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February 10, 2021

Two Senate committees this week weighing the nomination of Neera Tanden, who has been tapped to run the White House Office of Management and Budget, spent little to no time discussing national security issues, but she did provide one panel with a written statement with her views on defense spending.

February 10, 2021

The Air Force is not planning to revise its testing strategy for the MH-139A Grey Wolf helicopter program, even though the Pentagon's chief weapons tester cautioned it relies too heavily on suboptimal, contractor-led evaluations.

February 9, 2021

The Pentagon's new leaders have committed to numerous reviews in the past few weeks that could have a significant impact on the U.S. military, including its budget and global footprint.

February 8, 2021

The Air Force is close to signing a contract with Lockheed Martin for Lot 19 of the extended-range variants of the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM-ER), but the deal will not include the long-awaited first purchase of an even newer version of the weapon right away.

February 5, 2021

The Defense Science Board says the Pentagon could gain "revolutionary" benefits from upgrading and increasing its use of capabilities like digital engineering, virtual exercising, strategic gaming and synthetic environments.

February 4, 2021

The Air Force Research Laboratory is evaluating the utility of directed-energy capabilities for future wars by engaging fighter pilots, weapon system officers and battle managers in a new series of virtual exercises taking place at Kirtland Air Force Base, NM.

February 4, 2021

The Air Force Research Laboratory is making progress on its vanguard programs that accelerate groundbreaking technologies through experimentation -- despite some recent testing issues in the Skyborg and Golden Horde efforts -- and is deciding which capabilities to focus on next, according to Brig. Gen. Heather Pringle, AFRL's commander.

February 4, 2021

The head of the Air Force Test Center is eyeing full operational capability in June for a new Multidomain Test Force that aims to support the Defense Department's vision for Joint All-Domain Command and Control.

February 3, 2021

The House Armed Services Committee has announced the creation of two new subcommittees: one focused on intelligence and special operations, and the other dedicated to cyber issues and information technology.

February 3, 2021

As the Air Force Research Laboratory supports Space Force efforts to establish a robust testing enterprise, its top priorities are focused on developing a synthetic test environment, improving hardware-in-the-loop capabilities and ensuring sufficient on-orbit instrumentation exists to test systems in the space environment.

February 3, 2021

The House Armed Services Committee today welcomed 16 new members, seven Democrats and nine Republicans.

February 2, 2021

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has effectively fired all members of more than 40 Defense Department advisory boards and committees so he can conduct a "zero-based review," according to John Kirby, the Pentagon's chief spokesman.

February 2, 2021

The Pentagon in fiscal year 2022 is planning to select the first increment of an initial low-collateral interceptor capability for procurement and fielding, officials from the Army-led Joint Counter-small Unmanned Aerial Systems Office told reporters today.

February 2, 2021

Kathleen Hicks, nominated for deputy defense secretary, told lawmakers today she believes that, if confirmed, helping to craft a defense budget will be among her biggest challenges as former President Trump's outgoing Pentagon team did not cooperate during the presidential transition.

February 2, 2021

The Air Force has resolved two new KC-46 Category 1 deficiencies involving the auxiliary power unit, the commander of Air Mobility Command told reporters Monday, emphasizing that the service is working closely with Boeing to make progress on remaining development issues.

February 1, 2021

If confirmed as deputy defense secretary, Kathleen Hicks will wield significant influence over the Pentagon budget and strategy, an area where she has established a long public record as a think tank analyst.

January 28, 2021

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is reviewing the fiscal year 2022 budget, evaluating work the Trump administration left behind, so a request can be ready to submit to Congress in the next three months.

January 28, 2021

The Missile Defense Agency is readying a sole-source contract for a major upgrade of the Long Range Discrimination Radar, advancing plans to tap Lockheed Martin to develop a second configuration of the not-yet-operational ground-based sensor that would add new capabilities as soon as 2024 -- including space situational awareness and space object identification.

January 28, 2021

Northrop Grumman said today it will exit by the end of the year a contract it inherited through acquiring Orbital ATK that supports testing cluster munitions components.

January 28, 2021

The Space Force expects to release a request for proposals for the Deep Space Advanced Radar Capability this summer, a new acquisition program aimed at providing persistent coverage of objects in geosynchronous orbit.

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