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May 27, 2021

Vice Adm. William Merz, the commander of 7th Fleet, said he is confident in the Littoral Combat Ship despite the program's technical issues and listed the vessels' mine countermeasures as the mission package he is most concerned about.

May 27, 2021

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told House appropriators today the soon-to-be-released defense budget request gives the Pentagon "flexibility to divest ourselves of systems and platforms that do not adequately meet our needs."

May 26, 2021

The Navy plans to rip out the DDG-1000's Advanced Gun System mounts -- the original focus of the Zumwalt-class destroyer's offensive firepower -- to make room for a new vertical launch system that will fire Conventional Prompt Strike missiles, as part of a new goal that scraps five years of planning to field long-range hypersonic weapons on Ohio-class submarines.

May 25, 2021

The Navy has a lot of work to do to get its next-generation mine countermeasure systems ready to counter China, Frank DiGiovanni, the service's deputy director for expeditionary warfare, said Tuesday.

May 25, 2021

The nominee to be the Pentagon's chief technology officer has proposed creating a "bridge" fund to quickly transition promising technologies into programs of record.

May 25, 2021

The Pentagon between fiscal years 2009 and 2019 returned nearly $128 billion in "canceled funds" to the U.S. Treasury, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

May 25, 2021

Susanna Blume, the nominee to direct the Pentagon's cost assessment and program evaluation shop, said today she wants to continue to improve the process used to estimate weapon system sustainment costs.

May 25, 2021

EAST HARTFORD, CT -- The chief technology officer of Raytheon Technologies says he has met in recent weeks with representatives from the Air Force and the Office of the Secretary of Defense to discuss the company's focus on using a digital thread approach to speed cycle times.

May 24, 2021

Sustainment issues have caused the Navy's P-8A Poseidon fleet to slip below the required mission capability rate, according to a recent Defense Department inspector general report.

May 24, 2021

EAST HARTFORD, CT -- The chief technology officer of Raytheon Technologies says he has met in recent weeks with representatives from the Air Force and the Office of the Secretary of Defense to discuss the company's focus on using a digital thread approach to speed cycle times.

May 24, 2021

The Navy estimates the cost to develop and procure a fleet of 20 new guided-missile frigates is $24.7 billion, setting the average cost for each new FFG-62 Constellation-class warship at about $1.2 billion. (UPDATED)

May 24, 2021

The Biden administration will send its fiscal year 2022 defense budget request to Congress on Friday, setting the stage for debates on spending levels, modernization priorities and the potential divestiture of weapon systems deemed unsuitable for competition with China, the Pentagon's "pacing challenge."

May 21, 2021

The Navy estimates the cost to develop and procure a fleet of 20 new guided-missile frigates is $24.7 billion, setting the average cost for each new FFG-62 Constellation-class warship at about $1.2 billion or slightly less than the current $1.3 billion price tag for DDG-51 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers.

May 20, 2021

Top technology officials at the Pentagon told lawmakers today they could use more flexibility to shift funds within their annual budgets, joining a growing push from the Defense Department to loosen restrictions around how the military budget is managed in the name of innovation.

May 19, 2021

The Defense Department is readying a major live-fire test to bolster the last line of defense against ballistic missiles for major warship formations, such as aircraft carrier strike groups, by pitting a pair of the newest Standard Missile-6 variants against a medium-range ballistic missile target in waters off Hawaii.

May 19, 2021

While analysts expect the Navy to continue to grow, President Biden’s team at the Pentagon is unlikely to pursue the aggressive growth laid out in the Trump administration's outgoing December 2020 shipbuilding plan.

May 19, 2021

Top Senate Republicans have introduced an amendment that would require parity between defense and non-defense spending increases for fiscal year 2022, arguing it is needed to compete with China.

May 19, 2021

The Navy's new Joint Precision Approach and Landing System reached initial operational capability on May 4, the service announced Tuesday.

May 18, 2021

An amendment to the bipartisan China bill on the Senate floor this week would double the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency's funding to $7 billion a year.

May 18, 2021

Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger said the service is prepared for a flat budget, though budget cuts would delay the service's ongoing force design efforts.

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