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April 28, 2021

Sierra Nevada Corp. has filed a lawsuit against the Air Force in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, alleging the service violated competition rules when deciding to award Sikorsky a nearly $1 billion sole-source contract to upgrade the HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter.

April 28, 2021

The Government Accountability Office has found the Pentagon's major acquisition programs have accumulated $615 billion in total cost growth since they began, a 52% increase, with about 60% of that growth being unrelated to increases in quantities purchased.

April 28, 2021

The Air Force Research Laboratory's Space Vehicles Directorate recently convened a cislunar stakeholders meeting, aimed at bringing government space agencies together to coordinate activities centered on cislunar space capabilities.

April 28, 2021

Chief of Space Operations Gen. John Raymond has approved the design plan for a new Space Warfighting Analysis Center, which will lead force design efforts within the new Space Force.

April 27, 2021

The Defense Department is missing key information and lacking consistent procedures for increasingly popular "consortium" agreements, according to a new report from the DOD inspector general.

April 23, 2021

The Air Force's flagship hypersonic boost-glide weapon is on track to start production in fiscal year 2022 as originally planned despite failing to launch during a flight demonstration earlier this month.

April 23, 2021

Two top Democrats on the House Armed Services Committee said this week they won't support any proposal to add F-35s to the Defense Department's fiscal year 2022 budget request, suggesting the practice -- which has become tradition over the last seven years -- has harmed the program and contributed to the services' mounting sustainment costs.

April 22, 2021

Turkey's removal from the F-35 program is increasing the engine cost and requiring contractors Lockheed Martin and Pratt & Whitney to find and certify new suppliers, company representatives said Thursday.

April 22, 2021

The Air Force has grounded 20 F-35s due to engine issues, leading contractor Pratt & Whitney to take steps to address the engine maintenance backlog at Tinker Air Force Base, OK.

April 22, 2021

The Government Accountability Office is recommending the Air Force reconsider its F-35 requirements, including the number of aircraft it plans to buy, in light of concerns around long-term affordability.

April 22, 2021

The F-35 program executive officer told House lawmakers today the program has implemented a "strategic pause" in its transition away from the Autonomic Logistics Information System, driven by "underestimated complexity" and a significant research and development funding reduction in fiscal year 2021.

April 22, 2021

The head of U.S. Strategic Command issued stark warnings to lawmakers this week about the risks of extending the Minuteman III system further or abandoning intercontinental ballistic missiles altogether.

April 22, 2021

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smtih (D-WA), who will help shape the upcoming defense policy bill, said today he wants the Pentagon to change the way it does business with defense contractors, especially with intellectual property arrangements, so the government can lower costs and promote greater competition.

April 22, 2021

Defense industry analysts say the selection of Michael Brown, who previously headed Symantec and, more recently, the Defense Innovation Unit, to lead Pentagon acquisition signals a continued emphasis on software modernization and faster innovation.

April 21, 2021

The Air Force is facing continued challenges developing an upgraded version of the AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile and is now eyeing a production delay of up to one year.

April 21, 2021

The Space Force wants to expand its use of commercial services beyond satellite communications to other mission areas, including remote sensing and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

April 20, 2021

The head of U.S. Strategic Command today revealed that his organization will take the reins of the new triad of non-nuclear, long-range offensive hypersonic weapons programs slated for fielding this decade.

April 15, 2021

The head of the Space Development Agency said this week he expects the Defense Department's fiscal year 2022 budget request will support the funding needs forecasted in FY-21 without any "significant reshuffling."

April 15, 2021

The Air Force executed the longest recorded air-to-air missile shot during a counter-drone flight test last month, according to a press release issued Wednesday.

April 14, 2021

The director of the Space Development Agency said today the organization is considering alternatives to the Space Force's National Security Space Launch contracting mechanism for its Tranche 1 satellites, saying it's not clear whether NSSL-class rockets will meet its future needs.

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