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SSBN(X) Not Impacted By Continuing Resolution Due To DOD Priorities

Inside the Navy, Oct. 27, 2014 -- The Navy's top shipbuilding modernization priority, the Ohio-class replacement ballistic missile submarine, will not be impacted by the continuing resolution passed by Congress because the service convinced Pentagon officials of the importance of the program, according to a service official.

USAF Future Airlifter Vision Closely Linked With Army Ground Vehicle Plans

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The National Press Club has awarded its 2014 Newsletter Journalism Award to Inside the Army Associate Editor Jen Judson for her article that broke the news on the Army's plan to divest its Kiowa helicopters and instead use Apache helicopters that would be taken from the National Guard. Read the story and all of our award-winning coverage from prior years.

MDA To Assess First-Ever Integrated Air And Ballistic Missile Defense Capability

DefenseAlert, Oct. 24, 2014 -- The Missile Defense Agency on Monday plans to test a new version of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System that aims to give the Navy the ability to simultaneously conduct air and ballistic missile defense -- a first-ever integrated capability that, if validated, would allow the nation to efficiently expand the BMD-capable fleet.

Rapid Acquisition Demand Remains High As Global Threats Expand

DefenseAlert, Oct. 24, 2014 -- After satisfying more than 500 requests in the past decade, the Pentagon's joint rapid acquisition cell is unlikely to slow its pace in the face of new global threats, according to the outgoing chief of the program.

North Korean Nuclear And Cyber Threats Drive OPCON Transfer Delay

DefenseAlert, Oct. 24, 2014 -- The commander of U.S. forces on the Korean Peninsula said the miniaturization of a nuclear device and cyberattack were among the "evolving and developing" threats from North Korea that have indefinitely delayed the transfer of operational control in the region to the South Korean military.

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Pentagon Plans For Worst-Case Budgets As Anti-ISIL Operations Total $424M

DefenseAlert, Oct. 22, 2014 -- The Defense Department continues to plan for the worst should the automatic budget cuts triggered by sequestration remain law in fiscal year 2016, according to Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon's chief spokesman.

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Unmanned OPTEMPO

An Inside the Air Force story published today highlights the intense operational tempo for the service's Predator and Reaper unmanned systems: According to service officials, the current inventory of Predators and Reapers are almost fully committed . . .


U.S.-ROK Meeting

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and South Korean Minister of National Defense Han Min-koo have agreed "to implement South Korea's proposal for a conditions-based approach to transferring wartime control of allied forces, known as OPCON, to . . .


New F-35 Partnership

Lockheed Martin is partnering with Turkish company Rocketsan for the SOM-J, a new air-to-surface standoff cruise missile for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, according to a company statement. Roketsan and Lockheed signed a teaming agreement Oct. . . .

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