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March 19, 2021

Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks said the Pentagon would work with Congress to make "difficult decisions" to "phase out" legacy weapon systems unsuitable for competition with China, but also committed to help developing technologies bridge "the valley of death."

March 18, 2021

The Biden administration is not yet sold on the Missile Defense Agency's plan for a Next Generation Interceptor and is conducting a review of the project, which has completed the source-selection process and is now subject to further assessment by Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks.

March 18, 2021

CMMC Accreditation Body chair Karlton Johnson says his organization is prepared to meet the demand for assessments from contractors once the first certified, third-party assessment organizations are approved by the Defense Contract Management Agency.

March 17, 2021

Influential defense innovation leaders, asserting the Defense Department's slow budget process is hindering the adoption of new technology, are recommending Congress establish a technology transfer fund to serve as a "bridge fund" between promising prototypes and large programs of record.

March 17, 2021

Top members of the House Appropriations defense subcommittee today voiced support for the Biden administration elevating climate change as a key national security topic and said the Defense Department should make investments to mitigate its vulnerabilities.

March 16, 2021

A group of 50 progressive House Democrats is asking President Biden to significantly cut the fiscal year 2022 defense budget rather than submit a "flat" request to Congress.

March 15, 2021

The Federal Communications Commission this week will vote on an order outlining how a key slice of spectrum currently set aside for military use will be opened to commercial, fifth-generation wireless networks.

March 15, 2021

The chief executive of Vectrus said this month the company is optimistic it will be able to expand its work through the Army's Logistics Civil Augmentation program in the Indo-Pacific Command region, particularly with the Navy.

March 15, 2021

Tabletop exercises conducted by the National Defense Industrial Association in coordination with Pentagon cyber certification leaders found areas of improvement are needed to clarify CMMC requirements for industry around operational technology and the marking of controlled unclassified information.

March 12, 2021

House lawmakers signaled broad support today for recommendations from the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence on developing, attracting and retaining AI talent, while further probing the Defense Department’s digital shortcomings.

March 12, 2021

Congress has voted to extend the Defense Department’s authority to reimburse defense contractors for COVID-19 pandemic-related costs, but lawmakers have yet to provide billions in supplemental funding the Pentagon says it will need to fully cover those costs.

March 11, 2021

China is expected by 2025 to introduce as many as 200 operational hypersonic missiles to its force as part of a sweeping modernization program to challenge U.S. dominance in the Asia-Pacific region that also includes growing the People's Liberation Army's fighter and bomber fleets by 56% and 29% respectively while also ratcheting up the size of its maritime surface combatant fleet.

March 11, 2021

Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks has announced a new "governance structure" by which she will manage and oversee the Pentagon's ongoing reviews and implement guidance from Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, according to a new memo.

March 11, 2021

The Defense Department chief information officer is exploring if changes need to be made to the Pentagon's acquisition rules to take into consideration recent National Institute of Standards and Technology guidance for advanced persistent threats and the protection of high-level assets.

March 10, 2021

A group of House Armed Services Committee members will develop legislative proposals in the coming months to address critical foreign dependencies in the U.S. defense supply chain.

March 10, 2021

The Defense Department is working on a new rule to establish a cyber regime focused on advanced persistent threats that is expected to add new regulations around levels four and five of the Pentagon's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program.

March 10, 2021

A debate is brewing in Congress and the Pentagon about whether to cut spending on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the most expensive weapon system in U.S. history.

March 9, 2021

The Defense Department has begun work on a Guam Defense System -- following high-profile advocacy over the last year by the top U.S. military commander in the Asia-Pacific region -- and directing the Missile Defense Agency to start designing the first operational Aegis Ashore system on U.S. territory.

March 9, 2021

Lawmakers are preparing to wrestle with a new request from the top U.S. military commander in the Pacific, who is seeking to boost a special fund to counter China by billions of dollars, though it could likely mean cutting other priorities.

March 8, 2021

Meeting the standards laid out in the Pentagon's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program is a necessary start to buying down supply chain risk through establishing good cyber hygiene, but cyber experts say CMMC would not necessarily have helped contractors detect or prevent exposure to the SolarWinds attack.

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