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March 11, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force has begun studying options to replace the MQ-9 Reaper and aims to identify a way forward in the fiscal year 2022 budget proposal, a senior official said yesterday.

March 11, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force is working with Northrop Grumman to determine whether technology developed as part of the canceled B-2 Defensive Management System Modernization program can be used for other Air Force applications.

March 11, 2020 | Daily News

The Cyberspace Solarium Commission is recommending Congress direct the Defense Department to continuously evaluate the cybersecurity of its weapon systems, require defense contractors to participate in threat information sharing programs and re-assess the size of its Cyber Mission Force.

March 10, 2020 | Daily News

U.S. European Command has sent Congress a $312 million unfunded priorities list, according to a document obtained by Inside Defense.

March 10, 2020 | Daily News

ORLANDO, FL -- The Air Force is striving to complete developmental testing for its new search-and-rescue helicopter, the HH-60W Jolly Green, by its original deadline of October -- even though the service won't be able to fully test all the aircraft's systems by then.

March 10, 2020 | Daily News

Deputy Defense Secretary David Norquist said today major Pentagon "new-start" programs, including the Navy's Columbia-class submarine and the Army's new soldier night vision system, would be delayed should Congress pass a stopgap continuing resolution Oct. 1, rather than a regular budget for fiscal year 2021.

March 10, 2020 | Daily News

Lockheed Martin and the Defense Department are hammering out terms for expanding the space surveillance capability of the Long Range Discrimination Radar, a planned major software upgrade that would improve the ability of the ballistic missile defense sensor to detect and track objects in orbit in the mid-2020s.

March 10, 2020 | Daily News

Space Force Commander Gen. John Raymond will host a space architecture summit this week aimed at discussing the Defense Department's space-based missile warning and missile defense architecture.

March 09, 2020 | Daily News

Pentagon officials on Friday afternoon met with the Aerospace Industries Association, the National Defense Industrial Association and the Professional Services Council for a wide-ranging conversation, according to AIA's chief executive.

March 09, 2020 | Daily News

The Defense Department today awarded contracts to begin work on a prototype mobile nuclear reactor under a Strategic Capabilities Office initiative called "Project Pele."

March 09, 2020 | Daily News

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, UT -- As the F-35 program shapes requirements for the program that will replace the Autonomic Logistics Information System, users here are hopeful the new capability will overcome the challenges of ALIS without abandoning the pieces that are working.

March 06, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon recently briefed industry on plans to experiment with sharing electromagnetic spectrum between fifth-generation commercial cellular devices and military aircraft, as Defense Department leaders say they won’t give up DOD's access to mid-band spectrum but are willing to share it.

March 06, 2020 | Daily News

U.S. Special Operations Command has sent Congress a nearly $1 billion "unfunded priorities" list, which includes aircraft, precision munitions and communications systems mostly to support operations in the Middle East and Africa, according to "for official use only" documents obtained by Inside Defense.

March 06, 2020 | Daily News

Northrop Grumman confirmed this week it will compete to develop a prototype in the Air Force's new Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar competition.

March 06, 2020 | Daily News

In 2017, the Defense Innovation Unit began working with several start-up companies to develop tools to automatically find and fix software vulnerabilities in the U.S. military's highly advanced weapon systems.

March 05, 2020 | Daily News

ORLANDO, FL -- Air Force researchers studying how warfighters can use directed energy as defensive weapons have shipped out the first system in their overseas counter-drone experiment and are planning to begin a new testing campaign to bolster anti-cruise missile capabilities.

March 05, 2020 | Daily News

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, UT -- The 309th Software Engineering Group here is working to speed up the activation of the F-35's organic software maintenance depot capability, in part by helping the program transition to the cloud and speed up its mission data file generation processes.

March 05, 2020 | Daily News

Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) is warning the Congressional Budget Office may overestimate costs of U.S. nuclear forces in an upcoming assessment that could taint the agency's objectivity in major policy debates over controversial programs like the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent.

March 04, 2020 | Daily News

Testifying at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing yesterday, Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett wouldn't commit to submitting traditional acquisition documents for the service's emerging Advanced Battle Management System.

March 04, 2020 | Daily News

House and Senate lawmakers this week questioned Air Force leadership on the service's proposal to retire 44 A-10s in fiscal year 2021, despite language in the FY-17 National Defense Authorization Act that prohibits them from doing so.

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