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March 3, 2021

President Biden today released interim national security guidance pledging to pivot the defense budget away from "legacy" weapon systems toward "cutting-edge technologies."

March 3, 2021

The Army this month completed its Future Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System Rodeo, the capstone event following a yearlong soldier touchpoint with different drones in an effort to replace the Textron RQ-7B Shadow.

March 2, 2021

The Army will demonstrate the Next Generation Intelligent Fire Control system, which can detect and locate targets for combat vehicles, at this year's Project Convergence exercise, according to the director of the Next Generation Combat Vehicle Cross-Functional Team.

March 2, 2021

The Army in November started equipping additional units with the second generation of its Mounted Assured Positioning Navigation and Timing anti-jamming capability, which will be integrated into Abrams and Bradley vehicles, a service official told Inside Defense last week.

February 26, 2021

The Missile Defense Agency is soliciting the public's feedback regarding a revised plan for potentially locating a new radar in Hawaii, specifically a proposal to emplace a large sensor on the Navy-controlled Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai after efforts over the last three years to place the large array at three alternative sites failed.

February 26, 2021

The Army's team in charge of enhancing soldier positioning, navigation and timing operational capability this month wrapped up the first of several exercises planned this year aimed at its sensor-to-shooter learning campaign efforts, the director of the team told Inside Defense in an interview this week.

February 25, 2021

The Defense Department needs about $11 billion in supplemental funding from Congress to support defense contractors with pandemic-related costs or else modernization programs and military readiness accounts will be raided, according to two senior Pentagon officials.

February 24, 2021

The Pentagon's Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2) strategy will be released in the coming weeks, Vice Adm. Jeffrey Trussler, deputy chief of naval operations for information warfare, said Wednesday at an Association of Old Crows event.

February 24, 2021

Senior Pentagon leaders have identified a core set of priorities with direct impact on the fiscal year 2022 defense budget that must be reviewed in advance of submission to Congress, Inside Defense has learned.

February 24, 2021

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jack Reed (D-RI) said today a new executive order from President Biden to review the U.S. defense industrial base is the start of a "major effort" to secure national supply chains, despite challenges posed by China's key role in the global marketplace.

February 24, 2021

The COVID pandemic has revealed the U.S. defense industrial base to be "not healthy" and hampered by "weak" supply chains that threaten the ability of the nation to nimbly develop and field new capabilities to keep ahead of technological advances by other nations, according to the Pentagon's No. 2 military official.

February 23, 2021

House and Senate defense authorizers used hearings with outside technology experts this week to probe the Pentagon's struggle to transition new technologies into programs of record and take full advantage of advances in software.

February 22, 2021

The Defense Science Board last month launched a congressionally mandated study of the Defense Department's cyber warfighting capabilities, including a technical evaluation of DOD's major cyber warfare programs.

February 22, 2021

The Pentagon has entered arrangements with three universities to study key areas related to contract finance and pricing that could impact the way defense contractors are paid.

February 19, 2021

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said today he discussed challenges posed by "an increasingly aggressive China" during recent meetings with NATO officials.

February 19, 2021

The Army is conducting several communications exercises and upgrading technologies and data collection efforts as it gears up for the second annual sensor-to-shooter learning campaign known as Project Convergence, service officials told Inside Defense in a recent interview.

February 18, 2021

The U.S. and Israel today announced the start of a new collaborative weapon system project: Arrow-4, a "next-generation" guided-missile interceptor -- a project neither previously disclosed by the Missile Defense Agency nor explicitly authorized by Congress -- that aims to improve the Missile Eastern nation's ability to defeat both endo- and exoatmospheric threats.

February 18, 2021

Development has continued on the Extended Range Cannon Artillery and its associated propellant and projectile since a prototype with an Excalibur round hit a target at 70 kilometers in December, the director of the Long Range Precision Fires Cross-Functional Team said last week.

February 18, 2021

The Missile Defense Agency is exploring a new laser project to advance technology able to destroy ballistic, hypersonic and cruise missile threats in all phases of flight -- from the ground, air, sea and also space.

February 18, 2021

The Defense Department is readying -- as soon as next week -- an announcement on two winning design proposals for a Next Generation Interceptor, a major missile defense modernization initiative launched in August 2019 by the Trump administration whose fate now rests with the Biden administration.

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