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Defense Watch: Space Force, HASC Seapower, Top Comms Jobs Open

Space Force Budget. A proposed $13 billion budget to stand up the Space Force over the next five years is at the higher level of how much such a move is expected to cost, CSIS defense budget analyst Todd Harrison told reporters Thursday. “This is the broadest possible definition of how you can scope a…

Insitu Pitching Upgraded Integrator Drone for the Future Air Force Battlefield

Insitu, a non-integrated subsidiary of Boeing [BA], last week unveiled its new Integrator Extended Range, a beyond-line-of-sight, satellite communications (SATCOM)-enabled small unmanned aerial system capable of ranging modern combat theaters that could provide the Air Force with low-cost data gathering tools in conflicts now and in the future battlespace.The UAS delivers new capabilities in the…

Proposed New Bomber Squadrons Likely to Include More B-21s

More B-21 aircraft could be procured if the Air Force succeeds in doubling its number of bomber squadrons over the next decade, but service officials are not yet ready to talk tails.The Air Force’s proposal to increase its squadron numbers from 312 to 386 by the 2025-2030 timeframe would include five additional bomber squadrons, the…

Senior Pentagon Official Likes NNSA Warhead-Core Approach, Frustrated by Production Status

It would make sense for the Department of Energy to have more than one production facility for the fissile cores of nuclear warheads, a senior Pentagon official with broad responsibility for nuclear weapons procurement said Friday.“To me, it doesn’t quite make sense to go down to a single point of failure anywhere,” Peter Fanta, deputy…

US Air Force Vision for 27 Special Operations Squadrons May Portend More CV-22s

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The U.S. Air Force vision for 386 operational squadrons — an increase of 74 — includes 27 proposed special operations forces squadrons, an increase of seven from the current number.While that increase would likely involve fixed-wing aircraft, such as Lockheed Martin [LMT] AC-130 gunships and MC-130 Combat Talons, such augmentation also…

Analysts: New Cyber Strategies Lack Details On Offensive Operations, Industry Partnerships

New cyber strategies the Pentagon and White House released this week present a unified effort to deterring growing threats, Atlantic Council analysts said Friday, but provide scant details on strategic considerations for more aggressive offensive operations and the plan for better leveraging industry capabilities.Senior fellows on the Atlantic council said the White House’s national cyber…

NASSCO Starts Building First John Lewis-Class Oiler

General Dynamics [GD] National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) held a ceremony on Sept. 20 marking the start of construction of the first of the new John Lewis-class fleet replenishment oilers, the future USNS John Lewis (T-AO-205).The Naval Sea Systems Command said before construction started the Navy conducted a production readiness review (PRR) to very…