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March 18, 2019

The Army wants to launch a new-start Future Interceptor program in fiscal year 2020, a milestone development for the service's lower-tier missile enterprise that envisions a possible follow-on to the Patriot missile, setting the stage for a major competition to provide a new air-and-missile-defense interceptor.

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The Army is seeking to slow-roll procurement of the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle, its personnel carrier replacement, to save money for other modernization projects, cutting the number of vehicles it was projected to buy in fiscal year 2021.

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The Army's fiscal year 2020 budget request seeks to launch a new "Mobile Medium-Range Missile," a next-generation artillery round and new component of the service's long-range precision fires portfolio, in an estimated $900 million development project that aims to utilize "non-traditional" acquisition rules to address an "extremely high-risk capability gap."

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A defense industry group involved in tracking and sharing cyber threats has set up an office to provide analysts for the fledgling Air and Space Information Sharing and Analysis Organization located at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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March 15, 2019

The Army is seeking $228 million in fiscal year 2020 for a new hypersonics program in a budget account that is most likely the service's Long Range Hypersonic Weapon program, a planned road-mobile system that will adopt a booster the Navy is buying to launch the common hypersonic glide body.

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House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) is threatening to restrict Defense Department budgetary transfer authority as the Pentagon contemplates overturning decades of precedent to reprogram up to $2.5 billion to fund a wall on the southern border.

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Huntington Ingalls Industries is prepared to begin building one of the Navy’s big-deck amphibious ships three years early, a move that would appease lawmakers who have asked the service to accelerate the acquisition program.

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In a show of strict commitment to the Army's six modernization priorities, the service is ending the next-generation Block II upgrade program for the Chinook cargo helicopter after fiscal year 2020, according to the service's under secretary.

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The Navy should create a full-time chief information officer to dedicate proper resources to cybersecurity and act on department suggestions to improve the service’s cyber practices, according to a recent service review.

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The Navy plans to request a $205.6 billion topline, including what is projected to be the largest requested shipbuilding budget in 20 years, according to fiscal year 2020 budget briefing slides obtained by Inside Defense.

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The Navy's new force-structure assessment, slated for release later this year, will "validate" the service's decision to retire a Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier early, according to the Navy's deputy assistant secretary for budget.

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The Marine Corps plans to ask Congress for $21 million in research and development funding for its Marine Air Ground Task Force Unmanned Expeditionary program in the fiscal year 2020 request, according to a service spokesman.

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Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson told reporters this week the service needs to reprogram about $750 million in fiscal year 2019 funds to increase the mission-capable rates of the F-16 and F-22.

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The Army's $182.3 billion fiscal year 2020 budget request would advance key service priorities through new research and development projects, including funding for contract awards supporting the Next Generation Combat Vehicle program and completion of the initial design phase for a major helicopter replacement program.

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March 14, 2019

The Defense Innovation Board held its first public meeting today to discuss the artificial intelligence principles the U.S. military should adopt as the Defense Department seeks a major push to develop and field AI capabilities.

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As the Army takes a running start toward preparing for multidomain battle in its fiscal year 2020 budget request -- rocketing to $57 billion for next-generation projects over the five-year defense plan -- the service's vehicle programs are the first to pay the bill, including the new Joint Light Tactical Vehicle.

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The Marine Corps plans to ask Congress for $21 million in research and development funding for its Marine Air Ground Task Force Unmanned Expeditionary program in the fiscal year 2020 request, according to a service spokesman.

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The recovery of Tyndall Air Force Base, FL, devastated by Hurricane Michael last October, will require $750 million in supplemental funding in fiscal year 2019, according to Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson.

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Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan sought to defend the Pentagon's fiscal year 2020 budget on Capitol Hill today as senators cited the Defense Department for misusing its Overseas Contingency Operations account to circumvent statutory spending caps.

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The Navy does not plan to buy eight Ship to Shore Connectors in fiscal year 2020, and made additional procurement cuts in future years, due to contractual and delivery problems the service has been experiencing in previous years.

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