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August 7, 2019

The Defense Department has awarded Lockheed Martin a $405 million contract to re-purpose a Navy rocket designed for submarine launch for use by the Army to give ground forces the means to fire a hypersonic glide body, marking a major development by the Pentagon to ready a new class of ultra-fast conventional weapons to strike high-priority targets in the open salvos of a major fight.

August 7, 2019

The Army is taking a second look at some of the program cuts driven by its $25 billion "Night Court" budget review, including that of the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle.

August 6, 2019

The Pentagon's acquisition organization has established a chief information security office to lead efforts aimed at protecting sensitive data related to the Defense Department’s weapon systems and critical infrastructure.

August 6, 2019

Government negotiators from the United States and Israel are finalizing contract terms for the Army to purchase two Iron Dome batteries from state-owned Israeli defense contractors, an approximate two-month delay that nevertheless will not impede service plans to meet the Oct. 1, 2020 fielding goal, according to an Army official.

August 5, 2019

The estimated price tag for the Defense Department's roster of big-ticket weapons projects has grown to more than $2 trillion, an increase of $101 million compared to last year as the U.S. military prepares for great power competition with China and Russia, laying plans for more missiles, ships and aircraft.

August 5, 2019

Defense Secretary Mark Esper has directed a "comprehensive zero-based review" of all defense functions and activities, beginning with a kickoff meeting on Saturday, according to a new memo.

August 2, 2019

If Congress does not approve a reprogramming request sent by the Army, the service's aviation training could suffer, according to an official.

August 1, 2019

The Army has awarded a contract to Kord Technologies of Huntsville, AL, teamed with competing subcontractors Northrop Grumman and Raytheon, to build a directed-energy prototype for the Maneuver-Short Range Air Defense project, the service announced today.

August 1, 2019

The Center for Army Analysis in the next couple of weeks will begin a study of the service's strategic fires portfolio at the direction of the long-range precision fires cross-functional team.

July 31, 2019

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN -- The Defense Department is conducting a pair of assessments of the U.S. industrial base to identify potential weak links in its ability to ramp up hypersonic weapons production -- findings expected to help guide targeted government investment in manufacturing tools and space to ensure timely delivery of these new ultra-fast missiles.

July 31, 2019

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN -- The Defense Department is drafting a national science and technology investment strategy to support a recently codified Hypersonics Roadmap. The roadmap, spearheaded by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, seeks to efficiently coordinate Army, Navy, Air Force and Missile Defense Agency efforts to develop a new class of ultrafast offensive and defensive capabilities.

July 29, 2019

The Army's "Night Court" process cut $25 billion from legacy weapon systems to spend more on emerging technologies, with $15 billion coming from program eliminations and reductions detailed in documents obtained by Inside Defense.

July 26, 2019

A new Defense Department inspector general audit has found DOD agencies routinely failed to check whether defense contractors were protecting sensitive information on their networks with the required security controls.

July 26, 2019

Raytheon and United Technologies this week held a "joint kickoff" event for their integration process, according to a top Raytheon executive.

July 25, 2019

Raytheon has taken steps to put "normal best practices" in place in its missile systems business unit, the company's chief executive said today.

July 24, 2019

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), the ranking member on the House Armed Services Committee who helped guide past budget deals to significantly boost defense spending, said today he supports the latest two-year budget compromise reached by the White House and Congress, despite the fact it is $12 billion less for the Pentagon that he thinks is necessary.

July 24, 2019

The new nominee for deputy defense secretary said he would expand the efforts of a Pentagon task force working to shore up defense supply chain security and pledged to consider how the Defense Department can work with smaller contractors to provide adequate cybersecurity.

July 24, 2019

Some of the largest defense contractors today reported higher quarterly sales and profit.

July 23, 2019

The new two-year budget agreement means the Defense Department will absorb about $580 billion in reductions between fiscal years 2012 and 2021, far less than the $1 trillion worst-case scenario that originally loomed as part of the 2011 Budget Control Act, but still substantial reductions compared to plans set by U.S. military leaders in 2011.

July 22, 2019

A new, two-year bipartisan budget deal reached by the White House and congressional Republicans and Democrats would set total defense spending for fiscal year 2020 at $738 billion, $12 billion short of the $750 billion sought by the White House and GOP, according to government sources.

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