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September 12, 2019

The Air Force has released an artificial intelligence strategy intended to focus the service’s budget planning, adoption of data and commercial partnerships for a future in which AI-enabled capabilities transform the conduct of war.

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The president's nominee to serve as Air Force secretary told lawmakers today she supports the call for a separate space service, saying the move is "overdue."

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More than a year after Army Futures Command was created, the relationship between the non-traditional four-star command and the office of the Army's acquisition executive is still unclear, according to lawmakers.

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Senate appropriators are concerned about the Navy's acquisition approach for its future large surface combatant, calling the current strategy "high-risk."

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The Senate Appropriations Committee is the only one of four key congressional panels overseeing the Pentagon's budget expressing support for the Navy's plan to purchase two unmanned surface vessel prototypes.

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Senate appropriators want more details about the Air Force's F-15EX procurement plan, including its reasoning for pursuing a sole-source buy of Boeing-made jets.

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Senate Appropriations Committee Democrats today voted against the fiscal year 2020 defense spending bill after failing to add measures that would block the Pentagon from spending funds on President Trump’s southern border wall.

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Senate appropriators this week echoed concerns from House lawmakers that the Air Force is slow-rolling its Light Attack Aircraft experimentation campaign.

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Senate lawmakers are criticizing the Army's inconsistency in communicating changes resulting from its budget review process dubbed "Night Court," as well as the service's "reluctance" to share acquisition materials.

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The Justice Department is defending the authority of Congress to ban the government and its contractors from purchasing tech products by China-based companies including Huawei, in urging a federal court to dismiss the company's lawsuit claiming the prohibition to be unconstitutional.

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The congressional committees overseeing the Pentagon's budget are divided on funding for technology developed by the Strategic Capabilities Office and bound for the Marine Corps that would launch organic fires from an unmanned surface vessel.

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September 11, 2019

A Senate panel is recommending more than doubling spending in fiscal year 2020 on technology to counter maneuvering hypersonic threats, lifting the Missile Defense Agency's $157 million request to $394 million -- a $237 million hike as the agency is readying a plan to launch an end-to-end network of sensors, command and control systems, and interceptors for ultra-fast threats.

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The Missile Defense Agency has secured a de facto authorization from a key Senate panel for an eleventh-hour launch of the Next-Generation Interceptor, winning $222 million in fiscal year 2020 for a major new-start program to follow the recently terminated Redesigned Kill Vehicle program.

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The Defense Department has been slow to meet a government-wide mandate to release more open-source software code, as DOD officials have concerns about cybersecurity risks and are struggling to implement such a program across the department, according to a new audit.

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September 10, 2019

Austal USA's bid protest for a shipyard planning contract was denied because, according to a government watchdog, the Navy acted reasonably when it deemed using a wholly owned subsidiary less risky than using an independent subcontractor.

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Once marred by technical deficiencies that led to a schedule adjustment, the Air Force's multibillion-dollar Combat Rescue Helicopter program is on track for a decision to approve low-rate initial production during a meeting at the end of the month.

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The White House objects to a provision in the Senate Armed Services Committee's fiscal year 2020 defense policy bill that would give the Missile Defense Agency responsibility for a new hypersonic and ballistic space-based sensor constellation, saying the move could "restrict DOD's ability to design the most cost-effective solution."

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A Senate panel today marked up its version of the fiscal year 2020 defense spending bill in accordance with a bipartisan budget deal, appropriating $622 billion in base spending, $70.7 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations and $1.7 billion in emergency funding.

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As the Air Force seeks additional funds to keep the Next-Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared System on schedule, Senate appropriators are proposing a $536 million plus-up for the program that could fill a significant early funding gap.

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The Army is leveraging artificial intelligence and machine learning into new autonomous cyber defenses, according to service officials in the C5ISR Center's Space and Terrestrial Communications Directorate.

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