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Jason Sherman September 18, 2020

The Air Force has tapped Lockheed Martin to exercise a project using a new contract vehicle potentially worth $15 billion for continued development and procurement of C-130J aircraft -- a five-year deal with options to buy as many as 120 aircraft that, if fully exercised, could dwarf the most recent multiyear procurement deals for the U.S. military's intra-theater lift workhorse fleet.

Justin Doubleday September 17, 2020

Members of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence are advocating for the Pentagon's top leaders to be more involved in the military's approach to AI and emerging technologies, including through the creation of a new senior-level steering committee.

Ashley Tressel September 17, 2020

Army Futures Command has chosen Austin Community College District in Texas as the home for its new Software Factory, the service announced today.

Tony Bertuca September 17, 2020

Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord say they oppose House legislation that would reduce spending on nuclear weapons and re-structure the way the arsenal is funded.

Jason Sherman September 17, 2020

The Trump administration is balking at four missile defense provisions advanced by the Senate Armed Services Committee's mark of the fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill, asking lawmakers to reconsider a funding cut and increase to the Next Generation Interceptor and Homeland Defense Radar-Hawaii programs, respectively.

SAIC reorganizes business units

Science Applications International Corp. announced today the company has reorganized its business units.

NAVSEA chief calls on increased focus on fire safety in shipyards

Naval shipyards must retain the increased focus on fire safety that has followed the July fire aboard the amphibious assault ship Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6), according to the head of Naval Sea Systems Command.

Commission tells lawmakers the Pentagon needs more 'top-down' leadership on AI, emerging technologies

Members of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence are advocating for the Pentagon's top leaders to be more involved in the military's approach to AI and emerging technologies, including through the creation of a new senior-level steering committee.

Pentagon tech advisers to deliver recommendations on how the military can test, validate AI systems

The Defense Innovation Board will recommend ways the Defense Department can test and validate artificially intelligent systems are meeting safety and performance goals, considered a key hurdle to the military's goal of rapidly fielding AI capabilities.

General Atomics wins up to $7.4 billion to supply MQ-9 Reapers

The Air Force has awarded General Atomics an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract that enables the service and its foreign military sale partners to purchase up to 36 MQ-9 Reapers annually over the next five years.

White House highlights opposition to Senate defense bill that would re-name bases

The White House has sent the Senate Armed Services Committee a list of provisions in the fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill it does not like, but chose to lead with one President Trump has said would make him veto the entire must-pass bill -- the re-naming of U.S. military bases that currently honor Confederate leaders.