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June 23, 2021

The Navy's 30-year shipbuilding plan, released last week, calls for fewer large amphibious ships than the Marine Corps says it needs.

June 23, 2021

House lawmakers today, questioning Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, debated the adequacy of President Biden's proposed $753 billion defense budget, with Democrats and Republicans differing on the importance of $25 billion in unfunded priorities lists the military services have submitted to Congress.

June 22, 2021

The Navy is taking steps to improve its estimates for shipyard drydock improvements after the bid for work at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Maine came in well over estimates, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael Gilday said Tuesday.

June 22, 2021

The Missile Defense Agency is putting the final touches on potential architectures for a new Guam missile defense system, a report that is designed to give Pentagon leaders "maximum" options in deciding how to assemble a 360-degree defense of the western U.S. territory by 2026 against advanced Chinese cruise, ballistic and maneuvering hypersonic weapons -- a capability the agency's director says is likely to be a "hybrid" of currently fielded systems.

June 22, 2021

The Navy has restructured the MQ-4C Triton unmanned air system program into three separate increments, citing "funding constraints," and has delayed initial operational capability to the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2023, according to the Triton deputy program manager.

June 21, 2021

The Defense Department will launch a new artificial intelligence and data accelerator initiative within the next 90 days as part of the Joint All Domain Command and Control strategy, Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks said today.

June 21, 2021

The first Ford-class aircraft carrier (CVN-78) successfully completed the first scheduled explosive event as part of its full ship shock trials Friday, the Navy announced.

June 18, 2021

The Navy is calling for a battle force fleet of 321 to 372 ships with an unmanned fleet of 77 to 140 vessels in its 30-year shipbuilding plan released Thursday evening.

June 18, 2021

The Navy's budget proposal to decommission four Littoral Combat Ships, all of which have been in service less than 10 years, has renewed focus on the class' reliability and mission concerns.

June 17, 2021

In a landmark achievement for cooperative engagement, a Dutch frigate participating in a multinational missile defense demonstration in the North Atlantic detected a medium-range ballistic missile target and passed the cueing information to a U.S. destroyer, which then calculated an intercept solution and launched a guided-missile to successfully stop the target -- the first-ever integration of a non-U.S. sensor into the ballistic missile defense kill chain.

June 17, 2021

Collins Aerospace has started production on its next-generation Tactical Combat Training System II, and received milestone C approval for the program on schedule in April.

June 16, 2021

The Defense Department's fiscal year 2022 budget request for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter's continuous modernization effort is approximately $830 million higher than projected -- an increase the department links to expanded Block 4 test capacity, hardware upgrade development and the purchase of additional spare engines to support the flight test fleet.

June 15, 2021

GOP lawmakers criticized acting Navy Secretary Thomas Harker Tuesday for suggesting nuclear sea-launched cruise missile development efforts should be defunded in a recent memo.

June 15, 2021

The Pentagon's No. 2 civilian has approved for operational use the first batch of manufactured Standard Missile-3 Block IIA interceptors, setting the stage for the Missile Defense Agency to issue a technical declaration of improved defenses against Iranian threats for U.S. forces in Europe and NATO allies.

June 14, 2021

The National Defense Industrial Association, in its latest survey of the defense industrial base, found that nearly 32% of defense contractors do not expect their businesses to return to a normal level of operations for more than six months.

June 11, 2021

FORT WORTH, TX -- As Lockheed Martin and the F-35 joint program office continue negotiations for the next production contract, the company is looking to smooth out delivery quantities and recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

June 11, 2021

The head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command is seeking full funding in fiscal year 2022 for a new Guam missile defense system -- arguing the project requires an additional $231.7 million beyond the Missile Defense Agency's request of $118.3 million -- as well as advocating for the Homeland Defense Radar-Hawaii, which MDA declined to resource in its annual spending request for a second consecutive year.

June 10, 2021

Leonardo Helicopters delivered the first next-generation TH-73A training helicopter to the Navy today, marking a significant step for a program which is Leonardo's first as a prime contractor.

June 10, 2021

The Pentagon's top leaders fielded questions and took some criticism today from senators concerned about defense spending and whether the U.S. military is appropriately postured to deter China.

June 10, 2021

The Missile Defense Agency has provided Congress a $367 million wish list to finance eight projects above and beyond the agency's $8.9 billion fiscal year 2022 budget request, additional undertakings that -- if funded -- would increase Standard Missile-3 Block IIA and Terminal High Altitude Area Defense interceptor procurement, hypersonic defense funding and support a project to better defend the National Capital Region from cruise missile attack.

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