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June 06, 2019

The Pentagon continues to wrestle with challenges and internal disagreements resulting from seismic congressional reforms that restructured its acquisition oversight process and gave the military services more direct control over major programs, according to a new Government Accountability Office report.

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The Pentagon's Joint Artificial Intelligence Center is in the early stages of building a "common foundation" of tools the military services can access to develop AI capabilities, like Apple's App Store or Amazon Web Services' Marketplace, according to a Defense Department official.

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A House panel wants the Army to prepare options for a "low-cost" generic interceptor that can operate as part of the Patriot surface-to-air missile system, a move that comes as the price tag for the newest variant of the Patriot interceptor approaches $1 million and lawmakers are seeking options to bolster inventories and foreign buyers are asking for less expensive options.

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House authorizers want more information from the Defense Department on efforts to secure the defense industrial base from cyber threats and protect technology critical to national security, as lawmakers are concerned the department is not synchronizing its activities.

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The Pentagon is investigating how it might use rapid acquisition authorities to ensure access to critical minerals vital for powering major weapons and communications systems should China and Russia disrupt U.S. supply chains, according to a new Trump administration report.

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The Army is planning to field a number of systems in September to the 2nd Cavalry Regiment in Europe to aid soldiers in conditions where GPS signals might be jammed or spoofed.

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A House panel is directing the Defense Department to conduct an enterprise-wide analysis of competing technology projects that all aim to one day deliver a weapon capable of intercepting an intercontinental ballistic missile during the boost phase of flight -- and identify which project offers the best option.

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House lawmakers are calling for details on the Air Force's strategy to establish a unified signals intelligence enterprise and how it will incorporate cloud-based technologies.

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The Defense Department and NASA have announced a public meeting next month to get industry advice and concerns about implementing a ban on federal purchases of telecommunications equipment from China-based companies Huawei and ZTE, prior to an August deadline under the defense authorization law enacted last year.

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The House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee is seeking information from the Navy about the industrial base's ability to achieve the service's current goal of a 355-ship fleet.

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Army senior leaders have approved an acquisition strategy for the Long Range Hypersonic Weapon prototype, which includes a requirement for four vehicles each equipped with two missiles for a single battery.

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House lawmakers want the Air Force to craft a 30-year tanker force structure vision that lays out future tanker production plans and options to modernize the entire tanker fleet.

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Republicans on the House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee failed to strip controversial nuclear weapons provisions from the panel's fiscal year 2020 defense policy bill today, as the Democratic majority voted the legislation through to the full committee.

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Mercury Systems, which continues to rapidly acquire new companies, is consolidating multiple West Coast facilities gained through acquisitions into an expanded manufacturing facility, according to its chief executive.

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The Defense Department will not direct or require the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent prime contractors to use more than one supplier of large solid-rocket motors.

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The House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee today passed an amendment to its mark of the fiscal year 2020 defense policy bill that aims to force the Navy into accelerating a program to build a common hull auxiliary vessel.

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June 05, 2019

The House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee plans to meet the Navy's request to approve three Virginia-class submarines in its portion of the fiscal year 2020 defense policy bill, charting a different course than its Senate counterpart and the House Appropriations Committee.

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The nominees to lead U.S. Space Command and the National Reconnaissance Office today emphasized the strong relationship between the Defense Department and the intelligence community and committed to maintaining and improving that relationship moving forward.

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BAE Systems' U.S.-based organization last year restructured and renamed its research and development arm, now known as FAST Labs and meant to quickly generate innovative technology that can be transferred to the company's business units.

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House lawmakers want to explore options for folding the Missile Defense Agency into other Defense Department organizations and removing an exemption in place for 17 years that allows development and procurement of ballistic missile defense programs outside traditional weapon system acquisition rules.

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