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January 16, 2019

At his first public appearance of the year, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley today restated the recent improvements made in manning and training, while the service works toward reaching its readiness and modernization goals following the National Defense Strategy.

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Scholars at the Marine Corps University are warning the Trump administration's repeal of Obama-era restrictions on military responses to a cyber incident could escalate a situation into a full-blown cyber war, while urging "restraint" as a more effective approach to countering and deterring cyberattacks.

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Though Science Applications International Corp. fell short in pursuing two major military vehicle programs, the company's chief executive told Inside Defense he would not have changed the company's technical approach.

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An acquisition reform panel has finished its work with a series of "bold" recommendations its members say is needed for the Pentagon to adopt a "war footing" in the technological competition with China and Russia, but the path forward for implementing the suggested changes is unclear.

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The Pentagon is preparing to delay the Feb. 4 rollout of its fiscal year 2020 budget request because of the ongoing partial government shutdown, now in its 25th day, according to government officials with knowledge of the matter.

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The Navy is still working on its mine warfare blueprint, pushing past a previous target date of early January for its completion, according to the Marine Corps general overseeing the effort.

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January 15, 2019

The Navy is developing specifications for how autonomous technology should behave within its unmanned systems, with the intention to eventually include them in solicitations, according to a Navy official.

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The Missile Defense Agency has lifted a stop-work order for Standard Missile-3 Block IIA guided missiles imposed on manufacturer Raytheon after the new Aegis ballistic missile interceptor failed in a key flight test a year ago.

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The Section 809 panel has concluded its review of potential defense acquisition reforms, recommending in its final report that the Pentagon replace its commercial buying processes with simplified procedures for purchasing "readily available" products on the marketplace, in part by ditching requests for proposals.

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January 14, 2019

The Army is seeking "a compromise" with industry on its expectations for intelligent vehicle sensors and the costly proposals that were initially submitted, according to a service official.

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The head of Booz Allen Hamilton's defense business said the company has shifted its business into deeper technology work and now is seeking to position itself as a "solutions" provider.

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January 12, 2019

The Navy estimates the MQ-25 Stingray unmanned aircraft system -- the service's first operational unmanned aircraft for the aircraft carrier fleet -- will cost $15.2 billion to acquire, up nearly $2 billion from a $13.3 billion price tag the service tallied last year.

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January 11, 2019

The Pentagon is seeking ideas for how it can incentivize better performance from defense contractors after a controversial proposal to reduce customary progress payments was quashed last year.

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The Council on Environmental Quality has approved an Air Force request for an interim beddown of its F-22 Formal Training Unit at Eglin Air Force Base, FL -- a move the service said was necessary after damage from Hurricane Michael displaced the unit.

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The Pentagon says allegations that acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan, a 31-year executive at Boeing, has acted improperly to benefit his former employer or is biased in favor of the company are unfounded and untrue.

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The Army has set plans to integrate a high-energy laser weapon into its short-range air and missile defense arsenal by 2027, making room for a directed-energy capability alongside guided-missile interceptors in the Indirect Fire Protection Capability Increment 2 system.

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January 10, 2019

Expeditionary warfare officials aim to identify funding in a future budget to start proving out concepts necessary to design a new maintenance and modernization model for big-deck amphibious ships, according to a Navy official.

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The Army is deciding between Rheinmetall's Active Defense System and a lighter version of Rafael's Trophy for integration on the Stryker combat vehicle, Inside Defense has learned.

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The Defense Department has submitted a list of technologies that must be protected from cyber and foreign adversaries such as Russia and China, according to a spokesman for the House Armed Services Committee, a move that is intended to guide efforts to secure the military's cyber supply chain and reform the acquisitions process.

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Textron Systems is looking to its purchase of ground robotics company Howe and Howe as well as more focused independent research and development spending to help it grow, Lisa Atherton, the unit's president, told reporters today.

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