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May 17, 2019 | Daily News

House appropriators in a show of support for the Boeing-made Chinook helicopter are directing the Army to follow through on its original plan to upgrade the CH-47, which service leaders had proposed cancelling.

May 17, 2019 | Daily News

The Army's unmanned combat vehicle rodeo in Texas included six companies, some of which offered more than one candidate, putting 10 robotic systems through their paces in a technological maturity assessment for the Robotic Combat Vehicle program.

May 16, 2019 | Daily News

House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Mac Thornberry (R-TX) has drafted a defense acquisition reform bill that would fence Pentagon funding until the department begins implementing reform measures already on the books.

May 15, 2019 | Daily News

The Army’s Synthetic Training Environment cross-functional team is "very encouraged" by its progress after the first 18 months of operation, this year completing user assessments for its next-generation helicopter and ground vehicle trainers and fielding a new training software to several units.

May 15, 2019 | Daily News

The Defense Department is laying the groundwork for a fiscal year 2021 budget request that would prop up its base budget by plowing $65 billion previously forecast as war spending into routine appropriation accounts, including nearly $20 billion for weapons investment, repeating a central strategy of the Trump administration's FY-20 budget request.

May 15, 2019 | Daily News

A senior Pentagon acquisition official told Congress today the "sickening business practices" of contractor TransDigm Group have led the Defense Department to take new steps to mitigate alleged price gouging, including creating a watchlist of companies that refuse to provide cost data.

May 15, 2019 | Daily News

The Army has chosen Dynetics to build and test the 100-kilowatt High-Energy Laser Tactical Vehicle Demonstrator weapon system for Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, the company announced today.

May 15, 2019 | Daily News

Sikorsky at its West Palm Beach, FL, test site next week will host the first flight of a Black Hawk helicopter retrofitted with a new artificial intelligence "co-piloting" software, as part of a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency program.

May 14, 2019 | Daily News

The Democrat-led House Appropriations defense subcommittee, still smarting from the Pentagon's recent unilateral budget transfers to build barriers on the U.S.-Mexico border, has drafted a bill that would reduce and restrict the Pentagon’s future ability to reprogram funds.

May 13, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon intends to transfer $1.5 billion from several areas, including weapons acquisition programs, to construct new barriers on the U.S.-Mexico border, according to a recent reprogramming notification sent to Congress.

May 10, 2019 | Daily News

The Army has formally ratcheted up the range requirement from 300 kilometers to 400 kilometers for a next-generation ballistic missile called the Precision Strike Munition (PrSM), the focus of a $2.8 billion competition between Lockheed Martin and Raytheon to build thousands as part of a follow-on to the Army Tactical Missile System program.

May 10, 2019 | Daily News

The Defense Department is looking to enhance information sharing on counter-unmanned aerial system solutions by holding monthly meetings between combatant commanders and service representatives in Pentagon headquarters, with a current emphasis on Afghanistan and Iraq.

May 09, 2019 | Daily News

Missile Defense Agency Director Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, facing frustration from lawmakers impatient with the Defense Department for continuing to withhold findings of a study completed in 2016 about a potential East Coast missile defense site, said a decision about identifying a location for a notional new missile field was not his call.

May 08, 2019 | Daily News

Missile Defense Agency Director Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, facing frustration from lawmakers impatient with the Defense Department for continuing to withhold findings of a study completed in 2016 about a potential East Coast missile defense site, said a decision about identifying a location for a notional new missile field was not his call.

May 08, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon is asking Congress to loosen restrictions on some large acquisition programs by reducing the amount of data required to make determinations of "price reasonableness."

May 07, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon had fewer major weapon systems in its acquisition portfolio in 2018 than the previous year, but costs still increased by $8 billion, sparking concern at the Government Accountability Office, which notes many defense contracts are being awarded without competition to a relatively small set of companies.

May 07, 2019 | Daily News

The Army, having achieved interdependency of its air and missile defense systems, is two steps short of its goal of integration, according to a service official.

May 07, 2019 | Daily News

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson has signed off on the Space Force Task Force's initial work plan, authorizing the team to design an organizational structure for the new service's initial staff and recommend a broader plan for which existing units will transfer from other agencies into the Space Force.

May 07, 2019 | Daily News

The State Department has approved more than $5 billion in potential missile defense arms sales to a pair of Persian Gulf nations for Patriot air and ballistic missile defense interceptors as well as radar, paving the way for potential deals worth $2.7 billion to the United Arab Emirates and nearly $2.5 billion with Bahrain.

May 07, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon, as in previous years, has sent Congress a legislative proposal to impose bid protest timeliness rules at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims that would mirror those at the Government Accountability Office, with the intent to reduce decision times and block contractors from lodging protests with both entities.

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