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June 8, 2021

A new report from the Government Accountability Office warns that delays to the Next Generation GPS Operational Control Segment could have a longer-term impact on development of a follow-on ground segment and the operational availability of future GPS IIIF satellites.

June 8, 2021

Despite an updated cost assessment that forecasts a two-year delay to the launch of the Next-Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared System's first Block 0 geosynchronous satellite, the program appears to still be working toward a fiscal year 2025 launch date, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

June 7, 2021

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley are slated to appear before Congress this week to justify the fiscal year 2022 defense budget, which would cut procurement by $8 billion and divest some existing weapon systems in favor of new investments in emerging technology.

June 4, 2021

The Pentagon today announced it would begin implementation of the new Joint All-Domain Command and Control framework, which is intended to guide the development and acquisition of emerging technologies and communications systems to connect sensors from all the military services into a single network.

June 4, 2021

The head of Air Force Materiel Command said today the reason for the service's proposed 50% cut to the Advanced Battle Management System is a refined strategy that focuses on delivering incremental capability to the field at a more regular cadence.

June 4, 2021

The Air Force Research Laboratory will soon release a solicitation for the Rocket Cargo program, its newest Vanguard effort, seeking opportunities to leverage commercial testing and demonstration plans as it develops a business case and concept of operations for future point-to-point rocket cargo transport.

June 4, 2021

The Space Force this week sent Congress an $832 million unfunded priorities list that includes a range of sustainment, infrastructure, resiliency and technology development efforts meant advance to the "Space Force of the Future."

June 3, 2021

The Biden administration is proposing a fiscal year 2022 budget that would accelerate hypersonic weapon technology projects, endorsing a plan crafted during the Trump administration that includes establishing two new-start hypersonic cruise missile programs -- one in the Air Force, one in the Navy -- to complement current Pentagon boost-glide vehicle projects in an effort to field an entire family of ultra-fast, maneuvering strike and counter-strike capabilities this decade.

June 3, 2021

The Space Development Agency's $936.7 million budget request is largely in line with last year's projections, but includes its first procurement funding line, which would fund the launch of Tranche 0 satellites by the end of fiscal year 2022.

June 3, 2021

The chief executives of some of the largest defense contractors said this week they are optimistic about the Pentagon budget request issued last week -- but cautioned the numbers are likely to change.

June 2, 2021

The Air Force's fiscal year 2022 budget request reveals the addition of a fourth Vanguard program -- an effort to use commercial reusable space launch technology to quickly transport cargo around the globe.

June 1, 2021

The Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps have sent Congress unfunded priorities lists worth $17 billion, according to documents obtained by Inside Defense.

June 1, 2021

The Air Force's $4.2 billion unfunded priorities list includes $1.3 billion for 12 more F-15EX aircraft and $360 million for F-35 Joint Strike Fighter sustainment.

June 1, 2021

A panel of analysts discussing President Biden's first defense budget today said Congress will likely ignore many of the Pentagon's planned divestitures of legacy systems and could possibly add up to $20 billion in new spending.

June 1, 2021

Approximately $1 billion of the Space Force's $17.4 billion budget request is owed to transfers from the Army and Navy but the service is still declining to offer details on which programs will shift.

June 1, 2021

The Air Force's fiscal year 2022 budget request includes an $885 million new start to buy commercial microelectronic items -- part of a broader Defense Department-wide investment of approximately $2.3 billion.

June 1, 2021

The Missile Defense Agency's fiscal year 2022 budget request seeks funding for a new Guam missile defense capability, the creation of a cruise missile defense to protect domestic sites against Russian and Chinese threats as part of an $8.9 billion proposal that would also fund development of a Next Generation Interceptor, a Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor constellation and a hypersonic defense system.

June 1, 2021

The Air Force's fiscal year 2022 budget request includes $96 million to buy up to six Three-Dimensional Evolutionary Long Range Radar initial production units, indicating the program expects to award a production contract in April 2022 and anticipates the first delivery the following October.

May 28, 2021

The Missile Defense Agency's fiscal year 2022 budget request seeks funding for a new Guam missile defense capability, the creation of a cruise missile defense to protect domestic sites against Russian and Chinese threats as part of an $8.9 billion proposal that would also fund development of a Next Generation Interceptor, a Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor constellation and a hypersonic defense system.

May 28, 2021

The Air Force has deferred near-term procurement of the MH-139 Grey Wolf due to Federal Aviation Administration certification issues, officials confirmed today.

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