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March 04, 2021

The Navy's surface ship and submarine fleets both experienced drops in material readiness during fiscal year 2020, according to the Navy Board of Inspection and Survey's annual report.

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Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, in a department-wide memo, pledged today the Pentagon would modernize the military "at a speed and scale that matches a dynamic threat landscape," while also divesting "legacy systems and programs that no longer meet our security needs."

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The Defense Department's weapons contracts include exhaustive requirements ensuring systems can withstand vibration, resist dust and sand and don't have sharp edges that could cut personnel, but most still fail to include detailed cybersecurity specifications, according to a Government Accountability Office report released today.

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The Government Accountability Office has found the Defense Department does not have a "complete picture" of its prepositioning programs.

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Colin Kahl, nominated to be under secretary of defense for policy, told the Senate Armed Services Committee today he believes that, if confirmed, he will be able to perform in a nonpartisan manner, despite concerns some Republicans have about his past tweets and policy positions.

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The Air Force's Rapid Capabilities Office and Advanced Battle Management System contractors are planning for a new phase in the "internet of military things" program since the service established it as a more traditional acquisition effort.

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PICATINNY ARSENAL, NJ -- An autoloader for the Extended Range Cannon Artillery simulated a three-round burst at a rate of eight rounds per minute during a Feb. 26 demonstration here.

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PICATINNY ARSENAL, NJ -- The Army held a demonstration of FIRESTORM, an artificial intelligence software that is designed to accelerate battlefield decision-making, during a Feb. 26 visit to Picatinny Arsenal, NJ, by the Army's vice chief of staff and other general officers.

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March 03, 2021

President Biden today released interim national security guidance pledging to pivot the defense budget away from "legacy" weapon systems toward "cutting-edge technologies."

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The Government Accountability Office has denied Anduril Industries' complaint against the Air Force's Advanced Battle Management System program, arguing the agency lacks jurisdiction over the protest because the award in question is worth less than $25 million.

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Lockheed Martin is redesigning its LM 2100 spacecraft bus to enable on-orbit docking and plans to showcase the capability on a future Air Force GPS IIIF mission.

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The Defense Department is developing a data-driven, interconnected web of sensors, weapons and communications systems, but one major roadblock in the effort is the lack of useful Identity, Credentialing, Access and Management solutions, according to a top Joint Staff official.

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Boeing and the Royal Australian Air Force have successfully flown their Loyal Wingman drone for the first time and signed a deal to co-develop another three aircraft and advance its capabilities for manned-unmanned teaming.

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The Army this month completed its Future Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System Rodeo, the capstone event following a yearlong soldier touchpoint with different drones in an effort to replace the Textron RQ-7B Shadow.

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March 02, 2021

U.S. Indo-Pacific Command has reset its Pacific Defense Initiative by elevating the priority of a new sensor project in Palau, dropping a Hawaii radar project in favor of space sensors and adding to a list of unfunded long-term needs, taking it from $20 billion to $27 billion, a 35% hike compared to last year's estimate.

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While federal agencies have massively reduced the background investigations backlog and published a new set of vetting principles, officials still need to issue new investigative guidelines, develop a workforce plan to meet future investigations requirements, and better secure legacy IT systems.

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The United States will test components of its Joint All-Domain Command and Control program with allies this fall, Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Dennis Crall said Tuesday at the AFCEA TechNet Indo-Pacific conference.

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The head of Air Combat Command would like to move forward with an experiment that could change the way the Air Force trains fighter pilots, but he told reporters last week he needs a more stable funding plan in place beyond fiscal year 2022 to prove out the new concept.

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The Army will demonstrate the Next Generation Intelligent Fire Control system, which can detect and locate targets for combat vehicles, at this year's Project Convergence exercise, according to the director of the Next Generation Combat Vehicle Cross-Functional Team.

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The Marine Corps will reduce both uniformed and civilian personnel and re-invest funds derived from divesting legacy systems into new programs as part of its force design efforts, Marine Corps Commandant David Berger wrote in a memo obtained by Inside Defense.

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