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Patrick Shanahan: DoD’s FY 2020 Spending Plan a ‘Requirement-Informed Budget’

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said the Pentagon’s $718 billion funding request for fiscal 2020 is a “requirement-informed budget” supporting the National Defense Strategy and addressing threats posed by Russia and China, the Department of Defense website reported Thursday. Shanahan, a 2019 Wash100 winner, testified on Thursday before the Senate Armed Services Committee to provide an overview of DoD's FY 2020 budget request and how its provisions intend to respond to those specific threats.

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DoD Eyes $104B Budget for R&D in FY20

The Pentagon plans to request $104B in funding for research and development in fiscal year 2020, $9B higher than what Congress appropriated for 2019, Bloomberg reported Tuesday. The latest request would be the largest amount for research and development in the department's history, officials said.

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Patrick Shanahan: Pentagon to Advance Efforts in Missiles, Cyber, Space Areas in 2019

Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has said the Pentagon plans to focus its 2019 national strategy on cyber, missiles and space areas in order to maintain the country’s military advantage. Shanahan wrote in a Defense News article published Monday that the Department of Defense will leverage developments in missile defense systems, hypersonics and long-range precision fires in 2019 to protect U.S. and international assets from adversary missiles.

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James Mattis: DoD Initiates Measures to Build Up Lethality, Alliances Under National Defense Strategy

Defense Secretary James Mattis has said the Pentagon has launched several initiatives to advance the National Defense Strategy’s three lines of effort, Defense.gov reported Saturday. Mattis told the audience at the Reagan National Defense Forum in California that the Defense Department has initiated the recapitalization of the nuclear deterrent in order to increase lethality.
 

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US to Pursue Hypersonics as ‘Joint Effort’ Between Service Branches

Patrick Shanahan, deputy secretary of defense, recently said that the U.S. military will be pursuing hypersonic weapons as a joint effort between service branches, adding that development initiatives would be in line with future funding requests, CNBC reported Wednesday. Shanahan also made assurances that the U.S. will operate hypersonic weapons “sooner and more often than people have ever expected.”

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Report: Jim Faist, Milan Nikolich Named Directors at DoD’s Research & Engineering Org

The Defense Department has appointed government industry veterans Jim Faist and Milan "Mitch" Nikolich as directors within the newly created research and engineering division, Inside Defense reported Thursday. Faist will oversee hypersonics, autonomy, space and networked command, control and communications areas as director of defense research and engineering for capabilities, a DoD spokeswoman told the publication.

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Reports: Senate OKs Fiscal 2019 Appropriations Package With $675B for Pentagon

The Senate on Thursday voted 85-7 to approve a package of bills that would appropriate $854B in funds for fiscal 2019, Reuters reported Thursday. Senate leaders on both sides of the aisle agreed to combine the appropriations bills for the departments of Defense, Health and Human Services, Labor and Education in order to facilitate the passage of the package in the upper chamber as they work to avoid a government shutdown by the end of September.

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Lt. Gen. VeraLinn Jamieson: Sensors, Hypersonics Could Be Part of USAF’s Future ISR Grid

Air Force Lt. Gen. VeraLinn “Dash” Jamieson, deputy chief of staff for the service’s intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, has said the military branch’s future ISR architecture could include hypersonics, spaced-based sensors and drone swarms, C4ISRNET reported Wednesday. Jamieson said in a Tuesday interview that the future ISR grid could feature a “balanced …

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DoD Restructures Research & Engineering, Acquisition Offices

The Defense Department has issued a memo that details the reorganization of the offices of the undersecretary of research and engineering and undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment, Defense News reported Tuesday. Lt. Col. Michelle Baldanza, a spokeswoman for DoD, told the publication that Congress and Defense Secretary James Mattis have …

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