The Missile Defense Agency is planning a key developmental test of the Standard Missile-3 Block IIA interceptor this spring ahead of transitioning to production later this year, but how much the new weapons will cost remains an unanswered question.
The Navy has begun modifying aircraft carriers to host control stations, multiple displays and an area for the air vehicle operator to sit when flying the MQ-25 Stingray, according to a service official.
The White House's $30 billion fiscal year 2017 budget amendment proposal -- dubbed the supplemental -- includes more than $2 billion to fund the Navy's ship operations accounts and $4 billion to purchase more aircraft for the sea service.
The White House is seeking a fiscal year 2017 budget amendment that would break spending caps agreed to by congressional Republicans and Democrats and could lead to a shutdown that might ultimately endanger additional defense spending this year.
The Navy is planning to host a presentation to provide interested companies with information about the clandestine-delivered mine that could one day be deployed by the service's Extra Large Unmanned Underwater Vehicle. In a March 13 notice, the Navy states its intent to host an event at Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Panama City, FL, to "display a Clandestine Delivered Mine (CDM) and provide a CDM-related presentation to potential XLUUV offerors." While the March 29 presentation is unclassified, the event is open only to those working with Naval Sea Systems Command on the XLUUV program, according to the notice.
The U.S. military needs to invest heavily in automation and machine learning to protect its networks from adversaries relying on the same technologies, according to one of the Navy's top cyber commanders.
Opponents of funding an additional San Antonio-class ship in the fiscal year 2018 budget request could argue the Navy has not selected a vendor for the follow-on dock landing ship replacement, according to a new Congressional Research Service report.
The Marine Corps kicked off Amphibious Combat Vehicle Increment 1.1 engineering and manufacturing development testing last week and will begin the operational assessment early next calendar year, according to an official.
House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) said he was "pleased" with the supplemental fiscal year 2017 budget the Trump administration released Thursday, and hopes that it passes as soon as possible in an effort to "get a head start on repairing some of the damage that's been done" to the military.
The White House's fiscal year 2018 budget would boost national security spending by $54 billion, paid for by a 28 percent cut to the State Department, as well as double-digit cuts to other executive agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Housing and Urban Development, according to Mick Mulvaney, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget.
Despite pitching the fiscal year 2017 budget amendment as a military readiness supplement, the Defense Department is also seeking billions more for research and development, including more money for the Navy's new anti-ship missile.
The Trump administration is seeking a $30 billion increase to the Pentagon's fiscal year 2017 budget, a promissory note on larger plans going forward to try to reverse cuts to military spending stemming from the 2011 Budget Control Act, which has cut hundreds of billions of dollars from the Defense Department's since 2012.
The Light Armored Vehicle 25, a Marine Corps armored reconnaissance vehicle, is being used in a pilot program to evaluate how the Army can add mobility and firepower to airborne infantry brigade combat team formations, according to a service spokeswoman.
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