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August 19, 2020 | Daily News

If the U.S. military can ever master technology capable of a boost-phase intercept -- the ability to shoot down enemy intercontinental ballistic missiles immediately after launch -- it will likely be employed in a retaliatory strike because thwarting an initial salvo would come very close to an offensive operation, according to a senior Defense Department official.

August 19, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon says that a waiver allowing some "low risk" Defense Department contractors to continue using Chinese telecommunications and security equipment could be extended past Sept. 30, as the items covered under the exemption represent nearly three-quarters of all DOD transactions.

August 19, 2020 | Daily News

SpaceX has confirmed in a new court filing that it intends to maintain its lawsuit against the Air Force's 2018 Launch Services Agreement award, despite winning a contract earlier this month to launch 40% of Phase 2 national security spacelift missions.

August 18, 2020 | Daily News

The Missile Defense Agency last week took receipt of industry proposals for a Next Generation Interceptor and has begun source selection, a process expected to yield two winners and potentially a faster development and deployment schedule for the new guided missiles slated to protest the nation against North Korean -- and potentially Iranian -- intercontinental ballistic missile threats in the 2030s.

August 18, 2020 | Daily News

U.S. Special Operations Command purchased and fielded $815 million worth of military gear "without verifying that the equipment meets user needs," according to a Defense Department inspector general report on an audit spanning two years.

August 17, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon has waived a requirement until the end of the fiscal year for "low risk, high volume items" contracts to comply with a government-wide ban on contractors using equipment made by Chinese vendors like Huawei and ZTE.

August 13, 2020 | Daily News

Acting Pentagon technology chief Michael Kratsios today called for using the Defense Department's "unique authorities" to pursue its innovation efforts, while also committing to "redoubling" efforts to work more closely with non-traditional vendors and startup businesses.

August 13, 2020 | Daily News

Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord said today the Defense Department is working on a plan that could allow it to reimburse contractors experiencing pandemic-related hardships and inefficiencies with lump sums, rather than negotiate many smaller settlements.

August 12, 2020 | Daily News

A leading professor at the Defense Acquisition University is urging Defense Department commands and acquisition offices to hold off on adding requirements related to the Pentagon's cyber certification program into their contract opportunities.

August 12, 2020 | Daily News

The Defense Information Systems Agency has awarded Deloitte Consulting a potential $106 million contract to serve as the prime integrator on the Defense Department's enterprise platform for artificial intelligence software, data and services.

August 12, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon's No. 2 military official said today he is using internal budget deliberations to try to increase future spending on the Space Sensor Layer program to track hypersonic missiles and other potential threats around the globe.

August 12, 2020 | Daily News

The Navy's acquisition executive said today the service is not "out of the woods" in terms of a shipyard being shut down as a result of the coronavirus.

August 11, 2020 | Daily News

Oceus Networks, newly acquired by a private investment firm, will have needed capital to expand as it pursues new opportunities, according to top executives.

August 10, 2020 | Daily News

The Space Force today released its first spacepower doctrine, meant to set the foundation for the new service and provide a key step toward distinguishing it as an independent entity.

August 06, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon is telling Congress it needs $11 billion in emergency supplemental funding to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic across its acquisition portfolio and the U.S. defense industrial base, according to a new document obtained by Inside Defense outlining expected delays to specific programs.

August 06, 2020 | Daily News

The nominee for a high-level Pentagon intelligence job said he believes the government could set new "timeliness goals" for completing background investigations, as the Defense Department shifts to a "continuous vetting" model for its cleared workforce.

August 05, 2020 | Daily News

The House's fiscal year 2021 defense appropriations bill would bar the Defense Department, including the National Security Agency, from paying or requiring companies to add security vulnerabilities, such as "backdoors" for encrypted communications, to their products.

August 04, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon official slated to become chief of cost assessment and program evaluation said today the Defense Department scrapped the Navy's 30-year shipbuilding plan earlier this year because it did not offer a "credible pathway" to 355 ships, one of President Trump's key campaign promises.

July 31, 2020 | Daily News

The Trump administration is touting its export policy for unmanned aerial systems as a win for American companies, but some industry representatives say the government still hasn't fixed ongoing restrictions that hinder business.

July 31, 2020 | Daily News

Members of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission are urging Congress to consider expanding the Pentagon's Defend Forward strategy to review the current state of military cyber capabilities and incorporate new ways to engage with the defense industrial base.

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