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December 19, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force is preparing to move "expeditiously and judiciously" to stand up the Space Force as soon as President Trump signs the fiscal year 2020 defense policy bill at a ceremony scheduled for Friday evening.

December 19, 2019 | Daily News

Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord this week signed a statement of intent for the Pentagon to pursue specific defense technology and trade projects with India, including the areas of lightweight small arms, air-launched small unmanned aircraft systems, and intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance systems.

December 19, 2019 | Daily News

Congressional appropriators are calling on the Defense Department to craft an integrated overhead persistent infrared architecture strategy due to concerns about overlap among programs managed by the Air Force, Missile Defense Agency and Space Development Agency.

December 19, 2019 | Daily News

The chief executive of Leidos says the company is seeking to “go very slow” in integrating Dynetics, which it announced yesterday it will buy for $1.65 billion.

December 18, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force this week is spearheading a project with the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and industry entrepreneurs to emulate the kind of rapid software and hardware development pioneered by Silicon Valley start-ups in a bid to incubate Joint All Domain Command and Control -- an envisioned technical backbone to link sensors and shooters across air, land and sea.

December 17, 2019 | Daily News

Leidos said today it has agreed to acquire privately owned and Huntsville, AL-based Dynetics for $1.65 billion in cash.

December 17, 2019 | Daily News

The compromise fiscal year 2020 defense spending bill includes $100 million for the Pentagon to establish a Joint Hypersonics Transition Office, marking a win for Indiana lawmakers who have pushed for the office to oversee a university consortium tasked with accelerating the development of hypersonic technologies and systems.

December 17, 2019 | Daily News

House and Senate lawmakers are backing plans for a new Ground-based Interceptor by adding more than $100 million for homeland defense interceptor development in fiscal year 2020. At the same time, they are qualifying support offered in September by Senate appropriators for the Next Generation Interceptor program, imposing additional oversight on the proposed new-start project.

December 17, 2019 | Daily News

Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Mike Griffin has established a Defense Science Board task force to study the resiliency of the current GPS constellation and recommend architecture changes over the next 10 years that will improve the Defense Department's ability to "deny and confound" other space-based positioning, navigation and timing systems.

December 17, 2019 | Daily News

The Defense Department has issued a draft plan for its Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program that addresses the highest levels of risks for contractors and relies on security controls developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology that are still under review.

December 17, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon's artificial intelligence strategy lacks clear goals and metrics, while the year-old Joint AI Center doesn't have the authorities, resources and visibility to fulfill its mandate of being the "focal point" of Defense Department AI activity, according to a new RAND Corp. report.

December 16, 2019 | Daily News

Congress is poised to vote on a $1.37 trillion appropriations deal this week for fiscal year 2020 that jettisons Democrats' earlier efforts to restrict the Pentagon's ability to reprogram funding, a measure intended to deter President Trump from again unilaterally transferring money meant for military construction and other defense priorities to build barriers on the U.S.-Mexico border.

December 16, 2019 | Daily News

Mike Petters, the chief executive of Huntington Ingalls Industries, said he supports the Defense Department's effort to implement the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program, but said that will be only one part of a "dynamic" effort to protect critical data and systems.

December 16, 2019 | Daily News

Defense Secretary Mark Esper, who has promised major reforms and bold investments, recently said he will soon order U.S. troops be moved from locations of "low-intensity conflict" to areas of "great power competition" in line with the National Defense Strategy, which calls for pivoting away from the Middle East and toward China and Russia.

December 16, 2019 | Daily News

L3Harris Technologies is making "very good progress" on preparing parts of the company for divestiture, the company's chief executive told Inside Defense earlier this month.

December 13, 2019 | Daily News

The America's Small Business Development Centers this week is hosting the first of what is expected to be dozens of classes throughout the country over the next couple of months that are intended to prepare companies for the Pentagon's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification plan expected to be finalized early next year.

December 13, 2019 | Daily News

Despite facing a lawsuit in the Court of Federal Claims, the Pentagon is moving forward on the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud services contract with plans to transition a number of "early adopters" to the Microsoft-provided cloud environment including U.S. Transportation Command, Special Operations Command and the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center.

December 12, 2019 | Daily News

Despite facing a lawsuit in the Court of Federal Claims, the Pentagon is moving forward on the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud services contract with plans to transition a number of "early adopters" to the Microsoft-provided cloud environment including U.S. Transportation Command, Special Operations Command and the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center.

December 12, 2019 | Daily News

Lawmakers have cut a provision in the fiscal year 2020 defense policy bill that would have given the Pentagon more power over electromagnetic spectrum resources after the telecommunications industry raised concerns about the "proposed power shift."

December 12, 2019 | Daily News

The Defense Department has convened a series of industry working groups to develop recommendations for creating an accreditation body that will be central to a cybersecurity certification program for Pentagon contractors expected to be up and running next year.

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