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March 12, 2020

The Missile Defense Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers are determining how to proceed with delayed Aegis Ashore site in Poland, according to MDA's director, as they attempt a "carrot and stick approach" to get the contractor on track to complete construction by 2022, four years later than initially planned.

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The Defense Department is eyeing Raytheon's Standard Missile-6 as a counter-hypersonic interceptor, a weapon already effective against "advanced maneuvering threats" and now slated for a flight test against a hypersonic boost-glide target in fiscal year 2023.

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The Navy submitted a legislative proposal to lawmakers that would decouple authorities to buy used sealift ships contingent upon making progress towards designing and constructing a new class of auxiliary vessels, according to a senior Navy officer.


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The teams combing the Navy's future budgets to find billions in savings are considering eliminating 4th Fleet headquarters, consolidating four-star fleet staffs and sundowning program offices, according to Navy briefing slides obtained by Inside Defense.

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The Air Force's fiscal year 2021 budget proposal reorganizes the service's science and technology accounts -- a "significant reform" that will allow researchers to be more agile moving forward, according to service acquisition chief Will Roper.

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The Space Force plans to release details this summer on its new "transformational" approach to acquiring commercial satellite communications as a service.

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The Marine Corps is taking the lead in the pursuit of a ground-launched cruise missile, as it seeks to increase its reach for a potential fight in the vast Indo-Pacific region.

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March 11, 2020

Proponents of the Next-Generation Interceptor prevailed this week on the Joint Requirements Oversight Council to allow the new project to proceed, clearing the way for a top Pentagon board next week to conduct a final review and formally launch a competition for the new multibillion-dollar weapons project, sources said.

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The Pentagon is developing new "Technology Area Protection Plans" to prevent sensitive information about Defense Department research from being acquired by foreign governments like China, according to Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Mike Griffin.

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The Air Force has begun studying options to replace the MQ-9 Reaper and aims to identify a way forward in the fiscal year 2022 budget proposal, a senior official said yesterday.

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The Air Force is working with Northrop Grumman to determine whether technology developed as part of the canceled B-2 Defensive Management System Modernization program can be used for other Air Force applications.

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The Cyberspace Solarium Commission is recommending Congress direct the Defense Department to continuously evaluate the cybersecurity of its weapon systems, require defense contractors to participate in threat information sharing programs and re-assess the size of its Cyber Mission Force.

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March 10, 2020

The Marine Corps is moving toward a family of systems strategy for its Marine Air Ground Task Force Unmanned Expeditionary program that would include a land-based unmanned aerial system.

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The Navy does not expect to eliminate its shortfall of strike fighter aircraft until 2029 and a senior service official conceded today to lawmakers the gap could widen as a result of attrition before then.

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U.S. European Command has sent Congress a $312 million unfunded priorities list, according to a document obtained by Inside Defense.

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ORLANDO, FL -- The Air Force is striving to complete developmental testing for its new search-and-rescue helicopter, the HH-60W Jolly Green, by its original deadline of October -- even though the service won't be able to fully test all the aircraft's systems by then.

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Deputy Defense Secretary David Norquist said today major Pentagon "new-start" programs, including the Navy's Columbia-class submarine and the Army's new soldier night vision system, would be delayed should Congress pass a stopgap continuing resolution Oct. 1, rather than a regular budget for fiscal year 2021.

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Lockheed Martin and the Defense Department are hammering out terms for expanding the space surveillance capability of the Long Range Discrimination Radar, a planned major software upgrade that would improve the ability of the ballistic missile defense sensor to detect and track objects in orbit in the mid-2020s.

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Space Force Commander Gen. John Raymond will host a space architecture summit this week aimed at discussing the Defense Department's space-based missile warning and missile defense architecture.

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March 09, 2020

YUMA PROVING GROUND, AZ -- The Army on Friday tested the new platform for its Extended Range Cannon Artillery program, shooting two projectiles 65 kilometers to demonstrate the future long-range capability for multidomain battle.

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