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December 21, 2020

Congress has agreed to a $2.3 trillion omnibus package for fiscal year 2021 that includes $900 billion in pandemic relief funds.

December 21, 2020

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are pushing back on a plan from the Pentagon to cleave the shared leadership between U.S. Cyber Command and the National Security Agency amid the waning days of the Trump administration and a massive federal cybersecurity breach.

December 21, 2020

Lockheed Martin's chief executive said today the company has not yet received "direct feedback" from government customers about its proposed purchase of Aerojet Rocketdyne, but is hopeful "we'll have a mutual understanding of the benefits."

December 20, 2020

Lockheed Martin said today it has agreed to buy Aerojet Rocketdyne for $56 per share in cash in a deal worth a total $4.4 billion.

December 17, 2020

The Missile Defense Agency is asking industry for ideas on how to improve the Command and Control, Battle Management, and Communications (C2BMC) system, eyeing new enhancements for potential incorporation in planned upgrades of the global system of workstations, servers, network equipment and software that collectively ties together the $202 billion Ballistic Missile Defense System.

December 16, 2020

After spending most of 2020 defining its structure, leadership and warfighting doctrine, the head of the Space Force said this week the new service's second year will focus more on integration -- with the joint community, industry, international partners and within the broader space acquisition enterprise.

December 16, 2020

As the incoming Biden administration announces its nominees for top roles, Pentagon observers say contractors should watch for some changed priorities -- but that supply chain policy will likely continue to be a focus.

December 16, 2020

Lawmakers have declined to authorize funding for the Missile Defense Agency's proposal to add new layers to the homeland ballistic missile defense architecture -- a centerpiece of the agency's new modernization plan -- instead directing the Pentagon to provide detailed justifications for its vision to bolster the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system with the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense and the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense systems.

December 15, 2020

The National Security Agency has issued new, non-public guidance to defense agencies and contractors in the wake of the ongoing SolarWinds supply chain cyberattack, while the Pentagon is reviewing whether the compromise affected its networks.

December 15, 2020

The National Security Agency has issued new, non-public guidance to defense agencies and contractors in the wake of the ongoing SolarWinds supply chain cyberattack, while the Pentagon is reviewing whether the compromise affected its networks.

December 15, 2020

President Trump has asserted several times he plans to veto the $740.5 billion defense authorization bill, which, according to the law, he must do by Dec. 23, positioning himself for a confrontation with Congress during the final weeks of his presidency.

December 14, 2020

The U.S. State Department imposed sanctions on the Turkish government today after Ankara ignored the Trump administration's numerous appeals to reverse its 2018 purchase of the Russian S-400 air defense system.

December 10, 2020

The Pentagon's Joint Artificial Intelligence Center would get its own acquisition authority as part of the fiscal year 2021 defense policy bill.

December 10, 2020

The bipartisan Congressional Oversight Commission charged with reviewing pandemic stimulus spending is pressing Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord to provide more public information about the Defense Department's support for a controversial $700 million loan to a financially troubled trucking company.

December 9, 2020

The director of national intelligence announced today his agency is considering whether the Space Force should become a member of the U.S. intelligence community and said he will make a decision in the next month or two.

December 9, 2020

Lawmakers are directing a digital overhaul of the Defense Department's acquisition system and instructing defense officials to use "data-driven portfolio management" to consolidate duplicate or similar weapon systems.

December 8, 2020

Lawmakers have agreed to authorize -- over the objections of the Defense Department -- an interim upgrade program of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system that could, if backed by appropriations in fiscal year 2021, divert resources from other Missile Defense Agency priorities and potentially detract from efforts to develop a Next Generation Interceptor.

December 8, 2020

President-elect Biden has said he intends to nominate retired Army Gen. Lloyd Austin for defense secretary, putting a spotlight on the former four-star's time as a member of Raytheon Technologies' board of directors.

December 8, 2020

The Pentagon will soon roll out a revised version of its Trusted Capital program featuring a digital marketplace aimed at connecting dual-use technology companies with vetted venture capital, according to a Defense Department acquisition official.

December 8, 2020

The Defense Department is delaying defining the "scope" of its Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification assessments for maturity levels one and three in the first editions of its assessment guides, which assessors say will impact the ability to conduct a comprehensive audit.

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