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May 27, 2021

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told House appropriators today the soon-to-be-released defense budget request gives the Pentagon "flexibility to divest ourselves of systems and platforms that do not adequately meet our needs."

May 25, 2021

The nominee to be the Pentagon's chief technology officer has proposed creating a "bridge" fund to quickly transition promising technologies into programs of record.

May 25, 2021

The Pentagon between fiscal years 2009 and 2019 returned nearly $128 billion in "canceled funds" to the U.S. Treasury, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

May 25, 2021

Susanna Blume, the nominee to direct the Pentagon's cost assessment and program evaluation shop, said today she wants to continue to improve the process used to estimate weapon system sustainment costs.

May 25, 2021

EAST HARTFORD, CT -- The chief technology officer of Raytheon Technologies says he has met in recent weeks with representatives from the Air Force and the Office of the Secretary of Defense to discuss the company's focus on using a digital thread approach to speed cycle times.

May 24, 2021

EAST HARTFORD, CT -- The chief technology officer of Raytheon Technologies says he has met in recent weeks with representatives from the Air Force and the Office of the Secretary of Defense to discuss the company's focus on using a digital thread approach to speed cycle times.

May 24, 2021

The Biden administration will send its fiscal year 2022 defense budget request to Congress on Friday, setting the stage for debates on spending levels, modernization priorities and the potential divestiture of weapon systems deemed unsuitable for competition with China, the Pentagon's "pacing challenge."

May 21, 2021

The Army needs predictable funding to fully develop its new air and missile defense systems, and the service cannot take on significant new responsibilities without more resources, the head of the service's Space and Missile Defense Command said today.

May 20, 2021

The Army's deputy assistant secretary for research and technology told lawmakers today he'd like to see the current level of funding for laboratory revitalization doubled.

May 20, 2021

Top technology officials at the Pentagon told lawmakers today they could use more flexibility to shift funds within their annual budgets, joining a growing push from the Defense Department to loosen restrictions around how the military budget is managed in the name of innovation.

May 19, 2021

REDSTONE ARSENAL, AL -- The Army needs consistent sustainment funding to build up prepositioned stocks and supply lines in the Indo-Pacific and other parts of the world, an official with Army Materiel Command said in an interview last month.

May 19, 2021

Top Senate Republicans have introduced an amendment that would require parity between defense and non-defense spending increases for fiscal year 2022, arguing it is needed to compete with China.

May 18, 2021

An amendment to the bipartisan China bill on the Senate floor this week would double the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency's funding to $7 billion a year.

May 18, 2021

The Missile Defense Agency is now betting on a service life extension project to improve the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system until the Next Generation Interceptor is ready for fielding, a shift in messaging from the agency's gambit last year that proposed an underlayer featuring new variants of the Aegis and Terminal High Altitude Area defense systems.

May 18, 2021

Groups representing defense contractors say there is a lack of collaboration between the U.S. government and industry on the military drawdown from Afghanistan, which they say has raised many "as-yet unanswered" questions about the future.

May 18, 2021

A recent two-week Army aviation exercise at Dugway Proving Ground, UT, showcased the service's aviation capabilities and technologies ahead of Project Convergence this fall, Army officials told reporters yesterday.

May 17, 2021

The Army has invested $24 billion in a new priority of 30 programs considered "key enablers" that are directly tied to the service's top modernization efforts, Lt. Gen. James Pasquarette, deputy chief of staff (G-8), said last week.

May 17, 2021

With the COVID-19 vaccine now widely available nationwide, many defense contracting executives say they see the vaccine as a path forward, allowing them to ramp up their work and move past this challenging time.

May 14, 2021

The Army's experiments with soldiers and Robotic Combat Vehicles are "mythbusting" the ways that robots will and will not change the battlefield, Maj. Gen. Ross Coffman, the director of the Next Generation Combat Vehicle Cross-Functional Team, told Inside Defense in a May 5 interview.

May 13, 2021

Acting Pentagon acquisition chief Stacy Cummings said today the Defense Department still needs at least $11 billion in supplemental funding from Congress to support defense contractors with pandemic-related costs and avoid cutting modernization programs and military readiness accounts.

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