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Justin Doubleday | May 25, 2018

New legislation in the Senate authorizes U.S. military hackers to go on the offensive against Russian attacks on the United States in cyberspace and also mandates a cyber deterrence doctrine after lawmakers were disappointed in the Trump administration's latest policy.

Ashley Tressel | May 25, 2018

The Senate Armed Services Committee is rewarding the Army's work to nail down a concept for the Next Generation Combat Vehicle with a sizable increase in funding to accelerate prototyping of the intended Bradley replacement, according to a staffer.

Courtney Albon | May 25, 2018

The Senate Armed Services Committee's mark of fiscal year 2019 defense policy legislation proposes a slew of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter provisions aimed at bolstering accountability mechanisms, improving the program's sustainment posture and supporting early funding for post-development upgrades.

Tony Bertuca | May 25, 2018

The Senate Armed Services Committee wants to authorize military end-strength levels below the Trump administration's fiscal year 2019 request to insulate the Pentagon's modernization accounts from the potential return of spending caps in FY-20, according to staffers who briefed reporters Friday on the committee's defense authorization bill.

Courtney Albon | May 25, 2018

The Senate Armed Services Committee's mark of the fiscal year 2019 defense policy bill supports the Air Force's plan to scrap the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System recapitalization effort and pursue an alternative, more survivable architecture.

The White House has registered objections to several reform proposals in the House Armed Services Committee's version of the fiscal year 2019 defense authorization bill, opposing provisions that would eliminate or transfer the Strategic Capabilities Office, expand the authority of the Defense Department's chief management officer and migrate the capabilities of the Defense Information Systems Agency to other Pentagon entities.

Once an over-the-horizon anti-ship missile contract is awarded it will take the Navy anywhere from 18 months to two years to complete the design work needed to incorporate the system on the Littoral Combat Ship, according to a service official.

The Air Force confirmed this week it will ask Congress to reprogram an additional $183 million for the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent this year, hoping the intercontinental ballistic missile modernization program will remain ahead of schedule.

The Senate Armed Services Committee is rewarding the Army's work to nail down a concept for the Next Generation Combat Vehicle with a sizable increase in funding to accelerate prototyping of the intended Bradley replacement, according to a staffer.

DARPA launches Assured Autonomy project to ensure AI's credibility

A new Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency program hopes to develop tools to ensure autonomous systems act properly as they evolve with machine learning, and will work with Boeing and Northrop Grumman testbeds to vet those assured autonomy techniques.

Senate panel looks to restrict end-strength growth to protect modernization spending

The Senate Armed Services Committee wants to authorize military end-strength levels below the Trump administration's fiscal year 2019 request to insulate the Pentagon's modernization accounts from the potential return of spending caps in FY-20, according to staffers who briefed reporters Friday on the committee's defense authorization bill.

Senate authorizers direct Navy to focus on lower-tier submarine vendors

A Senate panel is pushing the Navy to focus on submarine industrial base second- and third-tier vendors in its mark of the fiscal year 2019 defense policy bill.

Key Pentagon nominations sent to full Senate

The Senate Armed Services Committee has approved several nominations for senior Defense Department positions and sent them to the full chamber for consideration.

Senate bill would authorize U.S. cyber forces to go on offensive against Russian interference

New legislation in the Senate authorizes U.S. military hackers to go on the offensive against Russian attacks on the United States in cyberspace and also mandates a cyber deterrence doctrine after lawmakers were disappointed in the Trump administration's latest policy.

Congressional funding fight looms over Marine Corps' MUX

The Senate Armed Services Committee recommends authorizing $100 million for a major Marine Corps unmanned aircraft initiative, according to a summary of the fiscal year 2019 defense policy bill, putting them at odds with House lawmakers who want to cut the service's request citing "unjustified cost growth."