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March 5, 2021

The Pentagon has turned to software engineers at three different universities to conduct an independent technical assessment of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, a move that signals failure of a 2012 recovery plan for the fifth-generation fighter in the wake of a December decision to indefinitely postpone a full-rate production review required no later than this month.

March 5, 2021

The Marine Corps' CH-53K helicopter program faces further cost increases due to the overlap between testing and procurement and an unreliable schedule, according to a Government Accountability Office report released Thursday.

March 5, 2021

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) said today it is time for Congress and the Pentagon to begin a debate to "cut our losses" on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, meaning the most expensive weapons program in U.S. history could be nearing a major inflection point.

March 5, 2021

China is on track to overtake the United States as the most powerful military in the Pacific within the decade -- potentially as soon as 2026 -- with the wherewithal sooner than previously expected to establish permanent, regional primacy, the top U.S. military official in the Asia-Pacific region warned March 4.

March 4, 2021

The Navy's surface ship and submarine fleets both experienced drops in material readiness during fiscal year 2020, according to the Navy Board of Inspection and Survey's annual report.

March 4, 2021

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, in a department-wide memo, pledged today the Pentagon would modernize the military "at a speed and scale that matches a dynamic threat landscape," while also divesting "legacy systems and programs that no longer meet our security needs."

March 4, 2021

The Defense Department's weapons contracts include exhaustive requirements ensuring systems can withstand vibration, resist dust and sand and don't have sharp edges that could cut personnel, but most still fail to include detailed cybersecurity specifications, according to a Government Accountability Office report released today.

March 4, 2021

The Government Accountability Office has found the Defense Department does not have a "complete picture" of its prepositioning programs.

March 4, 2021

Colin Kahl, nominated to be under secretary of defense for policy, told the Senate Armed Services Committee today he believes that, if confirmed, he will be able to perform in a nonpartisan manner, despite concerns some Republicans have about his past tweets and policy positions.

March 3, 2021

President Biden today released interim national security guidance pledging to pivot the defense budget away from "legacy" weapon systems toward "cutting-edge technologies."

March 2, 2021

U.S. Indo-Pacific Command has reset its Pacific Defense Initiative by elevating the priority of a new sensor project in Palau, dropping a Hawaii radar project in favor of space sensors and adding to a list of unfunded long-term needs, taking it from $20 billion to $27 billion, a 35% hike compared to last year's estimate.

March 2, 2021

The United States will test components of its Joint All-Domain Command and Control program with allies this fall, Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Dennis Crall said Tuesday at the AFCEA TechNet Indo-Pacific conference.

March 2, 2021

The Marine Corps will reduce both uniformed and civilian personnel and re-invest funds derived from divesting legacy systems into new programs as part of its force design efforts, Marine Corps Commandant David Berger wrote in a memo obtained by Inside Defense.

March 1, 2021

The surge sealift ship crews do not receive enough training for mobility in contested environments, according to a new Government Accountability Office report.

February 26, 2021

The Missile Defense Agency is soliciting the public's feedback regarding a revised plan for potentially locating a new radar in Hawaii, specifically a proposal to emplace a large sensor on the Navy-controlled Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai after efforts over the last three years to place the large array at three alternative sites failed.

February 26, 2021

The Marine Corps started its initial operational test and evaluation for the new VH-92A presidential helicopter earlier this month, program spokeswoman Megan Wasel told Inside Defense Friday.

February 25, 2021

The Defense Department needs about $11 billion in supplemental funding from Congress to support defense contractors with pandemic-related costs or else modernization programs and military readiness accounts will be raided, according to two senior Pentagon officials.

February 24, 2021

The Pentagon's Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2) strategy will be released in the coming weeks, Vice Adm. Jeffrey Trussler, deputy chief of naval operations for information warfare, said Wednesday at an Association of Old Crows event.

February 24, 2021

Senior Pentagon leaders have identified a core set of priorities with direct impact on the fiscal year 2022 defense budget that must be reviewed in advance of submission to Congress, Inside Defense has learned.

February 24, 2021

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jack Reed (D-RI) said today a new executive order from President Biden to review the U.S. defense industrial base is the start of a "major effort" to secure national supply chains, despite challenges posed by China's key role in the global marketplace.

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