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November 08, 2016 |

The Army is adjusting its acquisition strategy for the handheld Rifleman radio to incorporate a two-channel variant, altering a program worth up to $3.88 billion to contractors.

November 04, 2016 |

The Air Force has approved plans for a major upgrade of F-15C and F-15E fighter aircraft, directing Boeing to proceed with engineering and manufacturing development of the Eagle Passive/Active Warning Survivability System (EPAWSS), an estimated $5.9 billion program to outfit the twin-engine fleet with a new electronic warfare system developed and built by BAE Systems.

November 03, 2016 | Inside the Air Force

The Defense Department's inspector general this week found the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System contracting officer paid out $7.6 million in unallowable award fees to Northrop Grumman by failing to maximize the cost-effectiveness of the company's sustainment support contract, according to a program audit report released Nov. 3.

November 03, 2016 |

The Air Force is taking a wait-and-see posture toward incorporating small satellites into its architecture, but some companies are looking to the classified realm as a proving ground for those capabilities.

November 02, 2016 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon needs to do a better job of explaining to the Government Accountability Office that its Joint Information Environment is a concept and not a single program, Defense Department Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen said.

November 02, 2016 |

The Navy has gotten the fifth Mobile User Objective System satellite to "an operational condition" after a propulsion system failure, according to an official.

November 01, 2016 |

The Pentagon's new data center closure team began its work in Charleston, SC, this week, according to Defense Department Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen.

November 01, 2016 |

An influential Air Force advisory board is examining gaps in the service's testing infrastructure, methods and concepts in an effort to ensure all new weapon system programs are adequately assessed during developmental and operational testing to deal with emerging threats -- including sophisticated electronic warfare and cyber attacks.

October 31, 2016 |

The Army must revise and reissue its request for proposals for the next iteration of its flagship intelligence software, according to an Oct 31 federal court ruling.

October 26, 2016 |

The Air Force's top uniformed acquisition official said this week the service is unlikely to release a request for proposals on the next-generation Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System until late November or December, after Congress returns and passes a new defense authorization bill.

October 21, 2016 | Inside the Army

As the Army seeks to strengthen its ties with industry on robotic and autonomous systems, several companies recently presented ideas to fill the service's capability gaps.

October 21, 2016 |

The Navy's new Cybersecurity Safety, or CYBERSAFE, instructions are nearly finalized, as the service has been operating under interim guidance since the framework was rolled out last fall, according to the service.

October 19, 2016 |

A year after standing up the Joint Interagency Combined Space Operations Center, the defense and intelligence communities have developed a more nuanced understanding of the value of collaboration in space and have better articulated a need for more real-time space situational awareness in a contested environment.

October 17, 2016 |

Although Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall last week certified the troubled next-generation GPS ground control segment to continue development, he wrote in an Oct. 12 letter to Congress that he will continue to conduct regular reviews of the program, noting that its success is highly dependent on prime contractor Raytheon's ability to perform.

October 12, 2016 | Inside the Pentagon

The Defense Innovation Unit Experimental is working with U.S. Cyber Command to develop better tools to pursue adversaries in the cyber domain, according to a command official.

October 04, 2016 |

The Defense Department will address contractor liability concerns for reporting a data breach to the government in a future rulemaking, while moving forward with the bulk of a new regulation on cyber incidents issued today that affects both subcontractors and general contractors.

September 30, 2016 | Inside the Army

A new targeting system will enable forward observers to achieve "timely effects" by eliminating a lengthy process ill-suited to the immediacy of the battlefield, according to the Army's assistant product manager for soldier precision targeting devices.

September 28, 2016 |

The Defense Department's inspector general will analyze how schedule delays have affected a project to update the Air Operations Center Weapon System program, in an audit starting this month.

September 23, 2016 | Inside the Army

The Army on Sept. 22 awarded a $339 million contract to DRS Technologies for a new lighter-weight handheld precision targeting device.

September 22, 2016 |

The Pentagon's No. 2 civilian suggested it is too soon to speculate about the doctrinal and force-structure implications of the Third Offset Strategy for the Air Force, noting the service will likely spend years experimenting with artificial intelligence capabilities before determining how to package new operational concepts and technology into revolutionary advances.

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