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November 14, 2018

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-OK) today came out in favor of a $733 billion total defense topline, putting him at odds with the White House, which has directed the Pentagon to plan for a $700 billion topline.

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Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA), expected to become the next chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said today he is considering negotiations with GOP defense hawks that could increase defense spending on conventional capabilities in exchange for cuts to the U.S. nuclear arsenal.

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Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen Wilson said today the service will need to reprogram funds in fiscal year 2019 to meet near-term readiness goals.

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The Defense Department's leading cyber policy official says the Pentagon is taking an expanded role in incident-response planning for a cyber attack, under a recently signed agreement with the Department of Homeland Security intended to boost strategic deterrence and protection for privately owned critical infrastructure.

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November 13, 2018

The Pentagon is revising its guidance to program managers on the use of lowest priced, technically acceptable contracts, according to information it provided to the Government Accountability Office.

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The Pentagon's chief technologist says the Defense Department will increase funding for laser scaling programs in its forthcoming budget request, as he believes directed-energy weapons are just a few years from being useful in battle.

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Pentagon policy makers are envisioning a potential future in which the U.S. military possesses stockpiles of relatively low-cost, hypersonic boost-glide weapons that can be used to hold high-priority adversary targets at risk, giving Washington a new cost-imposing tool in the great power competition against Russia and China.

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Arming MQ-9 Reapers with air-to-air missiles can prepare the remotely piloted aircraft for a future filled with enemy unmanned systems and for new roles in contested airspace, defense experts tell Inside Defense.

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The Army's independent auditor, KPMG, has notified the Pentagon's inspector general it intends to issue this year a disclaimer of opinion on the service's fiscal year 2018 general fund and working capital fund financial statements, a service official told Congress earlier this year.

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Divided government has been commonplace in recent decades and has not prevented signed defense bills and significant legislative accomplishments, Arnold Punaro argues in a new paper.

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November 12, 2018

The Air Force's recent award to Northrop Grumman is the "first of several" planned contracts to build out the "Unified Platform" for military cyber operations, a capability critical to eventually separating U.S. Cyber Command from the National Security Agency.

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November 09, 2018

The Navy for the first time will have options to utilize other transaction agreements as a way to influence the technology demonstrated at its annual Advanced Naval Technology Exercise, according to a service official.

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The Army's top civilian leader said Thursday the service's current rotation of forces across Europe is suitable for its training goals in the region and did not indicate a need for more permanent forces there, despite recent congressional interest in doing so.

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Four months after the Air Force's new Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Flight Plan charted a fresh path for data-collection practices, the service now says it will hold "TechFests" where vendors can demonstrate innovative software.

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The Army's highest-priority acquisition program to modernize its combat vehicle fleet is off to a delayed start, as the service is taking more time than originally planned to refine requirements and request proposals for a future Bradley replacement.

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Army Secretary Mark Esper said today he is focused on putting key capabilities that have been lost during years of counterinsurgency operations back in the force, as well as adding new ones.

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November 08, 2018

The Navy's recently re-established 2nd Fleet will reach initial operational capability next spring, according to the director of joint and fleet operations for U.S. Fleet Forces Command.

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Funding delays dating back to the start of fiscal year 2018 have slowed the time line for a key Air Force assessment of cyber vulnerabilities in its major weapon systems from 2018 to 2020, a service spokeswoman confirmed to Inside Defense this week.

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The Navy will begin trade studies in fiscal year 2020 to evaluate the possibilities for a second life extension program of the Trident II D5 fleet ballistic missile, according to the service's director of strategic systems programs.

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The Defense Department has directed the Navy to stand up a formal program office for the U.S. military's marquee hypersonic boost-glide project, a major milestone that caps a decade-long, $1 billion technology development effort and sets the stage for the Navy to weaponize the Conventional Prompt Strike for the submarine fleet.

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