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December 23, 2020

The Pentagon's acquisition executive is readying a verdict on the Army's Integrated Air and Missile Defense program -- a $7.9 billion effort vital to U.S. ground-force plans to detect, track and defeat modern air threats -- following last week's milestone review where the service requested permission to pivot from development to initial production.

December 22, 2020

The Pentagon and Congress have yet to fully reckon with the costs the COVID-19 pandemic may have imposed on the U.S. defense industrial base, including the roughly $11 billion defense officials tell lawmakers is needed to rectify the situation.

December 22, 2020

Congress is increasing funding for the Army's CH-47F Chinook Block II program in fiscal year 2021, including reinstating $29 million in advance procurement funding for the program for the second year in a row.

December 22, 2020

As the Army this fiscal year plans to deliver the first generation of its new heads-up display, Congress remains skeptical about the service's fielding schedule and acquisition strategy and has reduced funding for the system.

December 22, 2020

The Army will receive nearly double the funding it requested in fiscal year 2021 for the Family of Medium Technical Vehicles under an omnibus appropriations bill Congress passed on the evening of Dec. 21.

December 21, 2020

Lawmakers have charged the Pentagon's top officer with overseeing a comprehensive new assessment of U.S. air and missile defense capabilities of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Space Force and Missile Defense Agency against advanced threats such as hypersonic glide bodies and long-range, ultra-fast cruise missiles and to develop a plan to address these threats.

December 21, 2020

Congress has agreed to a $2.3 trillion omnibus package for fiscal year 2021 that includes $900 billion in pandemic relief funds.

December 21, 2020

The Army is asking industry for payloads for its MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft system for joint operations against adversaries.

December 21, 2020

Lockheed Martin's chief executive said today the company has not yet received "direct feedback" from government customers about its proposed purchase of Aerojet Rocketdyne, but is hopeful "we'll have a mutual understanding of the benefits."

December 20, 2020

Lockheed Martin said today it has agreed to buy Aerojet Rocketdyne for $56 per share in cash in a deal worth a total $4.4 billion.

December 18, 2020

The Army today released a request for proposals for the concept design phase of the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle program after restarting the competition earlier this year, service officials told reporters today.

December 18, 2020

The Army contest to find an off-the-shelf wheeled 155 mm howitzer will have at least three contenders: BAE Systems, Elbit America, Global Military Products, with AM General, another potential player, unwilling to comment on its status in the competition.

December 17, 2020

The Missile Defense Agency is asking industry for ideas on how to improve the Command and Control, Battle Management, and Communications (C2BMC) system, eyeing new enhancements for potential incorporation in planned upgrades of the global system of workstations, servers, network equipment and software that collectively ties together the $202 billion Ballistic Missile Defense System.

December 17, 2020

Israel and prime contractor Rafael yesterday completed a successful test of the country’s billion-dollar, U.S. government-subsidized short-range missile defense system against a cruise missile.

December 17, 2020

Bell's offering for the Army's Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft hit 200 flight hours this month since its first flight three years ago, a company official told Inside Defense yesterday.

December 16, 2020

After spending most of 2020 defining its structure, leadership and warfighting doctrine, the head of the Space Force said this week the new service's second year will focus more on integration -- with the joint community, industry, international partners and within the broader space acquisition enterprise.

December 16, 2020

As the incoming Biden administration announces its nominees for top roles, Pentagon observers say contractors should watch for some changed priorities -- but that supply chain policy will likely continue to be a focus.

December 16, 2020

Lawmakers have declined to authorize funding for the Missile Defense Agency's proposal to add new layers to the homeland ballistic missile defense architecture -- a centerpiece of the agency's new modernization plan -- instead directing the Pentagon to provide detailed justifications for its vision to bolster the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system with the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense and the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense systems.

December 15, 2020

The Army on Monday released a new strategy to modernize installations into "smart" platforms that support multidomain operations through advanced capabilities like artificial intelligence and 5G as the service warns of adversaries directly attacking bases in the United States.

December 15, 2020

President Trump has asserted several times he plans to veto the $740.5 billion defense authorization bill, which, according to the law, he must do by Dec. 23, positioning himself for a confrontation with Congress during the final weeks of his presidency.

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