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March 28, 2019

The Pentagon is requesting $164 million for the Defense Innovation Unit in fiscal year 2020, a big budget boost for DIU as its responsibilities expand into managing a new fund for dual-use hardware technologies.

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The Pentagon will nearly double its planned investments in hypersonic capabilities over the next five years, from $6 billion to $11.2 billion, a sum that is higher than one of the Defense Department's top hypersonics officials recently cited.

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The Air Force is on track to release a request for proposals for the second phase of its launch services procurement effort in the coming weeks.

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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford told lawmakers this week the estimated cost to sustain the F-15EX is about "50 percent less" than that of the fifth-generation F-35 -- a difference that is driving the Pentagon’s proposal to buy more fourth-generation aircraft in its fiscal year 2020 budget.

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The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is seeking a $65 million funding boost in fiscal year 2020 for its main portfolio of artificial intelligence development efforts, as well as an array of other increases and new-start projects related to AI and machine learning.

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March 27, 2019

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said today the service has halted 61 building renovation and maintenance programs this year to pay for storm damage repairs at Tyndall Air Force Base. Wilson's comments came one day after a supplemental spending bill was introduced in Congress that will provide $400 million toward those repairs.

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HUNTSVILLE, AL -- The Army today released a new comprehensive vision, called "Army Air and Missile Defense 2028," detailing its plans to integrate and deploy its enduring and future air and missile defense assets for use in multidomain operations.

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The Navy is not meeting requests from the U.S. Indo-Pacific commander for submarine, Carrier Strike Group and Amphibious Ready Group presences, the head of the combatant command said today.

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After sidelining amphibious vessels in the fiscal year 2020 budget request, the Navy's top acquisition official told Congress today the service could accelerate procuring two amphibious ships if granted incremental funding authority in the next defense policy bill.

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The Army has formalized plans with Raytheon and Lockheed Martin to wind down by September the original Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor (LTAMDS) program of record, a key part of the service's pivot toward a new approach to accelerate the fielding of a Patriot radar replacement by 2022 through a “Sense-Off” competition beginning in May.

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HUNTSVILLE, AL -- The Army's Future Vertical Lift cross-functional team is nearly ready for the competitive phase of its Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft program after establishing the base requirements for a future rotorcraft through the Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator.

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The Pentagon-funded construction of 57 miles of fencing on the southern border can begin immediately, according to acting Deputy Defense Secretary David Norquist, who confirmed the Army Corps of Engineers has received a controversial $1 billion transfer to begin issuing contracts.

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Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan this week said China was stealing U.S. technology at a "staggering" rate and raised concerns about possible Chinese dominance of next-generation "5G" telecom networks -- remarks that come as U.S. and Chinese trade officials move toward concluding talks that have included cyber theft of intellectual property as a key component.

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Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan said today the Pentagon fully understands the "downsides" to overturning decades of precedent to reprogram $1 billion in Army personnel funding to construct 57 miles of fencing on the southern border without the approval of Congress, especially since lawmakers have warned that could lead them to eliminating the Pentagon's funding flexibility altogether.

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The Pentagon today shifted $1 billion from Army funds to a counternarcotics account to construct 57 miles of fencing along the United States-Mexico border, according to documents obtained by Inside Defense.

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Despite a $600 million cut to the European Deterrence Initiative, the head of U.S. European Command is not seeking specific funding increases to the fiscal year 2020 budget.

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The Pentagon is supporting recommendations and proposed legislation to change how it approaches software, including through a new category of appropriations.

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The National Defense Industrial Association is opposing a recommendation in the Section 809 panel's report to end mandatory small-business set-asides.

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The Pentagon has sent Congress a $600 million reprogramming request for near-term hurricane recovery, but will need supplemental funding to cover $9 billion in damage across multiple fiscal years, according to an internal memo from acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan.

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The maintenance availability for the Los Angeles-class attack submarine Boise (SSN-764) is delayed until 2020 due to shipyard backlogs, despite previous plans for the vessel to reach a dry dock this past January.

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