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April 09, 2019

The Navy will send Congress a legislative proposal to allow for a fifth assistant secretary position, according to the service's top civilian.

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The unit cost of the F-35A could go as low as $75 million in Lot 14 of low-rate initial production if the program can improve supply chain and production line performance, the head of the program recently told Inside Defense.

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An incremental upgrade to the Defense Department's air-launched, anti-surface missile is scheduled to achieve initial operational capability in fiscal year 2022, according to a Navy spokeswoman.

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April 08, 2019

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- As some in Congress put pressure on the Air Force to slow down its acquisition plan for the second phase of a major launch vehicle development and procurement competition, executives from Northrop Grumman and United Launch Alliance said today they support the service's plan to release a request for proposals this month and award future launches to two competitors next spring.

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The Navy's cost estimate for the Columbia-class submarine is “not reliable,” and an independent assessment of the procurement price may not be ready in time to inform the fiscal year 2021 budget request, according to a new government watchdog report.

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A new commission is set to issue recommendations this year on how the U.S. national security apparatus should approach artificial intelligence, including a focus on how the government can work with industry to compete with China's “civil-military fusion” concept, according to the co-chair of the group. 

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Air Force Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves plans to step down this summer from his current post as Missile Defense Agency director, serving just shy of two years in a post that has traditionally been a four-year billet.

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Congress recently approved the Pentagon’s request to shift $600 million from Pakistan security support to the Air Force and Marine Corps so the two services can begin fixing bases damaged during hurricanes.

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Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord wants lifecycle and sustainment costs to be key considerations for any middle-tier acquisition program seeking the use of rapid fielding authority, according to a recent memo from her office.

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April 05, 2019

The Government Accountability Office has rejected a protest from MD Helicopters of Army Futures Command's decision regarding development of the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft.

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The Navy and Marine Corps are assessing more than 80 emerging technologies along with new concepts of operation in a 10-day exercise across numerous locations that aims to vet potential combat capabilities as part of the services' effort to expedite fielding of new weapons and ways to fight, according to the services.

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The Navy has expanded its cruise missile strategy to include “all non-nuclear offensive strike missiles” at around the same time it has completed an analysis of alternatives that will inform the service's next generation of strike capabilities.

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Congressional defense committees have approved $79 million in reprogramming funds for the Marine Corps’ new heavy lift helicopter, which is facing schedule delays due to technical problems.

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The Army's second operational test of Northrop Grumman's Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System, or IBCS, came with a price tag of $354 million, according to a report the service just made public on a decision made a year and a half ago.

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April 04, 2019

The Army has released a request for information for the Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft, a multiservice effort to replace the Black Hawk helicopter as soon as 2030.

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The Defense Department is anticipating enhanced cybersecurity requirements for contractors working on critical technologies will be published by the National Institute for Standards and Technology in approximately 60 days, according to a DOD official.

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The Joint Strike Fighter is on track to meet its 80 percent mission-capable rate requirement by the end of 2019, according to the F-35 program executive officer.

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The Missile Defense Agency has pushed back plans for a new Pacific Radar by two years -- delaying all key milestones for a new sensor needed to plug holes in the U.S. military's ability to track projected future North Korean long-range rockets during the midcourse of flight -- while also trimming planned five-year spending on the project from $1 billion to $764 million.

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If Turkey were removed from the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter supply chain, the program office expects there would be a slowdown of parts to the three production lines within three months time, resulting in between 50 and 75 aircraft being delivered late over a two-year period.

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As Pentagon leaders move forward with plans to stand up a new Space Development Agency, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson continues to air her concerns with the new organization, telling lawmakers this week she worries the agency will be too detached from the warfighter and could impede ongoing work to develop a proliferated low earth orbit satellite constellation.

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