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Inside the Air Force - November 30, 2018
  • Blackjack PM hopeful DOD can transition demo into program of record

    As the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency awards early contracts for a satellite architecture demonstration program that could change the way the Defense Department approaches resiliency in space, the agency is working closely with the Air Force and other Pentagon stakeholders to make sure a plan is in place to transition to a formal program once the concept is proven.

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  • Inhofe unveils top defense policy priorities; gears up for budget battle

    Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-OK) has an ambitious list of priorities all built around a central line of effort -- increasing the defense budget, despite newly empowered Democrats and a White House looking for spending cuts to offset skyrocketing deficits.

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  • DOD plans to spend at least $21B on EW development in next five years

    Pentagon spending on electronic-warfare research and development is projected to exceed $5 billion in fiscal year 2019 and to remain above $4 billion through FY-23, as the military continues to assess what technologies it needs to control the electromagnetic spectrum.

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  • USAF-funded small-business cyber group: Forming ISAO is core to mission

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL -- A small-business cybersecurity group funded under an Air Force contract has decided that forming an information-sharing and analysis organization, or ISAO, is crucial to its mission in developing cost-effective measures for defending against cyberattacks, a recommendation that is expected to be offered as a model for firms across the country.

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  • Contract Bid Protests

    The Government Accountability Office sustained 15 percent of all contract bid protests in fiscal year 2018, down from 17 percent in FY-17 and 23 percent in FY-16, according to an annual report. "Our review shows that the most prevalent reasons for sustaining protests during the 2018 fiscal year were: (1) unreasonable technical evaluation; (2) unreasonable cost or price evaluation; (3) flawed selection decision," the GAO report reads. "It is important to note that a significant number of protests filed with our office do not reach a decision on the merits because agencies voluntarily take corrective action in response to the protest rather than defend the protest on the merits."

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  • AFSAB: Air Force should 'substantially refocus' $2.6B S&T portfolio

    The Air Force should "substantially refocus" investments in its $2.6 billion science and technology portfolio to maintain -- and in some cases regain -- technological advantage against potential adversaries, as well as develop new technologies needed to prevail in conflicts in the 2030s, according to a new advisory panel study.

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  • Selva: Interservice dialogue could help DOD field EW capabilities faster

    The vice chairman of the joint chiefs of staff said this week he's cautiously optimistic that better interservice dialogue on how to address electronic warfare capability gaps will help the Pentagon gain some edge over Chinese and Russian technological advancements.

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  • Bogdan applauds new JSF Block 4 strategy, notes concerns with software

    The former leader of the F-35 joint program office said Thursday that while he thinks the program's decision to transition to a continuous software development and delivery framework for Block 4 modernization was a good one, he has some concern about how that capability will be integrated across the fleet.

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  • PACAF assessing wing cmdr needs to support increased fighter readiness

    As the Pentagon drives the Air Force and Navy to bring key fighter aircraft to an 80 percent mission-capable rate, the head of the Pacific Air Forces said Nov. 26 he is working with his wing commanders to better understand what they need to increase aircraft availability.

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  • DOD contract obligation boost mostly benefited 'big five'

    The Pentagon's contract obligations grew 13 percent between fiscal years 2015 and 2017 -- but the five largest defense contractors reaped most of that benefit, according to new analysis by the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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  • Maxar CEO seeks growth in space systems

    The chief executive of Maxar Technologies said Nov. 28 the company is pursuing growth in its space systems business and will be more able to do so once it divests its geostationary communications satellite business.

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  • Senate Republicans at odds with White House over proposed defense cut

    The opening bell has officially rung in Washington's latest round of arguments over national defense spending.

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  • General Atomics opens New Delhi office

    General Atomics said Nov. 27 it has opened a new office in New Delhi, India, and named Pratesh Gandhi to serve as director of India strategic development.

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  • Leidos hires Freeman

    Leidos said this week it has named Tim Freeman senior vice president for business development and strategy within its defense group.

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  • Cybersecurity ambitions in NDS meet reality of budget constraints

    Lofty goals in the Trump administration's National Defense Strategy were brought down to earth by a pair of Defense Department advisers, who told a Senate panel this week that a lack of funding will hinder execution of the plan, which deeply incorporates cybersecurity in the consideration of malign actions by nation-states and individuals.

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  • Trump response to China's cyber activities pulls all levers of int'l power

    Senior Trump administration officials have described China's cyber aggressions as a "whole-of-government" campaign from Beijing, and in response the United States is putting in motion a range of policy options involving the Pentagon and economic and trade sanctions, as well as law enforcement actions, according to recently released strategy documents and reports.

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  • Moody's: UTC split would allow 'enhanced strategic focus'

    United Technologies' plan to spin off Otis and Carrier into separate entities following its acquisition of Rockwell Collins means the company will need an adapted capital structure as well as new capital allocation policies, according to a new Moody's Investors Service report.

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  • Mattis asks Senate to back Saudi Arabia, despite Khashoggi murder

    Defense Secretary Jim Mattis this week advised U.S. senators in a closed-door meeting to continue military support and the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia, despite the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, noting that "we are seldom free to work with unblemished partners."

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  • Chewning: Government is taking into account BAE's concerns over CFIUS

    A top Pentagon official said an interim Treasury Department rule that has concerned some organizations, including BAE Systems, will go through a regulation-writing process over the next year.

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