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February 10, 2021

Two Senate committees this week weighing the nomination of Neera Tanden, who has been tapped to run the White House Office of Management and Budget, spent little to no time discussing national security issues, but she did provide one panel with a written statement with her views on defense spending.

February 9, 2021

The Pentagon's new leaders have committed to numerous reviews in the past few weeks that could have a significant impact on the U.S. military, including its budget and global footprint.

February 9, 2021

The new Amphibious Combat Vehicle out-performed the legacy Assault Amphibious Vehicle during the program's initial operational test and evaluation, according to the Pentagon's top weapons tester.

February 8, 2021

The Long Range Anti-Ship Missile program is working through a series of minor changes to correct for deficiencies identified during testing, Capt. William Hargreaves, LRASM program director, told Inside Defense.

February 5, 2021

The U.S. military has delayed until 2028 plans for a major flight test to demonstrate the ability of three major ballistic missile defense systems to collaborate, a goal that if not further postponed will be 15 years after the Pentagon's top weapon tester called for the Navy and Army systems to establish rudimentary engagement coordination for theater-level threats.

February 5, 2021

The Defense Science Board says the Pentagon could gain "revolutionary" benefits from upgrading and increasing its use of capabilities like digital engineering, virtual exercising, strategic gaming and synthetic environments.

February 5, 2021

The Navy is searching for a vertical lift capability with maritime strike to replace its current fleet of MH-60R/S helicopters and MQ-8B/C unmanned air vehicles, releasing a request for information last month to inform a future analysis of alternatives.

February 4, 2021

The Navy is optimistic that the market supports the service's plan to procure used sealift vessels to replace its aging sealift fleet, a Navy spokesman told Inside Defense last month.

February 4, 2021

The Missile Defense Agency is recalibrating plans to develop a counter-hypersonic capability by scrapping a prototype development project in favor of moving directly to an interceptor program of record, a major change that aims to accelerate by many years delivery of a new guided missile that could arm the U.S. military with a weapon to intercept long-range hypersonic warheads during the glide phase. (UPDATED)

February 3, 2021

The House Armed Services Committee has announced the creation of two new subcommittees: one focused on intelligence and special operations, and the other dedicated to cyber issues and information technology.

February 3, 2021

The Marine Corps is considering having three Marine Littoral Regiments in the Pacific by 2030, Brig. Gen. Ben Watson said Wednesday at the National Defense Industrial Association's Virtual Expeditionary Warfare Conference.

February 3, 2021

The Missile Defense Agency is recalibrating plans to develop a counter-hypersonic capability by scrapping a prototype development project in favor of moving directly to an interceptor program of record.

February 3, 2021

The House Armed Services Committee today welcomed 16 new members, seven Democrats and nine Republicans.

February 2, 2021

The Marine Corps needs to move at an "uncomfortable" pace in acquiring unmanned platforms, service Commandant Gen. David Berger said Tuesday at the National Defense Industrial Association's Virtual Expeditionary Warfare Conference.

February 2, 2021

Acting Navy Secretary Tom Harker said Tuesday that the outgoing Trump administration's fiscal year 2022 budget draft features a "very aggressive" focus on shipbuilding, but said the Navy is waiting for input from Biden administration officials before submitting its budget request to Congress.

February 2, 2021

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has effectively fired all members of more than 40 Defense Department advisory boards and committees so he can conduct a "zero-based review," according to John Kirby, the Pentagon's chief spokesman.

February 2, 2021

Kathleen Hicks, nominated for deputy defense secretary, told lawmakers today she believes that, if confirmed, helping to craft a defense budget will be among her biggest challenges as former President Trump's outgoing Pentagon team did not cooperate during the presidential transition.

February 1, 2021

If confirmed as deputy defense secretary, Kathleen Hicks will wield significant influence over the Pentagon budget and strategy, an area where she has established a long public record as a think tank analyst.

January 29, 2021

The Navy has set an initial delivery target for its new No. 2 modernization priority with plans to push a "minimally viable capability" to the Theodore Roosevelt strike group in 2023, the first formal output of Project Overmatch in its mission to enable a fleet that "swarms the sea" and executes lethal and non-lethal attacks across every axis and domain.

January 28, 2021

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is reviewing the fiscal year 2022 budget, evaluating work the Trump administration left behind, so a request can be ready to submit to Congress in the next three months.

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