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June 25, 2019

The Defense Department is exploring "dynamic spectrum sharing" and examining what military bases could serve as testbeds for fifth-generation wireless technologies, according to a top DOD official.

June 25, 2019

The Pentagon's chief technology officer has tapped David Honey, a senior Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency official, to temporarily head the Strategic Capabilities Office. The move appears to pave the way for folding the SCO into DARPA despite the concerns raised by combatant commanders and lawmakers.

June 24, 2019

The Pentagon is setting new requirements for the TransDigm Group after the Defense Department inspector general found the company was reaping excessive profits.

June 21, 2019

The Justice Department today said it is requiring Harris to divest its night vision business for its merger with L3 Technologies to proceed.

June 21, 2019

The Redesigned Kill Vehicle program was on a trajectory toward 60% cost growth -- a death knell for most weapon projects -- when the Pentagon's chief technology official directed the Missile Defense Agency to halt work on the effort, according to government auditors.

June 21, 2019

The House and Senate Armed Services committees have approved legislation that would require a review of the Pentagon's use of fixed-price contracts.

June 20, 2019

The Justice Department today said it is requiring Harris to divest its night-vision business for its merger with L3 Technologies to proceed.

June 20, 2019

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has issued draft cybersecurity guidelines for defense contractors that call for full-time security operation centers to counter advanced threats, among other recommendations for such sophisticated activities as threat-hunt capabilities and automated analytics.

June 19, 2019

President Trump has said he will "most likely" nominate Army Secretary Mark Esper to take over permanently for acting Defense Secretary Pat Shananan, whose nomination collapsed this week amid media reports of past violent incidents involving his family.

June 19, 2019

House and Senate lawmakers are moving legislation to authorize increased funding for the Defense Department’s nascent experiments with fifth-generation wireless technologies, including a Senate bill that would set up Nellis Air Force Base as a key 5G testbed for the military.

June 19, 2019

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has issued for public comment draft guidelines for securing sensitive data relied on by weapon systems from attack by foreign adversaries, in response to a request for tougher requirements from the Defense Department.

June 19, 2019

Gen. Paul Selva, the second-highest-ranking U.S. military officer, weighed in on a controversial proposal to fold the Strategic Capabilities Office into the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, arguing combatant commands are concerned the change would add a layer of bureaucracy and impede a pipeline now effectively fostering new ideas and rapid delivery of innovative combat capabilities.

June 18, 2019

Gen. Paul Selva, the second-highest-ranking U.S. military officer, weighed in on a controversial proposal to fold the Strategic Capabilities Office into the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, arguing combatant commands are concerned the change would add a layer of bureaucracy and impede a pipeline now effectively fostering new ideas and rapid delivery of innovative combat capabilities.

June 18, 2019

The Senate Armed Services Committee is urging the Pentagon to find faster alternatives to the way it currently obtains cost and pricing data from defense contractors.

June 17, 2019

The Senate Armed Services Committee remains concerned the Pentagon does not have a process in place to prioritize what it needs to implement the National Defense Strategy and its new focus on China and Russia, according to a report accompanying the committee's version of the fiscal year 2020 defense authorization bill.

June 16, 2019

Mike Griffin, the Pentagon's top weapons development official, ousted Strategic Capabilities Office Director Chris Shank on Friday, escalating a bureaucratic fight over the fate of the SCO. Griffin wants to fold the organization into the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency -- a change opposed by key combatant commands and now congressional committees.

June 14, 2019

Raytheon -- after securing permission to begin production in late 2017 of the Standard Missile-3 Block IB after years of engineering challenges, repeated technical setbacks and schedule delays -- stumbled right out of the gate last year, delivering only a third of the new guided missile interceptors the U.S. government planned to buy in fiscal year 2018.

June 14, 2019

New Senate legislation would add to the conditions that must be met before the Pentagon can split U.S. Cyber Command from the National Security Agency, while also increasing CYBERCOM's fiscal year 2020 budget and directing a Defense Science Board assessment of future cyber warfighting capabilities.

June 14, 2019

Just eight months ago, the Pentagon was planning for two defense budgets -- and both were lower than the $750 billion now being advocated by congressional Republicans.

June 13, 2019

Defense Department officials now say contractors can bill the government for the cost of implementing required cybersecurity measures, as DOD prepares to roll out a new cyber certification for defense suppliers.

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