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December 7, 2020

Northrop Grumman said today it has agreed to sell its federal IT and mission support services business to private equity-owned Peraton for $3.4 billion in cash.

December 7, 2020

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) said today Democrats and Republicans in Congress have the votes necessary to override President Trump if he vetoes the fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill.

December 7, 2020

Rep. Mac Thornberry (TX), the top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee, said today the "message has been conveyed" to the White House that Congress will be prepared to override President Trump should he make good on threats to veto the fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill.

December 7, 2020

In a report issued last month, the Defense Business Board recommended the presidential transition team have at least 13 Defense Department appointees confirmed to begin work immediately after the Jan. 20 inauguration.

December 7, 2020

The Defense Department has released two assessment guides outlining how auditing firms and their assessors will evaluate contractors who want to get certified for Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification maturity levels one through three.

December 7, 2020

The Pentagon's approach to making cybersecurity a foundational part of acquisition is mandating new compliance requirements for the defense industrial base, which could potentially create a division between primes and subcontractors when it comes to information sharing.

December 7, 2020

Lawmakers are declining to immediately authorize U.S. Indo-Pacific Command's No. 1 unfunded priority in fiscal year 2021 -- a Guam missile defense system -- instead directing a sweeping assessment of the requirement and a report on potential regional consequences of arming the island with an advanced new system to provide 360-degree protection against advanced ballistic, hypersonic and cruise missiles.

December 7, 2020

House and Senate conferees have agreed to include major cybersecurity pieces in the annual defense policy bill, creating a National Cyber Director and adopting other proposals that will make the legislation "the most significant cyber bill Congress has ever passed," according to Cyberspace Solarium Commission senior adviser Mark Montgomery.

December 4, 2020

The compromise fiscal year 2021 defense policy bill does not include strict "Buy American" requirements for weapons programs after defense industry groups and foreign governments lobbied against them.

December 4, 2020

Industry groups across a range of sectors are asking the Defense Department to provide more details on how its new cyber certification program will affect government contractors.

December 4, 2020

An agency tasked with providing information technology services and support across the Defense Department is working on a "scoring rubric" to help its acquisition officials make decisions internally on contracting requirements related to the Pentagon's new cyber certification program.

December 3, 2020

House and Senate negotiators today released a final version of the $740.5 billion fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill that President Trump has threatened to block.

December 3, 2020

The Missile Defense Agency appears to be closing in on a final acquisition strategy for a follow-on Ground-based Midcourse Defense development and sustainment contract, an effort that appears on track to break up a single support contract for the homeland defense ballistic missile defense system into multiple projects.

December 3, 2020

The Defense Information Systems Agency is preparing to award a contract next year for "Electromagnetic Battlefield Management" software, as the Pentagon views automation as key to decluttering an increasingly contested spectrum environment.

December 3, 2020

A national commission reviewing aviation safety across the Defense Department is recommending the creation of a Joint Safety Council that would report directly to the deputy defense secretary and be tasked with coordinating service-level safety centers' risk-mitigation efforts and bringing crucial decision-making data to top Pentagon leaders.

December 2, 2020

The House and Senate are ready to proceed with a defense authorization bill that could draw a veto from President Trump because it includes a measure to remove the names of Confederate leaders from U.S. military bases and does not include a repeal of legal immunity for social media companies, according to lawmakers and staffers.

December 2, 2020

U.S. Southern Command is looking to shift a technology demonstration of unmanned, persistent surveillance systems into a Defense Department program of record, according to the command's chief.

December 2, 2020

Russian military aircraft activity near the United States and Canada has sharply increased this year, prompting North American Aerospace and Defense Command to scramble 14 times since January on intercept missions -- more than twice the annual average and one shy of the post-Cold War peak of 15 Russian sorties in 2014, according to recently declassified information.

December 2, 2020

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said today the Pentagon should expect flat or reduced budgets in the coming years and should consider cutting U.S. troop presence overseas to save money.

December 1, 2020

The bipartisan Congressional Oversight Commission established to review COVID-19 stimulus spending wants Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord to testify about the Defense Department's support for a $700 million loan to a financially troubled trucking company.

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