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March 17, 2021

Top members of the House Appropriations defense subcommittee today voiced support for the Biden administration elevating climate change as a key national security topic and said the Defense Department should make investments to mitigate its vulnerabilities.

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The F-35 Joint Program Office and Lockheed Martin have created a software-focused integrated review team aimed at helping the program identify and implement agile development and delivery processes that will improve the quality and cadence of future software releases.

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March 16, 2021

The Army today released its Arctic strategy, which details how the service will train and equip forces to partner with its regional allies, including fielding a multidomain task force-enabled division and adjusting its Alaskan-based brigade combat teams.

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Shifting the Army's training to smaller formations could be an efficient way to both save money and increase readiness, Gen. James McConville, the service's chief of staff, said March 16.

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A group of 50 progressive House Democrats is asking President Biden to significantly cut the fiscal year 2022 defense budget rather than submit a "flat" request to Congress.

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The Army has not decided whether to hold separate competitions for subsystems on the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle, the service's program executive officer for ground combat systems said March 16.

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With an eye on China's huge naval fleet, the future of technology and possible flat defense budgets, the Navy and Marine Corps unveiled a plan today to expeditiously incorporate unmanned systems into the aviation, surface and subsurface fleets to keep up with the dynamic security landscape.

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A Senate missile defense proponent today called on colleagues to collectively urge Pentagon leaders to support the Next-Generation Interceptor program -- a project launched by the Trump administration -- that has largely completed the source-selection process to proceed with development but remains under review by the Biden administration.

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The Army is holding rehearsal of concept drills right now that will help the service make its modernization decisions and could potentially impact the fielding schedule of technologies, according to a service official.

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March 15, 2021

The Army expects some "non-traditional" companies to submit proposals for the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle, the Bradley fighting vehicle replacement, the director of the Next Generation Combat Vehicles Cross-Functional Team said March 15.

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The vice chair of the House Armed Services committee is calling for more information from the Navy on its recently released Battle Force 2045 shipbuilding plan.

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The Federal Communications Commission this week will vote on an order outlining how a key slice of spectrum currently set aside for military use will be opened to commercial, fifth-generation wireless networks.

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The chief executive of Vectrus said this month the company is optimistic it will be able to expand its work through the Army's Logistics Civil Augmentation program in the Indo-Pacific Command region, particularly with the Navy.

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Tabletop exercises conducted by the National Defense Industrial Association in coordination with Pentagon cyber certification leaders found areas of improvement are needed to clarify CMMC requirements for industry around operational technology and the marking of controlled unclassified information.

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March 12, 2021

House lawmakers signaled broad support today for recommendations from the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence on developing, attracting and retaining AI talent, while further probing the Defense Department’s digital shortcomings.

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Congress has voted to extend the Defense Department’s authority to reimburse defense contractors for COVID-19 pandemic-related costs, but lawmakers have yet to provide billions in supplemental funding the Pentagon says it will need to fully cover those costs.

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The Navy is advancing work on an offensive hypersonic weapon, awarding Lockheed Martin a $1.5 billion contract to design, develop and build equipment needed to test and field a new two-stage rocket booster that will carry a planned ultrafast maneuvering glide vehicle.

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Gen. James McConville, chief of staff of the Army, said March 11 he does not intend to cut the Army’s end strength this year, despite the expectation of greater pressure on the defense budget.

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March 11, 2021

China is expected by 2025 to introduce as many as 200 operational hypersonic missiles to its force as part of a sweeping modernization program to challenge U.S. dominance in the Asia-Pacific region that also includes growing the People's Liberation Army's fighter and bomber fleets by 56% and 29% respectively while also ratcheting up the size of its maritime surface combatant fleet.

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Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks has announced a new "governance structure" by which she will manage and oversee the Pentagon's ongoing reviews and implement guidance from Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, according to a new memo.

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