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May 18, 2021

Groups representing defense contractors say there is a lack of collaboration between the U.S. government and industry on the military drawdown from Afghanistan, which they say has raised many "as-yet unanswered" questions about the future.

May 17, 2021

With the COVID-19 vaccine now widely available nationwide, many defense contracting executives say they see the vaccine as a path forward, allowing them to ramp up their work and move past this challenging time.

May 14, 2021

The Missile Defense Agency plans to decommission a pair of Space Tracking and Surveillance System satellites originally launched in 2009 -- assets that have already delivered three times their originally forecast service life, according to the agency's director.

May 13, 2021

Acting Pentagon acquisition chief Stacy Cummings said today the Defense Department still needs at least $11 billion in supplemental funding from Congress to support defense contractors with pandemic-related costs and avoid cutting modernization programs and military readiness accounts.

May 13, 2021

The Missile Defense Agency is utilizing a two-track approach to develop and field a layered counter-hypersonic capability -- adapting mature booster and kill-vehicle technology for the first iterations of a glide-phase and terminal defeat system while working on a longer-term solution based on a clean-sheet design of a weapon optimized for ultra-high-speed operations inside the atmosphere.

May 13, 2021

The Joint Staff will publish directives this month laying out the strategic concepts underpinning the new Joint Warfighting Concept, including requirements for data to be shared across all Defense Department weapon systems, according to the Pentagon's No. 2 military officer.

May 13, 2021

After adding two major acquisitions, Peraton is now looking to early July as a key timeframe in the integration of the three companies.

May 13, 2021

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-CA) said today he is considering including several reform measures in the upcoming defense authorization bill that would "spur innovation, get more for our money, make the competition work and avoid vendor lock."

May 13, 2021

The Biden administration has released an executive order in response to recent supply chain attacks with an immediate focus on securing federal networks through prevention and mitigation measures and incentivizing the commercial software market to improve its security practices.

May 12, 2021

The Missile Defense Agency is planning a second flight test of a Standard Missile-3 Block IIA against an intercontinental ballistic missile surrogate, this time featuring a more complex target with upgrades to the Aegis weapon system and interceptor to reflect lessons learned from the first intercept attempt last November that achieved its goal even as congressional auditors recently raised questions about its efficacy as a homeland defense weapon.

May 12, 2021

Executives from Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and Boeing declined an invitation from Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) to testify during a Tuesday hearing about waste, fraud, cost overruns and auditing the Pentagon.

May 12, 2021

Training committee chair Ben Tchoubineh this week departs the accreditation body responsible for establishing an assessment ecosystem for the Pentagon's cyber certification program, and says he's leaving behind a solid foundation for the training of assessors and the preparation of future instructors.

May 11, 2021

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jack Reed (D-RI) said today he thinks the flat defense budget proposed by the Biden administration will provide opportunities to reform the Pentagon and prioritize new technologies over older programs.

May 11, 2021

Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks is directing a series of reviews starting this summer on the Defense Department's progress toward becoming a "data-centric organization," including an assessment of the DOD chief data officer position.

May 11, 2021

Mike McCord, nominated to serve as Defense Department comptroller -- a job he held during the Obama administration -- was questioned by lawmakers today about President Biden's proposed Pentagon budget, though full details have not yet been released.

May 11, 2021

Maxar Technologies said earlier this month a workmanship issue will delay the company's WorldView Legion program.

May 10, 2021

A new report from the Government Accountability Office highlights roadblocks to developing alternate positioning, navigation and timing capabilities and recommends the Defense Department do a better job of coordinating authorities, increase its focus on resiliency and clarify PNT requirements.

May 10, 2021

Lockheed Martin has prepared a plan to move a large percentage of its workforce to a hybrid in-person and telework approach as the pandemic appears to be easing.

May 7, 2021

The Air Force last fall reported a Nunn-McCurdy breach in its project to replace the MK21 fuze on the Minuteman III -- which has long-exceeded its originally envisioned 10-year service life -- cost growth caused by a defective part that is requiring the redesign of several components in the Air Force Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Fuze Modernization program.

May 6, 2021

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said today he believes the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan with present the Pentagon with "opportunities" to redirect spending to higher priorities.

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