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May 20, 2021

The Army's deputy assistant secretary for research and technology told lawmakers today he'd like to see the current level of funding for laboratory revitalization doubled.

May 20, 2021

Top technology officials at the Pentagon told lawmakers today they could use more flexibility to shift funds within their annual budgets, joining a growing push from the Defense Department to loosen restrictions around how the military budget is managed in the name of innovation.

May 19, 2021

An official appointed by President Biden now has direct oversight of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program, as the Defense Department prepares to potentially make "significant modifications" to the nascent effort.

May 19, 2021

Top Senate Republicans have introduced an amendment that would require parity between defense and non-defense spending increases for fiscal year 2022, arguing it is needed to compete with China.

May 19, 2021

The Pentagon's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program needs to do more to help small businesses reach compliance, senators said Tuesday at a hearing on cybersecurity in the defense industrial base.

May 18, 2021

An amendment to the bipartisan China bill on the Senate floor this week would double the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency's funding to $7 billion a year.

May 13, 2021

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-CA) said today he is considering including several reform measures in the upcoming defense authorization bill that would "spur innovation, get more for our money, make the competition work and avoid vendor lock."

May 12, 2021

Executives from Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and Boeing declined an invitation from Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) to testify during a Tuesday hearing about waste, fraud, cost overruns and auditing the Pentagon.

May 11, 2021

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jack Reed (D-RI) said today he thinks the flat defense budget proposed by the Biden administration will provide opportunities to reform the Pentagon and prioritize new technologies over older programs.

May 11, 2021

Mike McCord, nominated to serve as Defense Department comptroller -- a job he held during the Obama administration -- was questioned by lawmakers today about President Biden's proposed Pentagon budget, though full details have not yet been released.

May 10, 2021

A new report from the Government Accountability Office highlights roadblocks to developing alternate positioning, navigation and timing capabilities and recommends the Defense Department do a better job of coordinating authorities, increase its focus on resiliency and clarify PNT requirements.

April 30, 2021

The Marine Corps is considering arming its new Light Amphibious Warship with containerized missiles to increase the ship’s lethality, Commandant Gen. David Berger said in his written testimony to the House Appropriations defense subcommittee Thursday.

April 29, 2021

The Marine Corps needs to critically re-evaluate the scope of its current major defense acquisition programs as part of its force design efforts, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger said Thursday.

April 29, 2021

Unplanned maintenance work on Littoral Combat Ships is increasing the risk of readying those vessels for operation on time, according to a Government Accountability Office report released today.

April 29, 2021

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) said this week he wants to identify legacy Pentagon programs that can be eliminated or reduced so new investments can be made in information systems, like the financial management technology required to audit the Defense Department.

April 28, 2021

The Government Accountability Office has found the Pentagon's major acquisition programs have accumulated $615 billion in total cost growth since they began, a 52% increase, with about 60% of that growth being unrelated to increases in quantities purchased.

April 28, 2021

A bipartisan congressional group has introduced a $25 billion shipyard improvement bill that will provide $21 billion for the Navy's four public shipyards.

April 28, 2021

The Missile Defense Agency punted all planned 2020 operational cybersecurity assessments, tests required to determine vulnerabilities, according to congressional investigators who note these failures are accompanied by agency rationales but nevertheless marks a third consecutive year of shortcomings that point to "a broader MDA cybersecurity development issue.

April 23, 2021

The Navy will have to spend $34 billion per year on shipbuilding, 10% more than service estimates, to enact its recent shipbuilding plan to grow the fleet, according to an analysis the Congressional Budget Office released Thursday.

April 22, 2021

The Government Accountability Office is recommending the Air Force reconsider its F-35 requirements, including the number of aircraft it plans to buy, in light of concerns around long-term affordability.

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