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April 09, 2019 | Daily News

The unit cost of the F-35A could go as low as $75 million in Lot 14 of low-rate initial production if the program can improve supply chain and production line performance, the head of the program recently told Inside Defense.

April 08, 2019 | Daily News

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- As some in Congress put pressure on the Air Force to slow down its acquisition plan for the second phase of a major launch vehicle development and procurement competition, executives from Northrop Grumman and United Launch Alliance said today they support the service's plan to release a request for proposals this month and award future launches to two competitors next spring.

April 08, 2019 | Daily News

Congress recently approved the Pentagon’s request to shift $600 million from Pakistan security support to the Air Force and Marine Corps so the two services can begin fixing bases damaged during hurricanes.

April 04, 2019 | Daily News

The Defense Department is anticipating enhanced cybersecurity requirements for contractors working on critical technologies will be published by the National Institute for Standards and Technology in approximately 60 days, according to a DOD official.

April 04, 2019 | Daily News

The Joint Strike Fighter is on track to meet its 80 percent mission-capable rate requirement by the end of 2019, according to the F-35 program executive officer.

April 04, 2019 | Daily News

The Missile Defense Agency has pushed back plans for a new Pacific Radar by two years -- delaying all key milestones for a new sensor needed to plug holes in the U.S. military's ability to track projected future North Korean long-range rockets during the midcourse of flight -- while also trimming planned five-year spending on the project from $1 billion to $764 million.

April 04, 2019 | Daily News

If Turkey were removed from the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter supply chain, the program office expects there would be a slowdown of parts to the three production lines within three months time, resulting in between 50 and 75 aircraft being delivered late over a two-year period.

April 04, 2019 | Daily News

As Pentagon leaders move forward with plans to stand up a new Space Development Agency, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson continues to air her concerns with the new organization, telling lawmakers this week she worries the agency will be too detached from the warfighter and could impede ongoing work to develop a proliferated low earth orbit satellite constellation.

April 03, 2019 | Daily News

One of the leading congressional proponents of the movement to create a new Space Force told Pentagon leadership today there are major issues with DOD's legislative proposal.

April 03, 2019 | Daily News

The Missile Defense Agency is working to determine the full extent of the delay to the Redesigned Kill Vehicle program and -- based on technology testing currently underway -- plans to revise the estimated two-year schedule slip by either lengthening the delay or trimming it as soon as this summer, according to a senior Defense Department official.

April 03, 2019 | Daily News

The Missile Defense Agency and the Air Force are seeking $30 million to launch a classified, joint program over the next three years that could be used to begin a new interceptor program or modify an existing guided missile based on scant details in the Pentagon's new spending request.

April 03, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force is planning to expand its infrastructure to conduct operational tests of hypersonics technology, a next-generation capability the service has prioritized for rapid prototyping.

April 03, 2019 | Daily News

Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA) yesterday bemoaned the lack of a disaster relief supplemental bill and said one must be passed within the next eight days before Congress adjourns for its Easter recess.

April 03, 2019 | Daily News

The Overseas Contingency Operations account was introduced in 2009 to fund wars abroad, meant to give the Pentagon greater flexibility to pay for unexpected costs.

March 29, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force continues to lead Defense Department efforts to develop joint cyber warfare capabilities, as the service seeks a big increase for a key infrastructure platform as part of its latest budget request, while the Marine Corps eyes offensive cyber capabilities to support a new joint mission requirement.

March 29, 2019 | Daily News

The Defense Department has markedly curtailed what last year was a $1.4 billion five-year investment plan for a pair of programs -- the Common Kill Vehicle and the Multi Object Kill Vehicle -- that promised to deliver next-generation warheads for future ballistic missile defense in a decade.

March 29, 2019 | Daily News

Senior Pentagon leaders are defending their "very robust" processes for ensuring officials who previously worked in industry comply with ethics arrangements, as acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan is being investigated for allegedly favoring Boeing, his former employer.

March 29, 2019 | Daily News

The head of the House Armed Services Committee is raising concerns about the Air Force's launch services acquisition strategy, telling Secretary Heather Wilson in a March 28 letter the service appears to be moving forward with a request for proposals "in a way that risks undermining the Air Force's goal of maximizing and sustaining fair and open competition."

March 28, 2019 | Daily News

The Defense Department is considering whether both providers of solid-rocket motors should be involved in the development of the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent, a senior Air Force official told a House subcommittee today.

March 28, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon is requesting $164 million for the Defense Innovation Unit in fiscal year 2020, a big budget boost for DIU as its responsibilities expand into managing a new fund for dual-use hardware technologies.

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