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November 27, 2018

The Pentagon's contract obligations grew 13 percent between fiscal years 2015 and 2017 -- but the five largest defense contractors reaped most of that benefit, according to new analysis by the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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Senior Trump administration officials have described China's cyber aggressions as a "whole-of-government" campaign from Beijing, and in response the United States is putting in motion a range of policy options involving the Pentagon and economic and trade sanctions, as well as law enforcement actions, according to recently released strategy documents and reports.

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November 26, 2018

A top Pentagon official said an interim Treasury Department rule that has concerned some organizations, including BAE Systems, will go through a regulation-writing process over the next year.

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The Navy is turning to its trusted supplier for submarine-launched intercontinental ballistic missiles -- Lockheed Martin's Sunnyvale, CA, business unit -- to design, develop, build and integrate large rocket motors and missile bodies to support test flights of the service's hypersonic boost-glide vehicle program.

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November 22, 2018

The F-22 program office has developed a "recovery plan" to meet Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' mandate that the fifth-generation fighter achieve an 80 percent mission-capable rate by the end of fiscal year 2019.

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November 21, 2018

A recent Air Force notice requests airborne systems that autonomously process command-and-control data, a new example of the service's nascent search for material solutions that enable fast, complementary air, space and cyber combat planning.

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The Navy plans to use rapid prototyping and fielding acquisition authorities to develop and deliver a Next Generation Jammer-Low Band system, setting a 2024 target for the first operational pod on an EA-18G Growler -- a goal that requires setting a program baseline in July.

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The Marine Corps has started research on an Ultra-Light Tactical Vehicle for a possible fiscal year 2022 full-rate production decision.

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The Army is testing two non-developmental active protection systems on the Stryker vehicle and expects to begin fielding one of them in the third quarter of fiscal year 2021, according to a report sent last month to the congressional defense committees.

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The F-22 program's use of Section 804 rapid prototyping authority has led the program office to restructure two key upgrade efforts into an iterative, two-phased software delivery plan aimed at fielding more capability at a faster pace.

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The Office of Naval Research plans to award contracts by the end of December for the next-generation replacement of the Marine Corps' Light Armed Vehicle fleet and is considering industry proposals submitted this week that aim to inform requirements for an estimated $3 billion Armored Reconnaissance Vehicle program.

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The Army has reorganized one of its leading technology project management offices to instead focus on defensive cyber operations, responding to a growing need in that domain.

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November 20, 2018

BAE Systems and other organizations are urging the Treasury Department to clarify an interim rule expanding the scope of transactions overseen by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, as BAE argues the current rules could harm trusted, foreign-owned defense firms.

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The Navy plans to award a production contract for two low-rate initial production Unmanned Influence Sweep Systems in fiscal year 2019 following a planned milestone C decision, according to a Navy spokesman.

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The Navy spent over $1.5 billion in the last decade on attack submarines that could not be operationally deployed, according to a new study.

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A top defense budget analyst expects the added cost to create a Space Force or Space Corps could range from $1.5 billion to $2.7 billion over five years, depending on the scope of the new organization.

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The Defense Department has been forced to absorb nearly $540 billion in reductions to date from statutory spending caps imposed by the 2011 Budget Control Act, including a $200 billion cut to its weapons modernization account.

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The United States was “slow” to understand China’s military strategy, according to the top Marine Corps general in charge of the service’s combat development command.

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November 19, 2018

The Pentagon is preparing a smaller budget following the wishes of the White House, but senior officials -- as well as GOP defense hawks -- hope to convince President Trump to approve additional spending, despite his administration's new taste for fiscal restraint.

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November 17, 2018

The Air Force aims to install a new Air Staff member to oversee information warfare by the end of fiscal year 2019, the service's cyberspace strategy and policy director told Inside Defense Friday.

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