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March 10, 2021

The Defense Department is working on a new rule to establish a cyber regime focused on advanced persistent threats that is expected to add new regulations around levels four and five of the Pentagon's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program.

March 10, 2021

A debate is brewing in Congress and the Pentagon about whether to cut spending on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the most expensive weapon system in U.S. history.

March 9, 2021

The Defense Department has begun work on a Guam Defense System -- following high-profile advocacy over the last year by the top U.S. military commander in the Asia-Pacific region -- and directing the Missile Defense Agency to start designing the first operational Aegis Ashore system on U.S. territory.

March 9, 2021

Lawmakers are preparing to wrestle with a new request from the top U.S. military commander in the Pacific, who is seeking to boost a special fund to counter China by billions of dollars, though it could likely mean cutting other priorities.

March 8, 2021

Meeting the standards laid out in the Pentagon's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program is a necessary start to buying down supply chain risk through establishing good cyber hygiene, but cyber experts say CMMC would not necessarily have helped contractors detect or prevent exposure to the SolarWinds attack.

March 5, 2021

The Pentagon has turned to software engineers at three different universities to conduct an independent technical assessment of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, a move that signals failure of a 2012 recovery plan for the fifth-generation fighter in the wake of a December decision to indefinitely postpone a full-rate production review required no later than this month.

March 5, 2021

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) said today it is time for Congress and the Pentagon to begin a debate to "cut our losses" on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, meaning the most expensive weapons program in U.S. history could be nearing a major inflection point.

March 5, 2021

China is on track to overtake the United States as the most powerful military in the Pacific within the decade -- potentially as soon as 2026 -- with the wherewithal sooner than previously expected to establish permanent, regional primacy, the top U.S. military official in the Asia-Pacific region warned March 4.

March 4, 2021

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, in a department-wide memo, pledged today the Pentagon would modernize the military "at a speed and scale that matches a dynamic threat landscape," while also divesting "legacy systems and programs that no longer meet our security needs."

March 4, 2021

The Defense Department's weapons contracts include exhaustive requirements ensuring systems can withstand vibration, resist dust and sand and don't have sharp edges that could cut personnel, but most still fail to include detailed cybersecurity specifications, according to a Government Accountability Office report released today.

March 4, 2021

Colin Kahl, nominated to be under secretary of defense for policy, told the Senate Armed Services Committee today he believes that, if confirmed, he will be able to perform in a nonpartisan manner, despite concerns some Republicans have about his past tweets and policy positions.

March 3, 2021

President Biden today released interim national security guidance pledging to pivot the defense budget away from "legacy" weapon systems toward "cutting-edge technologies."

March 3, 2021

The Defense Department is developing a data-driven, interconnected web of sensors, weapons and communications systems, but one major roadblock in the effort is the lack of useful Identity, Credentialing, Access and Management solutions, according to a top Joint Staff official.

March 2, 2021

U.S. Indo-Pacific Command has reset its Pacific Defense Initiative by elevating the priority of a new sensor project in Palau, dropping a Hawaii radar project in favor of space sensors and adding to a list of unfunded long-term needs, taking it from $20 billion to $27 billion, a 35% hike compared to last year's estimate.

March 2, 2021

While federal agencies have massively reduced the background investigations backlog and published a new set of vetting principles, officials still need to issue new investigative guidelines, develop a workforce plan to meet future investigations requirements, and better secure legacy IT systems.

March 1, 2021

The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence approved its final report today, sending the White House and Congress a bevy of recommendations on how the United States should approach technology competition with China in the coming decade.

February 26, 2021

The Missile Defense Agency is soliciting the public's feedback regarding a revised plan for potentially locating a new radar in Hawaii, specifically a proposal to emplace a large sensor on the Navy-controlled Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai after efforts over the last three years to place the large array at three alternative sites failed.

February 26, 2021

Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT), the new chairman of the Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee, said he wants to see full modernization of the U.S. nuclear arsenal, including the intercontinental ballistic missile leg of the triad, which is partly based in his home state.

February 26, 2021

Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT), the new chairman of the Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee, said he wants to see full modernization of the U.S. nuclear arsenal, including the intercontinental ballistic missile leg of the triad, which is partly based in his home state.

February 25, 2021

The Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency's new "continuous vetting" system has flagged "clearance issues" among multiple Capitol rioters, including some working in the defense industrial base, according to the head of the agency.

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