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August 01, 2019

The Air Force is in the midst of source selection for an effort aimed at developing a common, open architecture of aircraft simulators that could set the foundation for a future common simulation environment.

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While Congress appears poised to authorize some version of a Space Force or Space Corps, experts say the key to that new organization’s impact is in how the plan is implemented -- and one of the biggest challenges will be aligning capabilities owned by separate services under one organizing element.

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July 31, 2019

The Defense Department expects to stand up U.S. Space Command within the next few weeks, the deputy commander of U.S. Strategic Command told reporters today.

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WEST LAFAYETTE, IN -- The Defense Department is conducting a pair of assessments of the U.S. industrial base to identify potential weak links in its ability to ramp up hypersonic weapons production -- findings expected to help guide targeted government investment in manufacturing tools and space to ensure timely delivery of these new ultra-fast missiles.

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The Navy's decision to not conduct ashore testing for a critical new technology bound for aircraft carriers was driven by engineers deeming the design not to be "high risk," according to the senior officer nominated to become the next chief of naval operations.

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The Defense Department says the Space Development Agency's early efforts to study options for a future space architecture are now delayed after congressional lawmakers denied a $15 million reprogramming request to kick-start that work.

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WEST LAFAYETTE, IN -- The Defense Department is drafting a national science and technology investment strategy to support a recently codified Hypersonics Roadmap. The roadmap, spearheaded by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, seeks to efficiently coordinate Army, Navy, Air Force and Missile Defense Agency efforts to develop a new class of ultrafast offensive and defensive capabilities.

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July 30, 2019

An alteration to a multibillion-dollar contract for Joint Direct Attack Munition tail kits announced last month includes foreign military sales to Middle Eastern, European and Asian countries.

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July 29, 2019

Rep. John Ratcliffe's (R-TX) current claim to fame is a viral moment from last week's Mueller hearings, but the lawmaker selected to become the next director of national intelligence also would bring cybersecurity bona fides to the DNI role.

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Rep. John Ratcliffe's (R-TX) current claim to fame is a viral moment from last week's Mueller hearings, but the lawmaker selected to become the next director of national intelligence also would bring cybersecurity bona fides to the DNI role.

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The Army's "Night Court" process cut $25 billion from legacy weapon systems to spend more on emerging technologies, with $15 billion coming from program eliminations and reductions detailed in documents obtained by Inside Defense.

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July 26, 2019

A new Defense Department inspector general audit has found DOD agencies routinely failed to check whether defense contractors were protecting sensitive information on their networks with the required security controls.

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Republican lawmakers are imploring the Trump administration to delay the award of a massive enterprise cloud contract until the Defense Department inspector general investigates potential conflicts of interest, but DOD says it has already examined those allegations and found they did not affect the acquisition process.

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Northrop Grumman has retained its role as design agent for the AN/SPQ-9B, a rotating X-band radar on Ticonderoga-class cruisers, San Antonio-class landing transport docks and other large ships whose primary mission is to detect and track low-flying anti-ship missiles.

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Raytheon and United Technologies this week held a "joint kickoff" event for their integration process, according to a top Raytheon executive.

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July 25, 2019

Defense experts have diverging views on how the Air Force should move forward with its acquisition strategy for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent to mitigate fallout from Boeing's decision not to bid on the program.

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Northrop Grumman has retained its role as design agent for the AN/SPQ-9B, a rotating X-band radar on Ticonderoga-class cruisers, San Antonio-class landing transport docks and other large ships whose primary mission is to detect and track low-flying anti-ship missiles.

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Raytheon has taken steps to put "normal best practices" in place in its missile systems business unit, the company's chief executive said today.

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The opportunity for the Defense Department to pursue non-traditional acquisition strategies such as other transaction authorities is "closing," according to the Navy's assistant secretary for research, development and acquisition.

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July 24, 2019

Boeing has informed the Air Force it will not submit a bid for the service's intercontinental ballistic missile replacement program under the current acquisition strategy, a development that could narrow the competitive field to one company and hinder the Air Force's efforts to contain costs on the multibillion-dollar program.

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