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February 05, 2021

The Army is seeking information on Long Range Precision Munition solutions that can be demonstrated at a planned shoot-off in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2022, in an effort to inform LRPM capabilities development and the selection of vendors to integrate and test on Army aviation platforms.

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The U.S. military has delayed until 2028 plans for a major flight test to demonstrate the ability of three major ballistic missile defense systems to collaborate, a goal that if not further postponed will be 15 years after the Pentagon's top weapon tester called for the Navy and Army systems to establish rudimentary engagement coordination for theater-level threats.

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The Defense Science Board says the Pentagon could gain "revolutionary" benefits from upgrading and increasing its use of capabilities like digital engineering, virtual exercising, strategic gaming and synthetic environments.

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The Navy is searching for a vertical lift capability with maritime strike to replace its current fleet of MH-60R/S helicopters and MQ-8B/C unmanned air vehicles, releasing a request for information last month to inform a future analysis of alternatives.

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February 04, 2021

The Defense Department last month launched a new study to assess emerging biotechnologies and national security, a project required by law that was supposed to begin a year ago and which will likely be further delayed due to a department-wide review of all federal advisory committee activity mandated by the defense secretary.

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The Air Force Research Laboratory is evaluating the utility of directed-energy capabilities for future wars by engaging fighter pilots, weapon system officers and battle managers in a new series of virtual exercises taking place at Kirtland Air Force Base, NM.

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The Navy is optimistic that the market supports the service's plan to procure used sealift vessels to replace its aging sealift fleet, a Navy spokesman told Inside Defense last month.

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The Air Force Research Laboratory is making progress on its vanguard programs that accelerate groundbreaking technologies through experimentation -- despite some recent testing issues in the Skyborg and Golden Horde efforts -- and is deciding which capabilities to focus on next, according to Brig. Gen. Heather Pringle, AFRL's commander.

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The head of the Air Force Test Center is eyeing full operational capability in June for a new Multidomain Test Force that aims to support the Defense Department's vision for Joint All-Domain Command and Control.

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The Army should focus its procurement spending on acquiring new systems, rather than dedicating resources to legacy systems, the commanding general of the service's Maneuver Center of Excellence said Feb. 4.

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The Missile Defense Agency is recalibrating plans to develop a counter-hypersonic capability by scrapping a prototype development project in favor of moving directly to an interceptor program of record, a major change that aims to accelerate by many years delivery of a new guided missile that could arm the U.S. military with a weapon to intercept long-range hypersonic warheads during the glide phase. (UPDATED)

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February 03, 2021

The House Armed Services Committee has announced the creation of two new subcommittees: one focused on intelligence and special operations, and the other dedicated to cyber issues and information technology.

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As the Air Force Research Laboratory supports Space Force efforts to establish a robust testing enterprise, its top priorities are focused on developing a synthetic test environment, improving hardware-in-the-loop capabilities and ensuring sufficient on-orbit instrumentation exists to test systems in the space environment.

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The Marine Corps is considering having three Marine Littoral Regiments in the Pacific by 2030, Brig. Gen. Ben Watson said Wednesday at the National Defense Industrial Association's Virtual Expeditionary Warfare Conference.

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The Army's European force and its allies across the continent are eager to learn about and receive new equipment and operational units as the service builds toward multidomain operations, the Army's commanding general in Europe and Africa said Feb. 3.

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The Missile Defense Agency is recalibrating plans to develop a counter-hypersonic capability by scrapping a prototype development project in favor of moving directly to an interceptor program of record.

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The House Armed Services Committee today welcomed 16 new members, seven Democrats and nine Republicans.

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The Pentagon has told lawmakers it may abandon the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure procurement if a federal court allows Amazon's allegation that former President Trump tainted the contract award to move forward.

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February 02, 2021

The Pentagon's acquisition security chief predicts 2021 will be a big year for supply chain risk management initiatives in the wake of the devastating SolarWinds hack and the COVID-19 pandemic's illumination of global supply challenges.

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The Marine Corps needs to move at an "uncomfortable" pace in acquiring unmanned platforms, service Commandant Gen. David Berger said Tuesday at the National Defense Industrial Association's Virtual Expeditionary Warfare Conference.

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