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November 15, 2019 | Daily News

The Defense Department for the second year in a row failed to obtain a clean financial opinion from auditors and does not expect to achieve one for at least several years, though Pentagon officials say they are making steady progress.

November 14, 2019 | Daily News

The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission is recommending Congress require the Pentagon to annually document Beijing's progress toward achieving a 2017 goal set by President Xi Jinping to build a “world-class” military and put the People's Liberation Army on par with other leading global powers.

November 14, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon has stood up a Joint Independent Assessment Team to assess F-35 prime contractor Lockheed Martin’s proposal for a five-year, fixed-price sustainment contract -- the first of its kind for the program.

November 14, 2019 | Daily News

The congressionally mandated U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission issued its annual report this morning,saying Chinese President Xi Jinping is pressing the military to up its investments in cyber warfare despite progress over the past several years by the People's Liberation Army in developing cyber defensive and offensive capabilities.

November 13, 2019 | Daily News

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith said partisan disagreement over how to address President Trump’s use of Pentagon money to fund the construction of a southern border wall continues to be the most contentious issue holding up the fiscal year 2020 defense authorization bill.

November 13, 2019 | Daily News

The Defense Department plans to update the cost estimate for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent in late spring of next year, setting the stage for a potential major recalibration of the price tag for the new ballistic missile program that generated a pair of valuations in 2017 that varied by more than $20 billion.

November 13, 2019 | Daily News

The head of the F-35 joint program office revealed today that a dispute between the government and prime contractor Lockheed Martin over intellectual property rights -- which has driven delays integrating the jet into a new Joint Simulation Environment -- is currently under protest and awaiting a decision from the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals.

November 13, 2019 | Daily News

NATO officials will discuss fifth-generation telecommunications this week in Washington, as U.S. officials press European nations to bar Chinese companies like Huawei from the buildout of their 5G networks.

November 12, 2019 | Daily News

A high-level Pentagon task force has compiled a list of critical technologies and programs as part of the Defense Department’s efforts to ensure its contractors better protect vital military information from being stolen by competitor nations like China.

November 12, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon's "defend forward" cyber strategy was the focus of lively discussion by an American Bar Association panel of national security lawyers late last week, who described the more active approach to countering foreign adversaries as a response to a failed U.S. deterrence posture -- which is also forcing a rethinking of key international norms and the relationship between the military and private sector in defending critical national functions.

November 11, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon is finalizing an assessment on how to best integrate the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter into the ballistic missile defense system after the aircraft tracked a pair of interceptors during a key test earlier this year, according to a Missile Defense Agency official.

November 11, 2019 | Daily News

The Defense Department is preparing to review its decades-old policy for paying contractors, including a look at how potential changes might impact the profits of defense companies.

November 08, 2019 | Daily News

The Defense Department's acquisition office has released its much-anticipated latest draft of a cybersecurity certification program for contractors, focusing on the most basic security controls while work continues on requirements for securing the most critical data and systems from "advanced persistent threats."

November 07, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon's acquisition office is seeking industry input on establishing an accreditation body for third-party auditors as part of a cybersecurity certification program for contractors, expected to be rolled out in some form next year.

November 07, 2019 | Daily News

The National Nuclear Security Administration has already begun rebalancing its internal projects in response to the ongoing continuing resolution that keeps federal funding at fiscal year 2019 levels, according to a senior Energy Department official.

November 07, 2019 | Daily News

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is preparing to kick off a key end-to-end simulation phase for its Blackjack program next spring, aiming to retire risk on the path to demonstrating the utility of a proliferated low-earth orbit satellite constellation equipped with an autonomous data processing capability.

November 07, 2019 | Daily News

Tech giant Huawei is rejecting the U.S. government's claim that the Constitution's Bill of Attainder Clause -- which prohibits legislative action declaring guilt -- does not apply to companies, in urging a federal court to strike down a ban on federal purchases of its products and components as part of the build-out of next-generation 5G networks.

November 06, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon's policies and processes serve as major impediments in the U.S. military's adoption of artificial intelligence technologies, according to a new report, as another panel takes aim at the Defense Department's acquisition system.

November 06, 2019 | Daily News

The top three defense industry associations are scheduled to meet with a team of Pentagon acquisition officials today amid the finalization of significant changes to procurement policy.

November 05, 2019 | Daily News

The Chinese government is exporting armed drones advertised as being capable of "full autonomy," Defense Secretary Mark Esper said today in a speech aimed at drawing distinctions between the United States and China's competing approaches to artificial intelligence.

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