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May 15, 2019

A senior Pentagon acquisition official told Congress today the "sickening business practices" of contractor TransDigm Group have led the Defense Department to take new steps to mitigate alleged price gouging, including creating a watchlist of companies that refuse to provide cost data.

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The Army has chosen Dynetics to build and test the 100-kilowatt High-Energy Laser Tactical Vehicle Demonstrator weapon system for Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, the company announced today.

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Sikorsky at its West Palm Beach, FL, test site next week will host the first flight of a Black Hawk helicopter retrofitted with a new artificial intelligence "co-piloting" software, as part of a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency program.

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May 14, 2019

The Defense Information Systems Agency's newly established Emerging Technology Directorate is using other transaction agreements to pursue several programs, including a new assured identity capability for personnel using Defense Department networks.

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The Air Force plans to use an expansive, sole-source KC-46 Pegasus post-production contract, worth up to $5.7 billion over 10 years, to craft and implement a roadmap for future tanker capabilities.

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The Navy has assessed four potential options to recapitalize the surge sealift fleet through 2048 and estimates the costs will range between $22 billion and $38 billion, according to the service's business case analysis viewed by Inside Defense.

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House defense appropriators will mark up a draft defense funding bill this week that trims the Navy's fiscal year 2020 shipbuilding request by more than $2 billion.

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The House Appropriations defense subcommittee's draft fiscal year 2020 defense spending bill proposes continued study and refinement of the Defense Department's plan to establish a Space Force and puts a hold on funding for a new Space Development Agency until the Air Force offers more details on the organization's mission.

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The Democrat-led House Appropriations defense subcommittee, still smarting from the Pentagon's recent unilateral budget transfers to build barriers on the U.S.-Mexico border, has drafted a bill that would reduce and restrict the Pentagon’s future ability to reprogram funds.

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May 13, 2019

The Pentagon intends to transfer $1.5 billion from several areas, including weapons acquisition programs, to construct new barriers on the U.S.-Mexico border, according to a recent reprogramming notification sent to Congress.

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May 10, 2019

The Army has formally ratcheted up the range requirement from 300 kilometers to 400 kilometers for a next-generation ballistic missile called the Precision Strike Munition (PrSM), the focus of a $2.8 billion competition between Lockheed Martin and Raytheon to build thousands as part of a follow-on to the Army Tactical Missile System program.

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The Defense Department is looking to enhance information sharing on counter-unmanned aerial system solutions by holding monthly meetings between combatant commanders and service representatives in Pentagon headquarters, with a current emphasis on Afghanistan and Iraq.

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The House Appropriations Committee is ratcheting up oversight of the Air Force's effort to house three F-35 Joint Strike Fighter squadrons at Tyndall Air Force Base, FL.

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The Navy anticipates delivery of its first CMV-22 Osprey in late calendar year 2019, according to the manager of the V-22 joint program office.

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Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord said today the agreement to purchase Lot 12 of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter from Lockheed Martin could be complete by July.

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The Pentagon intends to launch a program next month to connect small, but promising technology companies with "trusted" venture capitalists, rather than risk the companies going into business with Chinese investors.

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A government watchdog is warning of future cost cap breaches in the Navy's Gerald Ford-class aircraft carriers despite the service's efforts to increase construction efficiencies and strike a multiship buy estimated to save $4 billion.

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The Pentagon intends to launch a program next month to connect small, but promising technology companies with “trusted” venture capitalists, rather than risk the companies going into business with Chinese investors.  

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The Navy is setting the groundwork this year to streamline the installation of several capability upgrades to both Littoral Combat Ship variants during the future years defense program.

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The Marine Corps is "actively experimenting" with unmanned systems, planning to utilize them in an exercise this summer on the East Coast.

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