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May 23, 2019 | Daily News

The Senate Appropriations Committee today proposed legislation that would allocate nearly $1.7 billion in emergency supplemental funding to support recovery efforts at Tyndall Air Force Base, FL, and Offutt AFB, NE.

May 23, 2019 | Daily News

The GOP-led Senate Armed Services Committee, as expected, has approved $750 billion in total defense spending for fiscal year 2020, according to a summary of the panel’s authorization bill.

May 23, 2019 | Daily News

Senate policymakers are showing support for major Air Force investments in their mark of fiscal year 2020 legislation, authorizing 12 additional F-35A Joint Strike Fighter aircraft, validating the service’s request to buy new fourth-generation jets and proposing additional funding for the Advanced Battle Management System and the service’s Light-Attack Aircraft experiment.

May 23, 2019 | Daily News

The Senate Armed Services Committee this week took a step toward reorganizing the space enterprise, passing a fiscal year 2020 policy bill that would establish a Space Force within the Air Force.

May 23, 2019 | Daily News

The Senate Armed Services Committee has agreed to defense authorization bill that would require the Defense Department's annual report on Chinese military strength include a new assessment of Beijing's overseas investments related to national security objectives.

May 22, 2019 | Daily News

Senior Pentagon acquisition officials are writing new intellectual property policies amid heightened scrutiny from Capitol Hill, where concerns about price gouging have put a new spotlight on the issue.

May 22, 2019 | Daily News

SpaceX has filed a lawsuit against the Air Force in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, protesting the service's October 2018 Launch Services Agreement competition.

May 22, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force could see a major cut to its plan to fast-track development of the next generation of missile warning satellites as House appropriators pitch a plan to reduce the program's fiscal year 2020 funding by more than $200 million.

May 21, 2019 | Daily News

Defense Department contractors are struggling to meet the standards for protecting sensitive DOD information on their networks, as most companies fail to use key controls like multifactor authentication and incident response tests, according to a new report from cybersecurity auditing firm Sera-Brynn.

May 21, 2019 | Daily News

The B61-12 tailkit assembly program is on track to begin initial operational cyber testing this week and flight testing in August, with delivery of the first tailkit expected in October.

May 21, 2019 | Daily News

A new report from the Government Accountability Office urges the Defense Department to direct an independent review of the Next-Generation GPS Operational Control System's schedule, noting that the information could offer lawmakers and department leaders key information to mitigate risk of future delays.

May 21, 2019 | Daily News

House lawmakers are stepping up congressional oversight of the Air Force's Hypersonic Conventional Strike Weapon and Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon projects, arguing the Pentagon's new five-year spending plan indicates a potential lack of commitment to seeing them completed.

May 21, 2019 | Daily News

The director of the Air National Guard said today he has a team working closely with Pentagon leaders to make sure that the Guard component of the future Space Force remains lean and transitions to the new service smoothly and with minimal new bureaucracy.

May 21, 2019 | Daily News

The absence of a broad budget deal in Congress is being highlighted by the release of a White House letter opposing the defense spending bill crafted by House Democrats.

May 20, 2019 | Daily News

The House Appropriations Committee is poised to pass a fiscal year 2020 defense spending bill Tuesday that would rescind more than $3 billion from major weapon system programs.

May 20, 2019 | Daily News

House lawmakers are proposing legislation that would elevate the role of academic research in tackling hypersonic weapons by establishing a university consortium to support U.S. military efforts to expedite testing, evaluation and acquisition.

May 20, 2019 | Daily News

House appropriators say the Defense Department's case to create a Space Force lacks substance and suggest in a draft of the fiscal year 2020 defense funding bill that the Pentagon can improve the military space enterprise without creating a separate service.

May 20, 2019 | Daily News

House appropriators are concerned the Air Force's fiscal year 2020 budget request doesn't include the resources to adequately grow its fighter fleet, saying in a report accompanying a draft mark of the funding bill the service needs to boost F-35 procurement even as it recapitalizes its fourth-generation fleet.

May 20, 2019 | Daily News

House appropriators are recommending cutting more than $100 million the Air Force requested in fiscal year 2020 to begin a major development phase of its intercontinental ballistic missile replacement program.

May 20, 2019 | Daily News

This week, for the first time in 10 years, the Senate Armed Services Committee will be marking up its version of the defense authorization bill ahead of its House counterpart, a timing shakeup that has distinct pros and cons for lawmakers, according to former congressional staffers.

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