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January 10, 2021

The Navy is advancing plans for integrating a long-range hypersonic strike weapon into the DDG-1000 Zumwalt-class destroyer fleet and, as part of the effort, is also eyeing a next-generation vertical launch system -- able to accommodate larger missiles than the currently fielded Mk41 -- for its follow-on to the DDG-51, the Large Surface Combatant.

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The Marine Corps is likely to test-fire a missile from a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock within the next year, Maj. Gen. Tracy King, the service's director of expeditionary warfare, told reporters Friday.

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January 08, 2021

The Pentagon expects to finalize joint requirements for four major areas underpinning a new "Joint Warfighting Concept" by late spring, according to a top military official.

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SpaceX and L3Harris have resumed work on the Space Development Agency's Tracking Layer Tranche 0 satellite development contracts after a series of protests put the companies' contracts on hold and led the agency to reevaluate bids.

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January 07, 2021

The Army today released the recently approved, counter-small unmanned aircraft system strategy to direct the Defense Department's C-sUAS activities in a variety of operating environments.

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Air Force Chief Software Officer Nicolas Chaillan has demanded a heightened defense posture following the recent massive SolarWinds breach and warns the service is bound to be a major target for cyberattacks in the years ahead.

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January 06, 2021

The Missile Defense Agency has delayed by more than three months plans to publish a solicitation to formally commence a competition for a Regional Glide Phase Weapon System, pushing the launch date until early April to begin a project that is expected to produce a two-way, 18-month competition to develop a prototype hypersonic defense interceptor.

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The Navy needs to increase its presence in the arctic as Russia and China will seek to assert power in the region, according to the Navy's new Arctic strategy, released Tuesday.

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A new Defense Department instruction makes official a concept DOD officials have been increasingly beating the drum over the past several years: cybersecurity is critical to all aspects of defense acquisitions.

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Committee chairmanships are on the line as the results of two run-off Senate elections in Georgia indicate the Democratic party is close to claiming a majority in Congress that will be led by President-elect Biden from the White House.

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January 05, 2021

The head of U.S. Strategic Command moved to bat down suggestions that the Minuteman III -- the Air Force's aging intercontinental ballistic missile -- can be upgraded to remain in service longer than currently planned in order to free up funds the Pentagon wants to allocate to a replacement: the estimated $85 billion Ground Based Strategic Deterrent program.

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The Space and Missile Systems Center anticipates delays to new Space Enterprise Consortium solicitations as the Space Force continues its review of the incoming consortium manager, the National Security Technology Accelerator, in light of a recent Texas court decision involving the company.

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January 04, 2021

The Navy has awarded contracts to three companies for Information Warfare Research Project prototype production.

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The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is in discussions with several military organizations to eventually take over its Gremlins drone program, but recent setbacks have delayed any transition to 2023 at the earliest.

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The Missile Defense Agency has secured a more than $200 million boost for the Standard Missile-3 Block IIA interceptor in fiscal year 2021, partially satisfying its No. 1 unfunded requirement that will be roughly divided between the Aegis guided missile's development and procurement accounts.

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December 31, 2020

GM Defense hopes to grow further after it won its first major Army contract in June, Jeff Ryder, the company's vice president for growth and strategy, said during an interview with Inside Defense earlier this month.

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The Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System program will soon begin testing a new key engine component and install updated pylons on the E-8C aircraft as part of a broader effort to mitigate the 1960s-era jet's many sustainment challenges.

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December 30, 2020

In the coming year, the Biden administration is likely to face multiple defense-related challenges and complications, particularly as it grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on the economy.

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December 29, 2020

The Navy has released a request for proposals for design, development and fabrication of the Large Displacement Unmanned Undersea Vehicle.

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The commander of Army Futures Command is directing Team Ignite to prioritize artificial intelligence, autonomy and robotics this year, according to a service official.

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