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June 15, 2020

Boeing-Leonardo's MH-139A Grey Wolf helicopter still has not obtained a Federal Aviation Administration certification to fly -- pushing back the start of Air Force flight testing by one year.

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June 12, 2020

The Army has run into some integration issues while testing the prototype for the Initial Maneuver-Short-Range Air Defense system, on top of a delay associated with the COVID-19 outbreak, but the service is still planning to make an initial production decision by the end of this fiscal year, according to the program office.

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A key Senate panel is proposing legislation requiring the Army to outline a plan for deploying the Israeli-made Iron Dome air defense system, potentially enshrining in law what House and Senate lawmakers have requested of Pentagon leaders in written correspondence.

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After completing a critical design review in March for its next-generation GPS satellites, the Space and Missile Systems Center expects the program to achieve milestone C and a production decision by June 30.

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U.S. Transportation Command is re-evaluating a $7.2 billion award to overhaul the military's moving system made to a firm whose parent corporation has a history of legal problems.

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June 11, 2020

The new deputy chief of naval operations, leading an office only established in October, is now overseeing the Navy's effort to sync its operational, budgetary and educational strategies for a return to great power competition.

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The top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee said today they support Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord's assessment that the Defense Department will need billions in supplemental funding to reimburse contractors for costs related to COVID-19.

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The Missile Defense Agency's partnership with commercial space companies to develop and set in orbit nearly two-dozen sensors, a prototype project called the Space-based Kill Assessment, allowed the government to avoid spending $700 million to develop the same capability using traditional acquisition practices, according to a senior MDA official.

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The Senate Armed Services Committee's fiscal year 2021 defense spending policy mark includes several provisions around the organization and implementation of the Space Force, but based on an executive summary released today, appears to be silent on any major space acquisition reforms.

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The Senate Armed Services Committee’s fiscal year 2021 defense policy bill largely rejects the Air Force's divest-to-invest budget strategy, calling on the service to maintain certain legacy fleets it had wanted to retire and sustain a minimum wartime aircraft capacity level for each of its mission sets.

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Senate lawmakers are authorizing one fast attack Virginia-class submarine in this year's defense policy bill and approving twice the normal amount of advance procurement funding.

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The annual defense policy bill approved Wednesday night by the Senate Armed Services Committee includes provisions to implement 11 of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission’s recommendations, including a call for studying "the feasibility and advisability" of creating of a national cybersecurity director.

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The Senate Armed Services Committee's fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill would bar the Pentagon from complying with the Federal Communications Commission's decision to approve Ligado Networks' L-band network until the Defense Department submits cost estimates associated with potential GPS interference.

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Senate defense authorizes are calling on the Air Force to ensure its efforts to achieve joint all-domain command and control fit into initiatives occurring throughout the military.

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The Senate Armed Services Committee voted 25-2 Wednesday evening to approve its version of the fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill, including billions of dollars in new U.S. military investments focused on deterring China in the Indo-Pacific region.

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The Air Force is researching a new kind of artificial intelligence that can resist adversarial attacks on data -- enabling an autonomous pilot that can eventually fly unmanned vehicles in the contested battle spaces of the future.

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Some of the largest defense contractors say they're seeking to work with Congress to change or reverse a portion of the 2017 tax legislation that would, effective in 2022, require companies to delay writing off research and development costs.

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June 10, 2020

Funding for U.S. military modernization priorities touted by the Trump administration's 2018 National Defense Strategy, projects that enjoyed growth across five consecutive annual budgets, is now forecast to be feeble in the Pentagon's future years spending program, according to data-science company Govini.

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Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord told lawmakers today the Defense Department will need to spend low, "double-digit" billions reimbursing contractors disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, but she asserted DOD does not have the resources to so do without supplemental funding.

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The Army is using future vertical lift platforms as pilot programs for its new intellectual property strategy, according to the director of the service’s aviation office.

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