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June 6, 2019

The Pentagon continues to wrestle with challenges and internal disagreements resulting from seismic congressional reforms that restructured its acquisition oversight process and gave the military services more direct control over major programs, according to a new Government Accountability Office report.

June 6, 2019

The Pentagon's Joint Artificial Intelligence Center is in the early stages of building a "common foundation" of tools the military services can access to develop AI capabilities, like Apple's App Store or Amazon Web Services' Marketplace, according to a Defense Department official.

June 6, 2019

House authorizers want more information from the Defense Department on efforts to secure the defense industrial base from cyber threats and protect technology critical to national security, as lawmakers are concerned the department is not synchronizing its activities.

June 6, 2019

The Pentagon is investigating how it might use rapid acquisition authorities to ensure access to critical minerals vital for powering major weapons and communications systems should China and Russia disrupt U.S. supply chains, according to a new Trump administration report.

June 6, 2019

A House panel is directing the Defense Department to conduct an enterprise-wide analysis of competing technology projects that all aim to one day deliver a weapon capable of intercepting an intercontinental ballistic missile during the boost phase of flight -- and identify which project offers the best option.

June 6, 2019

The Defense Department and NASA have announced a public meeting next month to get industry advice and concerns about implementing a ban on federal purchases of telecommunications equipment from China-based companies Huawei and ZTE, prior to an August deadline under the defense authorization law enacted last year.

June 6, 2019

Republicans on the House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee failed to strip controversial nuclear weapons provisions from the panel's fiscal year 2020 defense policy bill today, as the Democratic majority voted the legislation through to the full committee.

June 6, 2019

Mercury Systems, which continues to rapidly acquire new companies, is consolidating multiple West Coast facilities gained through acquisitions into an expanded manufacturing facility, according to its chief executive.

June 5, 2019

The nominees to lead U.S. Space Command and the National Reconnaissance Office today emphasized the strong relationship between the Defense Department and the intelligence community and committed to maintaining and improving that relationship moving forward.

June 5, 2019

BAE Systems' U.S.-based organization last year restructured and renamed its research and development arm, now known as FAST Labs and meant to quickly generate innovative technology that can be transferred to the company's business units.

June 5, 2019

House lawmakers want to explore options for folding the Missile Defense Agency into other Defense Department organizations and removing an exemption in place for 17 years that allows development and procurement of ballistic missile defense programs outside traditional weapon system acquisition rules.

June 5, 2019

House lawmakers are proposing a measure to halt funding for development of a submarine-launched hypersonic strike weapon, a move that would upend Navy plans to develop a Conventional Prompt Strike weapon, citing concerns about the potential for miscalculation by adversaries that might mistake the planned new capability for a nuclear-tipped ballistic missile.

June 5, 2019

A House panel is calling for the Defense Department's Space Sensor Layer effort to remain within the Missile Defense Agency, despite the Pentagon's plan to shift funding for that work to the new Space Development Agency.

June 5, 2019

Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee are criticizing the Democratic majority for putting "contentious" nuclear weapons restrictions into a subcommittee mark of the fiscal year 2020 defense authorization bill.

June 5, 2019

House lawmakers are proposing legislation to increase oversight of the Pentagon's evaluation of cyber vulnerabilities across its $1.6 trillion major weapon systems portfolio, calling for comprehensive reports by the Defense Department's acquisition executive on any identified shortfalls, including mitigation plans.

June 5, 2019

Lawmakers on the House Armed Services Committee, acting on concerns the Defense Department is investing too little in science and technology, have drafted legislation that would mandate accountability should the S&T portfolio be cut in the future.

June 5, 2019

House defense authorizers want the Pentagon to develop a holistic policy for adopting fifth-generation wireless technologies.

June 5, 2019

Boeing's winning bids on the MQ-25 unmanned tanker and T-X trainer programs, among others, were the result of significant changes in both the defense organization and its engineering and manufacturing processes, rather than simply low-price bids, according to the head of Boeing's defense business.

June 5, 2019

The Senate Armed Services Committee has agreed to a defense authorization bill that seeks to streamline and accelerate the Pentagon's contracting process, with a special focus on potentially loosening requirements for cost and pricing data.

June 5, 2019

Acting Deputy Defense Secretary David Norquist said today he is optimistic about the chances for Congress to eventually reach a bipartisan budget agreement, but only because the alternative is unthinkable.

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