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May 18, 2021

The Missile Defense Agency is now betting on a service life extension project to improve the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system until the Next Generation Interceptor is ready for fielding, a shift in messaging from the agency's gambit last year that proposed an underlayer featuring new variants of the Aegis and Terminal High Altitude Area defense systems.

May 18, 2021

Groups representing defense contractors say there is a lack of collaboration between the U.S. government and industry on the military drawdown from Afghanistan, which they say has raised many "as-yet unanswered" questions about the future.

May 17, 2021

A NATO flotilla -- including a 15-ship task force representing 10 nations -- is in the North Atlantic this week for an integrated air and missile defense demonstration, Formidable Shield 2021, to assess allied interoperability and command-and-control structures against subsonic, supersonic and ballistic missile threats.

May 17, 2021

With the COVID-19 vaccine now widely available nationwide, many defense contracting executives say they see the vaccine as a path forward, allowing them to ramp up their work and move past this challenging time.

May 13, 2021

Acting Pentagon acquisition chief Stacy Cummings said today the Defense Department still needs at least $11 billion in supplemental funding from Congress to support defense contractors with pandemic-related costs and avoid cutting modernization programs and military readiness accounts.

May 13, 2021

The Navy's premier fiscal year 2022 budget priorities are keeping the Columbia-class submarine program on track, pursuing its shipyard revitalization efforts and recapitalizing the service's sealift fleet, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael Gilday said Thursday.

May 13, 2021

The Joint Staff will publish directives this month laying out the strategic concepts underpinning the new Joint Warfighting Concept, including requirements for data to be shared across all Defense Department weapon systems, according to the Pentagon's No. 2 military officer.

May 13, 2021

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-CA) said today he is considering including several reform measures in the upcoming defense authorization bill that would "spur innovation, get more for our money, make the competition work and avoid vendor lock."

May 13, 2021

The head of the F-35 joint program office said today it's unlikely the program's Autonomic Logistics Information System replacement will be delivered in 2022 as planned, and he expects to have solidified a new schedule in the next six to nine months.

May 12, 2021

The Missile Defense Agency is planning a second flight test of a Standard Missile-3 Block IIA against an intercontinental ballistic missile surrogate, this time featuring a more complex target with upgrades to the Aegis weapon system and interceptor to reflect lessons learned from the first intercept attempt last November that achieved its goal even as congressional auditors recently raised questions about its efficacy as a homeland defense weapon.

May 12, 2021

Executives from Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and Boeing declined an invitation from Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) to testify during a Tuesday hearing about waste, fraud, cost overruns and auditing the Pentagon.

May 11, 2021

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jack Reed (D-RI) said today he thinks the flat defense budget proposed by the Biden administration will provide opportunities to reform the Pentagon and prioritize new technologies over older programs.

May 11, 2021

Mike McCord, nominated to serve as Defense Department comptroller -- a job he held during the Obama administration -- was questioned by lawmakers today about President Biden's proposed Pentagon budget, though full details have not yet been released.

May 10, 2021

A new report from the Government Accountability Office highlights roadblocks to developing alternate positioning, navigation and timing capabilities and recommends the Defense Department do a better job of coordinating authorities, increase its focus on resiliency and clarify PNT requirements.

May 10, 2021

The Navy's first-in-class aircraft carrier Gerald Ford (CVN-78) will miss the service's goal to certify all of the ship's 11 elevators by this month, but has started its full ship shock trial phase on schedule.

May 10, 2021

Lockheed Martin has prepared a plan to move a large percentage of its workforce to a hybrid in-person and telework approach as the pandemic appears to be easing.

May 6, 2021

House lawmakers today called on the Navy to provide an in-depth, shorter-term plan for its shipyard improvement work.

May 6, 2021

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said today he believes the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan with present the Pentagon with "opportunities" to redirect spending to higher priorities.

May 6, 2021

General Dynamics is aiming to build on its technology demonstration prototype as it bids to develop and build the Marine Corps Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicle.

May 4, 2021

Textron Systems has designed, constructed and tested an Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicle prototype ahead of the competition for the program, the company announced Tuesday.

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