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June 23, 2020

The Senate Armed Services Committee has approved a fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill that would "terminate" the position of the Pentagon's chief management officer, a post lawmakers once intended to be the third-most senior official at the Defense Department.

June 23, 2020

The MQ-9 Reaper and E-3G Airborne Warning and Control System are among the aerial assets slated to participate in the next Advanced Battle Management System on-ramp, according to an Air Force official.

June 23, 2020

The House Oversight and Reform Committee is calling on Lockheed Martin to release a slew of documents related to its work on the F-35 Autonomic Logistics Information System and its alleged misuse of Electronic Equipment Logs.

June 23, 2020

The House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee wants to block the Air Force from making its planned KC-135 retirements until after a key upgrade to the KC-46 remote visual system is completed.

June 22, 2020

A House panel is threatening to withhold funding from the military's flagship program to achieve joint all-domain command and control until the Air Force shares information on its Global Hawk divestment plans.

June 22, 2020

House authorizers are pushing to review how the military is planning for possible delays fielding the next intercontinental ballistic missile system and any challenges the Air Force faces manning the acquisition program.

June 22, 2020

House lawmakers are calling on the Defense Department to provide new details on the status of F-35 software development and modernization plans and directing Pentagon cost estimators to conduct a "non-advocate review" of the Air Force and Navy's Next-Generation Air Dominance programs.

June 22, 2020

Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord said today the defense industrial base is making an "enormous recovery" after a three-month slowdown caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, but she stressed the continued need for supplemental funding in the "lower double-digit" billions to reimburse contractors for pandemic-related disruptions.

June 22, 2020

The House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee is proposing legislation it hopes will focus the Space Development Agency's mission on top Defense Department priorities -- like the planned transport and missile warning layers -- and encourage greater use of commercial services.

June 19, 2020

The Defense Department has established a Joint Hypersonic Transition Office and charged the new shop with overseeing creation of a university-led consortium to expand cooperation between academia, industry and government as part of the U.S. military's goal to eventually scale production of a new class of high-speed, maneuvering weapons.

June 19, 2020

Even though the Air Force has spent the last two years trying to reform its drone export enterprise, particularly working to accelerate transfers, industry insiders say they haven't seen the expected results.

June 18, 2020

The Air Force needs to partner closely with Congress and other stakeholders as it works to make a case for using digital engineering for future space development programs, according to the service's deputy under secretary for space acquisition and integration.

June 18, 2020

The Air Force is looking closely at how its fiscal year 2022 budget request might invest in the Defense Department's future space-based missile warning architecture, according to the service's deputy assistant secretary for space acquisition and integration.

June 17, 2020

The Defense Department is on the cusp of seizing the lead in maneuvering hypersonic technology development from China and Russia and is poised next year to ramp up flight tests to as many 40 over the next four years, according to a senior Pentagon official.

June 17, 2020

A new Defense Space Strategy released today highlights four priority lines of effort the Pentagon plans to pursue in order to ensure it is positioned to "compete, deter and win" against future threats: build a comprehensive military advantage in space; integrate military spacepower into national, joint and combined operations; shape the strategic environment; and cooperate with allies, partners, industry and other U.S. government agencies.

June 17, 2020

Senior Pentagon officials for months have publicly touted an internal budget review said to have "harvested" $5.7 billion in "savings" that can be reinvested in military modernization and readiness, but the process, along with newly surfaced documents breaking down the cost cutting, is generating heartburn on Capitol Hill.

June 16, 2020

The Defense Department inspector general intends to audit sole-source depot maintenance contracts performed at contractor facilities to determine whether the military has negotiated "fair and reasonable" prices.

June 15, 2020

The Air Force expects to restart Small Diameter Bomb production next month after previously undisclosed safety deficiencies with the Small Diameter Bomb II led prime contractor Raytheon to halt production last July.

June 15, 2020

Boeing-Leonardo's MH-139A Grey Wolf helicopter still has not obtained a Federal Aviation Administration certification to fly -- pushing back the start of Air Force flight testing by one year.

June 12, 2020

After completing a critical design review in March for its next-generation GPS satellites, the Space and Missile Systems Center expects the program to achieve milestone C and a production decision by June 30.

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