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March 23, 2020 | Daily News

As senators remain stalled over a $1.6 trillion coronavirus economic rescue package, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is circulating her own draft bill that would provide more than $2.5 trillion in emergency funding, including nearly $8 billion in supplemental defense spending.

March 23, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon has formally adopted the Space-based Kill Assessment as part of the Missile Defense System, delivering an initial variant to U.S. Northern Command in a recently disclosed move that marks a pivot for the small-scale pilot project to utilize commercially hosted satellites to mature the sensor network into an operational capability by 2022.

March 23, 2020 | Daily News

Two years after the 2018 National Defense Strategy shifted priorities to near-peer competition, the Air Force is making sweeping changes to its tactical missile acquisition portfolio, divesting from small munitions programs the military spent years building up to support counterterrorism operations.

March 23, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon is asking Congress to adopt a legislative proposal allowing Defense Department organizations to use operations and maintenance funding to develop "cyber-operations peculiar" capabilities.

March 20, 2020 | Daily News

Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord sent a memo to defense contractors today laying out which ones are deemed "critical" by the U.S. government and therefore expected to maintain their normal work schedules, despite the national emergency over COVID-19.

March 20, 2020 | Daily News

The National Nuclear Security Administration didn't provide enough funding to support the initial portion of the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent's warhead modification program -- resulting in a larger fiscal year 2021 budget request than expected.

March 20, 2020 | Daily News

A group of 130 lawmakers is calling on congressional leadership to fund 98 F-35s in the fiscal year 2021 defense spending bill -- 19 more than the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps included in their budget requests and two more than they asked for in their unfunded requirements lists.

March 20, 2020 | Daily News

The Defense Department has submitted the first of two Space Force legislative proposals due to Congress at the end of February, but the substantial policy recommendations are awaiting approval from the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

March 19, 2020 | Daily News

The Defense Department is just getting started on its push for nuclear command, control and communications modernization, and according to one three-star Air Force general, a major focus is integration with conventional battle management.

March 18, 2020 | Daily News

The Small Diameter Bomb II's unit cost grew high enough to trigger a Nunn-McCurdy breach in the fall because, according to the Air Force's acquisition chief, the other military services and foreign partners have not bought as many as expected.

March 18, 2020 | Daily News

A new report from RAND Corp. recommends the Defense Department transfer nearly all space-related organizations and acquisition programs from across the services and DOD agencies into the new Space Force to promote the service's independence and fulfill the department's stated goal of integrating space activities under a single service.

March 18, 2020 | Daily News

A congressional task force studying how the Defense Department could better adapt for the future is preparing potentially controversial recommendations on issues like Pentagon spending priorities, U.S. efforts in Africa and the military's approach to pandemics like the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

March 18, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force confirmed today it has postponed an Advanced Battle Management System demonstration, slated for April, until June due to concerns about the COVID-19 outbreak.

March 18, 2020 | Daily News

A $45 billion supplemental funding request sent to Congress to combat the COVID-19 outbreak includes $8.3 billion for the Defense Department in the form of an "Emergency Response Fund."

March 18, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon plans to take a "phased approach" to completing a contract financing study next year that could change the way defense contractors get paid.

March 17, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force and National Nuclear Security Administration are evaluating options to minimize potential risks to delivering the Long-Range Standoff Weapon's new warhead and may propose shifting the first production unit delivery date.

March 16, 2020 | Daily News

The Government Accountability Office is calling on the Defense Department to create a strategy for its redesign of the F-35's troubled Autonomic Logistics Information System, and a new report from the watchdog highlights the need for a standardized performance metric to track the system's impact on fleetwide readiness.

March 13, 2020 | Daily News

The Defense Department's proposal to shift funding for the Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor from the Missile Defense Agency to the Space Development Agency encountered continued headwinds in Congress this week, raising questions about the viability of this fiscal year 2021 request.

March 12, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force's fiscal year 2021 budget proposal reorganizes the service's science and technology accounts -- a "significant reform" that will allow researchers to be more agile moving forward, according to service acquisition chief Will Roper.

March 12, 2020 | Daily News

The Space Force plans to release details this summer on its new "transformational" approach to acquiring commercial satellite communications as a service.

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