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September 29, 2020 | Daily News

A bipartisan group of House authorizers has released its final report on U.S. national security strategy, calling for a whole-of-nation effort to confront the threat of a superpower China, including a wholesale review of the Defense Department's legacy systems and dramatically increased spending on emerging technologies.

September 29, 2020 | Daily News

The Missile Defense Agency is launching a second layer to its counter-hypersonic portfolio with a new project that aims to develop a sea-based interceptor to defeat threats in the terminal phase -- an envisioned last-line of defense for the Navy against a new class of ultra-fast glide vehicles and cruise missiles being developed by Russia and China -- with plans to vet proposals by December and award initial contracts in early 2021.

September 29, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon has launched a new initiative to improve how it approaches the exportability of defense technology to allied and partner countries.

September 29, 2020 | Daily News

Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord said today the effort now underway to identify and re-shore critical defense technologies with fragile or foreign supply chains was enhanced by the global outbreak of COVID-19.

September 28, 2020 | Daily News

Congress has granted the Pentagon approval to reprogram $1.6 billion to shore up the military's working capital funds, which have experienced shortfalls due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

September 28, 2020 | Daily News

The Defense Department has released the interim final rule for its Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program, marking a major shift in how the Pentagon will evaluate cybersecurity for contractors who make up the defense industrial base.

September 28, 2020 | Daily News

The Missile Defense Agency has granted Boeing Phantom Works a final attempt to demonstrate a 100-kilowatt class laser by spring of next year, an assessment that will determine whether the company's directed-energy project can be considered for inclusion in the Pentagon's Industry Laser Scaling roadmap for continued development, according to MDA.

September 25, 2020 | Daily News

A group representing a range of U.S. companies and industry associations opposes a variety of measures in the House and Senate defense authorization bills, including several provisions that would demand domestic sourcing for U.S. weapons programs and force companies to cut ties with Chinese suppliers.

September 25, 2020 | Daily News

Defense contractors and telecommunications giants have been quietly meeting over the last several months to discuss how military systems and commercial wireless networks can co-exist in the electromagnetic spectrum, as the United States increasingly takes a sharing approach to making airwaves available for fifth-generation wireless networks.

September 25, 2020 | Daily News

The Missile Defense Agency is pressing ahead with a project to develop a speed-of-light weapon to knock down maneuvering hypersonic vehicles, awarding Raytheon $9.7 million to advance work originally proposed two years ago on a Hypersonic Defense Weapon System concept and setting the project on a path to a potential Microwave Technology Testbed.

September 24, 2020 | Daily News

Amentum said today it has agreed to acquire DynCorp International, which would create a $6 billion contractor.

September 24, 2020 | Daily News

The chief executive of Science Applications International Corp. anticipates that the ongoing coronavirus pandemic will create lasting changes in the workplace.

September 24, 2020 | Daily News

Boeing today disclosed that it is teamed with General Atomics and Aerojet Rocketdyne for the Next Generation Interceptor, offering what a company official said is "freshness" to the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system modernization competition by pulling in two established defense industry suppliers that haven't previously had high-profile, missile defense accounts.

September 23, 2020 | Daily News

Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI), a cybersecurity leader in Congress, says he is monitoring the Defense Department's work to "operationalize" the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program, which is facing criticism over the rollout of the accreditation process for assessors.

September 23, 2020 | Daily News

A new report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies finds the ratio of spending on procurement compared to research and development is on the decline, a discovery it notes could have "business-altering dynamics."

September 23, 2020 | Daily News

An influential Pentagon advisory board is recommending the United States be "more aggressive" with adversaries like China and Russia in non-military "Gray Zone" conflicts that require new capabilities, especially in the cyber realm.

September 21, 2020 | Daily News

The House has filed a stopgap continuing resolution that would extend the period by which contractors can be reimbursed for remaining in a "ready state" during the COVID-19 pandemic.

September 21, 2020 | Daily News

House Democrats have crafted a stopgap spending measure that allows the Pentagon an exemption from normal restrictions so it can award contracts for the Navy's first two Columbia-class submarines.

September 17, 2020 | Daily News

Members of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence are advocating for the Pentagon's top leaders to be more involved in the military's approach to AI and emerging technologies, including through the creation of a new senior-level steering committee.

September 17, 2020 | Daily News

Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord say they oppose House legislation that would reduce spending on nuclear weapons and re-structure the way the arsenal is funded.

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