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April 29, 2021

The Army is currently training another unit with the newest Apache AH-64E Version 6 helicopter after initially fielding the aircraft earlier this year to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA, an Army official told reporters today.

April 29, 2021

The Missile Defense Agency is dangling award fees to speed delivery of a Next Generation Interceptor, giving Lockheed Martin and a Northrop Grumman-Raytheon team opportunities to pocket additional cash if they can beat a 2028 contractual commitment to emplace new guided missiles in Alaska in a race to improve the Ground-based Midcourse homeland defense system against forecasted improvements in North Korean intercontinental ballistic missiles.

April 29, 2021

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) said this week he wants to identify legacy Pentagon programs that can be eliminated or reduced so new investments can be made in information systems, like the financial management technology required to audit the Defense Department.

April 28, 2021

The Government Accountability Office has found the Pentagon's major acquisition programs have accumulated $615 billion in total cost growth since they began, a 52% increase, with about 60% of that growth being unrelated to increases in quantities purchased.

April 28, 2021

The Army faces a challenging year ahead with the next defense budget, where it will have to balance readiness and modernization against what is speculated to be a flat budget, the acting Army secretary said yesterday.

April 28, 2021

The Missile Defense Agency punted all planned 2020 operational cybersecurity assessments, tests required to determine vulnerabilities, according to congressional investigators who note these failures are accompanied by agency rationales but nevertheless marks a third consecutive year of shortcomings that point to "a broader MDA cybersecurity development issue.

April 27, 2021

The Defense Department is missing key information and lacking consistent procedures for increasingly popular "consortium" agreements, according to a new report from the DOD inspector general.

April 27, 2021

The Pentagon estimates the price tag for the Next Generation Interceptor program is $17.7 billion, including $13.1 billion to develop, $2.3 billion to field, and $2.2 billion to operate and sustain 21 guided missiles, according to new details provided by the Defense Department.

April 26, 2021

The future battlefield might move too fast for Army commanders to check with lawyers about the legality and morality of some decisions, especially when soldiers are confronted with swarms of autonomous robots, the leader of Army Futures Command said April 22.

April 23, 2021

The Army is delaying the last two acquisition milestones for the $8.2 billion Joint Air-to-Ground Missile program, pushing target dates for integrating the next-generation, airborne-launched weapon -- originally slated to be accomplished last year -- into 2022, changes driven by technical difficulties encountered while attempting to integrate the new missile onto Marine Corps helicopters.

April 23, 2021

The four bids from major defense contractors the Army has received for the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle are a sign that the new competition is going well, multiple analysts told Inside Defense this week.

April 22, 2021

Defense industry analysts say the selection of Michael Brown, who previously headed Symantec and, more recently, the Defense Innovation Unit, to lead Pentagon acquisition signals a continued emphasis on software modernization and faster innovation.

April 21, 2021

The Army recently completed an operational assessment of Capability Set 21 during a Joint Readiness Training Center Rotation at Ft. Polk, LA, marking the largest-scale assessment with an entire brigade for the effort, Army officials said yesterday.

April 20, 2021

The Missile Defense Agency is breaking up the Ground-based Midcourse Defense development and sustainment contract into five smaller projects, with plans to compete two and sole source three under a new project branded GMD Futures, capping an overhaul process that began in October 2019 that explored numerous alternative contract structures.

April 20, 2021

The head of U.S. Strategic Command today revealed that his organization will take the reins of the new triad of non-nuclear, long-range offensive hypersonic weapons programs slated for fielding this decade.

April 19, 2021

The Army-led Joint Counter-small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Office earlier this month held a demonstration with industry at Yuma Proving Ground, AZ, focused on low collateral effects interceptors, the first of a series of semi-annual demonstrations the Defense Department is hosting to evaluate technologies capable of countering growing threats from small UASs.

April 16, 2021

The three companies that participated in the first iteration of the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle competition -- BAE Systems, General Dynamics Land Systems and American Rheinmetall -- have all announced they will bid for the new OMFV program.

April 16, 2021

The top uniformed official responsible for defending the nation against North Korean ballistic missile attack threw cold water this week on the Missile Defense Agency's push for adding an "underlayer" to the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system, arguing the proposal to add the Standard Missile-3 Block IIA is too expensive and too narrowly focused given the range of potential air threats that need to be addressed.

April 15, 2021

The Extended Range Cannon Artillery will be able to strike targets at 70 kilometers with less cost and more lethality than existing Army rockets that fire in that range, the director of the Long Range Precision Fires Cross-Functional Team said today.

April 15, 2021

The Army Requirements Oversight Council has approved the requirements for the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft, a service official said yesterday.

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