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September 10, 2019

A Senate panel today marked up its version of the fiscal year 2020 defense spending bill in accordance with a bipartisan budget deal, appropriating $622 billion in base spending, $70.7 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations and $1.7 billion in emergency funding.

September 10, 2019

The Army is leveraging artificial intelligence and machine learning into new autonomous cyber defenses, according to service officials in the C5ISR Center's Space and Terrestrial Communications Directorate.

September 9, 2019

The White House Office of Management and Budget is asking Senate lawmakers to reconsider legislation that would transfer procurement funding for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense program from the Missile Defense Agency to the Army, a move lawmakers have long sought and which the Pentagon has resisted.

September 9, 2019

Replicating platforms accurately in simulations remains one of the biggest challenges for the Army, according to a service official.

September 5, 2019

The Missile Defense Agency has selected five industry proposals for a Hypersonic Defense Weapon System for further development -- four concepts that rely on a kinetic interceptor to destroy an enemy hypersonic boost glide weapon and one project that envisions a "non-kinetic" solution to thwart an ultrafast, maneuvering threat. (UPDATED)

September 4, 2019

The Missile Defense Agency is winnowing industry proposals for a Hypersonic Defense Weapon System, identifying four projects so far -- from a batch of 21-- to be fleshed out during a nine-month concept development phase, with the winning projects to date each featuring a new kinetic interceptor.

September 4, 2019

The Pentagon has sent Congress a list of military construction programs it intends to defer so $3.6 billion can be diverted to pay for barriers on the U.S.-Mexico border.

September 4, 2019

The White House has sent a 21-page list of "anomalies" to Congress seeking exemptions for a variety of federal spending priorities -- including the establishment of a Space Development Agency, continued development of hypersonic weapons and new background investigations -- in the likely event lawmakers pass a stopgap continuing resolution.

September 3, 2019

Defense Secretary Mark Esper will order the Pentagon to defer military construction projects so $3.6 billion can be diverted to build barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border, according to a letter he sent Tuesday to the House Armed Services Committee.

September 3, 2019

The Pentagon's Joint Artificial Intelligence Center is launching a new, marquee program in fiscal year 2020 to use AI for "maneuver and fires," as the organization seeks to bring the quickly evolving technology to the Defense Department's warfighting functions.

September 3, 2019

The top small drone manufacturer in the world is hitting back at the Pentagon's assertion that the company’s unmanned aerial systems send user data to China, as Defense Department officials use the claim as part of their case for establishing an alternative U.S. supply of small UAS.

August 30, 2019

In a watershed development in the race to field a new triad of long-range, hypersonic strike weapons, the Defense Department is selecting defense contractor teams to manufacture prototype common-hypersonic glide bodies -- a key step toward scaling production of new ultra-fast warheads by moving manufacturing from a national laboratory to industry.

August 30, 2019

The Missile Defense Agency notched a significant achievement in the effort to bolster defenses against North Korea's medium-range ballistic missile threats during a test today, assessing a new government designed launcher for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system that promises to extend THAAD's defensive reach.

August 30, 2019

The Army this week awarded two other transaction agreements, to Dynetics and Lockheed Martin, for the Long-Range Hypersonic Weapon project.

August 28, 2019

Defense Secretary Mark Esper was sidelined in recent weeks as Pentagon leaders decided the fate of the Redesigned Kill Vehicle program, an intentional recusal from the eventual decision to terminate the failed $1.2 billion project in which Esper's former employer Raytheon played a major role.

August 28, 2019

Defense Secretary Mark Esper today heralded a new internal budget review as a chance for the Pentagon to "make tough decisions" that better align resources with the National Defense Strategy, which calls for greater focus on China and Russia.

August 28, 2019

Defense Secretary Mark Esper today heralded a new internal budget review as a chance for the Pentagon to "make tough decisions" that better align resources with the National Defense Strategy, which calls for greater focus on China and Russia.

August 27, 2019

The Army is advancing its program to bolster low-altitude, air defense capabilities for maneuver units, granting limited fielding of an upgraded variant of the Stinger missile outfitted with a new proximity fuze designed to give the interceptor improved effectiveness against small unmanned aircraft.

August 26, 2019

Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord today revealed a series of new reforms and initiatives aimed at blocking China's influence on the U.S. defense industrial base, including the establishment of a new congressionally directed intellectual property regime.

August 26, 2019

The Missile Defense Agency is launching the Next Generation Interceptor program with a "Kick Off Industry Day" this Thursday, moving quickly to begin a follow-on to the Redesigned Kill Vehicle project terminated last week as a senior Pentagon official today issued a rebuke of the acquisition strategy behind the failed $1.2 billion RKV program.

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