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March 28, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon is requesting $164 million for the Defense Innovation Unit in fiscal year 2020, a big budget boost for DIU as its responsibilities expand into managing a new fund for dual-use hardware technologies.

March 28, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon will nearly double its planned investments in hypersonic capabilities over the next five years, from $6 billion to $11.2 billion, a sum that is higher than one of the Defense Department's top hypersonics officials recently cited.

March 28, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force is on track to release a request for proposals for the second phase of its launch services procurement effort in the coming weeks.

March 28, 2019 | Daily News

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford told lawmakers this week the estimated cost to sustain the F-15EX is about "50 percent less" than that of the fifth-generation F-35 -- a difference that is driving the Pentagon’s proposal to buy more fourth-generation aircraft in its fiscal year 2020 budget.

March 28, 2019 | Daily News

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is seeking a $65 million funding boost in fiscal year 2020 for its main portfolio of artificial intelligence development efforts, as well as an array of other increases and new-start projects related to AI and machine learning.

March 27, 2019 | Daily News

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said today the service has halted 61 building renovation and maintenance programs this year to pay for storm damage repairs at Tyndall Air Force Base. Wilson's comments came one day after a supplemental spending bill was introduced in Congress that will provide $400 million toward those repairs.

March 27, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon-funded construction of 57 miles of fencing on the southern border can begin immediately, according to acting Deputy Defense Secretary David Norquist, who confirmed the Army Corps of Engineers has received a controversial $1 billion transfer to begin issuing contracts.

March 27, 2019 | Daily News

Despite a $600 million cut to the European Deterrence Initiative, the head of U.S. European Command is not seeking specific funding increases to the fiscal year 2020 budget.

March 27, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon has sent Congress a $600 million reprogramming request for near-term hurricane recovery, but will need supplemental funding to cover $9 billion in damage across multiple fiscal years, according to an internal memo from acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan.

March 26, 2019 | Daily News

The Missile Defense Agency has provided Congress a $1.9 billion wish list to finance 11 projects above and beyond the agency's $9.4 billion fiscal year 2020 budget request, including bolstering spending for a new space sensor to track hypersonic and ballistic missiles, additional THAAD interceptors and additional investments for lasers and new warhead development.

March 26, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon is still about 18 months away from measuring contractor cybersecurity as part of the acquisition process, but the Defense Department is moving forward this year with developing the metrics and establishing relationships with third-party auditors.

March 26, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force intends to purchase 12 General Atomics MQ-9 Reapers for $361 million in fiscal year 2020.

March 26, 2019 | Daily News

U.S. Special Operations Command has sent Congress a nearly $200 million list of unfunded priorities, highlighting the need to counter unmanned aerial systems, according to documents obtained by Inside Defense.

March 26, 2019 | Daily News

The U.S. military, in a major test of the Ballistic Missile Defense System, destroyed an intercontinental ballistic missile target with a pair of Ground-based Interceptors in the first-ever salvo launch of the homeland defense guided-missile fleet, an event likely to bolster confidence in the current fielded system and the exoatmospheric kill vehicle in particular.

March 25, 2019 | Daily News

The U.S. military, in a major test of the Ballistic Missile Defense System, destroyed an intercontinental ballistic missile target with a pair of Ground-based Interceptors in the first-ever salvo launch of the homeland defense guided-missile fleet, an event likely to bolster confidence in the current fielded system and the exoatmospheric kill vehicle in particular.

March 25, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon has sent Congress a $600 million reprogramming request for near-term hurricane recovery, but will need supplemental funding to cover $9 billion in damage across multiple fiscal years, according to an internal memo from acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan.

March 25, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force has sent Congress a $2.7 billion unfunded priorities list for fiscal year 2020, the bulk of which would be used to procure additional KC-46 tankers and F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, according to a document obtained by Inside Defense.

March 25, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon has sent Congress a $4 billion list of unfunded military lab construction priorities that were not approved for the fiscal year 2020 budget submission, but that Pentagon technology chief Mike Griffin would like to see completed anyway, according to documents obtained by Inside Defense.

March 25, 2019 | Daily News

The milestone B decision and engineering and manufacturing development phase for the Air Force's new land-based nuclear deterrent are each scheduled to begin about three months earlier than expected.

March 22, 2019 | Daily News

A Defense Department official who briefed reporters at the Pentagon today said acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan did not play a direct role in the decision to buy Boeing's F-15EX, citing an ethics agreement that barred Shanahan from doing so.

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