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December 09, 2019

The Army today said in a filing that it wants the U.S. Court of Federal Claims to put cases about the Logistics Civil Augmentation Program V, or LOGCAP V, on hold while it makes new "price reasonableness determinations."

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The director of the Pentagon's Protecting Critical Technology Task Force is blunt in his assessment of defense contractors' efforts to protect vital U.S. weapon system data from foreign spies: "They blew it."

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Amazon Web Services is arguing Defense Department officials "took numerous actions to systematically remove" the company's edge in the race to win a massive cloud contract after President Trump publicly criticized Amazon and its chief executive Jeff Bezos.

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An informal group of U.S. investors tracking dual-use technologies of interest to the Pentagon has emerged over the past year.

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Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly recently outlined his priorities as the service's interim top civilian and for the first time set a deadline, Jan. 15, 2020, to unveil the results of the latest force structure assessment that could affect the Navy's stated goal of 355 ships, according to a new memo obtained by Inside Defense.

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December 08, 2019

SIMI VALLEY, CA – The Air Force is working to assure it recommends a U.S. Space Command headquarters location that is defensible and its site selection process is not vulnerable to legal challenges, according to Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett.

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SIMI VALLEY, CA -- House lawmakers confirmed Saturday the conference committee has reached an agreement on language to authorize a new military service for space, but declined to offer details on the proposed language.

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SIMI VALLEY, CA – The Air Force is working to assure it recommends a U.S. Space Command headquarters location that is defensible and its site selection process is not vulnerable to legal challenges, according to Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett.

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December 07, 2019

SIMI VALLEY, CA -- The U.S. military service chiefs said today China and Russia's rise as great military powers pose significant and varied challenges to the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines.

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SIMI VALLEY, CA -- Defense Secretary Mark Esper called on Defense Department leaders to make "tough choices" in cutting legacy systems and investing in new technologies as DOD eyes the end-game in building its fiscal year 2021 budget request. 

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SIMI VALLEY, CA -- Defense Secretary Mark Esper called on Defense Department leaders to make “tough choices” in cutting legacy systems and investing in new technologies as DOD eyes the end-game in building its fiscal year 2021 budget request. 

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SIMI VALLEY, CA -- Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and Blue Origin, called on leaders of U.S. big technology firms to not “turn their backs” on the Defense Department, even if some employees have misgivings about developing new technology for the U.S. military.

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An informal group of U.S. investors tracking dual-use technologies of interest to the Pentagon has emerged over the past year.

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December 06, 2019

SANTA MONICA, CA -- The Air Force has readied a plan for immediate formation of a new Space Force in anticipation of direction from Congress, identifying the bulk of the forces, units and missions to be transitioned to the new U.S. military branch in fiscal year 2021 along with "a large pot of money," according to a senior service official.

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The Navy plans to continue the analysis work for its force structure assessments on an ongoing basis to ensure the service's investment priorities remain relevant.

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The Navy plans to continue the analysis work for its force-structure assessments on an ongoing basis to ensure the service's investment priorities remain relevant.

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The Air Force has completed system-level reviews of Lockheed Martin's and Raytheon's respective designs for the Long-Range Standoff Weapon and has given its stamp of approval for both contractors to continue with their plans.

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December 05, 2019

High-priority Missile Defense Agency projects slated for fiscal year 2020 are at risk of being hamstrung beginning this month if Congress and the White House do not agree to a spending bill, with a Standard Missile-3 Block IB multiyear procurement deal, launch of the Next Generation Interceptor program and more at risk in the event of a yearlong continuing resolution.

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A Marine Corps general overseeing weapons acquisition said today he is skeptical his service would receive program waivers under the current continuing resolution.

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House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) said today "it is very much possible" that by the end of the day lawmakers could agree on a bipartisan path for the stalled fiscal year 2020 defense authorization bill.

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