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November 08, 2018

Intercontinental ballistic missile bases in Montana, North Dakota and Wyoming will receive new MH-139 helicopters from fiscal year 2021 through FY-27, as the Air Force looks for ways to mature the fleet faster.

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The Pentagon recertified the funding baseline for its GPS ground segment modernization effort this summer, estimating the program will cost $8.4 billion.

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Intercontinental ballistic missile bases in Montana, North Dakota and Wyoming will receive new MH-139 helicopters from fiscal year 2021 through FY-27, as the Air Force looks for ways to mature the fleet faster.

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The Navy in September began conducting new inspections of its supplier base supporting the Columbia-class submarine program in response to faulty welding on missile tubes found in August, according to a Navy officer overseeing the submarine program.

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The Army's newly announced radar "sense-off" in New Mexico will be open to all interested vendors, marking a significant change of plans that effectively opens up a second competitive track in tandem with the Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor program of record while jettisoning the requirement for 360-degree detection, according to service officials.

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November 07, 2018

Air Force Space Command plans to work with gaming companies to improve the threat capabilities in its simulators, which officials say is one of the command's biggest training infrastructure gaps.

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Realizing the rework necessary for missile tubes slated for the Columbia-class submarine "were more substantial than previously contemplated," BWX Technologies has reserved $26.7 million to cover repairs, the company disclosed today.

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As the Air Force's multibillion-dollar nuclear modernization programs forge ahead, Democrats are expected to use their new majority in the House to renew the debate over which types of nuclear weapons the United States should own and how to fund their upgrades.

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BALTIMORE, MD -- The Defense Department has launched initiatives for mitigating cybersecurity risks in two key areas -- supply-chain vulnerabilities and consolidating cloud services -- viewed as crucial to the military's mission, according to DOD Deputy Chief Information Officer for Cybersecurity Donald Heckman.

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Democrats reclaimed a majority in the House last night, ousting GOP committee chairmen from perches of influence and tightening the pressure on defense hawks who must now contend with a White House seeking new fiscal restraint and progressive-minded lawmakers ready to cut defense spending.

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The Defense Information Systems Agency wants to automate more processes used to protect Defense Department networks from cyberattacks and use data analytics to study intrusions and develop algorithms to identify potential threats.

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As Pentagon officials reckon with a potential requirement for additional strategic airlift to execute the new National Defense Strategy, a blueprint for action was mapped out in policy reviews to support capping C-17 production in 2015, including a potential $7 billion tab to restart the C-17 line, upgrading C-5s in the bone yard to grow the fleet and increased reliance on civilian cargo haulers.

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The Defense Department inspector general's office has examined the adequacy of sharing cyber-threat indicators under the Cybersecurity Act of 2015, among other measures required by the law, in a new report slated for release next month.

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November 06, 2018

As Pentagon officials reckon with a potential requirement for additional strategic airlift to execute the new National Defense Strategy, a blueprint for action was mapped out in policy reviews to support capping C-17 production in 2015, including a potential $7 billion tab to restart the C-17 line, upgrading C-5s in the bone yard to grow the fleet and increased reliance on civilian cargo haulers.

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General Atomics this week received a $263.4 million contract to build more MQ-9 Reapers, the latest award issued as the Air Force eyes buying around 100 of the remotely piloted aircraft over the next five years.

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LINTHICUM, MD -- The Defense Information Systems Agency will begin reviewing how well contractors protect government data, with consequences for companies who don't implement adequate cybersecurity, DISA's top official told industry this week.

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The Army's head of logistics said today he is focused on "going back to the basics" by taking over maintenance from contractors and relearning "the fundamentals" that were lost during counterinsurgency and counterterrorism operations.

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November 05, 2018

The Army is launching a Long-Range Hypersonic Weapon program to develop a capability to punch through contested, anti-access environments -- a big-ticket acquisition project that will re-purpose a Navy hypersonic booster being developed by Lockheed Martin for use on a road-mobile system, giving ground forces a conventionally armed strategic system for the opening salvos of a major fight.

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Six months after the Air Force's cyber mission forces declared full operational capability, one official said the service faces significant challenges as it looks to institutionalize and sustain its cyber operators.

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The Defense Department will pursue a computing environment featuring different types of clouds and multiple vendors, but the chief information officer's role as a central governing authority will be key to reaching an "optimized" environment, according to an overview of the Pentagon's cloud strategy.

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