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June 10, 2020

The Pentagon often fails to include cybersecurity as a key requirement in its major weapons developments, with some programs facing the prospect of increased costs and schedule delays after neglecting software and security early in system development, according to a recent audit.

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The Air Force will release a request for proposals in the coming months for the Stand-in Attack Weapon -- an upgraded version of a developmental Navy guided missile that's intended to enhance the F-35's ability to defeat anti-access/area-denial defenses.

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The Air Force Research Laboratory is working to use Link 16 to connect satellites with ground-based radios and aims to demonstrate the capability next March.

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The Army is looking for industry solutions that are able to meet requirements of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program in a solicitation for its Assault Breacher Vehicle Remote Control System program, months ahead of when the first Defense Department contract solicitations with CMMC language will be released.

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June 09, 2020

The Pentagon is readying a final solicitation for the initial batch of satellites slated to be a springboard for a prototype, proliferated low-earth-orbit constellation, a project intended to usher in both a new age of space technology as well as pivot toward integration with multidomain systems and operational concepts.

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President Trump today called for a "fleet acquisition program" to grow American presence in the Arctic.

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The Defense Department's cost analysis and estimation work has barely been slowed by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new report from the cost assessment and program evaluation office.

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The Next-Generation Air Dominance program office is aiming to complete its acquisition strategy by the end of this summer and is working now to better understand the potential life-cycle cost of the digital century series model as compared to that of legacy aircraft.

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The Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System aboard the Navy's new aircraft carrier crashed last week during the ship's most recent at sea-period.

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June 08, 2020

The Air Force will delay the completion of operational testing for the KC-46 airborne refueling tanker until after Boeing upgrades the aircraft's Remote Vision System -- a slowdown that will push a full-rate production decision from this September to late fiscal year 2024.

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Air Mobility Command plans to submit an updated commercial aerial refueling study plan to the Air Force secretary by June 15 after early analysis of five options for supplementing existing tanker capability revealed a need for more data on the legal and financial implications of relying on contractor-operated refueling aircraft.

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While Army senior leaders are assessing the health of their programs amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the service's acquisition executive is also focused on taking a "holistic economic model of the Army," he said today.

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More work is needed to define the policies and procedures behind the Pentagon's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program that go beyond a memorandum of understanding with its accreditation body, according to a leading tech industry association.

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June 05, 2020

A new report from the Government Accountability Office highlights risk in the Air Force's plan to launch the first geosynchronous satellite in the Next-Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared System constellation by late 2025, calling the plan "highly aggressive and high risk."

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The Army is getting ready to field its first integrated tactical network set to four infantry brigades following a critical design review completed earlier this year, according to service officials.

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The Missile Defense Agency is readying a new Microwave Technology Testbed to mature directed-energy technologies that could be used to thwart hypersonic glide vehicles and cruise missiles.

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The Pentagon has established a new "tiger team" to engage fifth-generation wireless standards bodies, as the Defense Department seeks more influence over the technologies underlying high-speed 5G networks.

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Roles and responsibilities of the Defense Department and the accreditation body for its Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program are detailed in a memorandum of understanding released this week, which spells out how government will work with industry to conduct cyber verification assessments for the defense industrial base.

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The Pentagon will accelerate plans for a new space-based missile defense architecture if Congress increases funding in fiscal year 2021 for the Hypersonic Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor program, which could allow the U.S. military to put the "kernel" of a totally new network on orbit by FY-22, according to a senior Defense Department official.

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June 04, 2020

The Army yesterday completed the first captive-carry, open-air test of the next-generation seeker it is developing for long-range fires applications. Service officials told reporters on a call today the test met all objectives.

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