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May 20, 2019

House appropriators are recommending cutting more than $100 million the Air Force requested in fiscal year 2020 to begin a major development phase of its intercontinental ballistic missile replacement program.

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This week, for the first time in 10 years, the Senate Armed Services Committee will be marking up its version of the defense authorization bill ahead of its House counterpart, a timing shakeup that has distinct pros and cons for lawmakers, according to former congressional staffers.

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May 17, 2019

House appropriators are seeking to move $653 million from the Navy’s Virginia-class submarine program to its operations and maintenance account to force the service to address its submarine backlog at several shipyards.

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House appropriators in a show of support for the Boeing-made Chinook helicopter are directing the Army to follow through on its original plan to upgrade the CH-47, which service leaders had proposed cancelling.

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House appropriators are seeking to block the Defense Department from migrating any data and applications to the commercial cloud provider who wins the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure contract until DOD provides more information on how it will transition to a multi cloud environment.

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Sikorsky's Combat Rescue Helicopter -- the Air Force's replacement to its legacy Pave Hawk fleet -- achieved its first flight today at a company facility in West Palm Beach, FL.

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House appropriators are recommending full funding in the fiscal year 2020 defense spending bill for the Navy's upcoming sea-launched cruise missile analysis of alternatives but are concerned about the costs and operational impacts of the program, according to the defense subcommittee's mark.

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The Army's unmanned combat vehicle rodeo in Texas included six companies, some of which offered more than one candidate, putting 10 robotic systems through their paces in a technological maturity assessment for the Robotic Combat Vehicle program.

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The Defense Department's research and engineering arm has established an "Allied Prototyping Initiative" to collaborate with foreign partners on DOD's top technology goals, including hypersonic weapons, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity.

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The Air Force anticipates releasing a request for proposals in July to launch the engineering and manufacturing development phase of the nuclear triad’s intercontinental ballistic missile replacement program.

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An effort is underway in the Air Force to shift data analytics from restricted and disaggregated projects to a shared ecosystem with potential implications for the way the service makes decisions about investments, training, logistics and finances.

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May 16, 2019

House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Mac Thornberry (R-TX) has drafted a defense acquisition reform bill that would fence Pentagon funding until the department begins implementing reform measures already on the books.

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The Air Force has started a rapid-prototyping project to develop a new guided-missile interceptor designed to be fired from fighter aircraft to chase down and destroy enemy intercontinental ballistic missiles immediately after launch during the boost phase of flight, a capability that -- if it works -- could deliver a powerful new layer to the Ballistic Missile Defense System.

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The Defense Department's acquisition and sustainment office is drafting new guidance for international arms cooperation with nations in Europe and the Indo-Pacific region.

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May 15, 2019

BALTIMORE -- New contracting language under development at the Defense Department aims to hold contractors "accountable" for the cybersecurity of the products they deliver to the government, as well as the security of the companies in their supply chains, according to the chief of the Defense Information Systems Agency.

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The Army’s Synthetic Training Environment cross-functional team is "very encouraged" by its progress after the first 18 months of operation, this year completing user assessments for its next-generation helicopter and ground vehicle trainers and fielding a new training software to several units.

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The Navy has five categories of vessels under consideration for a new package of mine countermeasure capabilities and estimates it would need at least $50 million in future years to equip six select vessels, according to a report obtained by Inside Defense.

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The Defense Department will consider investing in a new program to collapse more than 600 contracts for unclassified and classified network services across 14 civilian, "Fourth Estate" agencies into a single, 10-year services contract, with the aim of realigning cost savings toward "lethality programs."

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The mission alteration for the Navy's Zumwalt-class guided missile destroyers will cost approximately $1 billion, according to a recent Government Accountability Office report that cites service officials.

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The Defense Department is laying the groundwork for a fiscal year 2021 budget request that would prop up its base budget by plowing $65 billion previously forecast as war spending into routine appropriation accounts, including nearly $20 billion for weapons investment, repeating a central strategy of the Trump administration's FY-20 budget request.

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