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DoD Awards $28 Billion Multiple-Award R&D Contract

The Defense Department on Tuesday announced a multiple-award contract worth up to $28 billion to 15 companies and organizations for research and development work on the Defense Technical Information Center’s (DTIC) Information Analysis Center multiple award contract (IAC-MAC). The companies include: Adams Communications & Engineering Technology, Alion Science & Technology Corp.; BAE Systems; Battelle Memorial Institute; Booz Allen […]

Falcon Heavy lifts off from Florida during its first flight Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: SpaceX)

Analysts: ‘Unanswered Questions’ For the Cost of a Space Force

A new Pentagon report released Aug. 9 described several potential steps and proposals to build up to President Donald Trump’s desired Space Force, but was scarce on cost estimates. The Defense Department’s final report to Congress said the department will lay out specific budget numbers for a potential Space Force when it releases its legislative […]

President Donald Trump signed the fiscal year National Defense Authorization Act into law Aug. 13, 2018 at Ft. Drum, New York. Photo: C-SPAN

Trump Signs $716 Billion NDAA Into Law

President Donald Trump signed into law Monday H.R. 5155, the fiscal year 2019 John McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), authorizing a $716 billion budget, a pay raise for troops and a boost in military end strength. Vice President Mike Pence introduced the president on stage at Ft. Drum, N.Y., home of the Army’s 10th […]

U.S. Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, delivers remarks during the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and Affiliates 53rd Annual Convention in National Harbor, Maryland. (DoD Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. James K. McCann)

Senior DoD Leader Urges ‘Wide-Eyed’ Approach to Space Force

The Pentagon is putting all the building blocks in place to help fulfill President Trump’s vision of a future Space Force, but stakeholders need to fully comprehend the resources that will be required to stand up a new service branch, the Defense Department’s number-two general said Aug. 10. Air Force Gen. Paul Selva, vice chairman […]

Analysts: Proposed Changes to Space Infrastructure ‘A Good Start’

The Pentagon is on the right track in its efforts to reorganize its sizable space infrastructure, but it is unclear whether the proposed Space Force can be stood up by 2020, and how it will be paid for, analysts said. The Defense Department, together with the White House, revealed Aug. 9 a proposed roadmap that […]

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter visits Defense Innovation Unit Experimental at Moffett Field, Calif., to deliver remarks at  DIUx May 11, 2016. (Photo by Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz)

Defense Innovation Unit No Longer an ‘Experiment’

The Pentagon has dropped the “experimental” portion of its Defense Innovation Unit-Experimental, indicating that the technology hub is here to stay. “As a testament to [the department’s] commitment to the importance of its mission, effective immediately, DIUx will be redesignated as the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU),” said a memo released by the Defense Department Aug. […]

Falcon Heavy lifts off from Florida during its first flight Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: SpaceX)

New Command and Elite Force: Pentagon Reveals Steps to Space Force

The Defense Department has released a roadmap for the department to eventually stand up a sixth branch of the Armed Forces devoted specifically to space. Establishing a Space Force that would stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard requires legislative approval. But the report, titled “Final report on Organizational […]

Michael Griffin, undersecretary of defense for research and engineering (DoD photo)

Griffin: Meeting 2020’s Hypersonics Goals Will Ensure U.S. Retains Technological Edge

The Pentagon’s effort to build hypersonic weapons by the early 2020’s and ahead of near-peer competitors will require the services to be more direct with their industry partners to make improved use of developing technologies, a top DoD official said Wednesday. Michael Griffin, DoD’s under secretary of defense for research & engineering, told attendees at […]

President Donald Trump.  (White House photo)

Trump Tells DoD To Form Space Force, But Senator Says He Can’t Do That

President Trump announced June 18 that he has told the Department of Defense to start forming a space force to ensure U.S. space dominance, but a key lawmaker insisted that DoD cannot proceed without congressional approval. “Very importantly, I’m hereby directing the Department of Defense and Pentagon to immediately begin the process necessary to establish […]

Maintenance staff inspect one of the 10 Luke AFB F-35s sent to Nellis AFB for a training deployment, April 15, 2015. Photo: U.S. Air Force.

F-35 Follow-On Development Contract Slips To June 2019

The U.S. Department of Defense plans to award a major follow-on development contract for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter in June 2019, about 10 months later than previously planned, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The slippage will give the F-35 program more time to finish its original, often-delayed development […]