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June 04, 2021

The Pentagon today announced it would begin implementation of the new Joint All-Domain Command and Control framework, which is intended to guide the development and acquisition of emerging technologies and communications systems to connect sensors from all the military services into a single network.

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The head of Air Force Materiel Command said today the reason for the service's proposed 50% cut to the Advanced Battle Management System is a refined strategy that focuses on delivering incremental capability to the field at a more regular cadence.

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The Air Force Research Laboratory will soon release a solicitation for the Rocket Cargo program, its newest Vanguard effort, seeking opportunities to leverage commercial testing and demonstration plans as it develops a business case and concept of operations for future point-to-point rocket cargo transport.

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The Biden administration's FY-22 budget, released last week, is facing bipartisan pushback from lawmakers who believe it does not pave the way for the Navy to grow at the needed rate to counter China.

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The Space Force this week sent Congress an $832 million unfunded priorities list that includes a range of sustainment, infrastructure, resiliency and technology development efforts meant advance to the "Space Force of the Future."

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June 03, 2021

The Pentagon is using its new fifth-generation wireless technology test sites at military bases across the country to implement supply chain risk management practices that could potentially guide how the Defense Department and other agencies approach the security of networking products and services.

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The Army's team in charge of upgrading its tactical network is requesting $2.7 billion in fiscal year 2022, a $537 million increase from last year for one of the service's top modernization priorities.

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The Biden administration is proposing a fiscal year 2022 budget that would accelerate hypersonic weapon technology projects, endorsing a plan crafted during the Trump administration that includes establishing two new-start hypersonic cruise missile programs -- one in the Air Force, one in the Navy -- to complement current Pentagon boost-glide vehicle projects in an effort to field an entire family of ultra-fast, maneuvering strike and counter-strike capabilities this decade.

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The Space Development Agency's $936.7 million budget request is largely in line with last year's projections, but includes its first procurement funding line, which would fund the launch of Tranche 0 satellites by the end of fiscal year 2022.

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The chief executives of some of the largest defense contractors said this week they are optimistic about the Pentagon budget request issued last week -- but cautioned the numbers are likely to change.

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June 02, 2021

The Army is proposing $300 million in fiscal year 2022 for the Long Range Hypersonic Weapon development effort, a 40% reduction compared to $526 million the service previously projected it would require in FY-22.

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Funding for the Next Generation Combat Vehicle Cross-Functional Team's programs was mostly preserved in the fiscal year 2022 budget request released May 28 by the Biden administration, especially for programs that are still in development.

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The Pentagon is seeking increased funding for a new software budgeting activity in fiscal year 2022, including the addition of the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center's research and development budget as well as the Navy's massive Next Generation Enterprise Network program.

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The Navy has requested $5.2 million in fiscal year 2022 to start design and development work on a Nuclear-Armed Sea-Launched Cruise Missile, despite concern from congressional Democrats about the program.

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The Air Force's fiscal year 2022 budget request reveals the addition of a fourth Vanguard program -- an effort to use commercial reusable space launch technology to quickly transport cargo around the globe.

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The Navy's top unfunded priority for fiscal year 2022 is procuring a second DDG-51 destroyer for $1.6 billion, according to documents obtained by Inside Defense.

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The Army has sent Congress a $4.4 billion unfunded priorities list for fiscal year 2022 that includes money for the Future Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System effort and the Chinook helicopter, according to documents obtained by Inside Defense.

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The Army wants to cut its spending on 155 mm artillery rounds to $174 million in fiscal year 2022, down from the $306.3 million Congress appropriated for FY-21.

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June 01, 2021

The Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps have sent Congress unfunded priorities lists worth $17 billion, according to documents obtained by Inside Defense.

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The Air Force's $4.2 billion unfunded priorities list includes $1.3 billion for 12 more F-15EX aircraft and $360 million for F-35 Joint Strike Fighter sustainment.

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