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March 2, 2021

U.S. Indo-Pacific Command has reset its Pacific Defense Initiative by elevating the priority of a new sensor project in Palau, dropping a Hawaii radar project in favor of space sensors and adding to a list of unfunded long-term needs, taking it from $20 billion to $27 billion, a 35% hike compared to last year's estimate.

March 2, 2021

While federal agencies have massively reduced the background investigations backlog and published a new set of vetting principles, officials still need to issue new investigative guidelines, develop a workforce plan to meet future investigations requirements, and better secure legacy IT systems.

March 1, 2021

The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence approved its final report today, sending the White House and Congress a bevy of recommendations on how the United States should approach technology competition with China in the coming decade.

February 26, 2021

The Missile Defense Agency is soliciting the public's feedback regarding a revised plan for potentially locating a new radar in Hawaii, specifically a proposal to emplace a large sensor on the Navy-controlled Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai after efforts over the last three years to place the large array at three alternative sites failed.

February 26, 2021

Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT), the new chairman of the Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee, said he wants to see full modernization of the U.S. nuclear arsenal, including the intercontinental ballistic missile leg of the triad, which is partly based in his home state.

February 26, 2021

Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT), the new chairman of the Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee, said he wants to see full modernization of the U.S. nuclear arsenal, including the intercontinental ballistic missile leg of the triad, which is partly based in his home state.

February 25, 2021

The Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency's new "continuous vetting" system has flagged "clearance issues" among multiple Capitol rioters, including some working in the defense industrial base, according to the head of the agency.

February 25, 2021

The Defense Department needs about $11 billion in supplemental funding from Congress to support defense contractors with pandemic-related costs or else modernization programs and military readiness accounts will be raided, according to two senior Pentagon officials.

February 24, 2021

The Pentagon's Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2) strategy will be released in the coming weeks, Vice Adm. Jeffrey Trussler, deputy chief of naval operations for information warfare, said Wednesday at an Association of Old Crows event.

February 24, 2021

Senior Pentagon leaders have identified a core set of priorities with direct impact on the fiscal year 2022 defense budget that must be reviewed in advance of submission to Congress, Inside Defense has learned.

February 24, 2021

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jack Reed (D-RI) said today a new executive order from President Biden to review the U.S. defense industrial base is the start of a "major effort" to secure national supply chains, despite challenges posed by China's key role in the global marketplace.

February 24, 2021

The COVID pandemic has revealed the U.S. defense industrial base to be "not healthy" and hampered by "weak" supply chains that threaten the ability of the nation to nimbly develop and field new capabilities to keep ahead of technological advances by other nations, according to the Pentagon's No. 2 military official.

February 23, 2021

House and Senate defense authorizers used hearings with outside technology experts this week to probe the Pentagon's struggle to transition new technologies into programs of record and take full advantage of advances in software.

February 22, 2021

The Defense Science Board last month launched a congressionally mandated study of the Defense Department's cyber warfighting capabilities, including a technical evaluation of DOD's major cyber warfare programs.

February 22, 2021

The Defense Department is working with the General Services Administration's Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program team to develop a "gap analysis" that will compare the cloud services effort with the Pentagon's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification initiative, according to DOD's Stacy Bostjanick.

February 22, 2021

The Pentagon has entered arrangements with three universities to study key areas related to contract finance and pricing that could impact the way defense contractors are paid.

February 19, 2021

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said today he discussed challenges posed by "an increasingly aggressive China" during recent meetings with NATO officials.

February 19, 2021

The Defense Department is expecting to release its first request for proposals containing requirements from its Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program in March, according to Pentagon acquisition Chief Information Security Officer Katie Arrington.

February 18, 2021

The U.S. and Israel today announced the start of a new collaborative weapon system project: Arrow-4, a "next-generation" guided-missile interceptor -- a project neither previously disclosed by the Missile Defense Agency nor explicitly authorized by Congress -- that aims to improve the Missile Eastern nation's ability to defeat both endo- and exoatmospheric threats.

February 18, 2021

The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence continued deliberations about its final report this week, discussing new "blueprints" for government action, including shifting billions toward the Defense Department's AI and emerging technology initiatives.

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