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May 28, 2021

The Pentagon is seeking $245.6 billion in total modernization funds for fiscal year 2022, a $2.4 billion increase above what Congress enacted in FY-21, though the department plans to reduce procurement and divest some "outdated" weapon systems.

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The Biden administration is carrying forward Trump-era principles guiding the military's use of artificial intelligence.

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The most significant obstacles to electrifying the Army’s tactical wheeled vehicles are creating a recharging infrastructure and increasing the energy density of batteries, service officials told the House Armed Services tactical air and land subcommittee at a May 27 hearing.

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May 27, 2021

Vice Adm. William Merz, the commander of 7th Fleet, said he is confident in the Littoral Combat Ship despite the program's technical issues and listed the vessels' mine countermeasures as the mission package he is most concerned about.

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A new report from the Defense Department inspector general found that inadequate testing and poor program management led to a $100 million redesign of the KC-46 tanker's boom -- one of the Category 1 deficiencies that has delayed the aircraft's operational acceptance.

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Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told House appropriators today the soon-to-be-released defense budget request gives the Pentagon "flexibility to divest ourselves of systems and platforms that do not adequately meet our needs."

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An Air Force office tasked with helping improve the cyber resiliency of weapon systems has undergone a significant reorganization over the last few years -- shifting from a siloed model to one that is integrated across the service.

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May 26, 2021

The Navy plans to rip out the DDG-1000's Advanced Gun System mounts -- the original focus of the Zumwalt-class destroyer's offensive firepower -- to make room for a new vertical launch system that will fire Conventional Prompt Strike missiles, as part of a new goal that scraps five years of planning to field long-range hypersonic weapons on Ohio-class submarines.

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Lockheed Martin this week confirmed it proposed its TPY-X radar for the Air Force's Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar recompete effort and has begun work under a new integration contract the service awarded the company in March.

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May 25, 2021

The Navy has a lot of work to do to get its next-generation mine countermeasure systems ready to counter China, Frank DiGiovanni, the service's deputy director for expeditionary warfare, said Tuesday.

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The nominee to be the Pentagon's chief technology officer has proposed creating a "bridge" fund to quickly transition promising technologies into programs of record.

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The Pentagon between fiscal years 2009 and 2019 returned nearly $128 billion in "canceled funds" to the U.S. Treasury, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

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The Pentagon estimates the Weather System Follow-On program will cost $1 billion, setting a baseline price tag for the microwave component of the next-generation operational environmental satellite system being developed to address three gaps in the U.S. military's space-based meteorological capabilities.

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Susanna Blume, the nominee to direct the Pentagon's cost assessment and program evaluation shop, said today she wants to continue to improve the process used to estimate weapon system sustainment costs.

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EAST HARTFORD, CT -- The chief technology officer of Raytheon Technologies says he has met in recent weeks with representatives from the Air Force and the Office of the Secretary of Defense to discuss the company's focus on using a digital thread approach to speed cycle times.

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May 24, 2021

The Pentagon is formally delaying by seven months the final acquisition milestone for the GPS Next Generation Operational Control Segment, a move that consumes a majority of the $6.2 billion program's remaining schedule margin as part of the continuing fallout from a key OCX supplier spinning off a business to a Chinese-owned company.

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Sustainment issues have caused the Navy's P-8A Poseidon fleet to slip below the required mission capability rate, according to a recent Defense Department inspector general report.

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EAST HARTFORD, CT -- The chief technology officer of Raytheon Technologies says he has met in recent weeks with representatives from the Air Force and the Office of the Secretary of Defense to discuss the company's focus on using a digital thread approach to speed cycle times.

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Final regulations for the Pentagon's cyber certification program are expected in the fall with potentially substantial policy and structural changes, says contracting attorney Robert Metzger, who suggests adjustments to the interim final rule make sense given the intense scrutiny on the program and leadership changes at DOD.

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The Navy estimates the cost to develop and procure a fleet of 20 new guided-missile frigates is $24.7 billion, setting the average cost for each new FFG-62 Constellation-class warship at about $1.2 billion. (UPDATED)

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