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December 14, 2020

The U.S. State Department imposed sanctions on the Turkish government today after Ankara ignored the Trump administration's numerous appeals to reverse its 2018 purchase of the Russian S-400 air defense system.

December 11, 2020

The Army would be forced to dial back modest end strength increases planned for the near-term in order to help finance a lame-duck proposal by the Trump administration to dramatically increase the size of the Navy fleet, a move that would shave 1,700 troops from a planned increase of 6,700 -- a 25% decrement between fiscal years 2021 and 2022.

December 9, 2020

Army officials painted a clearer picture of the service's expectations and requirements for Phase 2 of the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle program, noting during an industry day today that survivability and mobility are the top two characteristics for the vehicle.

December 8, 2020

Lawmakers have agreed to authorize -- over the objections of the Defense Department -- an interim upgrade program of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system that could, if backed by appropriations in fiscal year 2021, divert resources from other Missile Defense Agency priorities and potentially detract from efforts to develop a Next Generation Interceptor.

December 8, 2020

President-elect Biden has said he intends to nominate retired Army Gen. Lloyd Austin for defense secretary, putting a spotlight on the former four-star's time as a member of Raytheon Technologies' board of directors.

December 8, 2020

The Army will begin delivering prototypes of "increment zero" of its Command Post Integrated Infrastructure program, an effort to repackage network and computing equipment onto formation-appropriate mission command platforms and command post vehicles, within the next several weeks.

December 8, 2020

A full accounting of the increased supply chain costs the coronavirus pandemic created for some of the Army's largest ground vehicles might not be available for "two to three years," a senior official said Dec. 8.

December 7, 2020

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) said today Democrats and Republicans in Congress have the votes necessary to override President Trump if he vetoes the fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill.

December 7, 2020

The Missile Defense Agency is delaying plans to award design contracts for a Next Generation Interceptor into early 2021, pushing a decision originally expected this month into late January or possibly early February that will winnow a field of three competitors to two for the multibillion-dollar contest to build a new intercontinental ballistic missile-killing interceptor, according to multiple sources.

December 7, 2020

Rep. Mac Thornberry (TX), the top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee, said today the "message has been conveyed" to the White House that Congress will be prepared to override President Trump should he make good on threats to veto the fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill.

December 7, 2020

In a report issued last month, the Defense Business Board recommended the presidential transition team have at least 13 Defense Department appointees confirmed to begin work immediately after the Jan. 20 inauguration.

December 4, 2020

The compromise fiscal year 2021 defense policy bill does not include strict "Buy American" requirements for weapons programs after defense industry groups and foreign governments lobbied against them.

December 3, 2020

House and Senate negotiators today released a final version of the $740.5 billion fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill that President Trump has threatened to block.

December 3, 2020

The Missile Defense Agency appears to be closing in on a final acquisition strategy for a follow-on Ground-based Midcourse Defense development and sustainment contract, an effort that appears on track to break up a single support contract for the homeland defense ballistic missile defense system into multiple projects.

December 3, 2020

The Army is asking industry to help create more adept simulations for the service as it grapples with limited inputs and increased personnel costs within its training environments.

December 3, 2020

The Defense Information Systems Agency is preparing to award a contract next year for "Electromagnetic Battlefield Management" software, as the Pentagon views automation as key to decluttering an increasingly contested spectrum environment.

December 2, 2020

The House and Senate are ready to proceed with a defense authorization bill that could draw a veto from President Trump because it includes a measure to remove the names of Confederate leaders from U.S. military bases and does not include a repeal of legal immunity for social media companies, according to lawmakers and staffers.

December 2, 2020

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said today the Pentagon should expect flat or reduced budgets in the coming years and should consider cutting U.S. troop presence overseas to save money.

December 1, 2020

The bipartisan Congressional Oversight Commission established to review COVID-19 stimulus spending wants Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord to testify about the Defense Department's support for a $700 million loan to a financially troubled trucking company.

December 1, 2020

The outgoing Trump administration opposes several measures in the Senate version of the fiscal year 2021 defense spending bill, including proposed cuts to experimental weapons programs, according to a new letter from the White House Office of Management and Budget.

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