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Army Announces Latest Opportunity To Pitch Capabilities For New Cyber Training Environment

The Army has started accepting white papers for its latest round to find technical management and assessment capabilities for the Persistent Cyber Training Environment (PCTE)  program, officials announced July 9. The third Cyber Innovation Challenge (CIC) is intended for industry partners who can deliver capabilities needed to develop PCTE’s cyber simulation exercise which will be […]

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Textron To Develop Prototype For Potential Army M249 Weapon Replacement

Textron [TXT] has received a prototype development contract from the Army to develop a new weapon system for its Next Generation Squad Automatic Rifle (NGSAR) program, which is intended to replace the over 80,000 M249 Squad Automatic Weapons (SAW), the company said on Wednesday. Under the deal, officially awarded June 25, Textron is tasked with […]

Dana Deasy Department of Defense, Chief Information Officer, poses for his official portrait in the Army portrait studio at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, May 07, 2018.  (U.S. Army photo by William Pratt)

DoD CIO Conducting Full Review Of Multi-Billion Dollar JEDI Cloud Acquisition Effort

The Department of Defense is conducting a full review of the acquisition process for its multi-billion dollar Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud, the Pentagon’s new CIO said Wednesday. Dana Deasy, the lead DoD technology official, told attendees at the Defense Systems Summit there is no confirmed date for when an official request for proposals […]

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, addresses reporters before beginning FY19 NDAA conferences. Photo: Matthew Beinart.

House, Senate Expect To Finish FY 19 Defense Bill Negotiations By July 27

The House and Senate began negotiations Wednesday to reconcile differences between their fiscal year 2019 defense authorization bills, with lawmakers expecting to finish the process by July 27. The Senate voted 91-8 Tuesday evening to move to conference and start the process of deliberating its $716 billion version of the annual defense spending bill with […]

The AR-22 engine built by Aerojet Rocketdyne during hot-fire testing at NASA Stennis on June 27, 2018. The engine was built for Boeing as part of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Experimental Spaceplane program. This new Boeing spaceplane, called Phantom Express, is intended to demonstrate a new paradigm for more routine, responsive and affordable space access. Photo courtesy of NASA.

Aerojet Rocketdyne Successfully Tests 24-Hour Turnaround For AR-22 Rocket Engine

Aerojet Rocketdyne [AJRD] has successfully tested its AR-22 booster rocket engine’s ability to re-fire 10 times within 10 days, a critical milestone needed for its use on Boeing’s [BA] Phantom Express reusable military space plane launch system, company officials said on Tuesday. The AR-22 was tested June 26-July 10 during which engineers were able to […]

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Army Awards Northrop $128 Million To Continue Mission Command Training Center Support

The Army awarded Northrop Grumman [NOC] a $128 million contract to continue support its Mission Command Training Center (MCTC), officials said on Monday. Under the new Mission Training Complex Contractor Support program, Northrop Grumman will offer live and virtual simulation-driven exercises for unified land operations and updated operational environments. “We value the partnership we’ve built […]

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Army Planning Industry Day To Find Capabilities Needed To Deter New Base Threats

The Army will hold an industry day before the end of the year to find new “smart” capabilities for bases in the face of growing drone and information warfare threats aimed at installations, officials told reporters Monday. Army TRADOC’s latest Mad Scientist conference held last month at the Georgia Tech Research Institute in Atlanta focused […]

Two Afghan Air Force A-29 Super Tucanos fly over Kabul in 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Air Force Canceling Future Light-Attack Flight Demos After Recent A-29 Crash

The Air Force is canceling all remaining flight demonstrations for its light-attack aircraft experiment following a recent fatal crash of an A-29 plane, the service said last week. Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch, the head of the Air Force’s acquisition office, said the program to test the feasibility of light-attack aircraft will continue despite flights being […]

Screenshot from a video demonstrating General Atomics' proposed MQ-25 deck control  using a Predator C surrogate aircraft. (Image: General Atomics).

General Atomics Using New Tank To Maximize Fuel Capacity On MQ-25 Offering

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) is planning to use a new tank structure to maximize fuel capacity on its offering for the Navy’s MQ-25 unmanned aerial tanker after successful production readiness testing in April, officials said on Thursday. The integrated fuel tank for the MQ-25 Stingray would increase fuel offload while minimizing technical risks, […]