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July 31, 2020

Members of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission are urging Congress to consider expanding the Pentagon's Defend Forward strategy to review the current state of military cyber capabilities and incorporate new ways to engage with the defense industrial base.

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The White House is threatening President Trump will veto a House minibus bill that includes fiscal year 2021 defense funding over a wide range of provisions, including new restrictions on the Pentagon's reprogramming authority.

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The Navy is changing course on how it will recapitalize the surge sealift fleet, now focusing on buying used vessels and pressing lawmakers to decouple procurement authorities from requirements for new ship construction.

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July 30, 2020

The Army is working on adding resiliency to the battlespace by securing multiband SATCOM antenna terminal systems through Project Multi-band On-the-move Satellite Solutions, or MOSS.

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The Standard Missile-3 Block IIA interceptor suffered a previously unreported fault during a key flight test in December 2018, a glitch serious enough to give senior Pentagon leaders pause about pivoting from development to production despite the fact the weapon intercepted its intended target, a congressional audit revealed.

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The Air Force is developing implementation plans for a series of reforms aimed at improving space acquisition as a key report due in late March -- meant to lay out those reforms and request legislative approval where needed -- awaits final approval from the White House.

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The Pentagon has entered a new phase in its digital modernization plan, with several areas to watch in the coming months including increased agile software development, the award of fifth-generation wireless technology prototype contracts, the release of a new data strategy and decisions around a "sustained" teleworking policy.

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The acting head of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Peter Highnam, said today the organization has no plans to pursue a follow-on to the DARPA Launch Challenge, after the competition ended in March without a winner.

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The Air Force this summer awarded L3Harris Technologies a 10-year, $900 million contract to help the service establish a common aircraft simulator architecture and is now working with the company to implement the initial task order, which focuses on cybersecurity and installing a remote scanning capability at nine locations.

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The chief executive of Northrop Grumman said today she chose not to sign recent letters sent to Capitol Hill urging funding for coronavirus relief because her company has seen a reduced impact and she wants to focus on continuing to limit the damage.

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Several defense contractors this week said sales rose during the most recent quarter, despite the ongoing pandemic.

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July 29, 2020

The Navy is seeking white papers from industry sources capable of producing, testing and delivering a long-range, air-delivered maritime mine, according to a new Navy notice.

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The head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command is lobbying senior Defense Department leaders to include a new project in the fiscal year 2022 budget currently being developed to establish a vast new test and training complex to support large-scale experimentation of advanced warfighting concepts.

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The Defense Department has issued guidance for its procurement units on how to process and review waiver requests for contractors who wish to continue using banned equipment and services from Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE.

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The Pentagon will start repositioning 11,900 military personnel from Germany in the coming weeks, as part of a strategic shift expected to cost at least "single digit" billions of dollars over the next several years, according to Defense Secretary Mark Esper.

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General Dynamics reported a $40 million charge in a program at its information technology business in its most recent quarter because the company is unable to get its employees to the European worksite, according to its chief executive.

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July 28, 2020

The Air Force will decide in the next 60 to 90 days which of its four initial Skyborg prototyping competitors will have their drones participate in operational experiments to build the service's first autonomous vehicle for manned-unmanned teaming.

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A new report on the state of the space industrial base released today highlights the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on space companies, and urges the Defense Department to take advantage of "offensive and defensive economic tools" to support technology development that will be key to a healthy industry base today and in the future.

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The Marine Corps yesterday announced it plans to modify two MQ-9 Reapers with a Raytheon-produced situational awareness tool as a means to ensure operations are similar to the Air Force-procured drones being used to train its pilots.

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The White House is objecting to three missile defense provisions in the House version of the fiscal year 2021 authorization bill, including legislation that would reinstate funding for the Homeland Defense Radar-Hawaii, mandate an analysis of alternatives for a homeland defense architecture, and the panel's recommendations regarding the Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor.

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