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July 23, 2020

Senior Pentagon officials have misgivings about the U.S. program to develop a counter-hypersonic weapon, citing the technical challenges of developing a new interceptor capable of being fast and nimble enough to outperform an emerging class of ultra-fast hypersonic glide and cruise missiles, according to a congressional audit.

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The Air Force Research Laboratory has selected Raytheon as the winner of a $375 million contract to develop the secretive miniature self-defense missile after a months-long bidding competition with Lockheed Martin.

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July 22, 2020

The Army's Joint Counter-Unmanned Aircraft Systems office has merged into the fires directorate within its management office, a service official said today.

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As part of its effort to transition to a new logistics information framework, the Operational Data Integrated Network, the F-35 joint program office plans to begin installing hardware this September that can run software from both the legacy and the new systems until ODIN is fully deployed.

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Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord confirmed today the Defense Contract Management Agency has begun negotiations with F-35 prime contractor Lockheed Martin, seeking compensation from the company for delivering parts designated as not ready for issue.

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The Long-Range Standoff Weapon effort requires full funding in fiscal year 2021 to accelerate some testing and make the schedule more flexible, according to an Air Force spokeswoman, but House appropriators have recommended reducing the program's budget.

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The Pentagon's enterprise cloud computing ambitions have been stalled by contracting challenges, but Defense Department components are moving forward under an "interim" strategy with a patchwork of cloud technologies to meet pressing needs like software development and teleworking capacity.

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The Missile Defense Agency is readying a solicitation by the end of this year to formally commence a competition for a Regional Glide Phase Weapon System, an expected two-way, 18-month competition to develop a prototype hypersonic defense interceptor.

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Artificial intelligence company CalypsoAI is announcing today the close of a $13 million series A fundraising round.

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July 21, 2020

Adm. Phil Davidson, head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, wants an Aegis Ashore missile defense system on Guam by 2026 to defend the U.S. territory against advancing ballistic and cruise missile threats, arguing the combination of land- and sea-based missile defenses currently deployed there are limited to protecting one side of the island only and insufficient to provide 360-degree defense from China's ships and aircraft.

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The Air Force today formally released its Arctic strategy -- which calls for enhanced missile defense, space and polar mobility capabilities, greater collaboration with allies and partners in the Arctic region and improved and expanded readiness and training exercises.

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The Army has established a new directorate in its management office focusing on strategic operations to include a wider range of joint all-domain operations capabilities, a service official told reporters today.

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The new chief executive of Lockheed Martin said today the company is preparing for a potential defense budget upturn as well as a downturn.

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The Government Accountability Office denied a series of bid protest allegations Perspecta levied against a $7.7 billion Navy contract award after concluding the company failed to substantiate the substance and impact of its accusations.

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The House voted 241-173 today against an amendment to the defense authorization bill that would have removed an existing law requiring the Pentagon to send Congress an annual list of unfunded priorities.

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The independent accreditation body behind the Pentagon's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program has formally opened up applications for a range of certifications, after a month-long soft launch which generated approximately 300 organization and 775 individual registrations.

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July 20, 2020

As the Air Force looks to ramp up production of anti-ship missiles, House appropriators argue proposed buys in fiscal year 2021 are premature and suggest zeroing out funding, while Senate authorizers recommend accelerating purchases to meet growing needs in the Indo-Pacific region.

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July 17, 2020

BAE Systems has won an award via other transaction authority to prototype hybrid electric drives for Army combat vehicles in an effort to reduce costs, the service announced yesterday.

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The Army has released a draft request for proposals for the service's $957 million Cyber Training, Readiness, Integration, Delivery and Enterprise contract.

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House lawmakers are recommending a $20 million addition to the Navy's fiscal year 2021 shipbuilding account in an effort to head off cost growth in the service's $12.9 billion, T-AO-205 John Lewis Fleet Oiler Class program.

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