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March 04, 2020

Testifying at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing yesterday, Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett wouldn't commit to submitting traditional acquisition documents for the service's emerging Advanced Battle Management System.

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House and Senate lawmakers this week questioned Air Force leadership on the service's proposal to retire 44 A-10s in fiscal year 2021, despite language in the FY-17 National Defense Authorization Act that prohibits them from doing so.

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The Pentagon's acquisition executive has formed a "war room" to assess industry's ability to support production of hypersonic boost-glide vehicles and cruise missiles as well as inform potential targeted government investments in manufacturing tools to support affordable delivery of these ultrafast weapons.

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The Navy's marquee surface combatant force -- the aircraft carrier strike group -- is equipped today with technologies capable of defeating adversary maneuvering hypersonic weapons, a top admiral told Congress, suggesting the sea service has stitched together a shield to defend against a new class of ultra-fast weapons widely viewed as invincible.

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Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord today said the secretive Strategic Capabilities Office is working to prototype a mobile nuclear reactor that could power U.S. military installations in remote locations.

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Pentagon acquisition officials are nearing a legally binding agreement with the industry-based accreditation body recently formed to certify auditors who will be expected to assess the cybersecurity of more than a thousand contractors this year.

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Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord said today that U.S. allies are eying the new Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification process for possible adoption in their own countries.

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A key senator this morning called Defense Secretary Mark Esper's decision to withhold from Congress the Navy's newest shipbuilding plan "unacceptable" and promised to publicly hold the Pentagon's top official accountable at a Senate hearing later today.

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SAN DIEGO -- The Naval Air Systems Command chief said yesterday the service cannot afford to take as long to develop its sixth-generation fighter aircraft as it did the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

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March 03, 2020

House lawmakers today pressed the chief of the National Nuclear Security Administration on the proposal to increase NNSA's funding by $3 billion in fiscal year 2021 when the agency already has $8 billion in unspent funds from previous years.

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The Defense Department was expecting to issue a proposed rule last year on banning contractor use of Huawei and ZTE products, but an interagency review scuttled those plans, a DOD contract official told industry representatives -- who were clamoring for a proposal rule to be issued as quickly as possible -- at a public meeting this week.

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Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein told lawmakers today he's seen a measurable improvement in Boeing's KC-46 performance since the company's new CEO Dave Calhoun took charge.

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The Air Force is finalizing a classified strategy that will lay out the service's approach to warfighting and security cooperation in alignment with the Trump administration's 2018 National Defense Strategy, officials have confirmed.

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SAN DIEGO -- The Navy's top officer said yesterday he disagrees with the defense secretary's opinion of the Navy's Optimized-Fleet Response Plan.

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March 02, 2020

The Pentagon's acquisition executive has formed a "war room" to assess industry's ability to support production of hypersonic boost-glide vehicles and cruise missiles as well as inform potential targeted government investments in manufacturing tools to support affordable delivery of these ultrafast weapons.

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Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) is warning the Congressional Budget Office may overestimate costs of U.S. nuclear forces in an upcoming assessment that could taint the agency's objectivity in major policy debates over controversial programs like the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent.

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SAN DIEGO, CA -- The Navy is working with both the Marine Corps and Coast Guard on a joint maritime strategy the services expect to receive from staff this summer.

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With several new acquisitions under its belt, SOS International is increasingly moving into technology-focused work, according to the company's chief executive.

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ORLANDO, FL -- The Skyborg program wont produce the hyped vision of a weaponized, loyal wingman right away, but will instead introduce advanced technology in cycles, allowing the system to take on more complex mission sets over time that could eventually run like applications on an iPhone, according to Air Force officials.

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ORLANDO, FL -- When deciding which of its two hypersonic prototyping efforts to continue funding, the Air Force chose the Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon since it provides greater capability for the B-52 and has a more advanced design, according to the service's acquisition chief.

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