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June 09, 2020 | Daily News

The Defense Department's cost analysis and estimation work has barely been slowed by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new report from the cost assessment and program evaluation office.

June 09, 2020 | Daily News

The Next-Generation Air Dominance program office is aiming to complete its acquisition strategy by the end of this summer and is working now to better understand the potential life-cycle cost of the digital century series model as compared to that of legacy aircraft.

June 08, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force will delay the completion of operational testing for the KC-46 airborne refueling tanker until after Boeing upgrades the aircraft's Remote Vision System -- a slowdown that will push a full-rate production decision from this September to late fiscal year 2024.

June 08, 2020 | Daily News

Air Mobility Command plans to submit an updated commercial aerial refueling study plan to the Air Force secretary by June 15 after early analysis of five options for supplementing existing tanker capability revealed a need for more data on the legal and financial implications of relying on contractor-operated refueling aircraft.

June 05, 2020 | Daily News

A new report from the Government Accountability Office highlights risk in the Air Force's plan to launch the first geosynchronous satellite in the Next-Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared System constellation by late 2025, calling the plan "highly aggressive and high risk."

June 05, 2020 | Daily News

Roles and responsibilities of the Defense Department and the accreditation body for its Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program are detailed in a memorandum of understanding released this week, which spells out how government will work with industry to conduct cyber verification assessments for the defense industrial base.

June 05, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon will accelerate plans for a new space-based missile defense architecture if Congress increases funding in fiscal year 2021 for the Hypersonic Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor program, which could allow the U.S. military to put the "kernel" of a totally new network on orbit by FY-22, according to a senior Defense Department official.

June 04, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon will accelerate plans for a new space-based missile defense architecture if Congress increases funding in fiscal year 2021 for the Hypersonic Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor program, which could allow the U.S. military to put the "kernel" of a totally new network on orbit by FY-22, according to a senior Defense Department official.

June 04, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force is looking for a new medium-altitude, unmanned aerial system to support intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and strike missions that can reach initial operational capability in spring 2031.

June 04, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force Research Laboratory's space vehicles directorate is wrapping up a process to determine what new space research areas to invest in and expects to finalize its decision next month.

June 04, 2020 | Daily News

As the T-7A Advanced Pilot Training program moves from design into the build phase, after passing air vehicle and ground-based training system critical design reviews in March, prime contractor Boeing says the program's use of digital engineering tools is reducing the time it takes to integrate hardware and software, increasing quality and providing key analytics as the program crafts future test plans.

June 04, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force's Advanced Battle Management System program has selected 28 initial companies to participate in a new indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contracting vehicle to deliver technologies that enable joint all-domain command and control.

June 03, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon today announced plans to install fifth-generation wireless testbeds at seven new bases across the United States, bringing the total number to 12, as the military explores an expanding range of use cases for 5G technologies.

June 03, 2020 | Daily News

A new report from the Government Accountability Office reveals a projected six-month delay to the B-52 Radar Modernization Program that will push the beginning of development from this September to March 2021.

June 03, 2020 | Daily News

The F-35 joint program office says despite a minor delay in the program's operational test schedule related to the COVID-19 pandemic, program-required test activities are slated to wrap up in the fall. These will be followed by a slate of "runs for score" meant to test the Joint Simulation Environment's integration with the aircraft and its subsystems.

June 03, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force plans to buy eight prototypes of the Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon -- the service's flagship hypersonic missile that's under development -- according to a new report.

June 03, 2020 | Daily News

The Government Accountability Office says it is encouraged by the progress the Pentagon has made managing cost growth and schedule delays in its $185 billion portfolio of major acquisition programs, but warns that many programs are proceeding without "fundamental knowledge" or oversight.

June 02, 2020 | Daily News

The chief financial officer of Lockheed Martin said today the company is "exploring" whether it makes sense to adjust for the cost effects of the coronavirus outbreak at a "corporate macro level," rather than altering each program.

May 30, 2020 | Daily News

The Defense Department has sent Congress a detailed spending plan for the $10.5 billion it has been provided to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 29, 2020 | Daily News

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai says he personally spoke with Defense Secretary Mark Esper prior to the FCC approving Ligado Networks' controversial spectrum license, and Pai pushed back on Pentagon claims in a new letter to lawmakers.

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