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May 21, 2019 | Daily News

The director of the Air National Guard said today he has a team working closely with Pentagon leaders to make sure that the Guard component of the future Space Force remains lean and transitions to the new service smoothly and with minimal new bureaucracy.

May 21, 2019 | Daily News

The absence of a broad budget deal in Congress is being highlighted by the release of a White House letter opposing the defense spending bill crafted by House Democrats.

May 20, 2019 | Daily News

The House Appropriations Committee is poised to pass a fiscal year 2020 defense spending bill Tuesday that would rescind more than $3 billion from major weapon system programs.

May 20, 2019 | Daily News

House lawmakers are proposing legislation that would elevate the role of academic research in tackling hypersonic weapons by establishing a university consortium to support U.S. military efforts to expedite testing, evaluation and acquisition.

May 20, 2019 | Daily News

House appropriators say the Defense Department's case to create a Space Force lacks substance and suggest in a draft of the fiscal year 2020 defense funding bill that the Pentagon can improve the military space enterprise without creating a separate service.

May 20, 2019 | Daily News

House appropriators are recommending cutting more than $100 million the Air Force requested in fiscal year 2020 to begin a major development phase of its intercontinental ballistic missile replacement program.

May 20, 2019 | Daily News

This week, for the first time in 10 years, the Senate Armed Services Committee will be marking up its version of the defense authorization bill ahead of its House counterpart, a timing shakeup that has distinct pros and cons for lawmakers, according to former congressional staffers.

May 17, 2019 | Daily News

The Defense Department's research and engineering arm has established an "Allied Prototyping Initiative" to collaborate with foreign partners on DOD's top technology goals, including hypersonic weapons, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity.

May 17, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force anticipates releasing a request for proposals in July to launch the engineering and manufacturing development phase of the nuclear triad’s intercontinental ballistic missile replacement program.

May 16, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force has started a rapid-prototyping project to develop a new guided-missile interceptor designed to be fired from fighter aircraft to chase down and destroy enemy intercontinental ballistic missiles immediately after launch during the boost phase of flight, a capability that -- if it works -- could deliver a powerful new layer to the Ballistic Missile Defense System.

May 14, 2019 | Daily News

The House Appropriations defense subcommittee's draft fiscal year 2020 defense spending bill proposes continued study and refinement of the Defense Department's plan to establish a Space Force and puts a hold on funding for a new Space Development Agency until the Air Force offers more details on the organization's mission.

May 14, 2019 | Daily News

The Democrat-led House Appropriations defense subcommittee, still smarting from the Pentagon's recent unilateral budget transfers to build barriers on the U.S.-Mexico border, has drafted a bill that would reduce and restrict the Pentagon’s future ability to reprogram funds.

May 13, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon intends to transfer $1.5 billion from several areas, including weapons acquisition programs, to construct new barriers on the U.S.-Mexico border, according to a recent reprogramming notification sent to Congress.

May 09, 2019 | Daily News

Missile Defense Agency Director Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, facing frustration from lawmakers impatient with the Defense Department for continuing to withhold findings of a study completed in 2016 about a potential East Coast missile defense site, said a decision about identifying a location for a notional new missile field was not his call.

May 08, 2019 | Daily News

Missile Defense Agency Director Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, facing frustration from lawmakers impatient with the Defense Department for continuing to withhold findings of a study completed in 2016 about a potential East Coast missile defense site, said a decision about identifying a location for a notional new missile field was not his call.

May 08, 2019 | Daily News

A new report from the Congressional Budget Office estimates the Pentagon's proposal to create a new Space Force could cost between $820 million and $1.3 billion annually to manage and operate and require $1.1 billion to $3 billion in one-time startup costs.

May 08, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon is proposing legislative language that would exclude the new U.S. Space Command from manpower cost restrictions for fiscal years 2020 and 2021 to give the Defense Department the funding margin it needs to stand up the new combatant command.

May 07, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon had fewer major weapon systems in its acquisition portfolio in 2018 than the previous year, but costs still increased by $8 billion, sparking concern at the Government Accountability Office, which notes many defense contracts are being awarded without competition to a relatively small set of companies.

May 07, 2019 | Daily News

The Army, having achieved interdependency of its air and missile defense systems, is two steps short of its goal of integration, according to a service official.

May 07, 2019 | Daily News

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson has signed off on the Space Force Task Force's initial work plan, authorizing the team to design an organizational structure for the new service's initial staff and recommend a broader plan for which existing units will transfer from other agencies into the Space Force.

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