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November 02, 2020

If former Vice President Joe Biden performs as polling suggests and defeats President Trump on Nov. 3, the Defense Department could see significant changes, despite a likely continued focus on COVID-19 and great power competition with China.

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October 30, 2020

The chief executive of Kratos Defense & Security Solutions is feeling confident about the company's near-term drone sale prospects even though the Air Force recently more than tripled the competitive field for Skyborg, an emerging program for autonomous, unmanned vehicles.

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The Defense Department this week moved to turn the tables on China, forming a new University Consortium for Applied Hypersonics to accelerate work on ultra-fast weapons by increasing collaboration with academic communities -- a project that aims to replicate an idea born in Beijing where professors and students work closely to advance national aims.

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Top contracting executives noted this week the current period -- with surging COVID-19 cases, a continuing resolution and an upcoming election -- is uncertain, but said so far they have been able to maintain sales and profit.

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The Pentagon will require government contractors to submit a self-assessment of their compliance with the 110 controls in National Institute of Standards and Technology Special Publication 800-171 starting Nov. 30, establishing a new cyber regime for contractors under the Defense Department that will have a wide-ranging impact on the DOD supply chain.

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L3Harris Technologies and Martin UAV will conduct live demonstrations of their unmanned aerial systems later this year at Yuma Proving Ground, AZ, as part of the Pentagon's effort to replace a current drone used by naval special forces for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

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The Navy is set to complete and release a concept of operations for the medium and large unmanned surface vehicles in "the next few months," a Navy spokesman told Inside Defense.

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L3 Harris Technologies and Martin UAV will conduct live demonstrations of their unmanned aerial systems later this year at Yuma Proving Ground, AZ, as part of the Pentagon's effort to replace a current drone used by naval special forces for intelligence, surveillance reconnaissance.

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Before the Navy can proceed with its plan to revamp the four major public shipyards, the service will have to prepare two environmental impact statements, one for the Hawaii-based shipyard and one for its Washington-based facility.

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October 29, 2020

The Navy needs to continue evaluating the future needs of its amphibious force past the current force structure analysis, a senior Navy official said Thursday.

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The Defense Department has responded to the inquiries of a special congressional commission in the matter of a controversial pandemic stimulus loan made to a trucking company with connections to the White House, according to a letter obtained by Inside Defense.

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The Defense Department this week disclosed a significant new hypersonic project that is tailored to potentially outfit naval aviators with an ultrafast cruise missile -- particularly F/A-18 Super Hornet fighters operating from aircraft carriers -- that aims to advance a Boeing concept for a dual-mode scramjet design.

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The Navy needs to continue evaluating the future needs of its amphibious force past the current force structure analysis, a senior Navy official said Thursday.

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House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) said today the current National Defense Strategy places too much emphasis on militarily dominating China and Russia and called on Democrats to rewrite it if former Vice President Joe Biden wins the presidential election.

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Less than 1% of CACI International's 23,000 employees have contracted COVID-19, the company's chief executive said today.

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The Defense Department today released a new strategy for "Electromagnetic Spectrum Superiority" that seeks to share access with "commercial partners," though the relationship between the Pentagon and telecommunications companies has been marked by tension in the past.

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The Air Force Research Laboratory's space vehicles directorate has compiled a list of 13 science and technology areas it plans to prioritize in the near term, the outcome of a two-year strategic planning process.

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The Defense Department is working with the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Accreditation Body to develop a process for companies to dispute their cyber assessment results and get an objective ruling from the Pentagon's lead contracts agency.

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October 28, 2020

The Army is moving to adopt land-based variants of the Navy's strike inventory -- eyeing the Tomahawk cruise missile and Standard Missile-6 -- in order to field by 2023 a prototype Mid-Range Capability battery, filling an "extremely high risk" capability gap by adding a layer to its long-range precision fires portfolio for targets between the ranges of its planned Precision Strike Missile and Long Ranger Hypersonic Weapon.

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The head of U.S. Transportation Command said today an ongoing Mobility Capabilities and Requirements Study may reveal a need for more intratheater airlift aircraft.

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