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December 9, 2020

The director of national intelligence announced today his agency is considering whether the Space Force should become a member of the U.S. intelligence community and said he will make a decision in the next month or two.

December 9, 2020

Anduril Industries filed a protest with the Government Accountability Office Nov. 16 challenging the Air Force's narrow selection of companies eligible to bid on a task order supporting the Advanced Battle Management System program, according to a source familiar with the procurement.

December 8, 2020

President-elect Biden has said he intends to nominate retired Army Gen. Lloyd Austin for defense secretary, putting a spotlight on the former four-star's time as a member of Raytheon Technologies' board of directors.

December 7, 2020

The Air Force estimates its acquisition of a new arming and fuzing assembly for the military's intercontinental ballistic missiles will cost $3.1 billion, about $600 million more than expected, Inside Defense has learned.

December 7, 2020

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) said today Democrats and Republicans in Congress have the votes necessary to override President Trump if he vetoes the fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill.

December 7, 2020

Rep. Mac Thornberry (TX), the top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee, said today the "message has been conveyed" to the White House that Congress will be prepared to override President Trump should he make good on threats to veto the fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill.

December 7, 2020

In a report issued last month, the Defense Business Board recommended the presidential transition team have at least 13 Defense Department appointees confirmed to begin work immediately after the Jan. 20 inauguration.

December 4, 2020

The compromise fiscal year 2021 defense policy bill does not include strict "Buy American" requirements for weapons programs after defense industry groups and foreign governments lobbied against them.

December 4, 2020

The final version of the fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill significantly ramps up oversight of the Advanced Battle Management System and directs the Air Force to produce a series of cost and planning documents the service has sought to bypass.

December 4, 2020

The final version of the fiscal year 2021 defense policy bill includes a number of spacelift provisions, directing the creation of a certification and innovation fund, a tactically responsive space launch program and an acquisition strategy for small satellite launch.

December 4, 2020

The final version of the fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill limits the Air Force's near-term plans to retire some legacy aircraft, but moves away from provisions included in earlier drafts that would have set minimum aircraft levels for major mission areas.

December 3, 2020

House and Senate negotiators today released a final version of the $740.5 billion fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill that President Trump has threatened to block.

December 3, 2020

The Defense Information Systems Agency is preparing to award a contract next year for "Electromagnetic Battlefield Management" software, as the Pentagon views automation as key to decluttering an increasingly contested spectrum environment.

December 3, 2020

A national commission reviewing aviation safety across the Defense Department is recommending the creation of a Joint Safety Council that would report directly to the deputy defense secretary and be tasked with coordinating service-level safety centers' risk-mitigation efforts and bringing crucial decision-making data to top Pentagon leaders.

December 3, 2020

The Joint Artificial Intelligence Center is working with General Atomics to enable unmanned aerial vehicles to autonomously detect imagery in captured video to share with ground operators, thereby mitigating the strain on overloaded data transmissions.

December 3, 2020

The Air Force has again pushed back the solicitation for a capability upgrades contract to modernize its new personnel recovery aircraft -- the HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter -- as the program continues to determine its needs.

December 3, 2020

A cross functional team tasked by the Air Force Warfighting Integration Capability is developing a plan to improve the service's training infrastructure to support multidomain operations.

December 2, 2020

The Air Force released a notice today stating it will award a prime contract to develop the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent's Mk21A re-entry vehicle no later than the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2023 -- slightly earlier than previously anticipated.

December 2, 2020

The House and Senate are ready to proceed with a defense authorization bill that could draw a veto from President Trump because it includes a measure to remove the names of Confederate leaders from U.S. military bases and does not include a repeal of legal immunity for social media companies, according to lawmakers and staffers.

December 2, 2020

U.S. Southern Command is looking to shift a technology demonstration of unmanned, persistent surveillance systems into a Defense Department program of record, according to the command's chief.

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