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June 08, 2019 | Daily News

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) has set a $733 billion topline for total defense spending in his mark of the fiscal year 2020 defense authorization bill, blocking all Pentagon funding for President Trump’s border wall and putting the panel at odds with the Senate Armed Services Committee, which has approved $750 billion, according to a copy of the "chairman's mark" obtained by Inside Defense.

June 07, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon is working with the F-35 prime contractors to identify alternative sources for the parts Turkish industry produces for the Joint Strike Fighter, as the Defense Department’s acquisition chief says there will be “no major disruptions” if DOD can stick to its plan to remove Turkish industry from the program by early next year.

June 07, 2019 | Daily News

The United States is suspending Turkey, a key NATO ally, from the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program for refusing to back out of a deal to procure a Russian-made missile defense system.

June 07, 2019 | Daily News

House lawmakers are concerned the Air Force is misapplying rapid acquisition authorities to a major B-52 re-engining effort and are asking for more insight into the program’s requirements and testing plans.

June 06, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon continues to wrestle with challenges and internal disagreements resulting from seismic congressional reforms that restructured its acquisition oversight process and gave the military services more direct control over major programs, according to a new Government Accountability Office report.

June 06, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon is investigating how it might use rapid acquisition authorities to ensure access to critical minerals vital for powering major weapons and communications systems should China and Russia disrupt U.S. supply chains, according to a new Trump administration report.

June 06, 2019 | Daily News

A House panel is directing the Defense Department to conduct an enterprise-wide analysis of competing technology projects that all aim to one day deliver a weapon capable of intercepting an intercontinental ballistic missile during the boost phase of flight -- and identify which project offers the best option.

June 06, 2019 | Daily News

House lawmakers are calling for details on the Air Force's strategy to establish a unified signals intelligence enterprise and how it will incorporate cloud-based technologies.

June 06, 2019 | Daily News

House lawmakers want the Air Force to craft a 30-year tanker force structure vision that lays out future tanker production plans and options to modernize the entire tanker fleet.

June 06, 2019 | Daily News

The Defense Department will not direct or require the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent prime contractors to use more than one supplier of large solid-rocket motors.

June 05, 2019 | Daily News

The nominees to lead U.S. Space Command and the National Reconnaissance Office today emphasized the strong relationship between the Defense Department and the intelligence community and committed to maintaining and improving that relationship moving forward.

June 05, 2019 | Daily News

House lawmakers want the Defense Department to provide a report on the risks and benefits of using both producers of large solid-rocket motors to develop its Ground Based Strategic Deterrent.

June 05, 2019 | Daily News

A House panel is calling for the Defense Department's Space Sensor Layer effort to remain within the Missile Defense Agency, despite the Pentagon's plan to shift funding for that work to the new Space Development Agency.

June 05, 2019 | Daily News

House lawmakers are proposing significant oversight of the F-35 program and the Air Force's plan to buy new F-15EX aircraft -- calling for more insight into the Joint Strike Fighter's Block 4 effort and recommending the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps develop a joint service cost position for the program.

June 05, 2019 | Daily News

The House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee wants the Defense Department to conduct a new mobility capability requirements study, after the first review took a near-term look and recommended no change to current and air and sealift capacity requirements.

June 05, 2019 | Daily News

The House Armed Services Committee is supporting the Air Force's plans to accelerate the Low-Cost Attritable Aircraft Technology program for pairing with such manned platforms as the F-35.

June 05, 2019 | Daily News

Lawmakers on the House Armed Services Committee, acting on concerns the Defense Department is investing too little in science and technology, have drafted legislation that would mandate accountability should the S&T portfolio be cut in the future.

June 05, 2019 | Daily News

UTC Aerospace Systems' MS-177 multispectral sensor will begin operational testing this month, three months behind schedule.

June 05, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force will hold an industry day in July to consider industry capabilities for a potential rapid launch capability.

June 05, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force is considering awarding Raytheon a sole-source contract to develop the follow-on system to the next-generation GPS operational control segment.

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