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USS Ford Carrier Shock Test Gets DoD Backing

Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, in a letter to the Senate Armed Services Committee, said the department believes the U.S. Navy should not delay shock-testing of its $13 billion USS Gerald R. Ford carrier, Bloomberg reported Thursday. “We agree with your view that a test in normal sequence is more prudent and pragmatic,” …

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F-35B Arrives at Centcom HQ Prior to First Combat Deployment

An F-35B aircraft arrived Wednesday at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida as part of a two-day visit meant to inform U.S. Central Command senior leaders on the short-takeoff/vertical-landing aircraft’s capacities and limitations before it enters theater operations. The Lockheed Martin-built aircraft is slated for its first combat deployment aboard the USS Essex amphibious assault ship to …

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Lisa Gordon-Hagerty Picked for DOE Nuclear Security Undersecretary Post

Lisa Gordon-Hagerty, president of national security consulting firms Tier Tech International and LEG Inc., will be nominated by President Donald Trump to serve as undersecretary for nuclear security at the Energy Department, the White House announced Monday. Gordon-Hagerty previously worked at DOE as director of the department’s emergency response office and …

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Ellen Lord: Foreign Military Sales Program Essential to DoD’s Intl Partnerships

Ellen Lord, defense undersecretary for acquisition,technology and logistics, has said the Defense Department‘s foreign military sales program serves as a means for DoD to help build capacities and capabilities of U.S. partner nations, Reuters reported Thursday. “It’s a real tool for us in terms of international relations,” Lord told reporters. The former Textron …

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Senate Bill Seeks to Extend Federal Data Center Consolidation Program

A bipartisan group of senators has introduced a bill that proposes a two-year extension on Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act provisions related to agencies’ data center consolidation efforts, FCW reported Thursday. Enacted in December 2014, FITARA mandates agencies to report their progress on initiatives to consolidate and modernize data centers, migrate …

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Air Force Wants ‘Modular’ Architecture for Next ICBM Weapon System

The U.S. Air Force seeks an architecture that would allow the military branch’s future Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent intercontinental ballistic missile to adapt to technological changes and emerging threats. The service branch awarded Boeing and Northrop Grumman separate contracts worth up to $677.7 million combined to conduct technology maturation and risk reduction activities over a …

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