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February 03, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force has tallied a $2.6 billion tab for its Enhanced Polar System-Recapitalization program, an extremely high frequency satellite system that when combined with an associated ground component is designed to provide naval forces operating in north polar regions -- such as nuclear-armed submarines -- secure, anti-jam communications that are difficult for an adversary to detect.

January 31, 2020 | Daily News

Boeing today reported it incurred $148 million in KC-46 tanker charges in 2019, which the company attributes to "higher manufacturing costs."

January 31, 2020 | Daily News

The Small Diameter Bomb II has a cumbersome process to load Link 16 data, creating a "significant challenge" for timely mission planning and complicating the delivery of valid targeting information for attacks against moving targets, according to a new report from the Pentagon's chief weapons tester.

January 31, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon's top weapons tester continues to push for greater investment in threat-representative space testing infrastructure, writing in his most recent report that the Defense Department should invest at least $100 million per year over the next five years in improving space threat emulation.

January 31, 2020 | Daily News

One year after the Combat Rescue Helicopter program received a searing review from the Pentagon’s chief weapons evaluator, more testing has exposed new technical constraints and performance issues in degraded visual and live-fire environments.

January 31, 2020 | Daily News

An air-launched, anti-ship missile being purchased by the Navy and Air Force experienced "hardware reliability failures" last year during testing on a strike fighter, according to a new report published Thursday by Pentagon weapon testers.

January 30, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon's top weapons tester has labeled the F-35 joint program office's Block 4 modernization schedule as "high risk" due to inefficiencies in testing and software releases as well as a backlog of 13 Category 1 deficiencies that he says must be addressed before the program integrates significant new capability.

January 30, 2020 | Daily News

The U.S. military is wrestling with how best to evaluate weapon systems focused on the space and cyber domains, despite a new budgetary focus on procuring emerging technologies in both areas, according to the annual report from the Pentagon's chief weapons tester.

January 30, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon is eyeing a two-way competition for its prototype hypersonic defense interceptor program with plans to down select in the first 18 months to a single concept and later culminate with a non-intercept flight test.

January 30, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force this week selected Raytheon to develop a data processing framework for its Next-Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared ground system -- an effort the company hopes will provide a pathway to future satellite ground services work.

January 30, 2020 | Daily News

Northrop Grumman's chief executive said today restricted work made up about a quarter of the company's sales in 2019.

January 29, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon is building a new warfighting concept to lay out capabilities that will define the future battle -- and intends to use the Air Force-led joint all-domain command and control effort as a proving ground, according to the military's second-highest-ranking officer.

January 29, 2020 | Daily News

The vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff today said the overclassification of programs is "unbelievably ridiculous," and he expects to see improvement this year.

January 29, 2020 | Daily News

North Korea could challenge the ability of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system to protect the U.S. homeland as soon as 2025, according to an assessment by U.S. Northern Command -- revealed by a lawmaker and verified by a top Pentagon official -- that anticipates continued advances in Pyongyang's long-range missile program.

January 28, 2020 | Daily News

As the Air Force readies a new space acquisition and integration office, one of its early efforts is to identify roles and responsibilities for existing organizations that develop space capabilities, including the Space Development Agency, the Space Rapid Capabilities Office and the Space and Missile Systems Center.

January 27, 2020 | Daily News

The U.S. government has halted all weapon deliveries to Iraq -- including the Air Force's program supplying Sidewinder missiles, Maverick missiles and other arms for the country's new F-16 fleet -- amid tensions with Iran and paramilitary groups there.

January 27, 2020 | Daily News

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein today declined an opportunity to make a case for his service to have a bigger share of the Defense Department budget topline, despite claims in recent weeks from Navy and Army leadership that their respective services require more than the standard one-third allotment.

January 27, 2020 | Daily News

Pentagon officials will meet with industry this spring to discuss a wide range of autonomous system developments in the coming years, according to a public notice which sheds more light on how Defense Department officials envision pairing machines and humans on the battlefield.

January 24, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon has released its new Adaptive Acquisition Framework, which defense officials say will dramatically accelerate a notoriously slow and cumbersome system.

January 24, 2020 | Daily News

Defense Secretary Mark Esper called on Congress today to take a "leap" and support the Pentagon's plans to divest legacy weapon systems so new investments can be made in emerging technologies.

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