish and consolidate the Missile Defense Agency's role as the lead entity for the new orbiting technology project.

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Senate appropriators have joined a chorus of lawmakers who are rejecting the Air Force's proposal to shut down the MQ-9 Reaper acquisition program early and want to keep the production line open while also looking to accelerate development of low-cost, attritable aircraft that could transform future drone operations.

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Two senior House Progressive Caucus members are asking President-elect Biden to nominate a defense secretary who has not been previously employed as a defense contractor.

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The Space Force this week awarded Lockheed Martin a $258 million contract to develop a competing satellite payload prototype for the Evolved Strategic Satellite Communications program.

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The Army yesterday released a request for information to procure a Man-Portable Air Defense System-capable interceptor intended to replace the current Stinger system for its Maneuver-Short Range Air Defense program.

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A Missile Defense Agency signature project -- adding two "layers” to the homeland ballistic missile defense architecture by folding in the newest Aegis ballistic missile interceptor and a future variant of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense interceptor -- is on the ropes after lawmakers raised serious concern about the endeavor's maturity.

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November 11, 2020

The Senate Appropriations Committee does not support the Navy's request for two Large Unmanned Surface Vessels in fiscal year 2021, according to the panel's FY-21 defense spending bill released yesterday.

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New Senate spending legislation would let the Pentagon experiment with using a new category of appropriations to fund eight software development programs under a single budget activity.

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The Senate Appropriations Committee is concerned with the proliferation of the Defense Department's rapid prototyping programs and has approved additional funds for the Pentagon's chief weapons tester to increase oversight of them.

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