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July 31, 2020 | Daily News

Members of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission are urging Congress to consider expanding the Pentagon's Defend Forward strategy to review the current state of military cyber capabilities and incorporate new ways to engage with the defense industrial base.

July 31, 2020 | Daily News

The White House is threatening President Trump will veto a House minibus bill that includes fiscal year 2021 defense funding over a wide range of provisions, including new restrictions on the Pentagon's reprogramming authority.

July 28, 2020 | Daily News

The White House is objecting to three missile defense provisions in the House version of the fiscal year 2021 authorization bill, including legislation that would reinstate funding for the Homeland Defense Radar-Hawaii, mandate an analysis of alternatives for a homeland defense architecture, and the panel's recommendations regarding the Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor.

July 28, 2020 | Daily News

Senate Republicans have released their proposal for a fourth round of COVID-19 legislation that includes $11 billion for defense contractor reimbursements, as well as billions more for the Defense Department to purchase new weapon systems.

July 21, 2020 | Daily News

The House voted 241-173 today against an amendment to the defense authorization bill that would have removed an existing law requiring the Pentagon to send Congress an annual list of unfunded priorities.

July 17, 2020 | Daily News

The House Appropriations Committee is encouraging the Navy to begin laying the groundwork for a block buy of Arleigh Burke-class destroyers beginning in fiscal year 2023, a follow-on to the current multiyear procurement contract that ends in FY-22 in order to extend purchases of Flight III DDG-51 variants until the still-to-be-defined replacement called the Large Surface Combat is ready for production.

July 16, 2020 | Daily News

While the Trump administration has published a long-awaited rule to ban contractors from using certain Chinese equipment, industry groups are still seeking an extension to the looming deadline, as they argue there's not enough time for businesses to digest the sweeping regulation and that it will add billions in compliance costs to a struggling U.S. economy.

July 15, 2020 | Daily News

The Defense Department has obligated 92% of the $3.8 billion in fiscal year 2020 procurement funding that was reprogrammed to construct a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, according to a DOD spokesman.

July 10, 2020 | Daily News

House appropriators are criticizing the Defense Department for spending most of its COVID-19 relief funds propping up weapon systems manufacturers, rather than bolstering the U.S. supply of personal protective equipment.

July 10, 2020 | Daily News

Powerful House appropriators want to eliminate the Pentagon's controversial Overseas Contingency Operations account and return the department to annual supplemental funding requests, potentially sending defense officials scrambling to fill multibillion-dollar budget holes, according to documents obtained by Inside Defense.

July 10, 2020 | Daily News

A House panel is proposing deep cuts to the Navy's fiscal year 2021 request for ship maintenance, repair and modernization, admonishing the service for its execution of a private contracted ship maintenance pilot program that aims to help address persistent and substantial maintenance delays that hamper the Navy's ability to restore readiness.

July 09, 2020 | Daily News

House appropriators are recommending cutting most of the fiscal year 2021 funding the Air Force proposed for Advanced Battle Management System on-ramp events while also criticizing the service's nontraditional execution of the program.

July 09, 2020 | Daily News

The House Appropriations defense subcommittee is moving to prohibit the Navy from decommissioning the first four Littoral Combat Ships, calling the move "shortsighted" and directing the Pentagon to consider upgrading and deploying the ships to South and Central America.

July 09, 2020 | Daily News

In a new letter sent to the Pentagon this week, eight of the largest defense contractors say they are preparing their estimated costs related to COVID-19 relief legislation and warn the Pentagon will need additional funding to cover these expenses.

July 07, 2020 | Daily News

The House Appropriations defense subcommittee’s mark of the fiscal year 2021 defense spending bill would fully fund KC-46 tanker procurement, add money to maintain the MQ-9 Reaper production line and support the Space Force’s three requested National Security Space Launch services.

July 07, 2020 | Daily News

A House subcommittee wants to provide the Navy with funding to purchase two Virginia-class fast-attack submarines as well as extra money for several select aircraft programs.

July 07, 2020 | Daily News

The House Appropriations defense subcommittee is poised to consider a fiscal year 2021 defense spending bill that funds Pentagon modernization to the tune of $244.7 billion, but also sets the stage for confrontation with the White House over the border wall and the names of military bases.

July 06, 2020 | Daily News

The House Armed Services Committee’s fiscal year 2020 defense policy bill includes a reporting requirement for the Pentagon to brief lawmakers on its plan for avoiding conflicts of interest in the new Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program.

July 06, 2020 | Daily News

The House Armed Services Committee last week adopted a provision that would direct the Defense Department to explore co-development with Japan of a new guided missile, a follow-on to the Standard Missile-Block IIA ballistic missile interceptor developed by the two nations.

July 06, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon’s chief pricing official has issued new guidance to acquisition program managers on how to assess the costs and impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak on defense contractors, noting that additional funding has not yet been appropriated by Congress to reimburse companies for pandemic-related hardships or delays.

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