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September 17, 2019

The Air Force is considering the Skyborg autonomous drone research effort as the first program to demonstrate effects for the Advanced Battle Management System.

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The Navy plans to use rapid prototyping authorities to develop its submarine-launched hypersonic strike weapon through the Conventional Prompt Strike program, a Senate panel revealed last week.

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September 16, 2019

Navistar Defense is taking the Army to court for violating the "automatic stay" requirements of the Competition in Contracting Act in procuring vehicles as part of the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles program.

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NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- The Air Force is in the final stages of completing an acquisition strategy for the F-15EX, and is mapping out options for future capability upgrades, the program executive officer for fighters and bombers told Inside Defense today.

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The Navy's second most senior civilian today acknowledged the service will not achieve its 355-ship goal in a "reasonable" amount of time and that without a $20 billion to $30 billion increase in annual funding, the Navy could only maintain between 305 and 308 ships.

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Army Cyber Command is working with U.S. Special Operations Command to build a "strategic framework" for multidomain operations, according to an Army official.

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Elbit Systems of America, which closed on its purchase of Harris' night vision business over the weekend, said Erik Fox, who has led the business for five years, will remain its chief.

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The Marine Corps successfully integrated elements of the Israeli-designed Iron Dome air- and missile-defense system with the service's existing radar and command and control system during a live-fire event last month, according to a government spokeswoman.

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The Senate Appropriations Committee has proposed rescinding $4.7 billion in Defense Department funding allocated in previous years, with the steepest cuts hitting the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, missile defense programs and an aid fund used to train and equip Afghan and Iraqi forces fighting insurgents.

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Senate appropriators want a holistic Pentagon strategy for shoring up critical vulnerabilities in the defense industrial base, as lawmakers are concerned Office of the Secretary of Defense leadership and the military services aren't all on the same page in addressing challenges to the supply chain.

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September 13, 2019

Boeing is asking the Air Force to facilitate an integrated team approach for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent program now that Northrop Grumman has turned down its pitch to collaborate.

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The Army Research Laboratory is looking to modernize infrastructure at three of its facilities to support the service's modernization efforts.

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With its public shipyard improvement efforts in full swing, the Navy is now developing a plan that would "mirror" those efforts for private shipyards, according to top Navy officials overseeing shipbuilding.

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The Senate Appropriations Committee is proposing a $270 million cut to the Air Force's Adaptive Engine Transition Program and are calling on the service to deliver details on plans to transition the new engine technology into major programs like the F-35.

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The Missile Defense Agency is eyeing a $12 billion makeover of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system, launching a competition for a new guided missile interceptor as part of a proposed 10-year realignment of funds to improve defenses agains North Korean long-range rockets.

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Lawmakers on the Senate Appropriations Committee are criticizing the Marine Corps' plan to speed up the "development" of the Amphibious Combat Vehicle's gun variant.

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A Senate panel wants the Navy to continue with previously abandoned upgrades for a developmental air-launched, anti-ship missile, and is recommending the service receive an additional $50 million for that purpose.

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In a report accompanying its fiscal year 2020 defense spending bill, the Senate Appropriations Committee is raising issues with the ongoing initial development of the Air Force's Advanced Battle Management System.

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New legislation advancing through the Senate would allocate nearly half a billion dollars for the Defense Department's new program to research and develop fifth-generation wireless technologies.

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September 12, 2019

The Air Force is developing its own variant of a hypersonic glide body that pairs an aeroshell common to Army and Navy hypersonic programs with an Air Force-unique substructure needed to withstand conditions when dropped mid-air from a fast-moving aircraft, according to the service

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