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April 15, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force's short-lived Gray Wolf program -- intended to create a networked cruise missile capability -- is planning up to two captive carriage flights and two launch and missile flight tests with a Northrop Grumman-built truck over the next several months.

April 14, 2020 | Daily News

Air Force Ventures has teamed up with the Pentagon's industrial policy office to collect ideas on unique ways to help the COVID-19 national response effort and has already received a number of unexpected pitches, like drones that can support logistics missions.

April 13, 2020 | Daily News

The Defense Department is scrambling to increase teleworking tools and network capacity with many employees working remotely during the coronavirus outbreak, as Pentagon officials say there will be some "permanency" to the new capabilities they've introduced in recent weeks.

April 13, 2020 | Daily News

At the beginning of the year, before the acceleration of the COVID-19 pandemic radically altered American society, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said one of his goals for 2020 was to position the Pentagon for the "irreversible implementation" of the National Defense Strategy and its new focus on great power competition with China and Russia.

April 10, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force is continuing mission-essential training as the COVID-19 pandemic progresses, but the head of Air Education and Training Command said today, the service has made changes to operations to adhere to social distancing guidance, including reducing the number of recruits it sends to basic military training to 60% its normal rate.

April 10, 2020 | Daily News

The potential long-term budget implications of the novel coronavirus pandemic are beginning to shape thinking about what weapon system programs to defend should military spending face dramatic reductions, according to the top Air Force general in charge of Global Strike Command.

April 10, 2020 | Daily News

The commander of Air Force Global Strike Command said this week he thinks a clean-sheet Arsenal Plane platform may better meet the service's need for long-range strike capabilities than repurposing existing cargo or bomber platforms, as the service has discussed in the past.

April 09, 2020 | Daily News

Air Force Global Strike Command has chosen the service's Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon as its hypersonic system of choice, rather than the scramjet-enabled prototype the military's experimental research agency has been developing.

April 09, 2020 | Daily News

The Defense Department this week laid out the framework for implementing recent legislation meant to help pay contractors unable to work during the coronavirus outbreak.

April 09, 2020 | Daily News

Deputy Defense Secretary David Norquist said today the Pentagon is going to "streamline" its internal budget review process to allow more employees to telework during the COVID-19 outbreak.

April 08, 2020 | Daily News

The Defense Department is exploring a vast new test and training complex that would wrap around half the planet, reaching across the near entirety of the Pacific Ocean to support large-scale experimentation of advanced warfighting concepts, a move recommended by a classified study on the future of U.S. military superiority.

April 07, 2020 | Daily News

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) said today he is working to include measures that would help the U.S. defense industrial base in an upcoming COVID-19 stimulus bill being crafted by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

April 07, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon will hold a tabletop exercise this week to inform a new space deterrence strategy aimed at improving the Defense Department's messaging around space capabilities by potentially declassifying some information.

April 07, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force Research Laboratory is making changes to existing contracts to maximize teleworking and ensure mission-essential personnel can continue their operations during the COVID-19 national emergency.

April 06, 2020 | Daily News

The novel coronavirus global pandemic that is currently spreading around the world will lead to an eventual reordering of U.S. national priorities that squeezes defense spending and accelerates efforts to draw down U.S. overseas deployments, according to a defense and foreign policy expert.

April 06, 2020 | Daily News

The Space Development Agency aims to release a formal request for proposals for its first tranche of transport communication satellites -- a capability the Pentagon expects will serve as the backbone and "main unifying thrust" of its joint all-domain command-and-control efforts, according to SDA director Derek Tournear.

April 03, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon said today a new payment policy aimed at helping defense contractors weather the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to provide industry with $3 billion in cash flow.

April 02, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force announced today it has reached two significant agreements with Boeing to release $882 million the service had withheld due to continued design challenges with the KC-46 remote visual system and to move ahead with a two-step redesign of the KC-46 remote visual system.

April 02, 2020 | Daily News

House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Mac Thornberry (R-TX) has unveiled a standalone Pentagon reform bill he hopes to include in the fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill.

April 02, 2020 | Daily News

House Armed Services Committee leaders say they hope to have the fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill ready by May 1, though the COVID-19 outbreak means the legislation will be crafted in a much different and more "informal" way than in the past.

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