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April 28, 2020 | Daily News

Defense Secretary Mark Esper has ordered the Pentagon to defer $545 million in overseas military construction, including programs that are part of an effort to deter the Russian military in Europe, so the funds can be used to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

April 28, 2020 | Daily News

Acting Pentagon Comptroller Elaine McCusker wants to know by May 8 where senior military officials most want to transfer money so their proposals can be vetted and possibly included in the Defense Department's annual omnibus reprogramming request to Congress.

April 27, 2020 | Daily News

As an industry group pushes for the Defense Logistics Agency to reverse its policy on accelerated payments, the Pentagon says the adjustment would require a new appropriation.

April 27, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon is bracing for a possible three-month delay across its major acquisition programs because of the COVID-19 outbreak, while Congress is eying another massive economic rescue package that could push billions in new funding to defense contractors.

April 24, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon today formally launched a competition for a Next-Generation Interceptor, the most significant overhaul of the nation's missile defense system since 2004, setting in motion a high-stakes acquisition that could leave the United States vulnerable to North Korean threats if the project is delayed and promising, but unproven, back-up capabilities don't materialize as planned.

April 24, 2020 | Daily News

Federal agencies have mostly followed key practices as they reform the "high-risk" security clearance process, according to a new Government Accountability Office report.

April 23, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon earlier this year shifted $200 million in working capital funds to the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency to ensure the organization has "a sufficient operating cash balance" in its first year of conducting security clearance investigations for the entire federal government.

April 22, 2020 | Daily News

Deputy Defense Secretary David Norquist said today the Pentagon continues to conduct analysis and war games pertaining to its execution of the National Defense Strategy, including an assessment of Navy force structure, despite challenges posed by COVID-19.

April 22, 2020 | Daily News

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein told reporters today the service is not yet projecting significant delays to major acquisition programs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, but said a three-month slow-down isn't out of the realm of possibility.

April 21, 2020 | Daily News

The Missile Defense Agency is pushing ahead with plans for a Next Generation Interceptor, circulating to industry today salient parts of a request for proposals that is still awaiting approval of the deputy defense secretary, a move that allows companies to get a jump on designing and building a new homeland defense interceptor before the project is formally accepted, according to sources.

April 21, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon plans to attack North Korean long-range missiles while on the ground -- if it can target them -- as part of its new strategy to offset anticipated shortcomings in the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system caused by modernization delays, including the Next Generation Interceptor development schedule.

April 21, 2020 | Daily News

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency recently closed out a five-year program aimed at modeling a new way to develop and test improved space battle management command-and-control tools, and expects several agencies interested in the program's work may begin testing and experimentation as soon as this summer.

April 21, 2020 | Daily News

Lockheed Martin said today it is lowering its sales guidance for the year, primarily because of expected challenges to F-35 production related to the coronavirus crisis.

April 20, 2020 | Daily News

Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord said today the COVID-19 outbreak will delay all major programs by about three months and require Congress to supplement the Defense Department with "billions and billions" of dollars to reimburse contractors experiencing virus-related challenges.

April 20, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon today unveiled a collaborative research project begun in 2019 with Norway to prototype advanced technologies needed for a hypersonic cruise missile, revealing both the specific project with the Scandinavian partner as well as a previously undisclosed, overarching collaborative framework to work with allied nations on advanced technologies.

April 17, 2020 | Daily News

The American Federation of Government Employees, which represents more than 300,000 Defense Department civilian workers, is pushing back against a congressional effort that would codify DOD's "Night Court" budget efficiency process.

April 16, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon official overseeing the Defense Department's new cybersecurity certification program thinks most companies in DOD's supply chain will be able to maintain the required cyber credentials for $1,000 per year or less.

April 16, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon's inspector general is launching an assessment to evaluate the sufficiency of ground test and evaluation infrastructure to support hypersonic weapons development efforts.

April 16, 2020 | Daily News

House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Mac Thornberry (R-TX) is proposing a $6 billion Indo-Pacific Deterrence Initiative bill for fiscal year 2021 intended to enhance U.S. military presence in the region and deter China.

April 15, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon says a long-awaited report from the Defense Department inspector general's office should "close the door" on controversy surrounding its enterprise cloud program, even though the watchdog confirmed multiple ethical violations and was stunted in its investigation by the White House's assertion of "presidential communications privilege."

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