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June 13, 2019

The March flight test of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system -- a developmental assessment that marked the first salvo launch of Ground-based Interceptors hailed as a landmark achievement by program boosters -- was 13 years behind schedule and was built on a record of GMD tests that have achieved less than 50 percent operational realism, according to congressional investigators.

June 12, 2019

House lawmakers introduced measures today to block the Trump administration's "emergency" arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Araba Emirates, as opposition to the weapons deals swells in both chambers of Congress and some members consider modifying the Arms Export Control Act.

June 12, 2019

Senate lawmakers are proposing legislation that could chart an expansion of the Ground-based Interceptor fleet in Alaska to as many as 100 guided missiles, a push to enhance the Ground-based Midcourse Defense segment of the Ballistic Missile Defense System that comes as the Missile Defense Agency is facing significant delays in expanding the current 44-interceptor fleet to 64.

June 12, 2019

The Pentagon is working with the F-35 prime contractors to identify alternative sources for the parts Turkish industry produces for the Joint Strike Fighter, as the Defense Department’s acquisition chief says there will be “no major disruptions” if DOD can stick to its plan to remove Turkish industry from the program by early next year.

June 12, 2019

Senate authorizers are proposing a new framework to help the Defense Department shore up cybersecurity throughout its industrial base, as lawmakers feel the current status quo is inadequate.

June 11, 2019

The proposed merger between Raytheon and United Technologies is likely to move forward without government intervention, analysts said, and could lead to another wave of consolidation within the defense industry.

June 11, 2019

Draft legislation before a key Senate panel would assign the Missile Defense Agency responsibility for developing the Space Sensor Layer, bucking a Defense Department gambit to fold the project into the the new Space Development Agency as part of an effort to develop a new multimission satellite constellation.

June 11, 2019

House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Mac Thornberry (R-TX) said today he and his GOP colleagues have yet to decide whether they will support the fiscal year 2020 defense authorization bill slated for consideration tomorrow, but he does have plans to offer amendments that would increase total defense spending and block Democratic efforts to cut nuclear weapons programs.

June 10, 2019

New House legislation would increase oversight of the military services' "middle-tier acquisition" programs by providing the Office of the Secretary of Defense with more information to evaluate those efforts, as well as setting a cost threshold on such programs.

June 10, 2019

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) says he is trying to position the fiscal year 2020 defense authorization bill to engage not only Republicans in the Senate, where the GOP has a majority ready to fight for higher spending and resist restrictions on nuclear weapons, but also members of his own caucus in the House, where Democratic leaders have increasingly been at odds with the party's progressive wing.

June 10, 2019

A powerful House lawmaker is proposing legislation that would block the Missile Defense Agency from flight testing the Standard Missile-3 Block IIA against an intercontinental ballistic missile target until the Pentagon's top weapons tester certifies the new Aegis interceptor works against the shorter-range threats it was originally designed to defeat.

June 10, 2019

Tom Kennedy, the chief executive of Raytheon, first approached Greg Hayes, the CEO of United Technologies Corp., about the possibility of a merger in 2018.

June 10, 2019

The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee has opted not to include a provision on the creation of a Space Force in his version of fiscal year 2020 defense spending legislation, a move staffers said will enable robust debate during the full committee’s mark of the bill this week.

June 8, 2019

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) has set a $733 billion topline for total defense spending in his mark of the fiscal year 2020 defense authorization bill, blocking all Pentagon funding for President Trump’s border wall and putting the panel at odds with the Senate Armed Services Committee, which has approved $750 billion, according to a copy of the "chairman's mark" obtained by Inside Defense.

June 7, 2019

The Pentagon is working with the F-35 prime contractors to identify alternative sources for the parts Turkish industry produces for the Joint Strike Fighter, as the Defense Department’s acquisition chief says there will be “no major disruptions” if DOD can stick to its plan to remove Turkish industry from the program by early next year.

June 7, 2019

The Trump administration is asking Congress to pass new legislation delaying implementation of a ban on the government sending federal dollars to companies and organizations that use certain Chinese telecommunications equipment and services.

June 7, 2019

The Trump administration is asking Congress to pass new legislation delaying implementation of a ban on the government sending federal dollars to companies and organizations that use certain Chinese telecommunications equipment and services.

June 7, 2019

Members of the House Oversight and Reform Committee are seeking a "comprehensive" investigation into TransDigm, even after the company last month agreed to refund $16.1 million the Defense Department inspector general previously deemed excess profit.

June 6, 2019

The Missile Defense Agency has set a May 2020 target for declaring operational the third and last increment of the European Phased Adaptive Approach and simultaneously dialed back planned intercept testing.

June 6, 2019

A new inspector general audit has found the Defense Department expects to have spent $2.2 billion by fiscal year 2023 deploying Joint Regional Security Stacks to consolidate network defenses across the military, and the IG recommends the Pentagon get a better handle on the capabilities it requires for JRSS.

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