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April 10, 2020

The potential long-term budget implications of the novel coronavirus pandemic are beginning to shape thinking about what weapon system programs to defend should military spending face dramatic reductions, according to the top Air Force general in charge of Global Strike Command.

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The Army today issued a "narrative" for the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle program in place of an in-person industry day due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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The Defense Department is surging ahead with efforts to get third-party assessor organizations certified for work under the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program, but the process of setting up a structure for companies to be assessed and approved has many unanswered questions, according to two large defense industry groups.

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The commander of Air Force Global Strike Command said this week he thinks a clean-sheet Arsenal Plane platform may better meet the service's need for long-range strike capabilities than repurposing existing cargo or bomber platforms, as the service has discussed in the past.

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April 09, 2020

The long-anticipated merger between Raytheon and United Technologies closed last week, concluding just as the coronavirus outbreak began to take a major toll on the U.S. economy.

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The Navy this week began soliciting industry and academia about the 2021 Advanced Naval Technology Exercise under the banner of "Naval Integration in a Contested Environment."

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Air Force Global Strike Command has chosen the service's Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon as its hypersonic system of choice, rather than the scramjet-enabled prototype the military's experimental research agency has been developing.

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The Pentagon is allowing individual agencies and contracting offices to approve expensive other transaction agreements without seeking higher level approval if the projects are related to the coronavirus response.

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The Defense Department this week laid out the framework for implementing recent legislation meant to help pay contractors unable to work during the coronavirus outbreak.

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Deputy Defense Secretary David Norquist said today the Pentagon is going to "streamline" its internal budget review process to allow more employees to telework during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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The Navy says it is now implementing two key acquisition and design efforts into all unmanned maritime vehicle programs, bringing to fruition the service's years-long efforts to begin standardizing unmanned and autonomous technologies.

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April 08, 2020

The Pentagon issued a final rule today implementing part of the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, which called for a preference for performance-based payments.

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The Defense Department is exploring a vast new test and training complex that would wrap around half the planet, reaching across the near entirety of the Pacific Ocean to support large-scale experimentation of advanced warfighting concepts, a move recommended by a classified study on the future of U.S. military superiority.

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April 07, 2020

The Defense Department wants to shift more than 4 million employees to a new teleworking service based on Microsoft Teams, as federal employees increasingly work from home amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly resigned today after receiving a slew of criticism for berating the former skipper of a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak.

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House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) said today he is working to include measures that would help the U.S. defense industrial base in an upcoming COVID-19 stimulus bill being crafted by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

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The Senate Armed Services Committee's move to paper hearings has slowed efforts to fold Cyberspace Solarium Commission recommendations into the fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill, as the Senate panel's leaders want to hear directly from members of the high-profile advisory panel in person, according to a committee staffer.

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Adm. Phil Davidson, head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, has branded a proposal to improve the missile defense of Guam a "homeland defense" need and has notified Congress that a $1.7 billion requirement for Homeland Defense System-Guam is his top unfunded priority.

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The Pentagon will hold a tabletop exercise this week to inform a new space deterrence strategy aimed at improving the Defense Department's messaging around space capabilities by potentially declassifying some information.

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The Air Force Research Laboratory is making changes to existing contracts to maximize teleworking and ensure mission-essential personnel can continue their operations during the COVID-19 national emergency.

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