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Inside the Pentagon - August 17, 2017
  • Plan to restructure DOD acquisition sparks concern among former weapons testers

    Former top Defense Department weapons testers are concerned a new bureaucratic shake-up, combined with the possible departure of Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ), could weaken their former office's influence on decisions to procure multibillion-dollar weapon systems.

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  • DOD ducks requirement to rank 'optimized mix' of U.S. military aircraft

    The Defense Department is sidestepping a requirement to conduct a review of the U.S. military's future aircraft needs originally requested by Congress to produce a prioritized ranking -- or "optimized mix" -- of short- and long-range strike aircraft as well as the best combination of manned and unmanned platforms.

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  • House lawmakers seek Trump's support on additional missile defense funding

    The top Republican and Democrat on the House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee have sent a letter to President Trump seeking his support for an additional $2.5 billion in missile defense funding for fiscal year 2018 in response to threats from North Korea.

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  • SCO seeks new round of proposals, including 'non-traditional defense' tech

    The Pentagon's Strategic Capabilities Office is gathering new ideas for potential funding in the areas of autonomous systems, deep learning, cyber, cross-domain kill chains and non-traditional defense technologies.

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  • Trump Disbands Council

    President Trump said Wednesday he would disband his manufacturing council, which included several chief executives overseeing defense portfolios, following multiple resignations. Among those to resign was Greg Hayes, chief executive of United Technologies, which includes Pratt & Whitney, citing concerns about racism and intolerance following Trump's Tuesday press conference about violence in Charlottesville, VA. Around the same time Hayes announced his resignation, Trump tweeted: "Rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople of the Manufacturing Council & Strategy & Policy Forum, I am ending both. Thank you all!" Also on the manufacturing council were Bill Brown of Harris, Marillyn Hewson of Lockheed Martin and Dennis Muilenburg of Boeing.

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  • Trump administration echoes concerns about outlook for future military aircraft

    The Trump administration is echoing concerns raised by the Obama administration about the ability of the aerospace sector to sustain the unique design and manufacturing skills needed to ensure future U.S. military combat aircraft can be both designed and produced, according to a report by the Pentagon office charged with monitoring the defense industrial base.

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  • DIUx gets new authorities, prepares to transition programs to production

    The Defense Innovation Unit Experimental has been granted new authorities and is preparing to transition several technologies to production this year, as the organization claims it is "here to stay" under the Trump administration.

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  • DOD to issue guidance on foreign arms sales requirements

    The Defense Department is developing guidance to ensure the military is properly defining the requirements of foreign arms buyers as part of an effort to make foreign military sales more timely, according to a recent government audit.

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  • DOD inks award for maintaining Afghan Air Force UH-60 helicopters

    The Defense Department has tapped Science and Engineering Services to perform maintenance and training services for the Afghan Air Force's future fleet of UH-60A Black Hawk helicopters, according to a recent award notice.

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  • Trump promises 'billions' more for missile defense

    President Trump is pledging to announce a plan within the next week to increase U.S. missile defense spending by "a substantial number of billions" in response to threats from North Korea.

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  • McCain offers new strategy to 'turn the tide' in Afghanistan

    Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) has filed legislation proposing a new U.S. strategy for the 16-year war in Afghanistan and also rebuked the Trump administration for failing to provide one.

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  • Mattis cagey on military solution for North Korea

    Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, voicing support Aug. 10 for continued diplomatic talks with North Korea, declined to discuss specifics with reporters regarding the nuclear threat posed by Pyongyang, but added that a "military solution" does exist in the event one is needed.

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  • Defense execs back Trump's move to investigate Chinese theft

    In a statement, the chief executive of the National Defense Industrial Association on Aug. 15 praised President Trump's new effort to stem Chinese theft of U.S. intellectual property.

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  • Bassett: Army leaders 'very close to a decision' on Trophy APS for Abrams

    Army senior leaders are nearing a decision on whether to purchase an off-the-shelf active protection system for the Abrams tank, while APS work on the service's other combat vehicles is slightly behind schedule.

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  • DOD: Number of defense-related M&A transactions roughly flat in 2016

    In 2016, the Pentagon reviewed 12 of the roughly 380 defense-related mergers and acquisitions, according to a new report to Congress from the Defense Department's manufacturing and industrial base policy office.

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  • CSRA expects more contract activity in September

    CSRA's chief executive said last week he expects a busy September for contract awards.

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  • Contractors ready for additional information on new Buy American policies

    As federal agencies prepare reports on their compliance with Buy American laws, contractors should be checking their own processes and documentation, according to one government contracting adviser.

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  • AMDR tracks ballistic missile target in key developmental test

    The Navy's next-generation, surface warfare radar program -- the Air and Missile Defense Radar -- late last month successfully tracked a target during a developmental test against a medium-range ballistic missile, an assessment that builds on a test earlier this year to detect and track a short-range ballistic missile target.

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  • PSC warns contractors to get ready for a shutdown

    Contractors should start preparing now in case of a government shutdown, top Professional Services Council executives said this week.

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  • BMD newcomer Jacobs bests Northrop for potential $4.6B MDA contract

    The aerospace and technology arm of Jacobs -- a Dallas-headquartered company best known for its global engineering and construction services -- upset incumbent Northrop Grumman by winning a potential $4.6 billion follow-on contract to support the Missile Defense Agency, its first successful major foray into government missile-defense business.

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