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November 13, 2019

The F-35 joint program office plans to “coalesce” by next September four lines of effort aimed at improving the jet’s troubled Autonomic Logistics Information System and is crafting a detailed plan for how to implement the redesigned ALIS.

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A senior Navy official today said he “hopes” the service will have another cybersecurity readiness review to redeem itself following a largely critical March 2019 report commissioned by the Navy secretary.

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The three variants of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter are “breaking more often” and “taking longer to fix,” according to the Pentagon’s top weapons tester.

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The Defense Department plans to update the cost estimate for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent in late spring of next year, setting the stage for a potential major recalibration of the price tag for the new ballistic missile program that generated a pair of valuations in 2017 that varied by more than $20 billion.

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The head of the F-35 joint program office revealed today that a dispute between the government and prime contractor Lockheed Martin over intellectual property rights -- which has driven delays integrating the jet into a new Joint Simulation Environment -- is currently under protest and awaiting a decision from the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals.

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NATO officials will discuss fifth-generation telecommunications this week in Washington, as U.S. officials press European nations to bar Chinese companies like Huawei from the buildout of their 5G networks.

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November 12, 2019

Air Force acquisition chief Will Roper told reporters today he expects the service will have a difficult time defending its fiscal year 2021 budget request, largely because it recommends shifting billions of dollars from legacy platforms to a digital infrastructure Congress may not be ready to embrace.

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A high-level Pentagon task force has compiled a list of critical technologies and programs as part of the Defense Department’s efforts to ensure its contractors better protect vital military information from being stolen by competitor nations like China.

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The Pentagon's "defend forward" cyber strategy was the focus of lively discussion by an American Bar Association panel of national security lawyers late last week, who described the more active approach to countering foreign adversaries as a response to a failed U.S. deterrence posture -- which is also forcing a rethinking of key international norms and the relationship between the military and private sector in defending critical national functions.

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November 11, 2019

The Pentagon is finalizing an assessment on how to best integrate the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter into the ballistic missile defense system after the aircraft tracked a pair of interceptors during a key test earlier this year, according to a Missile Defense Agency official.

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The Air Force Research Lab has finished a round of counter-drone testing that featured five directed-energy weapons that management officials are considering for a possible program of record.

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The Defense Department is preparing to review its decades-old policy for paying contractors, including a look at how potential changes might impact the profits of defense companies.

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November 08, 2019

The Defense Department's acquisition office has released its much-anticipated latest draft of a cybersecurity certification program for contractors, focusing on the most basic security controls while work continues on requirements for securing the most critical data and systems from "advanced persistent threats."

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An influential Air Force advisory panel has concluded that an alternative intelligence enterprise  derived in part from data fused from open sources could provide a new way to locate, identify and attack targets in highly contested environments, according to an abstract of a new study by the group. 

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The Air Force expects to complete fleetwide retrofits to the KC-46 tanker’s cargo locking system by March 2020, the program office confirmed this week.

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The Army's assured positioning, navigation and timing cross-functional team is looking to bring a new "deep-sensing" capability to the force to aid multidomain operations and long-range precision fires.

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The Air Force will test whether an F-22 and F-35 can communicate via a secure data link during a demonstration that’s expected to occur in December, according to a senior official.

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November 07, 2019

The Pentagon's independent cost estimators have pared back forecasted savings the Navy can expect to realize under a multiyear procurement of Virginia-class submarines from $2.5 billion to $1.8 billion, giving the planned 2019 deal the most anemic cost avoidance package achieved through a block buy in the program's two decades of consolidated purchases.

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The Pentagon's acquisition office is seeking industry input on establishing an accreditation body for third-party auditors as part of a cybersecurity certification program for contractors, expected to be rolled out in some form next year.

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The National Nuclear Security Administration has already begun rebalancing its internal projects in response to the ongoing continuing resolution that keeps federal funding at fiscal year 2019 levels, according to a senior Energy Department official.

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