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May 29, 2020 | Daily News

Several Senate Democrats are criticizing the Defense Department for spending too little, too slowly to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the Pentagon says it intends to send lawmakers a plan today for  using the $10.6 billion in coronavirus relief funds Congress provided in March.

May 29, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force is asking for proofs of concept from industry in response to its plan to lease advanced training aircraft to support a proposed new fighter pilot training program.

May 29, 2020 | Daily News

The economic slowdown brought on by COVID-19 could set back the Pentagon's nascent efforts to leverage commercial technologies, as venture capital funding recedes and big money government contracts for nontraditional companies remain elusive, according to new reports and interviews with Silicon Valley insiders.

May 28, 2020 | Daily News

The Missile Defense Agency is planning a four-part upgrade of the Long Range Discrimination Radar that will be operational in 2023, a major software upgrade slated to be sole-sourced to Lockheed Martin but for which the government is soliciting feedback from industry on potential alternative vendors who might improve the sensor's ability to detect and track objects in space.

May 28, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force sees "real possibility" in the prospect of using cargo aircraft as bomb trucks after conducting successful tests with the C-17 and C-130.

May 28, 2020 | Daily News

The top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee say they plan to include a new initiative in their version of the fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill that would deter Chinese military action in the Indo-Pacific region.

May 27, 2020 | Daily News

The National Nuclear Security Administration will deliver to Congress a final report examining recent technical issues associated with the B61-12 and W88 Alteration 370 modernization programs in the coming months.

May 27, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center has stood up a new experimentation directorate to help the service rapidly field emerging technologies like directed energy and artificial intelligence by getting involved in early research that otherwise wouldn’t have been on its radar.

May 27, 2020 | Daily News

The deputy director of the Air Force's Warfighting Integration Capability said today that although the COVID-19 pandemic may not change the National Defense Strategy's end goal, it will likely change the way the Defense Department and the Air Force work to achieve that end -- a reality that requires intentional trade-offs around force structure and modernization.

May 26, 2020 | Daily News

The Space and Missile Systems Center's special programs directorate is at the start of a four-month beta test of a new marketplace that will give companies a venue to sell Space Domain Awareness information and allow the Pentagon to take better advantage of both traditional and non-traditional data sources.

May 25, 2020 | Daily News

Three Senators are pushing for the Government Accountability Office to investigate continued KC-46 tanker delays and review the status of prime contractor Boeing's work to address current deficiencies with the aircraft.

May 21, 2020 | Daily News

A new report from the Air Force makes nine recommendations for a tailored, clean-sheet Space Force acquisition system -- proposals the service says will streamline the way the Defense Department develops and acquires space capabilities.

May 21, 2020 | Daily News

The White House has released a new report laying out the broad contours of its plan to confront a rising China, while House and Senate lawmakers prepare to pitch legislation that would give the Pentagon new resources in the Indo-Pacific region.

May 21, 2020 | Daily News

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's two high-profile hypersonic weapon technology efforts -- one a boost-glide vehicle the other an air-breathing missile -- are both "going well" despite an apparent delay in planned first flight tests, according to the Pentagon's top technology official.

May 21, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force is standing up a joint developmental and operational test force that integrates military, civilian and contractor personnel to support the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent and serve as a model for future programs.

May 20, 2020 | Daily News

The Joint Requirements Oversight Council recently signed off on an enterprise review of the Defense Department's missile defense and missile warning architecture, Space Force Chief of Space Operations Gen. Jay Raymond told reporters today.

May 20, 2020 | Daily News

Mike Griffin, the Pentagon's chief technology officer, said he is concerned that weapon system research and development spending will soon be squeezed as the federal deficit mounts in the wake of the novel coronavirus outbreak and pressure grows to rein in federal spending -- a view he said should come as no surprise to anyone.

May 20, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force this week released a formal solicitation for the B-52 Commercial Engine Replacement Program and plans to award a contract by June 2021.

May 19, 2020 | Daily News

The Government Accountability Office wants the Defense Department's acquisition chief to better coordinate the sharing of information about the Pentagon’s major contracts now that most mandatory peer reviews are no longer required outside the military departments.

May 19, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin up to $485 million to manufacture and upgrade airborne sensor systems that provide advanced detection capabilities for U.S. and international customers.

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