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August 08, 2019 | Daily News

The unit cost of a new F-15 self-protection capability has spiked more than 24% above its original estimate due to a decision to reduce the overall quantity and subsequent delays to hardware delivery and test jet modifications -- triggering a Nunn-McCurdy cost breach.

August 07, 2019 | Daily News

The Missile Defense Agency has completed a proposal for a new multibillion-dollar project to develop and field a defense against hypersonic weapons, that -- if included in the Defense Department's fiscal year 2021 budget request -- would expand the agency's focus to a new class of maneuvering, ultra-fast threats.

August 07, 2019 | Daily News

In the wake of a congressional proposal to cut the Air Force’s fiscal year 2020 Next-Generation Air Dominance funding in half, service officials say they may need to do a better job of explaining the "family-of-systems" concept.

August 07, 2019 | Daily News

The Defense Department has awarded Lockheed Martin a $405 million contract to re-purpose a Navy rocket designed for submarine launch for use by the Army to give ground forces the means to fire a hypersonic glide body, marking a major development by the Pentagon to ready a new class of ultra-fast conventional weapons to strike high-priority targets in the open salvos of a major fight.

August 06, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon's acquisition organization has established a chief information security office to lead efforts aimed at protecting sensitive data related to the Defense Department’s weapon systems and critical infrastructure.

August 05, 2019 | Daily News

The estimated price tag for the Defense Department's roster of big-ticket weapons projects has grown to more than $2 trillion, an increase of $101 million compared to last year as the U.S. military prepares for great power competition with China and Russia, laying plans for more missiles, ships and aircraft.

August 05, 2019 | Daily News

Defense Secretary Mark Esper has directed a "comprehensive zero-based review" of all defense functions and activities, beginning with a kickoff meeting on Saturday, according to a new memo.

August 05, 2019 | Daily News

The Presidential Aircraft Replacement program will cost $5.2 billion, the Pentagon revealed last week, roughly $500 million more than the $4.6 billion Air Force estimate for the pair of new highly modified Boeing 747-8s presented to Congress in March -- and a year after President Trump claimed White House negotiations saved more than $1.4 billion on the VC-25B development contract.

August 02, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force's National Security Space Launch program costs have grown $4.1 billion since last December, due largely to new investment in rocket system development, according to a summary of the program's Selected Acquisition Report.

August 02, 2019 | Daily News

A Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency program that laid the foundation for planning and execution of cyber operations is now being transitioned to the Air Force.

August 02, 2019 | Daily News

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program costs grew in the first quarter of fiscal year 2019, according to a new selected acquisition report, which reflects a $25 billion increase in base year 2012 dollars, driven largely by a refined Block 4 cost estimate and new sustainment cost projections.

August 02, 2019 | Daily News

The official overseeing directed-energy research for the Air Force has a new effort to step up artificial intelligence applications and develop virtual reality capabilities for warfighter training.

August 01, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force is in the midst of source selection for an effort aimed at developing a common, open architecture of aircraft simulators that could set the foundation for a future common simulation environment.

August 01, 2019 | Daily News

While Congress appears poised to authorize some version of a Space Force or Space Corps, experts say the key to that new organization’s impact is in how the plan is implemented -- and one of the biggest challenges will be aligning capabilities owned by separate services under one organizing element.

July 31, 2019 | Daily News

The Defense Department expects to stand up U.S. Space Command within the next few weeks, the deputy commander of U.S. Strategic Command told reporters today.

July 31, 2019 | Daily News

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN -- The Defense Department is conducting a pair of assessments of the U.S. industrial base to identify potential weak links in its ability to ramp up hypersonic weapons production -- findings expected to help guide targeted government investment in manufacturing tools and space to ensure timely delivery of these new ultra-fast missiles.

July 31, 2019 | Daily News

The Defense Department says the Space Development Agency's early efforts to study options for a future space architecture are now delayed after congressional lawmakers denied a $15 million reprogramming request to kick-start that work.

July 31, 2019 | Daily News

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN -- The Defense Department is drafting a national science and technology investment strategy to support a recently codified Hypersonics Roadmap. The roadmap, spearheaded by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, seeks to efficiently coordinate Army, Navy, Air Force and Missile Defense Agency efforts to develop a new class of ultrafast offensive and defensive capabilities.

July 30, 2019 | Daily News

An alteration to a multibillion-dollar contract for Joint Direct Attack Munition tail kits announced last month includes foreign military sales to Middle Eastern, European and Asian countries.

July 26, 2019 | Daily News

A new Defense Department inspector general audit has found DOD agencies routinely failed to check whether defense contractors were protecting sensitive information on their networks with the required security controls.

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