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Courtney Albon | June 5, 2020

A new report from the Government Accountability Office highlights risk in the Air Force's plan to launch the first geosynchronous satellite in the Next-Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared System constellation by late 2025, calling the plan "highly aggressive and high risk."

Jaspreet Gill | June 5, 2020

The Army is getting ready to field its first integrated tactical network set to four infantry brigades following a critical design review completed earlier this year, according to service officials.

Jason Sherman | June 5, 2020

The Missile Defense Agency is readying a new Microwave Technology Testbed to mature directed-energy technologies that could be used to thwart hypersonic glide vehicles and cruise missiles.

Justin Doubleday | June 5, 2020

The Pentagon has established a new "tiger team" to engage fifth-generation wireless standards bodies, as the Defense Department seeks more influence over the technologies underlying high-speed 5G networks.

Sara Friedman | June 5, 2020

Roles and responsibilities of the Defense Department and the accreditation body for its Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program are detailed in a memorandum of understanding released this week, which spells out how government will work with industry to conduct cyber verification assessments for the defense industrial base.

The Government Accountability Office says it is encouraged by the progress the Pentagon has made managing cost growth and schedule delays in its $1.8 trillion portfolio of major acquisition programs, but warns that many programs are proceeding without "fundamental knowledge" or oversight.

The F-35 joint program office says despite a minor delay in the program's operational test schedule related to the COVID-19 pandemic, program-required test activities are slated to wrap up in the fall. These will be followed by a slate of "runs for score" meant to test the Joint Simulation Environment's integration with the aircraft and its subsystems.

As the T-7A Advanced Pilot Training program moves from design into the build phase, after passing air vehicle and ground-based training system critical design reviews in March, prime contractor Boeing says the program's use of digital engineering tools is reducing the time it takes to integrate hardware and software, increasing quality and providing key analytics as the program crafts future test plans.

General Atomics adds IJK Controls

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems said this week it has acquired a majority of the assets of IJK Controls, which provides technology for stabilization, pointing and tracking of cameras, sensors and antennas.

GAO: EASR 'highest development risk' to LHA-8

A government watchdog report has found that one of the Navy's new radar variants poses a risk to one of the America-class amphibious assault ships currently under construction.

Army completes first integrated tactical network set critical design review

The Army is getting ready to field its first integrated tactical network set to four infantry brigades following a critical design review completed earlier this year, according to service officials.

GAO sees progress in Pentagon acquisition system, but leery of future

The Government Accountability Office says it is encouraged by the progress the Pentagon has made managing cost growth and schedule delays in its $1.8 trillion portfolio of major acquisition programs, but warns that many programs are proceeding without "fundamental knowledge" or oversight.

Air Force looking to achieve IOC on future ISR, strike drone in 2031

The Air Force is looking for a new medium-altitude, unmanned aerial system to support intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and strike missions that can reach initial operational capability in spring 2031.

DOD details spending plan for $10.5B in COVID-19 relief funds

The Defense Department has sent Congress a detailed spending plan for the $10.5 billion it has been provided to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.