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December 17, 2020

Israel and prime contractor Rafael yesterday completed a successful test of the country’s billion-dollar, U.S. government-subsidized short-range missile defense system against a cruise missile.

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Unmanned systems will take time to develop, but then move faster than many anticipate, Navy acquisition executive Hondo Geurts said Wednesday.

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Bell's offering for the Army's Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft hit 200 flight hours this month since its first flight three years ago, a company official told Inside Defense yesterday.

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After a successful demonstration this fall, the F-35 Joint Program Office is negotiating an installation plan to integrate the new Operational Data Integration Network at operational sites, beginning in late 2021.

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December 16, 2020

After spending most of 2020 defining its structure, leadership and warfighting doctrine, the head of the Space Force said this week the new service's second year will focus more on integration -- with the joint community, industry, international partners and within the broader space acquisition enterprise.

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Israel and prime contractor Rafael yesterday completed a successful test of the country’s billion-dollar, U.S. government-subsidized short-range missile defense system against a cruise missile.

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Unmanned systems will take time to develop, but then move faster than many anticipate, Navy acquisition executive Hondo Geurts said Wednesday.

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As the incoming Biden administration announces its nominees for top roles, Pentagon observers say contractors should watch for some changed priorities -- but that supply chain policy will likely continue to be a focus.

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The Air Force made a significant breakthrough in advancing human-machine teaming Tuesday when an artificial intelligence algorithm operated a U-2 Dragon Lady's sensor and navigation systems during a flight demonstration -- the first time AI has controlled any part of an aircraft in U.S. military history.

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Lawmakers have declined to authorize funding for the Missile Defense Agency's proposal to add new layers to the homeland ballistic missile defense architecture -- a centerpiece of the agency's new modernization plan -- instead directing the Pentagon to provide detailed justifications for its vision to bolster the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system with the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense and the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense systems.

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December 15, 2020

The Army on Monday released a new strategy to modernize installations into "smart" platforms that support multidomain operations through advanced capabilities like artificial intelligence and 5G as the service warns of adversaries directly attacking bases in the United States.

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The Air Force has finished a round of record-breaking hypersonic weapons experiments with an air-breathing engine and is planning an initial flight demonstration of the boost-glide Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon later this month.

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The National Security Agency has issued new, non-public guidance to defense agencies and contractors in the wake of the ongoing SolarWinds supply chain cyberattack, while the Pentagon is reviewing whether the compromise affected its networks.

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The National Security Agency has issued new, non-public guidance to defense agencies and contractors in the wake of the ongoing SolarWinds supply chain cyberattack, while the Pentagon is reviewing whether the compromise affected its networks.

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President Trump has asserted several times he plans to veto the $740.5 billion defense authorization bill, which, according to the law, he must do by Dec. 23, positioning himself for a confrontation with Congress during the final weeks of his presidency.

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The Air Force's Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar program office expects to award at least one integration contract for the program's new rapid prototyping effort in February, after three companies demonstrated production-ready systems this summer.

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December 14, 2020

The U.S. State Department imposed sanctions on the Turkish government today after Ankara ignored the Trump administration's numerous appeals to reverse its 2018 purchase of the Russian S-400 air defense system.

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December 11, 2020

The Army would be forced to dial back modest end strength increases planned for the near-term in order to help finance a lame-duck proposal by the Trump administration to dramatically increase the size of the Navy fleet, a move that would shave 1,700 troops from a planned increase of 6,700 -- a 25% decrement between fiscal years 2021 and 2022.

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Three X-61A Gremlins drones failed to enter the proper position for mid-flight recovery during the program’s latest test, again delaying the long-awaited first demonstration of the signature airborne retrieval system to 2021, according to a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency press release Thursday.

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The Marine Corps has awarded BAE Systems a $184 million contract for 36 full-rate production Amphibious Combat Vehicles following the program's initial operational capability declaration last month.

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