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June 05, 2019

The Army needs a new logistics model to fight in a modern world, according to the service's under secretary.

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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford said today the Pentagon should be cautious about increasing the size of the military at the expense of investments in new technologies critical to maintaining longstanding advantages over China and Russia.

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The Air Force Research Laboratory reached out to industry this week, seeking manufacturing technologies or concepts that could help enable future proliferated low-earth orbit space constellations.

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The Pentagon will unveil a new cybersecurity certification for Defense Department contractors this year, as DOD officials concede the current rules governing how companies should secure sensitive information are not working.

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The Missile Defense Agency issued a formal stop-work order to Boeing on Friday for the Redesigned Kill Vehicle program, following direction from the under secretary of research and development to halt development on the warhead portion of the Ground-based Interceptor.

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The Army is scheduled to begin operational testing next month on a new infrared system that would protect aircraft from incoming missiles.

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May 28, 2019

Despite the Navy's efforts to convince lawmakers to make major investments in unmanned technology, House appropriators are proposing funding cuts for several high-profile programs in their fiscal year 2020 defense spending bill.

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The Missile Defense Agency, eyeing new ballistic missile target needs, will meet with industry next month as part of an ongoing market research effort in support of a potential future acquisition of new re-entry vehicles, medium- and intermediate-range ballistic missile-class targets as well as intercontinental ballistic missile-class targets.

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May 24, 2019

The Air Force has started a new partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to bolster outreach to startup companies and advance artificial intelligence solutions for decision support, condition-based maintenance, medical readiness and disaster response.

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The Defense Department is readying a stop-work order for Boeing and Raytheon on the Redesigned Kill Vehicle after determining that technical difficulties with the new warhead are effectively insurmountable, a roughly $700 million setback that will further delay plans to improve U.S. defenses against advancing North Korean ballistic missile threats. (UPDATED)

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May 23, 2019

The Army flipped key evaluation criteria during the solicitation endgame for the Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor competition, supplanting "capability" for "schedule" as the most important factor in the final request for proposals compared to an earlier draft for the potential multibillion-dollar project to replace the service's Patriot radar inventory.

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The Senate Appropriations Committee today proposed legislation that would allocate nearly $1.7 billion in emergency supplemental funding to support recovery efforts at Tyndall Air Force Base, FL, and Offutt AFB, NE.

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The GOP-led Senate Armed Services Committee, as expected, has approved $750 billion in total defense spending for fiscal year 2020, according to a summary of the panel’s authorization bill.

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The Senate Armed Services Committee's fiscal year 2020 defense policy bill will authorize the Navy to purchase two Virginia-class submarines, but calls on the service to revise its strategy for the acquisition program, according to a summary of the bill released today.

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The Army's new intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance task force will support Army Futures Command by placing intelligence capabilities in its cross-functional teams, according to the service.

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Senate policymakers are showing support for major Air Force investments in their mark of fiscal year 2020 legislation, authorizing 12 additional F-35A Joint Strike Fighter aircraft, validating the service’s request to buy new fourth-generation jets and proposing additional funding for the Advanced Battle Management System and the service’s Light-Attack Aircraft experiment.

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The Senate Armed Services Committee this week took a step toward reorganizing the space enterprise, passing a fiscal year 2020 policy bill that would establish a Space Force within the Air Force.

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The Senate Armed Services Committee has agreed to defense authorization bill that would require the Defense Department's annual report on Chinese military strength include a new assessment of Beijing's overseas investments related to national security objectives.

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The Senate Armed Services Committee's fiscal year 2020 defense authorization bill would create "special pathways" for software acquisition and cut funding for programs not using agile development methods, according to a summary of the legislation released today.

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A week after its executives were asked during a congressional hearing to voluntarily refund “excess” profit, TransDigm has not returned the funds, according to a DOD spokesman.

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