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April 11, 2019

The Government Accountability Office is raising concerns about the Pentagon lacking a detailed plan for taking over the federal background investigations mission later this year, as the Defense Department seeks a big budget boost for the organization assuming the responsibility.

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology is reworking the way it presents guidelines on securing defense-related controlled unclassified information in order to avoid strapping contractors with redundant requirements, according to a senior NIST official.

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COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- Air Force acquisition chief Will Roper will meet with senior leaders next week to discuss the importance of a standalone $623 million reprogramming request for the Next-Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared program -- one of the service’s top space modernization efforts.

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April 10, 2019

The Navy will award the next low-rate initial production contract for the Marine Corps’ new heavy lift helicopter in the “coming weeks,” according to the service’s acquisition chief.

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The reorganization Leidos unveiled at the beginning of the year separated the company's defense and intelligence groups, reenergizing both units and giving both better customer focus, according to the contractor's chief executive.

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Gen. John Hyten, head of U.S. Strategic Command and the presumptive next vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has singled out the fledgling Space Sensor Layer project as a modernization priority in a letter to lawmakers, a move that comes as fissures are showing among Pentagon leaders about the best approach to developing a new low-earth orbit constellation.

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COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- The head of the new Space Development Agency said this week he plans to spend the next five months refining the architecture for a new proliferated low-earth orbit constellation and will issue initial requests for information to industry as soon as this summer.

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Congress recently approved the Pentagon’s request to shift $600 million from Pakistan security support to the Air Force and Marine Corps so the two services can begin fixing bases damaged during hurricanes.

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A Defense Department investigation has found no conflicts of interest tainted the integrity of the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure acquisition, and DOD has identified proposals from Amazon and Microsoft as the only two bids in the "competitive range" eligible to win the award, worth up to $10 billion.

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A Defense Department investigation has found no conflicts of interest tainted the integrity of the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure acquisition, and DOD has identified just two companies within the "competitive range" to win the award, worth up to $10 billion.

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The Navy in February signed a $6.5 million contract with five companies to begin modeling and simulation efforts of Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, according to a Navy spokesman.

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A new commission is set to issue recommendations this year on how the U.S. national security apparatus should approach artificial intelligence, including a focus on how the government can work with industry to compete with China's “civil-military fusion” concept, according to the co-chair of the group. 

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April 09, 2019

House defense authorizers are questioning the roles and funding for U.S. special operations forces under the new National Defense Strategy, with a top Republican questioning whether the Pentagon is "truly building the force of the future."

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House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Mac Thornberry (R-TX), who had spearheaded a host of defense acquisition and business reforms in recent years, said today he is preparing to ink a bill targeting "bureaucratic foot-dragging" at the Pentagon to ensure those reforms are being implemented.

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The Missile Defense Agency has nearly completed work on the $2.1 billion in emergency spending projects awarded in late 2017 to counter threats from North Korea, according to a top Defense Department official, despite delays with marquee efforts in that missile defeat and defense enhancements package.

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The Air Force team tasked with supporting the stand-up of a Space Force has crafted an initial work plan that lays out a five-year roadmap to transition to a new military space service.

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The Navy will send Congress a legislative proposal to allow for a fifth assistant secretary position, according to the service's top civilian.

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The unit cost of the F-35A could go as low as $75 million in Lot 14 of low-rate initial production if the program can improve supply chain and production line performance, the head of the program recently told Inside Defense.

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An incremental upgrade to the Defense Department's air-launched, anti-surface missile is scheduled to achieve initial operational capability in fiscal year 2022, according to a Navy spokeswoman.

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April 08, 2019

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- As some in Congress put pressure on the Air Force to slow down its acquisition plan for the second phase of a major launch vehicle development and procurement competition, executives from Northrop Grumman and United Launch Alliance said today they support the service's plan to release a request for proposals this month and award future launches to two competitors next spring.

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