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July 17, 2020 | Daily News

The federal government is close to averaging the standard time for completing background investigations for the first time in years, while the Defense Department continues to ramp up its "continuous evaluation" program, which now monitors 2.2 million security clearance holders.

July 16, 2020 | Daily News

Lawmakers are looking to add $50 million to the fiscal year 2021 defense budget to further development of a prototype "micro" nuclear reactor capable of generating up to 10 megawatts of electricity, a potential capability that could give the U.S. military -- one of the largest energy consumers in the world -- a revolutionary new way to power installations and possible more.

July 16, 2020 | Daily News

While the Trump administration has published a long-awaited rule to ban contractors from using certain Chinese equipment, industry groups are still seeking an extension to the looming deadline, as they argue there's not enough time for businesses to digest the sweeping regulation and that it will add billions in compliance costs to a struggling U.S. economy.

July 16, 2020 | Daily News

Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord said today she plans to reveal several initiatives in the coming months that would help "re-shore" the U.S. microelectronics supply chain and "open the envelope" on weapon system exports to foreign countries.

July 15, 2020 | Daily News

The Defense Department is conducting a precursor assessment for a potential new capability that aims to provide senior leaders with accurate, timely, unambiguous warning and attack assessment of air, missile and space threats -- a next-generation, command-and-control system referred to as the Integrated Tactical Warning Attack Assessment.

July 15, 2020 | Daily News

The Defense Department will soon complete installation of a new generation of "cloud access point" equipment, expected to increase by 40 times the amount of data and services that can flow over private military networks to commercial cloud providers, according to a Defense Information Systems Agency official.

July 15, 2020 | Daily News

The Defense Department has obligated 92% of the $3.8 billion in fiscal year 2020 procurement funding that was reprogrammed to construct a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, according to a DOD spokesman.

July 14, 2020 | Daily News

Industry groups say contractors are tracking the Pentagon and Capitol Hill's plans to reimburse them for pandemic-related expenses as discussions continue.

July 14, 2020 | Daily News

In rebuke of Pentagon plans to defund the Homeland Defense Radar-Hawaii project, three congressional committees have reinstated funding in fiscal year 2021 for the ground-based sensor in recent weeks -- a move that comes as an internal Defense Department report aims to recommend what to do with the program in the FY-22 budget proposal.

July 13, 2020 | Daily News

House lawmakers are recommending $90 million in fiscal year 2021 for the Joint Hypersonics Transition Office, looking to bankroll the newly established shop with additional funds to extend a host of research and development projects the Pentagon recently asked academia to propose.

July 13, 2020 | Daily News

The House is poised to pass legislation that gradually ramps up "Buy American" requirements on the Defense Department's largest programs of record, but industry representatives and analysts say the "arbitrary" rules could trip up important weapons developments and hurt international cooperation on defense programs.

July 10, 2020 | Daily News

House appropriators are criticizing the Defense Department for spending most of its COVID-19 relief funds propping up weapon systems manufacturers, rather than bolstering the U.S. supply of personal protective equipment.

July 10, 2020 | Daily News

Powerful House appropriators want to eliminate the Pentagon's controversial Overseas Contingency Operations account and return the department to annual supplemental funding requests, potentially sending defense officials scrambling to fill multibillion-dollar budget holes, according to documents obtained by Inside Defense.

July 09, 2020 | Daily News

In a new letter sent to the Pentagon this week, eight of the largest defense contractors say they are preparing their estimated costs related to COVID-19 relief legislation and warn the Pentagon will need additional funding to cover these expenses.

July 08, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon is working with major U.S. technology companies on a range of artificial intelligence projects, including software to help streamline warfighting operations, according to the head of the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center.

July 08, 2020 | Daily News

Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord says the United States should "re-shore" the production of key capabilities like microelectronics after the COVID-19 crisis exposed weaknesses in the Defense Department's supply chain.

July 08, 2020 | Daily News

The General Services Administration has released a final request for proposals for small businesses that want to provide IT services to agencies that could have lasting repercussions for contractors wanting to do business with the Defense Department and civilian agencies, according to a leading contract lawyer.

July 07, 2020 | Daily News

The House Appropriations defense subcommittee is poised to consider a fiscal year 2021 defense spending bill that funds Pentagon modernization to the tune of $244.7 billion, but also sets the stage for confrontation with the White House over the border wall and the names of military bases.

July 07, 2020 | Daily News

BAE Systems' U.S. business now has a committee assessing the future of work at the company given the changes brought by the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, according to BAE's new chief executive.

July 07, 2020 | Daily News

The Missile Defense Agency is mandating a single specific milestone only for the Next Generation Interceptor program -- emplacement of a new ballistic missile defense interceptor in the ground at Ft. Greely, AK, in 2028 -- and is otherwise allowing bidders to propose developmental milestones on the way to initial fielding.

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