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August 03, 2020 | Daily News

The Minuteman III replacement team must transition 20 launch facilities -- each loaded with an in-silo missile and deployed with a legacy reentry vehicle and warhead -- to achieve initial operational capability on the new intercontinental ballistic missile system in fiscal year 2029.

July 31, 2020 | Daily News

The Trump administration is touting its export policy for unmanned aerial systems as a win for American companies, but some industry representatives say the government still hasn't fixed ongoing restrictions that hinder business.

July 31, 2020 | Daily News

The White House is threatening President Trump will veto a House minibus bill that includes fiscal year 2021 defense funding over a wide range of provisions, including new restrictions on the Pentagon's reprogramming authority.

July 30, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force is developing implementation plans for a series of reforms aimed at improving space acquisition as a key report due in late March -- meant to lay out those reforms and request legislative approval where needed -- awaits final approval from the White House.

July 30, 2020 | Daily News

The acting head of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Peter Highnam, said today the organization has no plans to pursue a follow-on to the DARPA Launch Challenge, after the competition ended in March without a winner.

July 30, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force this summer awarded L3Harris Technologies a 10-year, $900 million contract to help the service establish a common aircraft simulator architecture and is now working with the company to implement the initial task order, which focuses on cybersecurity and installing a remote scanning capability at nine locations.

July 30, 2020 | Daily News

The chief executive of Northrop Grumman said today she chose not to sign recent letters sent to Capitol Hill urging funding for coronavirus relief because her company has seen a reduced impact and she wants to focus on continuing to limit the damage.

July 30, 2020 | Daily News

Several defense contractors this week said sales rose during the most recent quarter, despite the ongoing pandemic.

July 29, 2020 | Daily News

The head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command is lobbying senior Defense Department leaders to include a new project in the fiscal year 2022 budget currently being developed to establish a vast new test and training complex to support large-scale experimentation of advanced warfighting concepts.

July 29, 2020 | Daily News

General Dynamics reported a $40 million charge in a program at its information technology business in its most recent quarter because the company is unable to get its employees to the European worksite, according to its chief executive.

July 28, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force will decide in the next 60 to 90 days which of its four initial Skyborg prototyping competitors will have their drones participate in operational experiments to build the service's first autonomous vehicle for manned-unmanned teaming.

July 28, 2020 | Daily News

A new report on the state of the space industrial base released today highlights the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on space companies, and urges the Defense Department to take advantage of "offensive and defensive economic tools" to support technology development that will be key to a healthy industry base today and in the future.

July 28, 2020 | Daily News

Senate Republicans have released their proposal for a fourth round of COVID-19 legislation that includes $11 billion for defense contractor reimbursements, as well as billions more for the Defense Department to purchase new weapon systems.

July 27, 2020 | Daily News

The National Nuclear Security Administration has created potential risks for the W80-4 life-extension program by setting an unrealistic deadline to deliver the first production unit, according to a government watchdog.

July 24, 2020 | Daily News

The Trump administration is seeking to boost U.S. exports of unmanned aerial systems by reinterpreting how those aircraft are treated under the Missile Technology Control Regime.

July 23, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force has chosen Boeing, General Atomics, Kratos and Northrop Grumman as initial contractors to support the Skyborg program and compete for tasks worth up to $400 million.

July 23, 2020 | Daily News

After terminating its contract with Raytheon and announcing a new acquisition strategy in January, the Air Force's Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar program office is preparing for demonstrations beginning next month that will help the service select a new provider capable of integrating and producing a system at a pace it hopes will keep the program on schedule to reach initial operational capability by fiscal year 2024.

July 23, 2020 | Daily News

Senior Pentagon officials have misgivings about the U.S. program to develop a counter-hypersonic weapon, citing the technical challenges of developing a new interceptor capable of being fast and nimble enough to outperform an emerging class of ultra-fast hypersonic glide and cruise missiles, according to a congressional audit.

July 23, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force Research Laboratory has selected Raytheon as the winner of a $375 million contract to develop the secretive miniature self-defense missile after a months-long bidding competition with Lockheed Martin.

July 22, 2020 | Daily News

As part of its effort to transition to a new logistics information framework, the Operational Data Integrated Network, the F-35 joint program office plans to begin installing hardware this September that can run software from both the legacy and the new systems until ODIN is fully deployed.

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