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December 19, 2019

The Army has hired artificial intelligence company C3.ai to apply "predictive maintenance" to the service's Apache and Black Hawk helicopters, as the Defense Innovation Unit recently struck a production deal with the Silicon Valley firm to potentially scale the technology across the Defense Department’s aircraft fleets to reduce unscheduled maintenance.

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LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, CA -- The Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center is developing a strategy to cut in half the time it takes to field a new satellite through commonality, digital engineering and model-based systems engineering concepts.

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The Air Force is preparing to move "expeditiously and judiciously" to stand up the Space Force as soon as President Trump signs the fiscal year 2020 defense policy bill at a ceremony scheduled for Friday evening.

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The U.S. Court of Federal Claims has ordered the Army to file a status report by Feb. 7 on its progress as the service plans to reopen the Logistics Civil Augmentation Program V procurement.

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Air Force Global Strike Command activated Detachment 7 on Wednesday to ensure a fast developmental and operational testing schedule for the service’s four new MH-139As -- the Huey replacement helicopters that will provide security and transportation for the service's intercontinental ballistic missile mission.

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Air Force Global Strike Command activated Detachment 7 on Wednesday to ensure a fast developmental and operational testing schedule for the service’s four new MH-139As -- the Huey replacement helicopters that will provide security and transportation for the service’s intercontinental ballistic missile mission.

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Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord this week signed a statement of intent for the Pentagon to pursue specific defense technology and trade projects with India, including the areas of lightweight small arms, air-launched small unmanned aircraft systems, and intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance systems.

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Congressional appropriators are calling on the Defense Department to craft an integrated overhead persistent infrared architecture strategy due to concerns about overlap among programs managed by the Air Force, Missile Defense Agency and Space Development Agency.

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The chief executive of Leidos says the company is seeking to “go very slow” in integrating Dynetics, which it announced yesterday it will buy for $1.65 billion.

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December 18, 2019

The Air Force this week is spearheading a project with the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and industry entrepreneurs to emulate the kind of rapid software and hardware development pioneered by Silicon Valley start-ups in a bid to incubate Joint All Domain Command and Control -- an envisioned technical backbone to link sensors and shooters across air, land and sea.

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The Navy has canceled two prize challenges for its Marine Air Ground Task Force Unmanned Expeditionary program so the service can re-evaluate requirements.

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Congressional appropriators want to allow the Navy to source certain ship components from foreign vendors for the service's new frigate, but have set a time line for when those parts must be domestically produced.

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LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, CA -- The Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center is developing a strategy to cut in half the time it takes to field a new satellite through commonality, digital engineering and model-based systems engineering concepts.

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December 17, 2019

Leidos said today it has agreed to acquire privately owned and Huntsville, AL-based Dynetics for $1.65 billion in cash.

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Congressional appropriators are directing the Navy to perform an evaluation of its ship maintenance backlog.

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The compromise fiscal year 2020 defense spending bill includes $100 million for the Pentagon to establish a Joint Hypersonics Transition Office, marking a win for Indiana lawmakers who have pushed for the office to oversee a university consortium tasked with accelerating the development of hypersonic technologies and systems.

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Congressional appropriators claim the Air Force is making a habit of transferring large sums of Overseas Contingency Operations flying hour funding to pay for other OCO needs, writing in a report accompanying their compromise fiscal year 2020 defense spending bill that the service has shifted nearly $1.3 billion in the last two years.

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House and Senate lawmakers are backing plans for a new Ground-based Interceptor by adding more than $100 million for homeland defense interceptor development in fiscal year 2020. At the same time, they are qualifying support offered in September by Senate appropriators for the Next Generation Interceptor program, imposing additional oversight on the proposed new-start project.

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Congressional appropriators are supporting the Navy's plans to buy two prototype unmanned surface vessels, but barred the service from initially pursuing conceptual designs that include a vertical launch system.

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Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Mike Griffin has established a Defense Science Board task force to study the resiliency of the current GPS constellation and recommend architecture changes over the next 10 years that will improve the Defense Department's ability to "deny and confound" other space-based positioning, navigation and timing systems.

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