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June 05, 2019 | Daily News

Acting Deputy Defense Secretary David Norquist said today he is optimistic about the chances for Congress to eventually reach a bipartisan budget agreement, but only because the alternative is unthinkable.

June 05, 2019 | Daily News

Defense Department plans for a new kinetic boost-phase interceptor, an air-launched weapon envisioned for fighter aircraft to attack enemy ballistic missiles, stalled this month after the Air Force and an unnamed contractor failed to agree on contract terms to develop the new capability.

June 05, 2019 | Daily News

A renewed focus on readiness in recent years and a directive from former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to maintain 80% mission-capable rates for key fighter aircraft platforms has driven the Air Force to take a closer look at mission capability across its fleet.

June 05, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force is testing a new system to help unmanned aerial vehicles avoid air traffic while conducting operations beyond the visual line of sight.

June 05, 2019 | Daily News

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford said today the Pentagon should be cautious about increasing the size of the military at the expense of investments in new technologies critical to maintaining longstanding advantages over China and Russia.

June 05, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force Research Laboratory reached out to industry this week, seeking manufacturing technologies or concepts that could help enable future proliferated low-earth orbit space constellations.

June 05, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon will unveil a new cybersecurity certification for Defense Department contractors this year, as DOD officials concede the current rules governing how companies should secure sensitive information are not working.

June 05, 2019 | Daily News

The Missile Defense Agency issued a formal stop-work order to Boeing on Friday for the Redesigned Kill Vehicle program, following direction from the under secretary of research and development to halt development on the warhead portion of the Ground-based Interceptor.

May 24, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force has started a new partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to bolster outreach to startup companies and advance artificial intelligence solutions for decision support, condition-based maintenance, medical readiness and disaster response.

May 24, 2019 | Daily News

The Defense Department is readying a stop-work order for Boeing and Raytheon on the Redesigned Kill Vehicle after determining that technical difficulties with the new warhead are effectively insurmountable, a roughly $700 million setback that will further delay plans to improve U.S. defenses against advancing North Korean ballistic missile threats. (UPDATED)

May 23, 2019 | Daily News

The Senate Appropriations Committee today proposed legislation that would allocate nearly $1.7 billion in emergency supplemental funding to support recovery efforts at Tyndall Air Force Base, FL, and Offutt AFB, NE.

May 23, 2019 | Daily News

The GOP-led Senate Armed Services Committee, as expected, has approved $750 billion in total defense spending for fiscal year 2020, according to a summary of the panel’s authorization bill.

May 23, 2019 | Daily News

Senate policymakers are showing support for major Air Force investments in their mark of fiscal year 2020 legislation, authorizing 12 additional F-35A Joint Strike Fighter aircraft, validating the service’s request to buy new fourth-generation jets and proposing additional funding for the Advanced Battle Management System and the service’s Light-Attack Aircraft experiment.

May 23, 2019 | Daily News

The Senate Armed Services Committee this week took a step toward reorganizing the space enterprise, passing a fiscal year 2020 policy bill that would establish a Space Force within the Air Force.

May 23, 2019 | Daily News

The Senate Armed Services Committee has agreed to defense authorization bill that would require the Defense Department's annual report on Chinese military strength include a new assessment of Beijing's overseas investments related to national security objectives.

May 22, 2019 | Daily News

Senior Pentagon acquisition officials are writing new intellectual property policies amid heightened scrutiny from Capitol Hill, where concerns about price gouging have put a new spotlight on the issue.

May 22, 2019 | Daily News

SpaceX has filed a lawsuit against the Air Force in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, protesting the service's October 2018 Launch Services Agreement competition.

May 22, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force could see a major cut to its plan to fast-track development of the next generation of missile warning satellites as House appropriators pitch a plan to reduce the program's fiscal year 2020 funding by more than $200 million.

May 21, 2019 | Daily News

Defense Department contractors are struggling to meet the standards for protecting sensitive DOD information on their networks, as most companies fail to use key controls like multifactor authentication and incident response tests, according to a new report from cybersecurity auditing firm Sera-Brynn.

May 21, 2019 | Daily News

The B61-12 tailkit assembly program is on track to begin initial operational cyber testing this week and flight testing in August, with delivery of the first tailkit expected in October.

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