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January 25, 2019

Air Force Space Command is in the early stages of creating a space data strategy and has appointed a new mobilization assistant to oversee its development.

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The Marine Corps plans to ask Congress for $14 billion for modernization efforts in its fiscal year 2020 budget request, according to one of the service’s top officials.

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The tactics and operations developed for deterring a nuclear attack during the Cold War offer lessons on how to develop a cyber warfighting strategy for the digital age, according to a report by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies that includes recommendations backed by a member of a congressionally mandated commission on preserving U.S. military superiority in cyberspace.

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Textron Systems in partnership with the Navy is researching how its unmanned surface vessel could use autonomous technology in conjunction with "smart weapons" to ultimately fulfill a fire and indirect fire mission for the service, a company executive told Inside the Navy in a Jan. 24 interview.

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The Army's fiscal year 2020 budget request and accompanying five-year budget plan will include a total of 194 canceled or reduced programs, according to the service's chief of staff.

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EVERETT, WA -- As the Air Force and Boeing today marked the delivery of the first two KC-46 tankers, the service confirmed the program will likely be three years late on a key contractual milestone.

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The Army's fiscal year 2020 budget request and accompanying five-year budget plan will include a total of 186 canceled or reduced programs, according to the service's chief of staff.

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The more than $25 billion in spending the Army is set to propose canceling, reducing or consolidating across the Pentagon's new five-year spending plan will be "backloaded," the service's secretary said today.

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The Defense Department will examine the funding breakdown between the Navy and the Missile Defense Agency should the government make Hawaii's Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Test Center into an operational resource, according to the agency's director.

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January 24, 2019

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has participated in two tests that examine whether its sensor and interceptor delivery capabilities can be integrated with missile defense, Missile Defense Agency Director Lt. Gen. Sam Greaves revealed Wednesday. He said the F-35 will participate in more tests in the future.

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The Congressional Budget Office estimates the cost to maintain and modernize nuclear forces over the next decade will be $494 billion, including $291 billion for Defense Department programs to sustain strategic and tactical strike systems as well as nuclear command, control, communications and early warning systems.

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The Congressional Budget Office estimates the cost to maintain and modernize nuclear forces over the next decade will be $494 billion, including $291 billion for Defense Department programs to sustain strategic and tactical strike systems as well as nuclear command, control, communications and early warning systems.

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The leaders of the House Armed Services Committee held a brief organizational meeting today and -- in the midst of a partial government shutdown -- stressed their commitment to bipartisanship ahead of what promises to be a politically divisive year.

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Pentagon leaders are reviewing a Missile Defense Agency study of how the military could develop defenses against hypersonic glide vehicles.

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January 23, 2019

The Missile Defense Agency has commissioned a trio of studies for a new $1 billion Pacific Radar, a planned homeland defense sensor slated for emplacement at a yet-to-be-determined location to improve the ability to assess whether U.S. ballistic missile interceptors hit threatening North Korean long-range rockets during the midcourse of flight.

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Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord has opted not to immediately grant a request from the Air Force to assume milestone decision authority for the troubled Next-Generation GPS Operational Control Segment program, but will reevaluate the possibility later this year.

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The Navy spent $1.4 billion on backup helicopters "it did not need" until fiscal year 2020, and will spend $2 million annually to store those aircraft as a result of requirements offices not informing one another of schedule changes, according to a new government watchdog report.

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The Army has identified specific parameters and a potential acquisition strategy for its future Robotic Combat Vehicle in a new "campaign plan" released this week.

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The Pentagon plans to establish a new Space Development Agency under the authority of Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Michael Griffin by the end of March, according to a new memo from acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan.

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January 22, 2019

The Navy is rejecting a suggestion by Senate authorizers to re-purpose old Standard Missile-3 guided missiles for live-fire exercises because it would be several times more expensive and have a "limited return on investment," according to a service report sent to Congress last month and viewed by Inside the Navy.

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