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February 11, 2021

The head of the Pentagon's new China Task Force, Ely Ratner, said today he and his team intend to assess whether the Defense Department is "adequately organized" to address a wide range of challenges related to U.S.-China relations, including "technology competition."

February 11, 2021

The Defense Department's acquisition office and its partners are in the process of adjudicating comments on an interim rule implementing their Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program, which Pentagon leaders say will have an impact on the CMMC maturity model and assessment guides.

February 10, 2021

A new RAND study of the Air Force's training range investment plan found that funding advanced capability upgrades would have a greater effect on readiness if the service also re-stationed certain fighter squadrons to provide greater access to high-end ranges.

February 10, 2021

A cruise missile defense system to protect the U.S. homeland would cost between $75 billion and $466 billion, a hefty sum that would protect the lower 48 states only and could still be defeated by an adversary capable of launching a cruise missile from near the U.S. border in Mexico or Canada as well as from the sea, near the U.S. coastline -- raising questions about the efficacy of any such investment.

February 10, 2021

President Biden today announced the creation of the Pentagon's new China Task Force, intended to review the U.S. military's strategy for countering Beijing.

February 10, 2021

As the State Department pauses multiple foreign arms deals, defense contracting executives say they expect some potential delays, but remain optimistic international sales will mostly move forward.

February 10, 2021

Pentagon officials are laying the groundwork for advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning by establishing new requirements for how different systems should be able to exchange and communicate data, rather than mandating a single data standard.

February 10, 2021

Two Senate committees this week weighing the nomination of Neera Tanden, who has been tapped to run the White House Office of Management and Budget, spent little to no time discussing national security issues, but she did provide one panel with a written statement with her views on defense spending.

February 9, 2021

The Pentagon's new leaders have committed to numerous reviews in the past few weeks that could have a significant impact on the U.S. military, including its budget and global footprint.

February 9, 2021

A bureaucratic maneuver last summer by the Office of the Secretary of Defense aimed at clipping the wings of the Missile Defense Agency has drawn an investigation and a statutory directive to halt any action that would lock in rules subjecting MDA to increased oversight by other arms of the Defense Department.

February 8, 2021

The Defense Department has no plans to slow down the rollout of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program, according to a senior acquisition official, who says there is "bipartisan" support to get the new structure stood up at the Pentagon.

February 5, 2021

The U.S. military has delayed until 2028 plans for a major flight test to demonstrate the ability of three major ballistic missile defense systems to collaborate, a goal that if not further postponed will be 15 years after the Pentagon's top weapon tester called for the Navy and Army systems to establish rudimentary engagement coordination for theater-level threats.

February 5, 2021

The Defense Science Board says the Pentagon could gain "revolutionary" benefits from upgrading and increasing its use of capabilities like digital engineering, virtual exercising, strategic gaming and synthetic environments.

February 4, 2021

The Defense Department last month launched a new study to assess emerging biotechnologies and national security, a project required by law that was supposed to begin a year ago and which will likely be further delayed due to a department-wide review of all federal advisory committee activity mandated by the defense secretary.

February 4, 2021

The Missile Defense Agency is recalibrating plans to develop a counter-hypersonic capability by scrapping a prototype development project in favor of moving directly to an interceptor program of record, a major change that aims to accelerate by many years delivery of a new guided missile that could arm the U.S. military with a weapon to intercept long-range hypersonic warheads during the glide phase. (UPDATED)

February 3, 2021

The House Armed Services Committee has announced the creation of two new subcommittees: one focused on intelligence and special operations, and the other dedicated to cyber issues and information technology.

February 3, 2021

The Missile Defense Agency is recalibrating plans to develop a counter-hypersonic capability by scrapping a prototype development project in favor of moving directly to an interceptor program of record.

February 3, 2021

The House Armed Services Committee today welcomed 16 new members, seven Democrats and nine Republicans.

February 3, 2021

The Pentagon has told lawmakers it may abandon the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure procurement if a federal court allows Amazon's allegation that former President Trump tainted the contract award to move forward.

February 2, 2021

The Pentagon's acquisition security chief predicts 2021 will be a big year for supply chain risk management initiatives in the wake of the devastating SolarWinds hack and the COVID-19 pandemic's illumination of global supply challenges.

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