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May 6, 2021

The Space Force today released a vision document describing its plans to become a digital service and outlining four areas where it intends to focus its investment: digital engineering, headquarters, operations and workforce.

May 4, 2021

The U.S. military has quietly developed and deployed a new operational capability in the Indo-Pacific region to detect and track hypersonic weapons, repurposing existing sensors and command and control systems to display tracks of ultra-fast maneuvering vehicles -- such as those being fielded in increasing numbers by China -- in a development that sheds new light on Pentagon efforts to improve missile warning and missile defense missions.

May 3, 2021

A range of industry groups are urging the Commerce Department to pause its implementation of a rule that allows it to block information and communications technology and services transactions involving entities from a so-called "foreign adversary" at least until the department implements a voluntary pre-clearance process.

April 30, 2021

The Defense Department announced today that all border barrier projects have been canceled, meaning that unobligated military construction funds diverted by former President Trump to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border will be sent back to the Pentagon.

April 30, 2021

Matthew Travis, CEO of the accreditation body for assessors under the Defense Department's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program, says he plans to review the organization's code of ethics policy over the next few months and make changes to increase transparency over decision-making.

April 30, 2021

Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks said today she finds it "fascinating" how many lawmakers have called the Pentagon's proposed $715 billion budget either too low or too high without knowing what is in it.

April 30, 2021

The Missile Defense Agency last year scrapped the third and largest planned flight test to date of the Ballistic Missile Defense System, according to congressional auditors, an assessment that would have called for five targets flying simultaneously to be countered by the Aegis, Patriot and the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense systems.

April 30, 2021

The Defense Department's decision to push back the timing of its first pilot contracts with Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification requirements is creating concerns over the feasibility of meeting deadlines established for the current fiscal year, according to stakeholders.

April 29, 2021

The Missile Defense Agency is dangling award fees to speed delivery of a Next Generation Interceptor, giving Lockheed Martin and a Northrop Grumman-Raytheon team opportunities to pocket additional cash if they can beat a 2028 contractual commitment to emplace new guided missiles in Alaska in a race to improve the Ground-based Midcourse homeland defense system against forecasted improvements in North Korean intercontinental ballistic missiles.

April 29, 2021

The National Defense Industrial Association is unveiling its Emerging Technologies Institute, a new organization that will offer research and analysis to help Capitol Hill, the Pentagon and industry consider how to best incorporate cutting-edge advancements.

April 29, 2021

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) said this week he wants to identify legacy Pentagon programs that can be eliminated or reduced so new investments can be made in information systems, like the financial management technology required to audit the Defense Department.

April 28, 2021

The Government Accountability Office has found the Pentagon's major acquisition programs have accumulated $615 billion in total cost growth since they began, a 52% increase, with about 60% of that growth being unrelated to increases in quantities purchased.

April 28, 2021

The Pentagon is making changes to its rollout schedule for the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program, due to issues with getting assessment organizations that will conduct audits for contractors fully credentialed by the Defense Department, according to a DOD official overseeing the pilots.

April 28, 2021

By early June, the majority of the Defense Department's workforce will have access to a new cloud-based productivity suite that allows for remote work, according to acting DOD Chief Information Officer John Sherman.

April 28, 2021

The Missile Defense Agency punted all planned 2020 operational cybersecurity assessments, tests required to determine vulnerabilities, according to congressional investigators who note these failures are accompanied by agency rationales but nevertheless marks a third consecutive year of shortcomings that point to "a broader MDA cybersecurity development issue.

April 28, 2021

Chief of Space Operations Gen. John Raymond has approved the design plan for a new Space Warfighting Analysis Center, which will lead force design efforts within the new Space Force.

April 27, 2021

The Defense Department is missing key information and lacking consistent procedures for increasingly popular "consortium" agreements, according to a new report from the DOD inspector general.

April 27, 2021

The Pentagon estimates the price tag for the Next Generation Interceptor program is $17.7 billion, including $13.1 billion to develop, $2.3 billion to field, and $2.2 billion to operate and sustain 21 guided missiles, according to new details provided by the Defense Department.

April 26, 2021

The Defense Contract Management Agency has briefed assessment organizations that want to conduct audits for contractors looking to obtain a Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification on preparing for and going through the process to get their own certification.

April 26, 2021

In late January 2020, executives at the Ocala, FL-based small business Veterans Trading Co., which specializes in value-added supply chain services, started to get concerned the COVID-19 virus was likely to hit their business.

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