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November 25, 2020 | Daily News

The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee is calling the Air Force's decision this week to reveal four preferred alternative Air National Guard C-130J bases -- including one in Georgia -- a politically motivated move that muddies the service's strategic basing process.

November 25, 2020 | Daily News

The Space Force is finalizing the organizational details of a new Space Warfighting Analysis Center, which will play a key role in developing advanced tactics and proposing new force design elements for the service.

November 24, 2020 | Daily News

Though President-elect Biden has yet to announce his nominee for defense secretary, members of his transition team are scheduled to arrive at the Pentagon on Monday to prepare for his upcoming administration.

November 24, 2020 | Daily News

The head of Air Force acquisition said today he expects the service would see "immediate improvement" in its readiness rates if it were authorized to retire older aircraft as proposed in its fiscal year 2021 budget request.

November 24, 2020 | Daily News

Air Force acquisition executive Will Roper signed a memo today that transitions the experimental Advanced Battle Management System program to a "demonstration-deployment phase" and designates the service's Rapid Capabilities Office as the "integrating" program executive office to buy and field new technologies.

November 24, 2020 | Daily News

The Joint Artificial Intelligence Center's new director is imploring Defense Department components to understand AI and it uses, rather than just spend money on it, including through the creation of a new "missions directorate" to work with DOD organizations on how they can use AI and machine learning.

November 24, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force has completed its evaluation of Boeing's interim KC-46 remote vision system upgrade pitch and plans to integrate "a few capabilities" as it works toward replacing the existing system, service acquisition executive Will Roper told reporters today.

November 23, 2020 | Daily News

The Missile Defense Agency is delaying initial fielding of the Long Range Discrimination Radar -- originally slated for next month -- to June 2021, a change of plans forced by the COVID-19 pandemic which hampered facility construction and installation of the new sensor in Alaska earlier this year.

November 23, 2020 | Daily News

The Space and Missile Systems Center is using a new request for information to help shape a larger conversation about how future launch services acquisition strategies will build on past work and where they might move in a new direction.

November 20, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force has completed a final design review of a new arming and fuzing assembly for the military's intercontinental ballistic missiles after the service had to delay the milestone by eight months from its original schedule.

November 20, 2020 | Daily News

The vice chairman of the joint chiefs of staff said today he plans to spend his last year in the seat pushing hard for changes to the way the Defense Department classifies space programs.

November 20, 2020 | Daily News

The commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center said today the Space Force will request a significant plus-up in funding in its fiscal year 2022 budget proposal, reflecting the strategic importance of space investment as one of the Defense Department's top priorities.

November 19, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force today announced six candidate bases to host U.S. Space Command Headquarters, including multiple locations not included in its initial attempt to choose a home base for the new combatant command.

November 19, 2020 | Daily News

In a new survey of 46 Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps aircraft, the Government Accountability Office found that only three met their mission-capable goals in most fiscal years between FY-11 and FY-19 -- demonstrating the readiness and cost implications of the military's aging aircraft fleet.

November 19, 2020 | Daily News

Although key Defense Department strategy documents make a strong case for a more rapid, responsive launch capability, some launch officials and experts say the Pentagon needs more advocacy -- at all levels -- to move technology forward.

November 19, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force is on schedule to conduct a preliminary design review in the coming months of Lockheed Martin's solution for the future Ground Based Strategic Deterrent's Mk21A reentry vehicle.

November 18, 2020 | Daily News

The Defense Department and the Commerce Department are drafting a memorandum of understanding to detail their plans to transition space traffic management to the Commerce Department over the next few years.

November 18, 2020 | Daily News

Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller announced today he is raising the top special operations civilian to be on par with a military service secretary, meaning the official would report directly to him and bypass the under secretary of defense for policy.

November 18, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force has received Raytheon's proposal for the Long-Range Standoff Weapon and will seek the Defense Acquisition Board's approval to begin developing the multibillion-dollar, nuclear-armed cruise missile next May, about nine months ahead of schedule.

November 18, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon's acquisition chief has approved a new enterprise policy for managing the potential loss of manufacturing sources amid broader concerns about declining electronics production and other supply chain shortfalls.

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