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January 27, 2021

Air Force Chief of Staff Charles Brown today gave a harsh indictment of war planners' neglect to defend U.S. dominance in the electromagnetic spectrum and has his eyes set on the fiscal year 2023 budget proposal to ramp up investments to counter surging threats from near-peer adversaries.

January 27, 2021

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin today announced the upcoming version of the National Defense Strategy will include a review of the U.S. military's posture on climate change, a significant departure from the Trump administration, which omitted the issue from the 2018 strategy currently in place.

January 27, 2021

After playing a key role in advising the Air Force secretary on space policy and management, the office of the assistant Air Force secretary for space acquisition and integration is reorganizing -- establishing three new directorates and a slew of subject matter experts in major capability areas.

January 26, 2021

Lockheed Martin is preparing a plan on the future of work, which it says will result in a footprint reduction of at least 2 million square feet in the coming years.

January 22, 2021

The Missile Defense Agency has selected Northrop Grumman to join L3Harris Technologies for the next phase of the Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Senor project, a move that bumps Raytheon and Leidos from a contest to develop a next-generation, orbiting, infrared system to track ultrafast and maneuvering threats from launch to impact.

January 21, 2021

The Air Force is arguing Anduril Industries' Nov. 16 protest with the Government Accountability Office against an Advanced Battle Management System contract task order falls outside the watchdog's jurisdiction and should thus be dismissed, according to a source familiar with the procurement.

January 21, 2021

With a five-year plan in place, the Space Force is working with the acquisition community and industry to develop requirements for a future National Space Test and Training Range.

January 20, 2021

The Defense Department estimates the cost of the GPS Operational Control Segment follow-on program at $223 million, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

January 20, 2021

Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord departs the Pentagon today as one of the few senior defense officials to remain at her post over the past four years, bucking the high-level personnel churn characteristic of the Trump administration.

January 19, 2021

Retired Army Gen. Lloyd Austin has committed to several key Defense Department reviews if confirmed as defense secretary and asserted his belief that military spending is unlikely to be increased in the near future.

January 19, 2021

The Air Force Research Laboratory is fixing its software processes for the next flight test of the experimental Golden Horde swarming weapons capability after an unforeseen error hindered successful airstrikes last month, according to Col. Garry Haase, commander of AFRL's munitions directorate.

January 15, 2021

Pentagon officials raised new concerns this week about plans to shift electromagnetic spectrum control from the Defense Department to the private sector, arguing it could jeopardize test ranges and the development of next-generation weapon systems.

January 14, 2021

The Missile Defense Agency has selected L3Harris Technologies as a finalist from a pool of four contenders in the contest to develop a Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor.

January 14, 2021

The Pentagon, which saw four years of chaotic senior leadership churn under President Trump, is preparing for yet another change in personnel, this time for the team nominated by President-elect Biden.

January 14, 2021

Air Force acquisition executive Will Roper is responding to intense congressional pushback against his bypassing of the traditional requirements process for his prized Advanced Battle Management System by signing a formal acquisition strategy ahead of President-elect Biden's inauguration.

January 14, 2021

A new report from the Pentagon's director of operational test and evaluation labels the F-35 joint program office's test schedule for the Operational Data Integration Network "high risk" and questions the program's ability to deliver a fully functional system by this September.

January 14, 2021

Pentagon chief weapons tester Robert Behler warns the MH-139A Grey Wolf program's continued delays obtaining a military flight release is not only driving the Air Force to rely on suboptimal, contractor-led testing but potentially jeopardizing the milestone C decision to begin production.

January 13, 2021

The Pentagon's chief weapons tester says the government needs to spend the next 10 years updating weapons testing processes and infrastructure, paying special attention to space and cyber capabilities.

January 13, 2021

The Air Force is beginning to see its vision for a government-owned, synthetic modeling and simulation environment take shape and, while challenges remain, the head of the service's test center said he's encouraged by the development progress he's seen on the technical backbone that will connect fourth- and fifth-generation simulators for high-fidelity testing and training.

January 12, 2021

The Pentagon has fallen short in sharing a list of critical military capabilities with key Defense Department stakeholders and outside government agencies, potentially putting at risk federal efforts to protect those technologies, according to a new Government Accountability Office report.

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