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Amidst Turmoil, Pentagon Persists On Acquisition Reform: Ellen Lord « Breaking Defense

Anniston Army depot PENTAGON: One constant in the abrupt transition from outgoing Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to his deputy, soon to be acting secretary, Patrick Shanahan? The grueling, technical, but crucial business of acquisition reform. For all their differences, Pentagon technocrats, House Democrats, Senate Republicans, and even President Trump can …

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MPF Light Tank Profits Estimated ~$495M: Byron Callan « Breaking Defense

BAE Systems’s prototype for the Army’s Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF) light tank. WASHINGTON: Tis the season to buy… tanks? When you Google any kind of military hardware, odds are the autocomplete algorithm will suggest “….for sale.” Of course, pricing weapons systems isn’t actually so straightforward. Whatever autocomplete may think, you …

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As Pentagon Demands Cybersecurity, Industry Group Offers New Standards: AIA « Breaking Defense

WASHINGTON: With the Pentagon increasingly anxious about how Chinese hackers constantly probe defense contractors’ networks, the massive Aerospace Industries Association is releasing an ambitious new cybersecurity plan for companies hoping to win government work. The move comes as top officials warn the defense industry that cyber hygiene will increasingly become part …

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Aircraft Win Big In FY19 Appropriations: Munitions, Space, Marines Hammered « Breaking Defense

WASHINGTON: The big news about the $674.4 billion defense appropriation that conferees agreed to yesterday is that, for the first time in nine years, it’s on time. That’s a big relief to defense officials and contractors used to limping along on restrictive Continuing Resolutions for the first months of the …

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Israeli Arrow Moves To Mississippi, Opening Export Possibilities « Breaking Defense

TEL AVIV: Complex export rules make it much easier to sell a high-tech weapons system labeled “Made In The USA” than one marked “Made In Israel.” So it’s significant that last week, the US subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), Mississippi-based Stark Aerospace, ceremoniously delivered the first US-built canister for IAI’s …

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Top Army Buyer Warns Industry To Guard Its IP Until New Policy « Breaking Defense

Bruce Jette ARMY S&T CONFERENCE: Until the Army finalizes its new policy on intellectual property — probably in “a couple of months” — the service’s acquisition chief is warning contractors to tread cautiously when discussing details of their IP with the government. Bruce Jette, assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics …

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Army Takes Its Radio Network Commercial « Breaking Defense

Army soldiers use their radios during an exercise in South Africa. ARLINGTON: As the Army reboots its battlefield radio networks, it’s jettisoning exquisitely custom-made military waveforms and moving to simpler — but more capable — commercial radio protocols. The move is underway on three fronts, Maj. Gen. David Bassett, the two-star …

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Stop Wasting Time So We Can Beat China: DoD R&D Boss, Griffin « Breaking Defense

Mike Griffin SPACE & MISSILE DEFENSE SYMPOSIUM: How much of a military-industrial rock star is Mike Griffin? Well, the former NASA director turned Pentagon R&D chief can call tell a room full of defense contractors and officials they’re wasting everyone’s money and time AND get a standing ovation. “It is …

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White House Industrial Base Study Focuses On Near-Term Fixes « Breaking Defense

A cannon barrel in the forge at Watervliet Arsenal, NY, the US Army’s only source of heavy gun tubes. WASHINGTON: The defense industrial base study that President Trump ordered a year ago is nearing completion, a well-informed administration source told Breaking Defense. But the Executive Order 13806 study may come …

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