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Inside the Pentagon - February 22, 2018
  • DOD seeking $1.5B for SCO in FY-19, including $438M for seven new projects

    The Strategic Capabilities Office is seeking nearly $1.5 billion in fiscal year 2019 -- an increase of more than 20 percent over FY-18 -- to develop new and surprising ways of using existing technology to bolster conventional deterrence against China and Russia.

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  • Pentagon developing proposal to reform security clearance process

    The Pentagon will soon deliver a proposal to the director of national intelligence to reform the security clearance process by relying more on the use of "continuous evaluation" technologies and automated record checks rather than periodic background investigations.

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  • Military's tone on readiness shifts from alarm to guarded optimism

    The military service vice chiefs, who last year generated alarm by testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee that U.S. military readiness had been compromised, recently delivered a more optimistic message following a bipartisan budget deal poised to pump an additional $165 billion into the Defense Department over the next two years.

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  • DARPA seeks massive boost in electronics research funding

    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is nearly quadrupling its planned investments in fiscal year 2019 for programs seeking to find new materials, architectures and designs for microelectronics.

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  • Sweden eyes $3.2B Patriot buy

    The State Department has approved a possible $3.2 billion foreign military sale of Patriot Configuration-3+ Modernized Fire Units to Sweden to bolster that country's missile defense capabilities, according to a recent notice from the Defense Security Cooperation Agency."This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by helping to improve the security of a strategic partner which has been, and continues to be, an important force for political stability and economic progress within the Baltic Sea region and across Europe," the Feb. 20 notice states. The prime contractors would be Raytheon and Lockheed Martin.

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  • Enzi seeks cost and schedule details on Pentagon's $2 trillion audit

    Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) wants Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to provide him with detailed cost and time line information on the Defense Department's ongoing $2 trillion audit, according to a recent letter the lawmaker sent to the Pentagon.

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  • SOCOM wrestles with role under new National Defense Strategy

    The Defense Department is struggling to define the role U.S. Special Operations Command will play under a new National Defense Strategy that focuses on "great power competition" with China and Russia, while the department continues to rely on SOCOM to execute global counterterrorism operations.

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  • Pentagon announces industry day for cloud steering group

    The Defense Department's cloud executive steering group will host an industry day next month to discuss its plans for a high-profile and often controversial commercial cloud acquisition, according to a Pentagon announcement.

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  • State Department OKs $1.2B Apache upgrades for the Netherlands

    The State Department has approved a potential $1.19 billion foreign military sales case for the Netherlands to upgrade its fleet of Apache attack helicopters, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced Feb. 20.

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  • Sea-launched cruise missile could be deployed on surface ships

    The Pentagon is considering deploying a new nuclear-tipped, sea-launched cruise missile on surface ships such as the Zumwalt-class destroyers as well as submarines, according to the head of U.S. Strategic Command.

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  • Key Pentagon nominees clear Senate

    The Senate last week confirmed several high-level Pentagon nominees, including one official intended to be the Defense Department's new No. 3 and one who will perform the role of chief innovation officer.

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  • DOD doubles planned CPS funding, hands Navy program in FY-20

    The Defense Department is ratcheting up planned funding for the Conventional Prompt Strike program and plans to hand responsibility for the project -- the U.S. military's marquee effort to develop an intermediate-range, non-nuclear hypersonic weapon -- to the Navy beginning in fiscal year 2020.

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  • DOD wants more than $400M in FY-19 for air-launched, hypersonic strike

    The Air Force and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency are seeking more than $400 million in fiscal year 2019 -- up about 160 percent from the FY-18 request -- to mature "game-changing" technologies for potential aircraft-launched, hypersonic-strike weapons.

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  • Army constitutes more than 70 percent of DOD's FY-19 request for Europe

    The Trump administration aims to drastically increase the funding in fiscal year 2019 for the European Deterrence Initiative, designed to counter Russian adventurism on the continent, with Army equipment and activities comprising $4.6 billion of a total $6.5 billion request.

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  • Army eyes $3B missile procurement boost to bolster decisive-action training

    Army leaders are asking Congress to plow $3 billion more than previously forecast into the service's missiles account in fiscal year 2019 -- an increase of nearly 140 percent compared to the FY-19 forecast the Pentagon published last year -- with major increases for the Guided Missile Launch Rocket System, Patriot MSE missile, and modifications of Army Tactical Missile System programs.

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  • HII makes leadership changes, reports sales increase in 2017

    Huntington Ingalls said this week Michael Smith, executive vice president for strategy and development, is moving to the company's technical solutions division to oversee the SN3 business, effective immediately.

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  • Two private-equity firms make new investments in contracting market

    Two private-equity firms last week announced new deals in the government contracting market.

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  • GD CFO: 'You either have to consolidate or get consolidated out'

    Acquiring CSRA will help General Dynamics better compete in the consolidating IT services market, according to GD's chief financial officer.

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