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November 07, 2019

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is preparing to kick off a key end-to-end simulation phase for its Blackjack program next spring, aiming to retire risk on the path to demonstrating the utility of a proliferated low-earth orbit satellite constellation equipped with an autonomous data processing capability.

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Tech giant Huawei is rejecting the U.S. government's claim that the Constitution's Bill of Attainder Clause -- which prohibits legislative action declaring guilt -- does not apply to companies, in urging a federal court to strike down a ban on federal purchases of its products and components as part of the build-out of next-generation 5G networks.

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November 06, 2019

The Air Force Research Lab has seen early success testing the operational utility of the growing market for commercial space internet services and is planning to expand its test slate next week to the AC-130.

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A yearlong stopgap continuing resolution would prevent the Army from using $3.5 billion in procurement and research, development, test and evaluation funding and block it from awarding contracts for the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle, according to a fact sheet provided to Inside Defense.

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The Pentagon's policies and processes serve as major impediments in the U.S. military's adoption of artificial intelligence technologies, according to a new report, as another panel takes aim at the Defense Department's acquisition system.

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The Navy plans to stand up a second developmental squadron for unmanned underwater vehicles and turn its current squadron into a major command, according to the service's admiral overseeing submarine forces.

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Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein said today the service's fiscal year 2021 budget submission aims to shift about $30 billion over the next five years from legacy programs into efforts that will help build the foundation for a "digital Air Force."

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A six-month stopgap continuing resolution would postpone the Navy's ability to refuel one of its Nimitz-class aircraft carriers and purchase one Virginia-class submarine, according to a fact sheet obtained by Inside Defense.

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Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein is warning about the risks that a potential six-month or yearlong continuing resolution could pose to planned new-start programs, production increases and military construction projects.

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The top three defense industry associations are scheduled to meet with a team of Pentagon acquisition officials today amid the finalization of significant changes to procurement policy.

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November 05, 2019

The Chinese government is exporting armed drones advertised as being capable of "full autonomy," Defense Secretary Mark Esper said today in a speech aimed at drawing distinctions between the United States and China's competing approaches to artificial intelligence.

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Google is committed to working with the Pentagon and is contributing to a number of Defense Department projects in areas like cybersecurity, healthcare and detecting deep-fake images, according to a company executive.

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The total value of the Air Force's foreign military sales in fiscal year 2019 was $17 billion, about 53% more than the $11.1 billion in aircraft and weaponry the service sold to other countries the previous year, according to an Air Force security assistance official.

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The Pentagon's push to develop a new interceptor for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system would require the Missile Defense Agency to swap out existing antennae for new sensors optimized for a notional Next Generation Interceptor at six sites around the world with facilities that play a pivotal role guiding exo-atmospheric kill vehicles through space to intercept enemy warheads.

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Senior Senate Democrats are prodding the Defense Department inspector general to investigate previously held U.S. military aid to Ukraine, suggesting in a new letter that the watchdog office might be reluctant to get involved with a matter at the center of a House impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

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November 04, 2019

The Missile Defense Agency has formally lifted a restraint imposed last year on production of the newest Aegis ballistic missile interceptor following an early 2018 flight test failure, awarding Raytheon a $267 million option to proceed with building 24 Standard Missile-3 Block IIA rounds.

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The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence delivered it initial assessment to Congress today, with the panel warning of "profound ramifications" for how the United States adopts AI and competes with China in the emerging technology field.

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November 01, 2019

The Navy overestimated the cost of a potential new sealift vessel by more than $500 million, according to a new Congressional Budget Office report published this week.

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House lawmakers are launching an investigation into the August decision to terminate the Redesigned Kill Vehicle, directing the Defense Department to provide key documents associated with the ballistic missile defense warhead project as well as outline options for clawing back from contractors some of the $1.2 billion invested in it between 2015 and 2019.

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October 31, 2019

The plan for a technologically ambitious Next Generation Interceptor -- a potential decade-long project to develop a new long-range, guided missile to protect the nation against anticipated North Korean and Iranian ballistic missile threats beginning in 2030 -- is fueling a debate about the shape of the program late in the fiscal year 2021 budget endgame.

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