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Defense Contracting CEOs Criticize Pentagon's Proposed IRAD Policy

DefenseAlert, June 29, 2015 -- Two defense contracting chief executives late last week pushed back against a Pentagon proposal that would require companies to find Defense Department sponsors to back their independent research and development projects.

Kendall Praises Services Contractors As DOD Reaches Small Business Goals

DefenseAlert, June 26, 2015 -- The Pentagon was given an "A" grade on Friday by the U.S. Small Business Administration for awarding $53.3 billion in fiscal year 2014 prime contracts to small businesses -- more than half of the federal government's total for FY-14.

DOD: Senate's Restrictive RD-180 Language Could Kill Launch Competition

DefenseAlert, June 26, 2015 -- A panel of Air Force and Defense Department officials told House authorizers this week that proposed legislation from the Senate Armed Services Committee limiting the department's use of the Russian-made RD-180 engine would eliminate "multiple" opportunities for competitive launch over the next few years, and would eliminate the United Launch Alliance from competition beginning in fiscal year 2018.

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Unmanned Systems Alert

'Innovative' UAV Demo In Alaska Precursor To Autonomous Swarming Project

DefenseAlert, June 25, 2015 -- The Defense Department, as part of a high-profile annual military exercise in Alaska, demonstrated an innovative use of a large number of small, unmanned aerial vehicles, a precursor to exhibiting micro-UAVs capable of autonomous swarming behaviors and a move designed in part to display military advantage over China and Russia.

Unmanned Systems Alert