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September 29, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force has conducted the first flight test of the MQ-9A Reaper carrying eight live AGM-114 Hellfire missiles -- twice the number it can currently hold -- to show the remotely piloted aircraft's ability to perform "persistent attack" operations in future conflicts.

September 29, 2020 | Daily News

A bipartisan group of House authorizers has released its final report on U.S. national security strategy, calling for a whole-of-nation effort to confront the threat of a superpower China, including a wholesale review of the Defense Department's legacy systems and dramatically increased spending on emerging technologies.

September 29, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon has finished an analysis of alternatives for the Survivable Airborne Operations Center -- a future platform capable of supporting nuclear command, control and communications operations -- and is preparing for the impacts of funding restrictions on the broader NC3 modernization enterprise under a continuing resolution.

September 29, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon has launched a new initiative to improve how it approaches the exportability of defense technology to allied and partner countries.

September 29, 2020 | Daily News

Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord said today the effort now underway to identify and re-shore critical defense technologies with fragile or foreign supply chains was enhanced by the global outbreak of COVID-19.

September 28, 2020 | Daily News

The XQ-58A Valkyrie drone is expected to be operational again next month following a mishap over the summer and will soon fly with a gateway communications pod that could enable F-22 and F-35 fighter jets to stealthily exchange data.

September 25, 2020 | Daily News

A group representing a range of U.S. companies and industry associations opposes a variety of measures in the House and Senate defense authorization bills, including several provisions that would demand domestic sourcing for U.S. weapons programs and force companies to cut ties with Chinese suppliers.

September 25, 2020 | Daily News

Air Force Materiel Command is considering sending industry a second request for information to support market research into the multiple roles an MQ-9 Reaper replacement, or MQ-Next, can perform as a node within the joint all-domain command and control infrastructure.

September 25, 2020 | Daily News

The Space Force announced today it has reached an agreement with SpaceX to launch two future GPS III missions with previously flown boosters -- the first National Security Space Launch missions to fly with a re-used first stage.

September 24, 2020 | Daily News

Amentum said today it has agreed to acquire DynCorp International, which would create a $6 billion contractor.

September 24, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force and Lockheed Martin have begun negotiating a lower unit cost for the next batch of commoditized F-16 fighter jets they anticipate supplying through last month's novel foreign military sale contract to a new group of customers, sources tell Inside Defense.

September 24, 2020 | Daily News

An experimental positioning navigation and timing capability being developed by L3Harris and the Air Force Research Laboratory could offer options to mitigate the impact of GPS signal interference --including the projected disruption from Ligado Network's controversial plan to field a fifth-generation wireless network in the L-band.

September 23, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force is planning formal studies to consider options for a future autonomous tanking architecture that could include a mix of small, remotely piloted refueling aircraft and larger, more survivable tankers.

September 23, 2020 | Daily News

Air Force acquisition executive Will Roper is looking to field Advanced Battle Management System capabilities with full operational use across combatant commands starting at the fourth on-ramp in Europe, he told reporters today.

September 23, 2020 | Daily News

A new report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies finds the ratio of spending on procurement compared to research and development is on the decline, a discovery it notes could have "business-altering dynamics."

September 23, 2020 | Daily News

An influential Pentagon advisory board is recommending the United States be "more aggressive" with adversaries like China and Russia in non-military "Gray Zone" conflicts that require new capabilities, especially in the cyber realm.

September 22, 2020 | Daily News

The Government Accountability Office has raised concerns that the National Nuclear Security Administration's W87-1 program -- potentially the most expensive warhead modernization effort since the end of the Cold War -- is neglecting best management practices when considering future design options and plutonium pit availability, according to previously undisclosed details from a classified report the watchdog completed in February.

September 21, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force is refining its acquisition strategy for the Stand-in Attack Weapon -- an emerging guided missile intended for the F-35 fighter jet -- to place greater emphasis on digital engineering and open-systems architecture.

September 21, 2020 | Daily News

The House has filed a stopgap continuing resolution that would extend the period by which contractors can be reimbursed for remaining in a "ready state" during the COVID-19 pandemic.

September 21, 2020 | Daily News

The F-22 program office estimates it incurred about $90 million in cost growth following an 11-month schedule slip to the first release of the program’s capability pipeline modernization effort.

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