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October 25, 2019

The White House Office of Management and Budget is balking at Defense Department plans for a Next Generation Interceptor, exposing a rift inside the Trump administration over how to modernize the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system just weeks after Mike Griffin, the Pentagon's top technology officer, sold Senate appropriators on plans for the new-start program.

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The White House Office of Management Budget has been reviewing revised standards by the National Institute of Standards and Technology since the beginning of the year, and the absence of that foundational document on federal data protections has stalled -- or at least frustrated -- key cybersecurity initiatives, including the Pentagon's landmark contractor certification proposal.

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October 24, 2019

One of the Senate's most vocal missile defense proponents said he was blindsided by the Pentagon's decision in August to terminate the Redesigned Kill Vehicle and raised concern the replacement program -- the new-start Next Generation Interceptor -- could take so long to develop and field it will leave the United States vulnerable to North Korean threats.

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Following the Air Force's decision to stop funding Boeing's contract supporting the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent program, the company has transitioned its employees to other internal jobs and issued a stop-work order to its suppliers.

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While some lawmakers are concerned about how the Army's new four-star command in charge of modernization will coordinate with the service's acquisition office, the top acquisition executive said this month the relationship is going well.

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House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) is concerned the Air Force's $85 billion nuclear missile replacement will likely proceed with Northrop Grumman absent any competition, though he said he offered to help Boeing address its concerns about the program after the company announced it would not bid.

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The effort to replace the Mk21 reentry vehicle fuze -- intended to be deployed on the Air Force's legacy and future intercontinental ballistic missile systems -- is being rebaselined as a result of technical issues with energy storage components called capacitors.

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October 23, 2019

The Defense Department will soon release a draft request for proposals seeking feedback on its fifth-generation wireless technology experimentation plans, as DOD wants to work with commercial industry to mitigate potential vulnerabilities in future 5G networks.

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ANNAPOLIS, MD -- The Navy plans to issue a draft request for proposals for a medium unmanned underwater vehicle by the end of this calendar year.

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​The Army has set an "aggressive" test plan for the Long Range Hypersonic Weapon program that calls for six flights, including two executed by soldiers who will operate the first battery of the new ground-launched strategic weapon by 2023, according to a senior service official.

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A day after House lawmakers pressed two senior Navy officials on ship and submarine maintenance problems, the service’s chief civilian publicly criticized Congress whom he said chose only to disparage the Navy rather than helping fix the problems.

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United Launch Alliance CEO Tory Bruno said today that a one- to two-year delay to the Air Force's Launch Services Procurement program could create a "big problem" for the department’s efforts to eliminate reliance on Russian-made rocket engines.

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House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Mac Thornberry (R-TX) says the impeachment inquiry into President Trump's hold on Ukraine aid is "sucking all the oxygen out of the room" as lawmakers look to negotiate contentious issues in the defense authorization and appropriations bills, respectively.

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General Dynamics has about $1 billion in sales under protest, the company's chief executive said today.

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October 22, 2019

ANNAPOLIS, MD -- The Navy is employing its maritime accelerated acquisition process for a new mine system known as Hammerhead.

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A new task force established by the House Armed Services Committee expects to ask "tough questions" about the Defense Department's strategy, investments and structure for addressing future threats, with a heavy emphasis on China.

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Raytheon appears to have missed the window to protest the Army's award to Lockheed Martin of the A4 Sentinel radar upgrade, conceding defeat in the estimated $3 billion project the same week the company won a potentially larger Army radar program, the Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor.

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The Navy used the recent maintenance availability of the fast-attack submarine Asheville (SSN-758) to build a "digital twin" of its Hawaii-based public shipyard, an effort it plans to replicate elsewhere next year, according to two senior service officials.

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The Army, which two years ago said it needed an additional $10 billion to fully fund its Terminal High Altitude Area Defense requirements, has recalibrated its need for the ballistic missile defense system that "balances" operational requirements and affordability, according to a senior service official.

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As Lockheed Martin works to replace Turkish suppliers on the F-35 program, the company's associated risk is covered by the U.S. government, according to the contractor's chief executive.

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