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February 12, 2021

Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI), who recently became chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told Inside Defense in an exclusive and wide-ranging interview he wants to continue to see the Defense Department "transform" to counter China and prepare for the challenges of the 21st century, though he made it clear that transformation will likely need to occur amid downward budget pressure.

February 11, 2021

The Army wants information from industry on an autonomous unmanned aircraft system that can perform aerial resupply to infantry brigade combat teams, with the first unit equipped by fiscal year 2026, according to a notice posted today.

February 11, 2021

Radio communication between the Army's upcoming family of Robotic Combat Vehicles and human controllers would need to extend about 1.5 kilometers under current draft requirements, a service official said today.

February 11, 2021

The head of the Pentagon's new China Task Force, Ely Ratner, said today he and his team intend to assess whether the Defense Department is "adequately organized" to address a wide range of challenges related to U.S.-China relations, including "technology competition."

February 10, 2021

Two Senate committees this week weighing the nomination of Neera Tanden, who has been tapped to run the White House Office of Management and Budget, spent little to no time discussing national security issues, but she did provide one panel with a written statement with her views on defense spending.

February 9, 2021

The Pentagon's new leaders have committed to numerous reviews in the past few weeks that could have a significant impact on the U.S. military, including its budget and global footprint.

February 9, 2021

A bureaucratic maneuver last summer by the Office of the Secretary of Defense aimed at clipping the wings of the Missile Defense Agency has drawn an investigation and a statutory directive to halt any action that would lock in rules subjecting MDA to increased oversight by other arms of the Defense Department.

February 8, 2021

The Army's new Infantry Squad Vehicle does not require underbody armor, since its off-road mobility and small signature allow it to naturally evade threats, officials from the Maneuver Capabilities Development and Integration Directorate told Inside Defense in a Feb. 2 interview.

February 8, 2021

A new Army study -- launched during the last weeks of the Trump administration and now subject to a review by the Biden administration -- aims to assess the ability of ground forces to operate on a radioactive battlefield as well as explore the prospects for a high-tech, networked force against a high-altitude, nuclear detonation.

February 8, 2021

The Army should ensure that its modernization efforts produce fully new vehicles, the commanding general of the service's Maneuver Center of Excellence said Feb. 4. (UPDATED)

February 5, 2021

The Army is seeking information on Long Range Precision Munition solutions that can be demonstrated at a planned shoot-off in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2022, in an effort to inform LRPM capabilities development and the selection of vendors to integrate and test on Army aviation platforms.

February 5, 2021

The U.S. military has delayed until 2028 plans for a major flight test to demonstrate the ability of three major ballistic missile defense systems to collaborate, a goal that if not further postponed will be 15 years after the Pentagon's top weapon tester called for the Navy and Army systems to establish rudimentary engagement coordination for theater-level threats.

February 5, 2021

The Defense Science Board says the Pentagon could gain "revolutionary" benefits from upgrading and increasing its use of capabilities like digital engineering, virtual exercising, strategic gaming and synthetic environments.

February 4, 2021

The Army should focus its procurement spending on acquiring new systems, rather than dedicating resources to legacy systems, the commanding general of the service's Maneuver Center of Excellence said Feb. 4.

February 4, 2021

The Missile Defense Agency is recalibrating plans to develop a counter-hypersonic capability by scrapping a prototype development project in favor of moving directly to an interceptor program of record, a major change that aims to accelerate by many years delivery of a new guided missile that could arm the U.S. military with a weapon to intercept long-range hypersonic warheads during the glide phase. (UPDATED)

February 3, 2021

The House Armed Services Committee has announced the creation of two new subcommittees: one focused on intelligence and special operations, and the other dedicated to cyber issues and information technology.

February 3, 2021

The Army's European force and its allies across the continent are eager to learn about and receive new equipment and operational units as the service builds toward multidomain operations, the Army's commanding general in Europe and Africa said Feb. 3.

February 3, 2021

The Missile Defense Agency is recalibrating plans to develop a counter-hypersonic capability by scrapping a prototype development project in favor of moving directly to an interceptor program of record.

February 3, 2021

The House Armed Services Committee today welcomed 16 new members, seven Democrats and nine Republicans.

February 2, 2021

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has effectively fired all members of more than 40 Defense Department advisory boards and committees so he can conduct a "zero-based review," according to John Kirby, the Pentagon's chief spokesman.

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