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DoD, Congress In ‘Dialogue’ On Proposed Space Corps

Prompted by a controversial House-passed proposal to create a space corps in the Air Force Department, the Department of Defense has begun a “very good dialogue” with Congress on how military space activities should be organized, according to Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord. “I think what we’re doing right now is having a very healthy […]

Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord (left) speaks with Army acquisition official Steffanie Easter at an Association of the U.S. Army conference in October 2017. (Photo by Marc Selinger/Defense Daily)

DoD Eyes 50 Percent Cut In Time To Award Contracts

To speed the fielding of new technology, the U.S. Department of Defense has set a goal of cutting in half the time it takes to award contracts, the Pentagon’s acquisition chief said Oct. 11. The 50-percent reduction, which DoD endorsed about a month ago, applies to the period that begins when the department issues an […]

Defense Secretary James Mattis speaks at the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) annual meeting in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 9, 2017. (Photo by Marc Selinger/Defense Daily)

Mattis Hopeful AT&L Breakup Will Speed Up DoD Modernization

Defense Secretary James Mattis expressed optimism Oct. 9 that splitting the undersecretary for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (AT&L) into two separate positions will help the Department of Defense develop and field new technology more quickly. Speaking at the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) annual meeting in Washington, D.C., Mattis said he “completely” embraces the […]

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

U.S. Military Ups Air Strikes In Afghanistan

The U.S. military has stepped up air strikes against enemy forces in Afghanistan as part of the Trump administration’s new strategy for the war-torn country, Defense Secretary James Mattis said Oct. 3. The increased air activity, which is at its highest level in five years, is “embedded in the revised strategy,” Mattis testified before the […]

A Ground-based Midcourse Defense interceptor launch.
Photo: Missile Defense Agency.

DoD Seeks Funding Shift To Boost Missile Defense

The Department of Defense has asked Congress to approve shifting $416 million in previously approved funds to beef up missile defenses and other anti-missile efforts, a DoD official said Sept. 28. The reprogramming request would buy 20 more ground-based interceptor (GBI) missiles to counter long-range ballistic missiles, said Rob Soofer, deputy assistant secretary of defense […]

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Pentagon Office To Seek Industry Responses On Surge Capacity

The Pentagon shortly plans to release a private sector questionnaire seeking inputs on industry’s ability to surge its capabilities to meet future battlefield needs, a Defense Department official said on Thursday. The pending outreach to industry is part of the department’s data gathering for a report requested by President Donald Trump pursuant to an executive […]

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee June 13. (DoD photo)

Mattis Prods DoD To Talk More With Industry

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis encouraged the Department of Defense Sept. 20 to expand its communication with industry to increase the military’s access to new technology. Mattis said that parts of DoD have become overly cautious in their dealings with private firms because they fear violating ethics rules designed to avoid favoritism. […]

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Congress Passes CR To Keep Government Open Till Early December

With Congress running out of time to finish its 12 annual appropriations bills before fiscal year 2018 begins Oct. 1, lawmakers have approved a continuing resolution (CR) to keep the Department of Defense and other government agencies running until Dec. 8. The Senate approved the CR (H.R. 601) Sept. 7 by an 80-17 vote, and the […]

The first two combat-coded F-35A Lightning II aircraft arrive at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, Sept. 2, 2015. Photo: Air Force.

F-35 Program To Seek DoD Approval Of Upgrade Plan In October

The F-35 joint program office, which is developing a plan for future upgrades to the Lockheed Martin [LMT]-built Lightning II, intends to present its proposal to senior Defense Department leaders in late October, the program’s leader said Sept. 6. The “follow-on modernization” proposal, which reflects “a new set of requirements,” will need the approval of […]

President Donald Trump. Photo: White House.

Trump Elevates U.S. Cyber Command, Streamlining Cyber Operations

President Donald Trump on Friday elevated that status of U.S. Cyber Command in move he said would improve responses to cyber security threats and position better position it for resourcing. The transition of U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) from a sub-unified combatant command under U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) to a separate unified combatant command was expected […]