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October 30, 2019

The program to develop a reentry vehicle that can deliver the future W87-1 warhead from the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent -- the Air Force's next intercontinental ballistic missile system -- is expected to reach a key early milestone in the beginning of the next calendar year.

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The supplier of the one of the world's most frequently bought air-to-air missiles is not altering its production strategy in response to the Air Force's stated plan to cut procurement in favor of a longer-range weapon that's under development with another company. 

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Since merging four months ago, L3Harris Technologies has submitted more than a dozen proposals, mostly in electronic warfare and space sensing domains, that bring together Harris and L3 Technologies capabilities, according to its chief executive.

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The Pentagon is set to this week receive recommendations for principles guiding the U.S. military's development and use of artificial intelligence, the latest step in DOD’s effort to both take advantage of the rapidly advancing technology and keep it within ethical boundaries.

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The Navy is gearing up for the possibility of a one-year continuing resolution, as the Senate remains stalled in the appropriations process.

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The Pentagon's top policy official in the Obama administration is raising warnings about the cyber threats from foreign adversaries such as Russia and China, as conflicts move to a "grey zone" of electronic warfare and advance outages.

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October 29, 2019

The Missile Defense Agency has selected Harris, Leidos, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon to develop prototype designs for the Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor program -- a project formerly called the Space Sensor Layer -- to develop a network of orbiting satellites optimized to continuously track long-range missiles from launch to impact.

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The Air Force's Pilot Training Next program -- intended to establish an accelerated student curriculum by leveraging biometric data and artificial intelligence -- has begun executing a new partnership with NASA ahead of the program’s third iteration, set to begin in January.

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The Pentagon is updating the F-35's acquisition program baseline, acquisition chief Ellen Lord confirmed today, after announcing earlier this month that milestone C and a full-rate production decision would likely be delayed more than a year due to problems integrating the jet into a new Joint Simulation Environment.

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The Defense Department officials who decided to award a multibillion-dollar cloud contract to Microsoft Azure were not influenced by anyone from the White House, including President Trump, according to DOD's top IT official.

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The Pentagon has finalized a $34 billion contract with F-35 prime contractor Lockheed Martin to buy 478 jets across the next three low-rate initial production lots.

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The National Defense Industrial Association has issued a report that emphasizes the important role that insurance companies can play in helping smaller businesses get certified -- and stave off potential supply shortages -- under an emerging Defense Department program that would establish baseline cybersecurity requirements for vendors and service providers.

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October 28, 2019

Having finished its maintenance availability, the aircraft carrier Gerald Ford (CVN-78) will conduct sea trials this week and then begin an 18-month, post-delivery testing phase, according to a senior Navy official.

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The Army's new data strategy will include artificial intelligence capabilities to defend the cyber "ecosystem," according to a service official.

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The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency task force on supply-chain security was briefed by a Defense Department official who laid out an aggressive schedule for the Pentagon's plan to certify the cybersecurity practices of contractors, with final revisions expected in December and a "transition" to implementation in January.

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Congress, despite having agreed to a broad budget deal, has begun looking for stopgaps and schedule extensions for the defense spending and policy bills, which are already overdue and remain stalled amid partisan fighting over President Trump's use of military construction funds to build a southern border wall.

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October 25, 2019

Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA) said today he will enter the race to be become the next ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee.

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The Navy can adequately maintain 305 to 310 ships under its current budget projections, according to the vice chief of naval operations.

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ANNAPOLIS, MD -- The Marine Corps is evaluating how a Long Range Unmanned Surface Vessel can help the service fight in the vast Indo-Pacific region, as the Navy gears up for a period of great power competition.

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The recently revealed schedule deferral and cost increase to the B61-12 warhead life extension program are not affecting the production schedule of its tailkit assembly effort, which will deliver its first flyable units in January, well within the established time frame.

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