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October 02, 2020 | Daily News

The Space Force expects to stand up its new acquisition command in 2021 -- a schedule target that should give the service time to determine a transition plan for Army and Navy space capabilities and to ensure it's taking the right approach to combining a number of organizations under a single command.

October 01, 2020 | Daily News

Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord told lawmakers today the Defense Department is justified in distributing COVID-19 bailout funds to defense contractors economically hurt by the pandemic and said Congress needs to provide billions more.

October 01, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon's acquisition chief said today she believes the "root cause" of problems with the KC-46 tanker is linked to the program's fixed-price contract.

September 30, 2020 | Daily News

The Defense Department and Lockheed Martin have reached a handshake agreement on compensation for issues related to the company's F-35 spare parts delivery -- a deal that, when finalized, will require the company to return about $70.5 million.

September 30, 2020 | Daily News

Two congressmen behind a new bipartisan report urging significant defense reforms say the Pentagon can either divest legacy weapons in favor of artificial intelligence and unmanned systems, or it can lose the race for technological superiority to China.

September 30, 2020 | Daily News

Pentagon officials are encouraging Defense Department organizations to adopt interim cloud computing platforms to meet "urgent" needs without hampering the eventual adoption of Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure environment, which remains on hold in federal court.

September 30, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force this week completed its initial round of adversary air contracts, awarding Advanced Tactical Advantage Co. a contract worth up to $92 million to provide live adversary air training to F-22 and F-35 pilots at Eglin Air Force Base, FL.

September 29, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force has conducted the first flight test of the MQ-9A Reaper carrying eight live AGM-114 Hellfire missiles -- twice the number it can currently hold -- to show the remotely piloted aircraft's ability to perform "persistent attack" operations in future conflicts.

September 29, 2020 | Daily News

A bipartisan group of House authorizers has released its final report on U.S. national security strategy, calling for a whole-of-nation effort to confront the threat of a superpower China, including a wholesale review of the Defense Department's legacy systems and dramatically increased spending on emerging technologies.

September 29, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon has finished an analysis of alternatives for the Survivable Airborne Operations Center -- a future platform capable of supporting nuclear command, control and communications operations -- and is preparing for the impacts of funding restrictions on the broader NC3 modernization enterprise under a continuing resolution.

September 29, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon has launched a new initiative to improve how it approaches the exportability of defense technology to allied and partner countries.

September 29, 2020 | Daily News

Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord said today the effort now underway to identify and re-shore critical defense technologies with fragile or foreign supply chains was enhanced by the global outbreak of COVID-19.

September 28, 2020 | Daily News

The XQ-58A Valkyrie drone is expected to be operational again next month following a mishap over the summer and will soon fly with a gateway communications pod that could enable F-22 and F-35 fighter jets to stealthily exchange data.

September 25, 2020 | Daily News

A group representing a range of U.S. companies and industry associations opposes a variety of measures in the House and Senate defense authorization bills, including several provisions that would demand domestic sourcing for U.S. weapons programs and force companies to cut ties with Chinese suppliers.

September 25, 2020 | Daily News

Air Force Materiel Command is considering sending industry a second request for information to support market research into the multiple roles an MQ-9 Reaper replacement, or MQ-Next, can perform as a node within the joint all-domain command and control infrastructure.

September 25, 2020 | Daily News

The Space Force announced today it has reached an agreement with SpaceX to launch two future GPS III missions with previously flown boosters -- the first National Security Space Launch missions to fly with a re-used first stage.

September 24, 2020 | Daily News

Amentum said today it has agreed to acquire DynCorp International, which would create a $6 billion contractor.

September 24, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force and Lockheed Martin have begun negotiating a lower unit cost for the next batch of commoditized F-16 fighter jets they anticipate supplying through last month's novel foreign military sale contract to a new group of customers, sources tell Inside Defense.

September 24, 2020 | Daily News

An experimental positioning navigation and timing capability being developed by L3Harris and the Air Force Research Laboratory could offer options to mitigate the impact of GPS signal interference --including the projected disruption from Ligado Network's controversial plan to field a fifth-generation wireless network in the L-band.

September 23, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force is planning formal studies to consider options for a future autonomous tanking architecture that could include a mix of small, remotely piloted refueling aircraft and larger, more survivable tankers.

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