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June 23, 2021

House lawmakers today, questioning Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, debated the adequacy of President Biden's proposed $753 billion defense budget, with Democrats and Republicans differing on the importance of $25 billion in unfunded priorities lists the military services have submitted to Congress.

June 23, 2021

The U.S. military has readied for launch this week four small satellites and a payload designed to validate technologies pivotal to a new National Defense Space Architecture underpinned by a future proliferated low-earth orbit constellation, new capabilities that will experiment with space-based laser communications as well as battle management and target custody. (UPDATED)

June 23, 2021

The U.S. military has readied for launch this week five small satellites designed to validate technologies pivotal to a new National Defense Space Architecture underpinned by a future proliferated low-earth orbit constellation, new capabilities that will experiment with space-based laser communications as well as battle management and target custody.

June 22, 2021

The U.S. military has readied for launch this week five small satellites designed to validate technologies pivotal to a new National Defense Space Architecture underpinned by a future proliferated low-earth orbit constellation, new capabilities that will experiment with space-based laser communications as well as battle management and target custody.

June 21, 2021

The Defense Department -- in a sign of confidence in the operational potential of its fledgling KC-46 tanker fleet, despite serious deficiencies -- is asking Congress to rescind statutory limitations on retiring older aircraft in fiscal years 2022 and 2023 to accelerate the Air Force's future force design and avoid $845 million in additional costs to extend the service life of aging KC-10A and KC-135s.

June 21, 2021

The Defense Department will launch a new artificial intelligence and data accelerator initiative within the next 90 days as part of the Joint All Domain Command and Control strategy, Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks said today.

June 21, 2021

Supplier parts shortages on the T-7 advanced trainer program have pushed back a milestone C decision by about seven months, according to industry officials. (UPDATED)

June 18, 2021

Supplier parts shortages, design delays and testing discoveries on the T-7 advanced trainer program have pushed back a milestone C decision by about 15 months.

June 17, 2021

The Space Force today launched its first mission to fly on a reused booster -- a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the fifth GPS III satellite.

June 17, 2021

Collins Aerospace has started production on its next-generation Tactical Combat Training System II, and received milestone C approval for the program on schedule in April.

June 16, 2021

The Air Force today released a sources-sought notice seeking a non-developmental air refueler to supplement its tanker fleet later and plans to release a request for proposals by the end of this year.

June 16, 2021

The Defense Department's fiscal year 2022 budget request for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter's continuous modernization effort is approximately $830 million higher than projected -- an increase the department links to expanded Block 4 test capacity, hardware upgrade development and the purchase of additional spare engines to support the flight test fleet.

June 14, 2021

The National Defense Industrial Association, in its latest survey of the defense industrial base, found that nearly 32% of defense contractors do not expect their businesses to return to a normal level of operations for more than six months.

June 11, 2021

FORT WORTH, TX -- As Lockheed Martin and the F-35 joint program office continue negotiations for the next production contract, the company is looking to smooth out delivery quantities and recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

June 10, 2021

The Pentagon's top leaders fielded questions and took some criticism today from senators concerned about defense spending and whether the U.S. military is appropriately postured to deter China.

June 10, 2021

The Air Force is progressing toward a down-select decision for the B-52 Commercial Engine Replacement Program, with plans to award a contract in September following a technical risk assessment and cost estimate review this summer.

June 9, 2021

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will begin personally overseeing joint experimentation and prototyping following recommendations from the China Task Force, according to senior defense officials.

June 8, 2021

The ranking member on the House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee said today he thinks the service should restructure or recompete its contract with Boeing for the KC-46 tanker.

June 8, 2021

U.S. Space Command's $67 million fiscal year 2022 unfunded priorities list would boost space protection and rapid prototyping and experimentation efforts and help the command reach full operational capability.

June 8, 2021

The Air Force has not finalized a new schedule for the Air Force One replacement program, but the service's top weapons buyer told lawmakers today Boeing has projected at least a one-year delay.

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