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February 07, 2019

The Air Force is considering measuring cybersecurity in its source-selection process for space programs, in the same way it might assess performance, cost or schedule, according to the service's acquisition executive.

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Although the Air Force has made significant progress reducing a gap in aircraft maintainers, a new report from the Government Accountability Office found the service continues to face a shortage of experienced personnel and lacks a strategy to retain its current workforce.

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February 06, 2019

The U.S. military's nuclear strategic deterrence fleet executed a "reliable" operational flight test last night over the Pacific Ocean when an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA, and flew its intended course, a second consecutive developmental test-launch success since a failure last summer.

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Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson today endorsed ratifying the Law of the Sea Treaty as a means to address Chinese aggression in the South China Sea, where Beijing has constructed platforms that could be used for military purposes.

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The Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle has moved into low-rate initial production, with the Army expecting to equip the first unit in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2021, according to the service.

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The former No. 2 official at U.S. Cyber Command this week buttressed the cybersecurity case against the global commercial expansion of Chinese information and communication technology, and suggested a need for requirements on the private sector in defending against the threat associated with Beijing.

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The Defense Department and intelligence community have not adequately resourced or utilized space testing infrastructure that would support more operationally representative threat simulation, according to a new report from the Pentagon's top weapons tester.

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The Army today officially announced plans to produce "a limited number" of Iron Dome air-defense systems, a move first reported by Inside Defense last month.

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February 05, 2019

The Pentagon's office for independent cost estimates has concluded the Navy's two-ship buy of the third and fourth Gerald Ford-class aircraft carriers will save $3.1 billion -- $900 million less than what the service touted last week following the contract award, a new Congressional Research Service report revealed.

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The Pentagon's effort to modernize the Afghan Air Force with UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters may lack trained pilots and maintenance personnel to operate the new aircraft, according to a bi-annual report submitted to Congress.

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The Defense Department's new air-launched, anti-surface missile will receive an "incremental upgrade" while the Pentagon finds a way forward on the second increment of the weapon system, which is now scheduled to achieve initial operational capability between fiscal years 2028 and 2030.

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The Air and Missile Defense Radar successfully tracked a ballistic missile target during a test last week in Hawaii, capping nearly two years of air and ballistic missile developmental tests during a milestone event for the $5.8 billion SPY-6 sensor, as the program is also called, built by Raytheon.

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A new Pentagon mobility study maintains previous fleet-size estimates, its unclassified summary offering almost no insight into the Air Force's plan to grow by 14 tanker squadrons and three strategic airlift squadrons over the next 10 years.

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February 04, 2019

The Pentagon wants to "aggressively" embrace cloud computing by moving the military services and defense agencies to the Defense Department's "general-purpose" cloud or designated "fit-for-purpose" environments, according to a newly published cloud strategy.

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The Pentagon's top weapons tester has deemed a key upgrade of the Joint Space Operations Center (JspOC) Mission System (JMS) is not operationally effective or suitable for its space situational awareness mission, a setback for the Air Force program which aims, among other things, to provide real-time alerts of hostile actions against U.S. satellites.

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The Pentagon expects to submit its fiscal year 2020 budget to Congress in March, more than a month later than previously planned because of delays driven by the longest federal shutdown in U.S. history, according to two government officials.

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The Pentagon's top weapons tester is recommending the Combat Rescue Helicopter program office adjust its schedule to allow for flight testing in an "operationally representative configuration."

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The Defense Department's fiscal year 2020 budget request will offer details on the Air Force's path forward for its light-attack aircraft program, after the service announced last month it has delayed plans to launch a formal competition for the effort.

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The Pentagon will as soon as March increase cybersecurity requirements for contractors working on "critical" technology programs.

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February 03, 2019

The Navy is conducting an updated force-structure assessment to keep pace with the new National Defense Strategy and expects the analysis to be completed this year, according to Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson.

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