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March 25, 2019

The Missile Defense Agency has pared back to $4.1 billion an originally planned $6.6 billion contract with Boeing to modernize and sustain the Ground-based Midcourse Defense program though 2023, a nearly 40 percent reduction that reflects a narrowing of the scope of the project following delays in developing a new interceptor warhead.

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The Pentagon has sent Congress a $4 billion list of unfunded military lab construction priorities that were not approved for the fiscal year 2020 budget submission, but that Pentagon technology chief Mike Griffin would like to see completed anyway, according to documents obtained by Inside Defense.

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Ship and submarine depot maintenance are at the top of the Navy's $3.2 billion unfunded priorities list with deferred and backlogged maintenance availabilities totaling $814 million.

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The National Defense Industrial Association is opposing a recommendation in the Section 809 panel's report to end mandatory small-business set-asides.

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The Army has sent Congress a $2.3 billion list of unfunded priorities, including more than $1 billion for readiness requirements, $403 million in weapon system "lethality" upgrades, $247 million for modernization and $564.5 million for infrastructure requirements, according to documents obtained by Inside Defense.

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The milestone B decision and engineering and manufacturing development phase for the Air Force's new land-based nuclear deterrent are each scheduled to begin about three months earlier than expected.

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The Army's former Rapid Capabilities Office, now called the Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office, will be heading up new projects in line with the service's modernization priorities, including hypersonic weapons, directed energy and space.

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March 22, 2019

A Defense Department official who briefed reporters at the Pentagon today said acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan did not play a direct role in the decision to buy Boeing's F-15EX, citing an ethics agreement that barred Shanahan from doing so.

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As the Army pursues a massive reorganization of funding in its fiscal year 2020 budget request -- to the tune of $33 billion across the five-year defense plan -- service leaders are already deciding how to squeeze out more money in FY-21 and beyond for their top modernization priorities.

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The Navy's new 30-year shipbuilding plan anticipates it will cost $40 billion then-year dollars to sustain the 355-ship fleet the Navy envisions achieving in FY-34.

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The Navy has delayed its purchase of the last Expeditionary Sea Base vessel to fiscal year 2023 so the service can pursue "higher-priority ship procurements," according to a Navy official.

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The Navy plans to buy the first future large surface combatant in fiscal year 2025, two years later than the service previously anticipated.

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The Navy plans to ask Congress for fiscal year 2021 advance procurement money to refuel a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier if lawmakers prevent the service from retiring the vessel early.

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The Navy is unsure of the way forward to protect aircraft carriers from incoming torpedoes following the cancellation of an $800 million research and development program.

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The Army has mapped out a five-year, $1.1 billion new-start program to develop a Long Range Hypersonic Weapon, a planned road-mobile system that will adapt a two-stage booster to launch a common hypersonic glide body to execute deep-strikes against enemy anti-access, area-denial capabilities. (UPDATED)

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March 21, 2019

The Navy is working with private shipbuilders to prepare industry for a 355-ship fleet, and intends to send Congress an infrastructure investment plan for those efforts with the fiscal year 2021 budget request.

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Following successful testing, the Air Force is pressing forward with an ambitious effort to field directed-energy weapons and expects high-power microwave prototypes to be delivered this year, according to a senior Air Force Research Laboratory official.

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The Navy plans to ask Congress for fiscal year 2021 advance procurement money to refuel a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier if lawmakers prevent the service from retiring the vessel early.

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FLIR Systems is refocusing its attention on its government and defense business, making significant acquisitions to bolster its unmanned work and opening a new headquarters in Arlington, VA, to be closer to the Pentagon.

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The Pentagon is supporting recommendations and proposed legislation to change how it approaches software, including through a new category of appropriations.

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