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April 9, 2019

The Missile Defense Agency has nearly completed work on the $2.1 billion in emergency spending projects awarded in late 2017 to counter threats from North Korea, according to a top Defense Department official, despite delays with marquee efforts in that missile defeat and defense enhancements package.

April 8, 2019

A new commission is set to issue recommendations this year on how the U.S. national security apparatus should approach artificial intelligence, including a focus on how the government can work with industry to compete with China's “civil-military fusion” concept, according to the co-chair of the group. 

April 8, 2019

Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord wants lifecycle and sustainment costs to be key considerations for any middle-tier acquisition program seeking the use of rapid fielding authority, according to a recent memo from her office.

April 4, 2019

The Defense Department is anticipating enhanced cybersecurity requirements for contractors working on critical technologies will be published by the National Institute for Standards and Technology in approximately 60 days, according to a DOD official.

April 4, 2019

The Missile Defense Agency has pushed back plans for a new Pacific Radar by two years -- delaying all key milestones for a new sensor needed to plug holes in the U.S. military's ability to track projected future North Korean long-range rockets during the midcourse of flight -- while also trimming planned five-year spending on the project from $1 billion to $764 million.

April 3, 2019

One of the leading congressional proponents of the movement to create a new Space Force told Pentagon leadership today there are major issues with DOD's legislative proposal.

April 3, 2019

The Missile Defense Agency is working to determine the full extent of the delay to the Redesigned Kill Vehicle program and -- based on technology testing currently underway -- plans to revise the estimated two-year schedule slip by either lengthening the delay or trimming it as soon as this summer, according to a senior Defense Department official.

April 3, 2019

The Defense Innovation Board is recommending the Defense Department share its electromagnetic spectrum with civil operators so the United States can compete with China in the deployment of 5G technologies, but the Pentagon should also prepare to operate in a "post-Western" wireless ecosystem.

April 3, 2019

The Missile Defense Agency and the Air Force are seeking $30 million to launch a classified, joint program over the next three years that could be used to begin a new interceptor program or modify an existing guided missile based on scant details in the Pentagon's new spending request.

April 3, 2019

The Pentagon is lining up the transfer of a second former Coast Guard cutter to Vietnam as part of a push for closer security ties with the nation, but Hanoi's financial limitations and legacy of using Russian weapons puts constraints on potential arms sales, according to current and former U.S. officials.

April 3, 2019

The Overseas Contingency Operations account was introduced in 2009 to fund wars abroad, meant to give the Pentagon greater flexibility to pay for unexpected costs.

April 2, 2019

The Defense Department is asking industry about the feasibility of demonstrating a 1,000 kilowatt-class laser for missile defense as soon as 2025, seeking industry feedback on the potential for scaling up electrically pumped, directed-energy technology -- for an undisclosed platform and mission -- to power levels that in theory could destroy an enemy ballistic missile during the boost phase of flight.

April 2, 2019

The counterintelligence landscape has evolved from a focus on various nation-state actors to specific issues such as cybersecurity and supply-chain threats, intelligence official Bill Evanina said Monday, while advocating for government and industry groups to pursue "enterprise-wide" solutions to combat those supply-chain threats.

April 1, 2019

The Missile Defense Agency is laying the technical groundwork for the Standard Missile-3 Block IIA -- a Navy interceptor originally designed to counter medium- and intermediate-range threats -- to also have an operational mission against intercontinental ballistic missiles, potentially stretching the reach of the new weapon to reinforce defense of the nation against North Korean threats.

March 29, 2019

The Air Force continues to lead Defense Department efforts to develop joint cyber warfare capabilities, as the service seeks a big increase for a key infrastructure platform as part of its latest budget request, while the Marine Corps eyes offensive cyber capabilities to support a new joint mission requirement.

March 29, 2019

The Defense Department has markedly curtailed what last year was a $1.4 billion five-year investment plan for a pair of programs -- the Common Kill Vehicle and the Multi Object Kill Vehicle -- that promised to deliver next-generation warheads for future ballistic missile defense in a decade.

March 29, 2019

Senior Pentagon leaders are defending their "very robust" processes for ensuring officials who previously worked in industry comply with ethics arrangements, as acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan is being investigated for allegedly favoring Boeing, his former employer.

March 29, 2019

The head of the House Armed Services Committee is raising concerns about the Air Force's launch services acquisition strategy, telling Secretary Heather Wilson in a March 28 letter the service appears to be moving forward with a request for proposals "in a way that risks undermining the Air Force's goal of maximizing and sustaining fair and open competition."

March 28, 2019

The Pentagon is requesting $164 million for the Defense Innovation Unit in fiscal year 2020, a big budget boost for DIU as its responsibilities expand into managing a new fund for dual-use hardware technologies.

March 28, 2019

The Pentagon will nearly double its planned investments in hypersonic capabilities over the next five years, from $6 billion to $11.2 billion, a sum that is higher than one of the Defense Department's top hypersonics officials recently cited.

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