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October 30, 2020 | Daily News

The chief executive of Kratos Defense & Security Solutions is feeling confident about the company's near-term drone sale prospects even though the Air Force recently more than tripled the competitive field for Skyborg, an emerging program for autonomous, unmanned vehicles.

October 30, 2020 | Daily News

The Defense Department this week moved to turn the tables on China, forming a new University Consortium for Applied Hypersonics to accelerate work on ultra-fast weapons by increasing collaboration with academic communities -- a project that aims to replicate an idea born in Beijing where professors and students work closely to advance national aims.

October 29, 2020 | Daily News

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) said today the current National Defense Strategy places too much emphasis on militarily dominating China and Russia and called on Democrats to rewrite it if former Vice President Joe Biden wins the presidential election.

October 29, 2020 | Daily News

Less than 1% of CACI International's 23,000 employees have contracted COVID-19, the company's chief executive said today.

October 29, 2020 | Daily News

The Defense Department today released a new strategy for "Electromagnetic Spectrum Superiority" that seeks to share access with "commercial partners," though the relationship between the Pentagon and telecommunications companies has been marked by tension in the past.

October 29, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force Research Laboratory's space vehicles directorate has compiled a list of 13 science and technology areas it plans to prioritize in the near term, the outcome of a two-year strategic planning process.

October 29, 2020 | Daily News

The Defense Department is working with the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Accreditation Body to develop a process for companies to dispute their cyber assessment results and get an objective ruling from the Pentagon's lead contracts agency.

October 28, 2020 | Daily News

The head of U.S. Transportation Command said today an ongoing Mobility Capabilities and Requirements Study may reveal a need for more intratheater airlift aircraft.

October 28, 2020 | Daily News

About 1,800 of General Dynamics' roughly 100,000 employees have come down with COVID-19 and about 1,500 are "fully recovered and back to work," according to the company's chief executive.

October 26, 2020 | Daily News

The Defense Department is preparing to launch a study to examine how it pays defense contractors, a topic that has drawn controversy and political backlash in the past.

October 26, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force's armament directorate is planning more tests of its boost-glide hypersonic Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon while also looking to establish new industry partnerships to support development of scramjet-powered munitions like the Hypersonic Attack Cruise Missile.

October 23, 2020 | Daily News

The Space and Missile Systems Center plans to leverage existing Air Force cloud services and integration efforts as it works to establish a cloud-based ecosystem to enable greater use of digital and model-based systems engineering -- a plan it expects will allow the Space Force to move more quickly toward greater adoption of digital engineering practices and increase commonality and collaboration between the two services.

October 23, 2020 | Daily News

Brig. Gen. Heath Collins is taking on his new position as the Air Force's program executive officer for weapons by launching initiatives like the Global Precision Attack Weapon to promote the use of digital engineering and open architecture principles in legacy and future munitions.

October 23, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon says the vast majority of its "other transaction agreements" -- contracts typically used to sidestep regular acquisition regulations to quickly build prototype weapon systems -- have gone to companies it considers "nontraditional" defense contractors.

October 22, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon made significant headway advancing its surveillance capabilities last week when the Air Force updated software on a U-2 Dragon Lady mid-flight for the first time -- opening the door to greater use of data streaming and machine learning aboard aircraft during spy missions.

October 22, 2020 | Daily News

The Space Force expects to begin standing up a new Space Systems Center next spring and will complete the initial plan for the new acquisition hub within the next month, Chief of Space Operations Gen. John Raymond said today.

October 21, 2020 | Daily News

As the Air Force Research Laboratory and U.S. Transportation Command work with industry to better understand how the Defense Department might leverage a future commercial space cargo transport capability, one of the primary imperatives has been to ensure DOD is the first customer in line when companies begin to offer it.

October 21, 2020 | Daily News

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) said today he remains "unconvinced" by the liberal wing of his party pushing for major cuts to the Pentagon, but stressed he is open to the debate if Democrats win unified control of the federal government.

October 20, 2020 | Daily News

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said today the Pentagon has made some internal reforms to ease the path of U.S. weapons to foreign buyers.

October 16, 2020 | Daily News

The Space Force's chief operating officer said today he expects the restrictions imposed by Congress' continuing resolution to slow the standup of new field commands and impede the growth of the service's civilian workforce.

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