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June 24, 2020 | Daily News

The Senate Armed Services Committee is proposing legislation mandating the Defense Department develop an "interim" Ground-based Interceptor capability to upgrade the current homeland ballistic missile defense fleet and field 20 of the new guided missiles in currently empty Alaska silos by the mid-2020s, a project that -- if enacted -- could siphon funds from the Missile Defense Agency's priorities.

June 24, 2020 | Daily News

A Senate panel is proposing legislation to re-instate -- after a brief hiatus -- the requirement for the Pentagon to produce an annual aviation inventory and funding plan, a move that could provide lawmakers as well as aerospace and defense analysts insight into the U.S. long-term investment plans for the approximately 14,000 aircraft flown by the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps.

June 23, 2020 | Daily News

The Senate Armed Services Committee has approved a fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill that would "terminate" the position of the Pentagon's chief management officer, a post lawmakers once intended to be the third-most senior official at the Defense Department.

June 23, 2020 | Daily News

​Lawmakers are proposing new reporting requirements for the Next Generation Interceptor development program that could -- if enacted -- impose additional congressional oversight on the new counter-intercontinental ballistic missile weapon system.

June 23, 2020 | Daily News

A key House panel wants the Defense Department to draw up options for improving currently fielded Ground-based Interceptors, forging a potential new program to both upgrade and expand the existing homeland ballistic missile defense fleet that could compete with the Pentagon's new plan for a "layered" homeland defense architecture.

June 22, 2020 | Daily News

A key House panel has declined to endorse the Pentagon's plans for a a layered homeland ballistic missile defense architecture based on the newest Aegis ballistic missile interceptor and a new variant of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense interceptor and instead directed a comprehensive analysis of alternatives for the mission to be conducted.

June 22, 2020 | Daily News

Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord said today the defense industrial base is making an "enormous recovery" after a three-month slowdown caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, but she stressed the continued need for supplemental funding in the "lower double-digit" billions to reimburse contractors for pandemic-related disruptions.

June 22, 2020 | Daily News

The House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee is proposing legislation it hopes will focus the Space Development Agency's mission on top Defense Department priorities -- like the planned transport and missile warning layers -- and encourage greater use of commercial services.

June 22, 2020 | Daily News

House authorizers are proposing legislation that would have the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center report to the deputy secretary of defense, as well as create a powerful board of directors to guide the Pentagon's AI strategy and investments.

June 21, 2020 | Daily News

A House panel is proposing legislation that would direct the Navy to arm DDG-1000 destroyers with an intermediate-range hypersonic weapon, require a sweeping analysis of alternatives before the Missile Defense Agency commits to a new layered homeland defense architecture, require the president to participate in an annual nuclear command and control exercise, and provide an unclassified report on foreign nuclear weapon programs.

June 19, 2020 | Daily News

The Defense Department has established a Joint Hypersonic Transition Office and charged the new shop with overseeing creation of a university-led consortium to expand cooperation between academia, industry and government as part of the U.S. military's goal to eventually scale production of a new class of high-speed, maneuvering weapons.

June 18, 2020 | Daily News

The Cyberspace Solarium Commission is advocating for getting up to 20 recommendations from the group's report included in this year's defense policy bill, according to commission Executive Director Mark Montgomery, who says the creation of a national cyber director and a Joint Cyber Planning Cell within the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency are among the top priorities.

June 18, 2020 | Daily News

The surprise announcement by Japan earlier this week to halt plans for Aegis Ashore acquisition and deployment could potentially be reversed once "concerns and issues" about the weapon system are resolved, a senior U.S. military official said.

June 18, 2020 | Daily News

Senate authorizers did not adopt Cyber Solarium Commission recommendations to require defense contractors to participate in a threat intelligence sharing program and use threat hunting capabilities on their networks, as lawmakers sought to bolster existing Defense Department initiatives like the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification, according to a Senate aide.

June 17, 2020 | Daily News

The Defense Department is on the cusp of seizing the lead in maneuvering hypersonic technology development from China and Russia and is poised next year to ramp up flight tests to as many 40 over the next four years, according to a senior Pentagon official.

June 17, 2020 | Daily News

A new Defense Space Strategy released today highlights four priority lines of effort the Pentagon plans to pursue in order to ensure it is positioned to "compete, deter and win" against future threats: build a comprehensive military advantage in space; integrate military spacepower into national, joint and combined operations; shape the strategic environment; and cooperate with allies, partners, industry and other U.S. government agencies.

June 17, 2020 | Daily News

The Senate Armed Services Committee's fiscal year 2021 defense policy bill pushes the Pentagon to continue modernizing its cybersecurity capabilities, as authorizers want to ensure the Defense Department doesn't fall behind the private sector in the rapidly evolving world of cyberspace.

June 17, 2020 | Daily News

Senior Pentagon officials for months have publicly touted an internal budget review said to have "harvested" $5.7 billion in "savings" that can be reinvested in military modernization and readiness, but the process, along with newly surfaced documents breaking down the cost cutting, is generating heartburn on Capitol Hill.

June 16, 2020 | Daily News

ManTech International's move from a two-group to three-division structure is a "natural" move that will be mostly complete by the end of the year, according to the company's chief executive.

June 16, 2020 | Daily News

The Defense Department inspector general intends to audit sole-source depot maintenance contracts performed at contractor facilities to determine whether the military has negotiated "fair and reasonable" prices.

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