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July 21, 2020 | Daily News

Adm. Phil Davidson, head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, wants an Aegis Ashore missile defense system on Guam by 2026 to defend the U.S. territory against advancing ballistic and cruise missile threats, arguing the combination of land- and sea-based missile defenses currently deployed there are limited to protecting one side of the island only and insufficient to provide 360-degree defense from China's ships and aircraft.

July 21, 2020 | Daily News

The new chief executive of Lockheed Martin said today the company is preparing for a potential defense budget upturn as well as a downturn.

July 21, 2020 | Daily News

The Government Accountability Office denied a series of bid protest allegations Perspecta levied against a $7.7 billion Navy contract award after concluding the company failed to substantiate the substance and impact of its accusations.

July 21, 2020 | Daily News

The House voted 241-173 today against an amendment to the defense authorization bill that would have removed an existing law requiring the Pentagon to send Congress an annual list of unfunded priorities.

July 20, 2020 | Daily News

As the Air Force looks to ramp up production of anti-ship missiles, House appropriators argue proposed buys in fiscal year 2021 are premature and suggest zeroing out funding, while Senate authorizers recommend accelerating purchases to meet growing needs in the Indo-Pacific region.

July 17, 2020 | Daily News

House lawmakers are recommending a $20 million addition to the Navy's fiscal year 2021 shipbuilding account in an effort to head off cost growth in the service's $12.9 billion, T-AO-205 John Lewis Fleet Oiler Class program.

July 17, 2020 | Daily News

The House Appropriations Committee is encouraging the Navy to begin laying the groundwork for a block buy of Arleigh Burke-class destroyers beginning in fiscal year 2023, a follow-on to the current multiyear procurement contract that ends in FY-22 in order to extend purchases of Flight III DDG-51 variants until the still-to-be-defined replacement called the Large Surface Combat is ready for production.

July 16, 2020 | Daily News

Lawmakers are looking to add $50 million to the fiscal year 2021 defense budget to further development of a prototype "micro" nuclear reactor capable of generating up to 10 megawatts of electricity, a potential capability that could give the U.S. military -- one of the largest energy consumers in the world -- a revolutionary new way to power installations and possible more.

July 16, 2020 | Daily News

The joint all-domain command and control effort led by the Air Force will need to bridge legacy systems with new systems, but it will come at a cost, according to Army Under Secretary James McPherson.

July 16, 2020 | Daily News

Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord said today she plans to reveal several initiatives in the coming months that would help "re-shore" the U.S. microelectronics supply chain and "open the envelope" on weapon system exports to foreign countries.

July 13, 2020 | Daily News

House lawmakers are recommending $90 million in fiscal year 2021 for the Joint Hypersonics Transition Office, looking to bankroll the newly established shop with additional funds to extend a host of research and development projects the Pentagon recently asked academia to propose.

July 13, 2020 | Daily News

The House is poised to pass legislation that gradually ramps up "Buy American" requirements on the Defense Department's largest programs of record, but industry representatives and analysts say the "arbitrary" rules could trip up important weapons developments and hurt international cooperation on defense programs.

July 10, 2020 | Daily News

Powerful House appropriators want to eliminate the Pentagon's controversial Overseas Contingency Operations account and return the department to annual supplemental funding requests, potentially sending defense officials scrambling to fill multibillion-dollar budget holes, according to documents obtained by Inside Defense.

July 10, 2020 | Daily News

A House panel is proposing deep cuts to the Navy's fiscal year 2021 request for ship maintenance, repair and modernization, admonishing the service for its execution of a private contracted ship maintenance pilot program that aims to help address persistent and substantial maintenance delays that hamper the Navy's ability to restore readiness.

July 10, 2020 | Daily News

Although the House Appropriations defense subcommittee is recommending full funding for the F-35 Autonomic Logistics Information System, lawmakers are calling out the program office for failing to develop a system that meets requirements and directs the Defense Department to ensure a smooth transition to the replacement capability.

July 09, 2020 | Daily News

The House Appropriations defense subcommittee is moving to prohibit the Navy from decommissioning the first four Littoral Combat Ships, calling the move "shortsighted" and directing the Pentagon to consider upgrading and deploying the ships to South and Central America.

July 09, 2020 | Daily News

The Navy is considering tasking its new unmanned surface vessels with the ballistic missile defense mission, a move that could free up guided-missile destroyers and push the service toward the more distributed fleet it is seeking.

July 09, 2020 | Daily News

In a new letter sent to the Pentagon this week, eight of the largest defense contractors say they are preparing their estimated costs related to COVID-19 relief legislation and warn the Pentagon will need additional funding to cover these expenses.

July 08, 2020 | Daily News

Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord says the United States should "re-shore" the production of key capabilities like microelectronics after the COVID-19 crisis exposed weaknesses in the Defense Department's supply chain.

July 07, 2020 | Daily News

A House subcommittee wants to provide the Navy with funding to purchase two Virginia-class fast-attack submarines as well as extra money for several select aircraft programs.

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