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February 2, 2021

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has effectively fired all members of more than 40 Defense Department advisory boards and committees so he can conduct a "zero-based review," according to John Kirby, the Pentagon's chief spokesman.

February 2, 2021

Plans to separate the CMMC Accreditation Body's authorities to certify and train assessors is a positive sign, according to a leading defense industry association, but the trade group says they will keep a close watch on the rollout of the reorganization.

February 2, 2021

Kathleen Hicks, nominated for deputy defense secretary, told lawmakers today she believes that, if confirmed, helping to craft a defense budget will be among her biggest challenges as former President Trump's outgoing Pentagon team did not cooperate during the presidential transition.

February 2, 2021

In a new report released today, the National Defense Industrial Association, partnered with Govini, gives the health and readiness of the defense industrial base a "C" grade, unchanged from last year.

February 1, 2021

The independent accreditation body behind the Pentagon's cyber certification program will be required to separate its assessor and training programs into business units, one of the many conditions in a no-cost contract signed by the Defense Department and the new non-profit reviewed by Inside Cybersecurity.

February 1, 2021

If confirmed as deputy defense secretary, Kathleen Hicks will wield significant influence over the Pentagon budget and strategy, an area where she has established a long public record as a think tank analyst.

January 28, 2021

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is reviewing the fiscal year 2022 budget, evaluating work the Trump administration left behind, so a request can be ready to submit to Congress in the next three months.

January 28, 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.

January 28, 2021

The Defense Department is working on adjudicating comments from an interim final rule that established the Pentagon's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program, which officials said Wednesday could change based on ongoing work on maturity levels four and five.

January 27, 2021

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin today announced the upcoming version of the National Defense Strategy will include a review of the U.S. military's posture on climate change, a significant departure from the Trump administration, which omitted the issue from the 2018 strategy currently in place.

January 26, 2021

The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence today wrapped up debate on its final report flush with recommendations for how the U.S. government should approach the field in the coming decade, including the suggestion of a key deadline for the Defense Department.

January 26, 2021

Lockheed Martin is preparing a plan on the future of work, which it says will result in a footprint reduction of at least 2 million square feet in the coming years.

January 21, 2021

The Defense Department has only obligated around 40% of the $3.6 billion in military construction funds former President Trump seized to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, according to a government document, raising questions about how the new Biden administration, which has halted the wall project, could return the money to the Pentagon.

January 21, 2021

With the acquisition of DynCorp International under its belt, Amentum is now assessing the two companies' business systems, technology and processes as it prepares for a reorganization, according to Amentum's chief executive.

January 21, 2021

Defense Secretary-nominee Lloyd Austin emphasized the department's supporting role in helping secure commercial networks from cyberattack, and stressed the need for partnerships across government and with the private sector, echoing a common refrain of President Biden's nominees when it comes to cybersecurity.

January 20, 2021

The Defense Department is planning to issue a memo outlining how the maturity levels of its new cyber certification program align with FedRAMP and other standards used by industry.

January 20, 2021

Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord departs the Pentagon today as one of the few senior defense officials to remain at her post over the past four years, bucking the high-level personnel churn characteristic of the Trump administration.

January 19, 2021

The Aegis ballistic missile defense system demonstrated the ability to track a long-range hypersonic weapon during a non-intercept test executed in parallel with a March 2020 flight test of the Conventional Prompt Strike program, launching a simulated Standard Missile-6 against the actual hypersonic glide body during its 2,000-mile flight over the Pacific.

January 19, 2021

Retired Army Gen. Lloyd Austin has committed to several key Defense Department reviews if confirmed as defense secretary and asserted his belief that military spending is unlikely to be increased in the near future.

January 15, 2021

Pentagon officials raised new concerns this week about plans to shift electromagnetic spectrum control from the Defense Department to the private sector, arguing it could jeopardize test ranges and the development of next-generation weapon systems.

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