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June 23, 2021

House lawmakers today, questioning Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, debated the adequacy of President Biden's proposed $753 billion defense budget, with Democrats and Republicans differing on the importance of $25 billion in unfunded priorities lists the military services have submitted to Congress.

June 23, 2021

The internal review of the Defense Department's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program is aimed at helping small businesses meet the department's objectives for cyber readiness, while also making potential policy changes to clarify implementation, according to Pentagon industrial policy leader Jesse Salazar.

June 23, 2021

The U.S. military has readied for launch this week four small satellites and a payload designed to validate technologies pivotal to a new National Defense Space Architecture underpinned by a future proliferated low-earth orbit constellation, new capabilities that will experiment with space-based laser communications as well as battle management and target custody. (UPDATED)

June 23, 2021

A bipartisan congressional group yesterday introduced legislation that would hold Ligado Networks responsible for covering the costs of both public and private Global Positioning System users affected by the company's use of the L-Band.

June 23, 2021

The U.S. military has readied for launch this week five small satellites designed to validate technologies pivotal to a new National Defense Space Architecture underpinned by a future proliferated low-earth orbit constellation, new capabilities that will experiment with space-based laser communications as well as battle management and target custody.

June 22, 2021

The U.S. military has readied for launch this week five small satellites designed to validate technologies pivotal to a new National Defense Space Architecture underpinned by a future proliferated low-earth orbit constellation, new capabilities that will experiment with space-based laser communications as well as battle management and target custody.

June 22, 2021

The Missile Defense Agency is putting the final touches on potential architectures for a new Guam missile defense system, a report that is designed to give Pentagon leaders "maximum" options in deciding how to assemble a 360-degree defense of the western U.S. territory by 2026 against advanced Chinese cruise, ballistic and maneuvering hypersonic weapons -- a capability the agency's director says is likely to be a "hybrid" of currently fielded systems.

June 21, 2021

The Defense Department will launch a new artificial intelligence and data accelerator initiative within the next 90 days as part of the Joint All Domain Command and Control strategy, Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks said today.

June 17, 2021

Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Accreditation Body board Chairman Karlton Johnson says his organization is not slowing down its activities in support of the Defense Department's cyber certification program, and denied reports that the CMMC-AB is taking a "strategic pause" during ongoing governmental reviews of the program.

June 15, 2021

The Pentagon's No. 2 civilian has approved for operational use the first batch of manufactured Standard Missile-3 Block IIA interceptors, setting the stage for the Missile Defense Agency to issue a technical declaration of improved defenses against Iranian threats for U.S. forces in Europe and NATO allies.

June 15, 2021

President Biden and leaders from the 30 nations that make up the North Atlantic Treaty Organization endorsed a new cyber defense policy Monday that calls for invoking its self-defense clause against cyberattacks from adversaries on a "case-by-case basis."

June 14, 2021

The National Defense Industrial Association, in its latest survey of the defense industrial base, found that nearly 32% of defense contractors do not expect their businesses to return to a normal level of operations for more than six months.

June 11, 2021

The White House announced today it would restore $2.2 billion in remaining unobligated military construction funds former President Trump previously redirected to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border without the approval of Congress.

June 11, 2021

The head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command is seeking full funding in fiscal year 2022 for a new Guam missile defense system -- arguing the project requires an additional $231.7 million beyond the Missile Defense Agency's request of $118.3 million -- as well as advocating for the Homeland Defense Radar-Hawaii, which MDA declined to resource in its annual spending request for a second consecutive year.

June 11, 2021

The Pentagon last month proposed amending defense federal acquisition regulations to enhance contractors' post-award debriefing rights, a move welcomed by contractors.

June 10, 2021

The first authorized, certified third-party assessment organization has entered the marketplace to conduct official audits for defense contractors who want to become certified under the Pentagon's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program.

June 10, 2021

The independent accreditation body behind the Defense Department's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program is looking for an individual to serve as "Director of Security and Compliance," a new position created to liaise with the Pentagon on security matters and the latest move by the accreditation authority to transition to a full-time professional staff.

June 10, 2021

The Pentagon's top leaders fielded questions and took some criticism today from senators concerned about defense spending and whether the U.S. military is appropriately postured to deter China.

June 10, 2021

The Missile Defense Agency has provided Congress a $367 million wish list to finance eight projects above and beyond the agency's $8.9 billion fiscal year 2022 budget request, additional undertakings that -- if funded -- would increase Standard Missile-3 Block IIA and Terminal High Altitude Area Defense interceptor procurement, hypersonic defense funding and support a project to better defend the National Capital Region from cruise missile attack.

June 9, 2021

The Pentagon is readying to launch in the next couple of weeks an examination of the mix of missile defense capabilities the Biden administration believes the U.S. military requires, but it's not clear yet whether the final product will be a stand-alone volume or folded into a larger defense strategic assessment, a senior official told lawmakers today.

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