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Inside the Air Force - February 22, 2019
  • President signs key Space Force policy directive

    UPDATE: President Trump signed a key space policy directive today that would direct the creation of a new military service, but falls short of a previous order to establish a new department for space.

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  • USAF reports E-3G delay, pushes AWACS final milestone into mid-2024

    The Air Force has delayed a key milestone for its $2.7 billion, E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System Block 40/45 upgrade program stemming from shortfalls identified during testing and delays in delivering new hardware by prime contractor Boeing.

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  • CRH program aims for September milestone C decision despite DOT&E warning

    The Combat Rescue Helicopter program office is aiming for a September 2019 milestone C decision, despite concerns from the Pentagon's senior weapons tester.

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  • DOD aims to boost agile software development with 'DevSecOps Initiative'

    The Pentagon has 19 pathfinders, ranging from individual weapon systems to program executive offices, leveraging the work of a new initiative to make agile software development tools available across the Defense Department, according to the official in charge of the effort.

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  • DOD Announcement of DSB Meetings

    [Federal Register: May 18, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 96)]

    [Notices]

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    From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]

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    DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

    Office of the Secretary

    Defense Science Board

    AGENCY: Department of Defense.

    ACTION: Notice of Advisory Committee meeting.

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  • DOT&E calls for additional EPS testing to ensure secure polar SATCOM

    The Pentagon's top weapons tester is recommending that the Air Force conduct additional testing to ensure a new polar satellite program can provide secure communications in a contested environment.

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  • DARPA solicits proposals for Blackjack's Pit Boss technology

    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is calling for industry input into a software development effort known as Pit Boss, which will demonstrate space-based autonomous command-and-control and data processing to support the agency's highly watched Blackjack program.

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  • DOD seeks new satellite network for long-range, hypersonic strike targeting

    The Pentagon is asking industry for ideas on a new satellite constellation optimized to identify fleeting, high-priority targets for attack by conventionally armed hypersonic glide vehicles, a solicitation that marks a development in the U.S. military's effort to field a new class of ultra-fast weapons and advances the Trump administration's goal to develop a "left of launch" missile defense capability.

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  • USAF holding second directed-energy experiment for counter-UAS ops

    The Air Force is hosting a second experiment this fall to determine whether off-the-shelf directed energy technology can be used to counter unmanned aerial systems, and if successful, the service intends to acquire this technology using accelerated acquisition authorities, according to a Feb. 8 announcement.

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  • JPO planning a 'Pitch Day' for F-35 software development, sustainment

    SAN DIEGO -- The F-35 Joint Program Office is planning to award up to 20 software development and sustainment contracts for "immediate" requirements to small businesses and startups later this year, according to the program executive officer.

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  • F-35 JPO to brief Congress on Block 4 modernization plan in coming months

    SAN DIEGO -- The F-35 joint program office will brief Congress on its Block 4 modernization plan in the coming months, according to the program executive officer.

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  • RKV flunks review, MDA resetting program schedule and budget requirement

    The Missile Defense Agency's effort to accelerate development of a new Ground-based Midcourse Defense kill vehicle -- a more than $2.6 billion project to deliver a reliable ballistic missile defense warhead to protect the United States from North Korean and potential Iranian threats -- suffered a setback when the Redesigned Kill Vehicle did not pass muster with a key design review last year.

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  • Capitol Hill readies for aftershock as Trump diverts DOD funds toward wall

    Democrats in Congress say they are eager to learn which military construction projects will go unfunded so President Trump can divert $3.6 billion to build a wall on the southwestern border following his declaration of a national emergency.

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  • Trump to tap more than $6 billion in Pentagon funds to build border wall

    President Trump will declare a national emergency today to use $3.6 billion in Defense Department military construction funds to build a wall on the southwestern border. Additionally, he will seek to reprogram $2.5 billion to DOD's drug interdiction account from other unidentified Pentagon sources.

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  • DOD using new joint architecture to guide key cyber programs

    The Pentagon has established a new Joint Cyber Warfighting Architecture to ensure the military's cyber capabilities are better integrated, according to the head of U.S. Cyber Command.

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