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April 13, 2021

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) said today he is concerned officials at the White House are "dragging their feet getting us the damn budget."

April 12, 2021

The Air Force has formally recalibrated schedule targets for the two remaining acquisition milestones for the troubled $43.9 billion KC-46A acquisition -- setting March 2022 for Required Assets Available, an objective that would mark initial operational capability delay of more than four years, and September 2024 for a full-rate production review.

April 12, 2021

The Air Force has changed its acquisition strategy for the Stand-in Attack Weapon -- a new strike capability for the F-35 -- and is no longer solely pursuing an upgrade to the extended-range variant of the Navy and Northrop Grumman's Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile.

April 9, 2021

President Biden's first defense budget is being criticized by congressional Republicans, who say it is too small, and liberal lawmakers, who say it is too big.

April 9, 2021

President Biden's first defense budget is being criticized by congressional Republicans, who say it is too small, and liberal lawmakers, who say it is too big.

April 9, 2021

Space Force officials said this week the service is making progress on two efforts of significant congressional interest -- designing an acquisition system that delivers capabilities faster and determining which space capabilities will transfer to the new service from the Army and Navy.

April 9, 2021

President Biden is proposing a $715 billion Pentagon budget for fiscal year 2022, with plans to cut unspecified legacy weapon systems and eliminate a controversial warfighting account intended for overseas military operations, according to the White House Office of Management and Budget.

April 8, 2021

The Space Force plans to redesignate the Space and Missile Systems Center as Space Systems Command and will officially standup SSC this summer, officials said today.

April 7, 2021

The Defense Department has experienced an increase in ground readiness and a decrease in sea readiness from fiscal year 2017 through FY-19, according to a Government Accountability Office report published Wednesday.

April 5, 2021

Michael Brown, director of the Defense Innovation Unit, has been picked to become the Pentagon's acquisition chief, putting a new spotlight on a career previously spent in Silicon Valley and a public profile focused on countering Chinese technology.

April 5, 2021

When Mark Lewis walked into the Pentagon in late 2019, he thought his most important job as a leading research official would be overseeing the development of new, high-speed missiles.

April 2, 2021

A recent U.S. Northern Command Joint All-Domain Command-and-Control exercise demonstrated several capabilities available today to improve domain awareness, information dominance and decision superiority -- and the NORTHCOM commander told reporters this week he wants to move quickly to acquire and field those technologies.

April 1, 2021

The Air Force's flagship DevSecOps team -- Platform One -- is considering a range of contractual vehicles to deepen partnerships with the defense industrial base and incentivize software companies to collaborate on new and improved enterprise services for military customers.

April 1, 2021

The Pentagon is moving full speed ahead with its plans for the first year of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program, despite potential obstacles in finding the right first pilot contracts and meeting demand for assessors.

April 1, 2021

The Defense Department this week awarded Lockheed Martin a $7.8 million contract modification to address deficiencies with the F-35's Autonomic Logistics Information System.

April 1, 2021

The general in charge of Air Mobility Command said this week joint wargames and experimentation will play an important role in shaping requirements for a future "family of systems" strategic airlift capability.

April 1, 2021

The newly appointed program executive office for the Air Force's Advanced Battle Management System is planning to release a solicitation this spring for a communication capability that can be installed on the KC-46 tanker and inform future acquisition decisions.

March 31, 2021

After awarding a single integration contract last week to Lockheed Martin for its Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar program, the Air Force confirmed to Inside Defense it is still considering awarding a second contract "in the coming months."

March 31, 2021

As some of the Air Force's early Mid-Tier Acquisition programs approach transition points, the service is considering opportunities to increase transparency for those programs and ensure they meet the rapid acquisition pathway criteria.

March 31, 2021

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) made the case yesterday for pursuing deterrence, rather than dominance in the U.S.-China security relationship, noting his support for upgrading U.S. weapon systems and expanding arms deals with foreign partners.

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