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April 10, 2020 | Daily News

The potential long-term budget implications of the novel coronavirus pandemic are beginning to shape thinking about what weapon system programs to defend should military spending face dramatic reductions, according to the top Air Force general in charge of Global Strike Command.

April 10, 2020 | Daily News

The commander of Air Force Global Strike Command said this week he thinks a clean-sheet Arsenal Plane platform may better meet the service's need for long-range strike capabilities than repurposing existing cargo or bomber platforms, as the service has discussed in the past.

April 09, 2020 | Daily News

Air Force Global Strike Command has chosen the service's Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon as its hypersonic system of choice, rather than the scramjet-enabled prototype the military's experimental research agency has been developing.

April 09, 2020 | Daily News

The Defense Department this week laid out the framework for implementing recent legislation meant to help pay contractors unable to work during the coronavirus outbreak.

April 09, 2020 | Daily News

Deputy Defense Secretary David Norquist said today the Pentagon is going to "streamline" its internal budget review process to allow more employees to telework during the COVID-19 outbreak.

April 08, 2020 | Daily News

The Defense Department is exploring a vast new test and training complex that would wrap around half the planet, reaching across the near entirety of the Pacific Ocean to support large-scale experimentation of advanced warfighting concepts, a move recommended by a classified study on the future of U.S. military superiority.

April 07, 2020 | Daily News

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) said today he is working to include measures that would help the U.S. defense industrial base in an upcoming COVID-19 stimulus bill being crafted by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

April 07, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon will hold a tabletop exercise this week to inform a new space deterrence strategy aimed at improving the Defense Department's messaging around space capabilities by potentially declassifying some information.

April 07, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force Research Laboratory is making changes to existing contracts to maximize teleworking and ensure mission-essential personnel can continue their operations during the COVID-19 national emergency.

April 06, 2020 | Daily News

The novel coronavirus global pandemic that is currently spreading around the world will lead to an eventual reordering of U.S. national priorities that squeezes defense spending and accelerates efforts to draw down U.S. overseas deployments, according to a defense and foreign policy expert.

April 06, 2020 | Daily News

The Space Development Agency aims to release a formal request for proposals for its first tranche of transport communication satellites -- a capability the Pentagon expects will serve as the backbone and "main unifying thrust" of its joint all-domain command-and-control efforts, according to SDA director Derek Tournear.

April 03, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon said today a new payment policy aimed at helping defense contractors weather the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to provide industry with $3 billion in cash flow.

April 02, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force announced today it has reached two significant agreements with Boeing to release $882 million the service had withheld due to continued design challenges with the KC-46 remote visual system and to move ahead with a two-step redesign of the KC-46 remote visual system.

April 02, 2020 | Daily News

House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Mac Thornberry (R-TX) has unveiled a standalone Pentagon reform bill he hopes to include in the fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill.

April 02, 2020 | Daily News

House Armed Services Committee leaders say they hope to have the fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill ready by May 1, though the COVID-19 outbreak means the legislation will be crafted in a much different and more "informal" way than in the past.

April 02, 2020 | Daily News

The Hypersonic Conventional Strike Weapon, one of two Air Force programs intended to create a prototype that can travel faster than Mach 5 to boost the military’s strategic assets for near-peer competition, has officially been canceled.

April 02, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force is nearly finished with a key report that will recommend a plan for establishing an alternative Space Force acquisition system that draws successful practices from organizations like the National Reconnaissance Office and the Rapid Capabilities Office to improve the way space capabilities are developed and procured.

April 02, 2020 | Daily News

After a major uptick in foreign military sales last year, the Air Force expects to make even more deals moving forward, in large part driven by increased demand for fourth-generation aircraft.

March 30, 2020 | Daily News

The Boeing-built KC-46 has a new Category 1 deficiency involving excessive fuel leaks, which was first identified during an air refueling test last July.

March 30, 2020 | Daily News

The Skyborg vanguard program is ready to move beyond experimentation and release a solicitation to industry, according to the Air Force's acquisition executive.

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