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November 12, 2020

A Missile Defense Agency signature project -- adding two "layers” to the homeland ballistic missile defense architecture by folding in the newest Aegis ballistic missile interceptor and a future variant of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense interceptor -- is on the ropes after lawmakers raised serious concern about the endeavor's maturity.

November 11, 2020

The Senate Appropriations Committee does not support the Navy's request for two Large Unmanned Surface Vessels in fiscal year 2021, according to the panel's FY-21 defense spending bill released yesterday.

November 11, 2020

The Senate Appropriations Committee is concerned with the proliferation of the Defense Department's rapid prototyping programs and has approved additional funds for the Pentagon's chief weapons tester to increase oversight of them.

November 11, 2020

A Senate panel with oversight of the Pentagon's shipbuilding budget would fence procurement funding for the Navy's new Constellation-class frigate (FFG-62) program, citing concerns about the service's choice to not take a "gap year" after constructing the lead ship.

November 11, 2020

The Senate Appropriations Committee opposes a proposed increase to funding for the Large Surface Combatant, according to the panel's version of the fiscal year 2021 defense spending bill released yesterday.

November 10, 2020

A congressional panel is seeking more information from the Navy secretary about the consequences of shutting down the F/A-18 Super Hornet production line.

November 10, 2020

President-elect Joe Biden has named nearly two-dozen people to his Defense Department agency review team to ensure "a smooth transfer of power" and help the new administration "hit the ground running on Day one."

November 10, 2020

The Defense Department is reversing gears on plans to halt the Homeland Defense Radar-Hawaii project, exploring a new potential location for the sensor at the Navy-controlled Pacific Missile Range Facility, charting a course to continuing the program in the face of united support by all four congressional defense committees to reinstate funding for the effort in fiscal year 2021.

November 10, 2020

The Senate Appropriations Committee has expressed support for Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger's force design initiatives in the panel's version of the fiscal year 2021 defense spending bill.

November 10, 2020

Senate appropriators want more visibility into the F-35 follow-on modernization strategy and are directing the joint program office to provide more details on its plans in future budget requests.

November 9, 2020

As President-elect Biden begins to roll out transition plans, several defense industry executives say they don't expect immediate big changes under a new administration.

November 9, 2020

Huntington Ingalls Industries executives said today the company has established new protocols, including testing, that are allowing it to better predict and manage its workforce.

November 9, 2020

Mercury Systems said this week it has expanded its on-site COVID-19 testing to seven manufacturing locations in an effort to keep employees healthy and maintain business continuity.

November 9, 2020

Initial operational capability for the Navy's Joint Precision Approach and Landing System on aircraft carriers has been delayed three months due to an issue that arose during operational testing this fall, a Navy spokeswoman told Inside Defense Monday.

November 9, 2020

The Army has tapped Lockheed Martin to oversee integration of a Mid-Range Capability prototype battery, awarding a sole-source contract to design a land-based launcher for two mainstay Navy strike weapons built by competitor Raytheon -- the Tomahawk cruise missile and Standard Missile-6 -- as part of a major push by the Pentagon to rapidly address a shortfall highlighted by a recent service assessment and combatant commanders.

November 6, 2020

The Navy suspended a program aimed at limiting energy consumption on its Arleigh Burke class of destroyers without the proper analysis to support that decision, the Government Accountability Office said Thursday.

November 5, 2020

The Navy today awarded a $9.47 billion contract modification to General Dynamics Electric Boat to begin full construction on the first Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine, averting its longstanding fear that a continuing resolution would torpedo the program’s schedule margin early on.

November 2, 2020

The Defense Department has awarded Lockheed Martin a contract to upgrade the Aegis Weapon System to improve Navy cruisers' and destroyers' ability to detect, track, and defeat new intermediate-range threats as well as track and report on maneuvering hypersonic threats.

November 2, 2020

The production of the America-class amphibious assault ship Bougainville (LHA-8) is continuing despite the coronavirus pandemic, and a Navy spokeswoman says the vessel remains on track to meet its January 2024 delivery date.

November 2, 2020

If former Vice President Joe Biden performs as polling suggests and defeats President Trump on Nov. 3, the Defense Department could see significant changes, despite a likely continued focus on COVID-19 and great power competition with China.

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