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May 11, 2021

Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks is directing a series of reviews starting this summer on the Defense Department's progress toward becoming a "data-centric organization," including an assessment of the DOD chief data officer position.

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Mike McCord, nominated to serve as Defense Department comptroller -- a job he held during the Obama administration -- was questioned by lawmakers today about President Biden's proposed Pentagon budget, though full details have not yet been released.

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Maxar Technologies said earlier this month a workmanship issue will delay the company's WorldView Legion program.

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Facing a likely constrained budget environment, Army officials said yesterday they have agreed to cap active-duty troop levels for the next fiscal year, the first indication on what the service will have to compromise on in order to preserve its other priorities, like its modernization programs.

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The Infantry Squad Vehicle program is an example of how quickly Army acquisition programs can move from prototype to production, a service official said May 4 at the official opening of a facility in Concord, NC, where GM Defense will build the vehicle.

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The Army is using a “block-mod approach” to field a next-generation protection system to multiple locations for its helicopter fleet following a $959 million contract to Northrop Grumman for the system’s production, according to service officials.

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May 10, 2021

A new report from the Government Accountability Office highlights roadblocks to developing alternate positioning, navigation and timing capabilities and recommends the Defense Department do a better job of coordinating authorities, increase its focus on resiliency and clarify PNT requirements.

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The Navy's first-in-class aircraft carrier Gerald Ford (CVN-78) will miss the service's goal to certify all of the ship's 11 elevators by this month, but has started its full ship shock trial phase on schedule.

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Lockheed Martin has prepared a plan to move a large percentage of its workforce to a hybrid in-person and telework approach as the pandemic appears to be easing.

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May 07, 2021

The Air Force will try again this year for congressional approval to divest a portion of its RQ-4 Global Hawk fleet, service leaders told lawmakers today.

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The Air Force last fall reported a Nunn-McCurdy breach in its project to replace the MK21 fuze on the Minuteman III -- which has long-exceeded its originally envisioned 10-year service life -- cost growth caused by a defective part that is requiring the redesign of several components in the Air Force Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Fuze Modernization program.

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REDSTONE ARSENAL, AL -- The Army is evaluating how hypersonic missiles will fit within the military's command and control structures, as the service prepares to field its first battery of the Long Range Hypersonic Weapon in 2023, according to Gen. Joseph Martin, vice chief of staff of the Army.

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May 06, 2021

House lawmakers today called on the Navy to provide an in-depth, shorter-term plan for its shipyard improvement work.

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HUNTSVILLE, AL -- The Army remains on track to field four Directed Energy Maneuver Short-Range Air Defense systems in fiscal year 2022, officials said during an April 29 visit by the vice chief of staff of the Army to the prime contractor for the system.

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Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said today he believes the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan with present the Pentagon with "opportunities" to redirect spending to higher priorities.

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General Dynamics is aiming to build on its technology demonstration prototype as it bids to develop and build the Marine Corps Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicle.

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The Space Force today released a vision document describing its plans to become a digital service and outlining four areas where it intends to focus its investment: digital engineering, headquarters, operations and workforce.

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Army leaders in charge of modernizing the tactical network are leveraging commercial technologies, such as communications satellites and federated data fabrics and are working toward network convergence while developing the service's next capability set.

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May 05, 2021

REDSTONE ARSENAL, AL -- The Pentagon's acquisition executive ordered several changes to the Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System when the program was given approval to move to low-rate initial production, according to an Army official.

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May 04, 2021

The U.S. military has quietly developed and deployed a new operational capability in the Indo-Pacific region to detect and track hypersonic weapons, repurposing existing sensors and command and control systems to display tracks of ultra-fast maneuvering vehicles -- such as those being fielded in increasing numbers by China -- in a development that sheds new light on Pentagon efforts to improve missile warning and missile defense missions.

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