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June 23, 2020

The Senate Armed Services Committee has approved a fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill that would "terminate" the position of the Pentagon's chief management officer, a post lawmakers once intended to be the third-most senior official at the Defense Department.

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The commanding general of U.S. Army Recruiting Command said today the service is developing a new concept focused on tech-savvy recruiters while shifting all recruiting operations virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The MQ-9 Reaper and E-3G Airborne Warning and Control System are among the aerial assets slated to participate in the next Advanced Battle Management System on-ramp, according to an Air Force official.

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The House Oversight and Reform Committee is calling on Lockheed Martin to release a slew of documents related to its work on the F-35 Autonomic Logistics Information System and its alleged misuse of Electronic Equipment Logs.

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Despite a less aggressive public campaign from the Navy this budget cycle to highlight unmanned ships, House lawmakers are continuing to push for legislative provisions to temper the service's rapid efforts to develop the untested technology.

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​Lawmakers are proposing new reporting requirements for the Next Generation Interceptor development program that could -- if enacted -- impose additional congressional oversight on the new counter-intercontinental ballistic missile weapon system.

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A key House panel wants the Defense Department to draw up options for improving currently fielded Ground-based Interceptors, forging a potential new program to both upgrade and expand the existing homeland ballistic missile defense fleet that could compete with the Pentagon's new plan for a "layered" homeland defense architecture.

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The House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee wants to block the Air Force from making its planned KC-135 retirements until after a key upgrade to the KC-46 remote visual system is completed.

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June 22, 2020

Lawmakers on the House Armed Services Committee are seeking to limit a portion of the Defense secretary's travel budget until the Pentagon presents Congress with the Navy's long-term shipbuilding blueprint.

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The Navy today awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat an $869 million contract modification for the Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine program.

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A House panel is threatening to withhold funding from the military's flagship program to achieve joint all-domain command and control until the Air Force shares information on its Global Hawk divestment plans.

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The House Armed Services tactical air and land forces subcommittee wants the Army secretary to deliver a report on future vertical lift sensor payloads amid concerns about the service’s FVL acquisition strategy.

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The House Armed Services tactical air and land forces subcommittee is showing support for the Army's Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle program restart in its mark of the fiscal year 2021 defense policy bill.

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A key House panel has declined to endorse the Pentagon's plans for a a layered homeland ballistic missile defense architecture based on the newest Aegis ballistic missile interceptor and a new variant of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense interceptor and instead directed a comprehensive analysis of alternatives for the mission to be conducted.

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A House panel is seeking more information from the Pentagon about the Navy's F/A-18 fleet in response to the service's proposal to sundown the production line in fiscal year 2022, but has stopped short of forcing the Defense Department to continue the program.

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House authorizers are pushing to review how the military is planning for possible delays fielding the next intercontinental ballistic missile system and any challenges the Air Force faces manning the acquisition program.

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House lawmakers are calling on the Defense Department to provide new details on the status of F-35 software development and modernization plans and directing Pentagon cost estimators to conduct a "non-advocate review" of the Air Force and Navy's Next-Generation Air Dominance programs.

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Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord said today the defense industrial base is making an "enormous recovery" after a three-month slowdown caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, but she stressed the continued need for supplemental funding in the "lower double-digit" billions to reimburse contractors for pandemic-related disruptions.

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The House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee is proposing legislation it hopes will focus the Space Development Agency's mission on top Defense Department priorities -- like the planned transport and missile warning layers -- and encourage greater use of commercial services.

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House authorizers are proposing legislation that would have the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center report to the deputy secretary of defense, as well as create a powerful board of directors to guide the Pentagon's AI strategy and investments.

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