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December 15, 2020 | Daily News

President Trump has asserted several times he plans to veto the $740.5 billion defense authorization bill, which, according to the law, he must do by Dec. 23, positioning himself for a confrontation with Congress during the final weeks of his presidency.

December 14, 2020 | Daily News

The U.S. State Department imposed sanctions on the Turkish government today after Ankara ignored the Trump administration's numerous appeals to reverse its 2018 purchase of the Russian S-400 air defense system.

December 10, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon's Joint Artificial Intelligence Center would get its own acquisition authority as part of the fiscal year 2021 defense policy bill.

December 10, 2020 | Daily News

The bipartisan Congressional Oversight Commission charged with reviewing pandemic stimulus spending is pressing Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord to provide more public information about the Defense Department's support for a controversial $700 million loan to a financially troubled trucking company.

December 09, 2020 | Daily News

The director of national intelligence announced today his agency is considering whether the Space Force should become a member of the U.S. intelligence community and said he will make a decision in the next month or two.

December 09, 2020 | Daily News

Lawmakers are directing a digital overhaul of the Defense Department's acquisition system and instructing defense officials to use "data-driven portfolio management" to consolidate duplicate or similar weapon systems.

December 08, 2020 | Daily News

Lawmakers have agreed to authorize -- over the objections of the Defense Department -- an interim upgrade program of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system that could, if backed by appropriations in fiscal year 2021, divert resources from other Missile Defense Agency priorities and potentially detract from efforts to develop a Next Generation Interceptor.

December 08, 2020 | Daily News

President-elect Biden has said he intends to nominate retired Army Gen. Lloyd Austin for defense secretary, putting a spotlight on the former four-star's time as a member of Raytheon Technologies' board of directors.

December 08, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon will soon roll out a revised version of its Trusted Capital program featuring a digital marketplace aimed at connecting dual-use technology companies with vetted venture capital, according to a Defense Department acquisition official.

December 08, 2020 | Daily News

The Defense Department is delaying defining the "scope" of its Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification assessments for maturity levels one and three in the first editions of its assessment guides, which assessors say will impact the ability to conduct a comprehensive audit.

December 07, 2020 | Daily News

Northrop Grumman said today it has agreed to sell its federal IT and mission support services business to private equity-owned Peraton for $3.4 billion in cash.

December 07, 2020 | Daily News

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) said today Democrats and Republicans in Congress have the votes necessary to override President Trump if he vetoes the fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill.

December 07, 2020 | Daily News

Rep. Mac Thornberry (TX), the top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee, said today the "message has been conveyed" to the White House that Congress will be prepared to override President Trump should he make good on threats to veto the fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill.

December 07, 2020 | Daily News

In a report issued last month, the Defense Business Board recommended the presidential transition team have at least 13 Defense Department appointees confirmed to begin work immediately after the Jan. 20 inauguration.

December 07, 2020 | Daily News

The Defense Department has released two assessment guides outlining how auditing firms and their assessors will evaluate contractors who want to get certified for Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification maturity levels one through three.

December 07, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon's approach to making cybersecurity a foundational part of acquisition is mandating new compliance requirements for the defense industrial base, which could potentially create a division between primes and subcontractors when it comes to information sharing.

December 07, 2020 | Daily News

Lawmakers are declining to immediately authorize U.S. Indo-Pacific Command's No. 1 unfunded priority in fiscal year 2021 -- a Guam missile defense system -- instead directing a sweeping assessment of the requirement and a report on potential regional consequences of arming the island with an advanced new system to provide 360-degree protection against advanced ballistic, hypersonic and cruise missiles.

December 07, 2020 | Daily News

House and Senate conferees have agreed to include major cybersecurity pieces in the annual defense policy bill, creating a National Cyber Director and adopting other proposals that will make the legislation "the most significant cyber bill Congress has ever passed," according to Cyberspace Solarium Commission senior adviser Mark Montgomery.

December 04, 2020 | Daily News

The compromise fiscal year 2021 defense policy bill does not include strict "Buy American" requirements for weapons programs after defense industry groups and foreign governments lobbied against them.

December 04, 2020 | Daily News

Industry groups across a range of sectors are asking the Defense Department to provide more details on how its new cyber certification program will affect government contractors.

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