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April 8, 2021

The Missile Defense Agency has debriefed Boeing on its loss in the Next Generation Interceptor, giving the incumbent in the Ground-based Midcourse Defense program through next week to consider whether to protest awards to Lockheed Martin -- which ranked first in the three-way contest -- and a Northrop Grumman/Raytheon team, according to a source familiar with recent developments.

April 7, 2021

The Defense Department has experienced an increase in ground readiness and a decrease in sea readiness from fiscal year 2017 through FY-19, according to a Government Accountability Office report published Wednesday.

April 7, 2021

The Defense Department has issued two new resources for contracting officials regarding the identification of controlled unclassified information and how it should be identified on government documents.

April 5, 2021

Michael Brown, director of the Defense Innovation Unit, has been picked to become the Pentagon's acquisition chief, putting a new spotlight on a career previously spent in Silicon Valley and a public profile focused on countering Chinese technology.

April 5, 2021

When Mark Lewis walked into the Pentagon in late 2019, he thought his most important job as a leading research official would be overseeing the development of new, high-speed missiles.

April 1, 2021

The Pentagon is moving full speed ahead with its plans for the first year of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program, despite potential obstacles in finding the right first pilot contracts and meeting demand for assessors.

March 31, 2021

The Joint Artificial Intelligence Center is finalizing a new acquisition vehicle that would allow the Defense Department to place orders from technology companies to curate data sets for military AI applications.

March 31, 2021

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) made the case yesterday for pursuing deterrence, rather than dominance in the U.S.-China security relationship, noting his support for upgrading U.S. weapon systems and expanding arms deals with foreign partners.

March 30, 2021

The location of the Army's new multi-domain task forces and long-range precision fires in allied countries will have to be decided at political levels, not by uniformed leaders, the Army chief of staff said today.

March 29, 2021

The Pentagon's Overseas Contingency Operations account, derided by critics for years as a "slush fund," has become the subject of renewed scrutiny on Capitol Hill and could be headed toward a reckoning next week when the White House proposes President Biden's first defense budget.

March 26, 2021

The Defense Department expects to release its first contract solicitations containing Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification requirements in the April-May timeframe, according to a Pentagon spokeswoman. The solicitations will focus on requests for proposals in development from the Army and the Air Force.

March 25, 2021

The U.S. government is still struggling to understand the full scope of the SolarWinds hack as well as a more recent compromise of Microsoft's email servers, as the head of U.S. Cyber Command said the government struggles to track foreign adversaries who launch attacks using U.S. infrastructure.

March 25, 2021

Northrop Grumman and Raytheon are proposing a Next Generation Interceptor that features "sixth-generation" kill vehicle technology and adapts state-of-the-art digital tools from B-21 bomber and Ground Based Strategic Deterrent programs, according to company representatives.

March 24, 2021

Results from agency-led reports on semiconductor and high-capacity battery supply chains will help the Biden administration identify immediate priorities around reshoring manufacturing capacity and a risk management approach in collaboration with the private sector, according to a senior intelligence official.

March 23, 2021

The Missile Defense Agency today selected Lockheed Martin and a Northrop Grumman-Raytheon team for initial design contracts for a Next Generation Interceptor, bumping Boeing from the race to build a new guided missile intended to protect the United States before the end of the decade from advanced North Korean intercontinental ballistic missiles.

March 23, 2021

The Pentagon's joint development environment for artificial intelligence applications is up and running, according to the leader of the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, who says the platform will be key to sharing data and connecting systems across the military services.

March 23, 2021

A nomination hearing today for the admiral tapped to lead the U.S. military in the Asia-Pacific region showcased several emerging debates over the Pentagon's budget, the embattled F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program and the overall approach to countering China.

March 22, 2021

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) said boosting the Pentagon's efforts to drive U.S. technology innovation and combat climate change could help get progressives to back down from calls to cut the defense budget.

March 22, 2021

Congressional auditors have identified 70 projects focused on hypersonic weapons research and development backed by $15 billion through 2024 across the U.S. government, shining light into the breadth and scope of a campaign to field a new class of maneuvering ultra-fast weapons with the potential to shape the balance of power between the U.S. military and other major powers such as China and Russia.

March 19, 2021

Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks has approved the Next Generation Interceptor project to proceed, clearing the way for the Missile Defense Agency to award a pair of contracts as well as seek $1.6 billion in fiscal year 2022 and FY-23 for the new Ground-based Midcourse Defense guided missile, according to a source familiar with the decision.

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