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July 22, 2020 | Daily News

Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord confirmed today the Defense Contract Management Agency has begun negotiations with F-35 prime contractor Lockheed Martin, seeking compensation from the company for delivering parts designated as not ready for issue.

July 22, 2020 | Daily News

The Long-Range Standoff Weapon effort requires full funding in fiscal year 2021 to accelerate some testing and make the schedule more flexible, according to an Air Force spokeswoman, but House appropriators have recommended reducing the program's budget.

July 21, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force today formally released its Arctic strategy -- which calls for enhanced missile defense, space and polar mobility capabilities, greater collaboration with allies and partners in the Arctic region and improved and expanded readiness and training exercises.

July 21, 2020 | Daily News

The new chief executive of Lockheed Martin said today the company is preparing for a potential defense budget upturn as well as a downturn.

July 21, 2020 | Daily News

The House voted 241-173 today against an amendment to the defense authorization bill that would have removed an existing law requiring the Pentagon to send Congress an annual list of unfunded priorities.

July 20, 2020 | Daily News

As the Air Force looks to ramp up production of anti-ship missiles, House appropriators argue proposed buys in fiscal year 2021 are premature and suggest zeroing out funding, while Senate authorizers recommend accelerating purchases to meet growing needs in the Indo-Pacific region.

July 16, 2020 | Daily News

Lawmakers are looking to add $50 million to the fiscal year 2021 defense budget to further development of a prototype "micro" nuclear reactor capable of generating up to 10 megawatts of electricity, a potential capability that could give the U.S. military -- one of the largest energy consumers in the world -- a revolutionary new way to power installations and possible more.

July 16, 2020 | Daily News

The joint all-domain command and control effort led by the Air Force will need to bridge legacy systems with new systems, but it will come at a cost, according to Army Under Secretary James McPherson.

July 16, 2020 | Daily News

The 16th Air Force has reached full operational capability to target adversaries the government says are interfering in the U.S. electoral process, stealing intellectual property and posing other threats in the "information environment."

July 16, 2020 | Daily News

Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord said today she plans to reveal several initiatives in the coming months that would help "re-shore" the U.S. microelectronics supply chain and "open the envelope" on weapon system exports to foreign countries.

July 16, 2020 | Daily News

Boeing expects to finish the first phase of flight testing for its KC-46 Remote Vision System 1.5 upgrade effort this week -- a near-term enhancement the company has pitched to the Air Force to iteratively improve the system before a full upgrade is completed.

July 15, 2020 | Daily News

The Defense Department is conducting a precursor assessment for a potential new capability that aims to provide senior leaders with accurate, timely, unambiguous warning and attack assessment of air, missile and space threats -- a next-generation, command-and-control system referred to as the Integrated Tactical Warning Attack Assessment.

July 14, 2020 | Daily News

The $23 billion indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity F-15EX contract the Air Force awarded Boeing this week could allow the service to buy up to 200 jets, a service spokesman confirmed today.

July 14, 2020 | Daily News

House appropriators are recommending a $506 million cut to the Next-Generation Air Dominance program in effort to stem the Air Force's fighter aircraft shortfall. (UPDATED)

July 14, 2020 | Daily News

House lawmakers are proposing a $170 million cut to the Air Force's fiscal year 2021 funding request for the Long Range Standoff Weapon and are recommending a study into the government's backup plans if the new cruise missile's warhead faces a production delay.

July 13, 2020 | Daily News

House lawmakers are recommending $90 million in fiscal year 2021 for the Joint Hypersonics Transition Office, looking to bankroll the newly established shop with additional funds to extend a host of research and development projects the Pentagon recently asked academia to propose.

July 13, 2020 | Daily News

The House is poised to pass legislation that gradually ramps up "Buy American" requirements on the Defense Department's largest programs of record, but industry representatives and analysts say the "arbitrary" rules could trip up important weapons developments and hurt international cooperation on defense programs.

July 10, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force expects to announce an "initial set of awards" for the Skyborg Prototyping, Experimentation and Autonomy Development program next week, according to a service spokesman.

July 10, 2020 | Daily News

Powerful House appropriators want to eliminate the Pentagon's controversial Overseas Contingency Operations account and return the department to annual supplemental funding requests, potentially sending defense officials scrambling to fill multibillion-dollar budget holes, according to documents obtained by Inside Defense.

July 10, 2020 | Daily News

A House panel is criticizing the Air Force's management of its hypersonics prototyping program -- pointing to skyrocketing costs and poor budget planning as evidence of the military's broader lack of discipline executing Middle Tier Acquisition authorities.

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