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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.

February 24, 2021

The Defense Department and Lockheed Martin have negotiated a significantly smaller scope for a forthcoming performance-based logistics sustainment contract for the F-35, opting for a "bridge" contract the company expects will yield less savings but instill confidence in its performance and set a foundation for a full PBL.

February 24, 2021

The COVID pandemic has revealed the U.S. defense industrial base to be "not healthy" and hampered by "weak" supply chains that threaten the ability of the nation to nimbly develop and field new capabilities to keep ahead of technological advances by other nations, according to the Pentagon's No. 2 military official.

February 23, 2021

House and Senate defense authorizers used hearings with outside technology experts this week to probe the Pentagon's struggle to transition new technologies into programs of record and take full advantage of advances in software.

February 23, 2021

Austal USA President Craig Perciavalle has resigned following an investigation into the company's Littoral Combat Ship program, Austal announced today.

February 22, 2021

The Defense Science Board last month launched a congressionally mandated study of the Defense Department's cyber warfighting capabilities, including a technical evaluation of DOD's major cyber warfare programs.

February 22, 2021

The Pentagon has entered arrangements with three universities to study key areas related to contract finance and pricing that could impact the way defense contractors are paid.

February 19, 2021

Congressional seapower leaders are calling on the Biden administration's first budget to prioritize the Navy and shipbuilding to counter the growing threat posed by China.

February 19, 2021

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said today he discussed challenges posed by "an increasingly aggressive China" during recent meetings with NATO officials.

February 19, 2021

The Navy is readying plans this spring to begin in earnest collaboration with industry and academia at a prototype "software factory" called the Forge -- an entity that aims to accelerate delivery of new capabilities by the program executive office for integrated warfare systems to the surface combatant fleet.

February 17, 2021

Navy officials are discussing how the service can use data to cut down on the amount of unobligated funds it sends back to the treasury each year, Tom Sasala, the Navy's chief data officer, said Wednesday.

February 12, 2021

Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI), who recently became chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told Inside Defense in an exclusive and wide-ranging interview he wants to continue to see the Defense Department "transform" to counter China and prepare for the challenges of the 21st century, though he made it clear that transformation will likely need to occur amid downward budget pressure.

February 11, 2021

The head of the Pentagon's new China Task Force, Ely Ratner, said today he and his team intend to assess whether the Defense Department is "adequately organized" to address a wide range of challenges related to U.S.-China relations, including "technology competition."

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