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August 13, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon's under secretary of defense for research and engineering today rejected reports of turmoil at the fledgling Space Development Agency, attributing management changes and a lack of congressional buy-in to the standard disruption that comes with establishing any new organization.

August 13, 2019 | Daily News

The Marine Corps is weighing integrating parts of the Israeli-designed Iron Dome air and missile defense system with the service's existing capabilities -- including the AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) -- to address an urgent warfighting requirement and is planning to soon execute a live-fire demonstration, according to sources.

August 13, 2019 | Daily News

The Defense Department inspector general has opened a sweeping review into the development of the multibillion-dollar Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud acquisition, including whether any DOD employees had conflicts of interest while they were involved in the program.

August 12, 2019 | Daily News

Mike Griffin, the Pentagon's chief technology officer, is canceling plans to produce detailed spending justifications for high-priority projects sought by combatant commanders -- jeopardizing more than a dozen new projects proposed this spring for the U.S. military's fiscal year 2021 budget request.

August 12, 2019 | Daily News

Blue Origin confirmed today it has filed a pre-award protest with the Government Accountability Office over the Air Force's Launch Services Procurement effort.

August 09, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon's top information technology official says the Defense Department continues to evaluate proposals from Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud contract as new Defense Secretary Mark Esper reviews the overall JEDI program.

August 09, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force plans to take an incremental approach to fill a $623 million funding gap in the Next-Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared program, according to a top space acquisition official.

August 08, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon is struggling to implement policy for addressing cybersecurity risks in critical infrastructure and weapon systems, as the Defense Department lacks the personnel with the skills necessary to address flaws in operational technology, according to defense officials.

August 08, 2019 | Daily News

The first Initial-Maneuver-Short Range Air Defense vehicle will be on display in Washington in October, showcasing the new air and missile defense Stryker variant and the fruit of a new prototyping process that will deliver a combat vehicle 13 months after inking agreements with industry for an IM-SHORAD to harden ground forces in Europe from Russian threats.

August 07, 2019 | Daily News

The Missile Defense Agency has completed a proposal for a new multibillion-dollar project to develop and field a defense against hypersonic weapons, that -- if included in the Defense Department's fiscal year 2021 budget request -- would expand the agency's focus to a new class of maneuvering, ultra-fast threats.

August 07, 2019 | Daily News

The Defense Department has awarded Lockheed Martin a $405 million contract to re-purpose a Navy rocket designed for submarine launch for use by the Army to give ground forces the means to fire a hypersonic glide body, marking a major development by the Pentagon to ready a new class of ultra-fast conventional weapons to strike high-priority targets in the open salvos of a major fight.

August 06, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon's acquisition organization has established a chief information security office to lead efforts aimed at protecting sensitive data related to the Defense Department’s weapon systems and critical infrastructure.

August 06, 2019 | Daily News

Government negotiators from the United States and Israel are finalizing contract terms for the Army to purchase two Iron Dome batteries from state-owned Israeli defense contractors, an approximate two-month delay that nevertheless will not impede service plans to meet the Oct. 1, 2020 fielding goal, according to an Army official.

August 06, 2019 | Daily News

The Navy has once again increased its procurement objective for the Standard Missile-6, taking the program's total cost up by nearly $2.8 billion as the Pentagon gears up for a period of great power competition.

August 05, 2019 | Daily News

The estimated price tag for the Defense Department's roster of big-ticket weapons projects has grown to more than $2 trillion, an increase of $101 million compared to last year as the U.S. military prepares for great power competition with China and Russia, laying plans for more missiles, ships and aircraft.

August 05, 2019 | Daily News

Defense Secretary Mark Esper has directed a "comprehensive zero-based review" of all defense functions and activities, beginning with a kickoff meeting on Saturday, according to a new memo.

August 02, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force's National Security Space Launch program costs have grown $4.1 billion since last December, due largely to new investment in rocket system development, according to a summary of the program's Selected Acquisition Report.

August 02, 2019 | Daily News

The official overseeing directed-energy research for the Air Force has a new effort to step up artificial intelligence applications and develop virtual reality capabilities for warfighter training.

August 01, 2019 | Daily News

The Army has awarded a contract to Kord Technologies of Huntsville, AL, teamed with competing subcontractors Northrop Grumman and Raytheon, to build a directed-energy prototype for the Maneuver-Short Range Air Defense project, the service announced today.

August 01, 2019 | Daily News

While Congress appears poised to authorize some version of a Space Force or Space Corps, experts say the key to that new organization’s impact is in how the plan is implemented -- and one of the biggest challenges will be aligning capabilities owned by separate services under one organizing element.

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