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Ryan McCarthy: Army to Shift $10B for Modernization Priorities

Army Undersecretary Ryan McCarthy said the service will reprogram $10 billion to fund other modernization priorities in its program objective memorandum for fiscal year 2021 through FY 2025, Defense News reported Friday. The service will free up funds through another round of a review process called “night court.” The Army announced that it used the process to shift up to $30 billion in funds toward other modernization initiatives in February.

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Ellen Lord: US Should Continue Nuclear Power Upgrade, Stay Ahead of Russia, China

Ellen Lord, under secretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment and 2019 Wash100 Award winner, said the government should avoid any interruption or funding cuts in its ongoing nuclear capability modernization to stay ahead of Russia and China, which have been upgrading their nuclear power. She cited that some U.S. weapons are already approaching ages where technologies are required to end operations, the Department of Defense said Thursday

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GAO Reports on VH-92A Initiative Progress

The General Accountability Office published a report highlighting the development progress of a U.S. Navy initiative to replace its presidential helicopter fleet with the Sikorsky VH-92A aircraft. The VH-92A acquisition program decreased its developmental costs by four percent since its conception in April 2014 due to some changes in design, stable requirements and program efficiency, GAO said Thursday.

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Ryan McCarthy: Army Shifting $30B for Modernization Efforts

During an Association of the United States Army event, Ryan McCarthy, army undersecretary, said that the service branch has realigned around $30B in its five-year spending plan to address modernization needs, National Defense magazine reported Tuesday. McCarthy noted that $22B will result from proposed program cuts while $8B will come from “cost avoidance” initiatives.

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Navy Gives Fire Scout New Mission to Make Littoral Combat Ships More Lethal

The U.S. Navy is changing the mission of its MQ-8C Fire Scout rotary-wing unmanned systems to make Littoral Combat Ships more lethal to keep up with the changing warfare, USNI News reported Wednesday. In 2018, the service began the effort to shift Fire Scout away from missions to protect LCS. Instead, the aircraft will focus on providing targeting information to weapons aboard the ship. 

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David Goldfein: DoD Requesting $135M for ‘Penetrating’ Warfighting Tech

U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein said at a recent event in Washington, D.C. that the Department of Defense will request $135B for warfighting capabilities intended to penetrate, National Defense reported Tuesday. The DoD’s fiscal year 2020 budget request will include stealth aircrafts like the F-35 joint strike fighter and other technologies intended to infiltrate the defense systems of adversaries.

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U.S. Army’s RDECOM Changes Name and Joins AFC; John Murray Quoted

The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command has joined the Army Futures Command and rebranded the name to the Combat Capabilities Development Command during a ceremony on Jan. 31. CCDC's science and technology advisers met with cross functional teams and the Modernization Task Force to prepare for the command's transition to AFC, the Army said Thursday

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Mark Esper: Army Seeking Modernization Funding to Achieve Readiness by FY 2022

Mark Esper, Secretary of the U.S. Army, said in an interview the service branch wants to allocate significant funding into science and technology efforts to reach its readiness goals by fiscal year 2022, Defense News reported Tuesday. He noted that the Army is making progress with 31 programs under the established Futures Command in line with the service’s modernization strategy developed in 2018.

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USMC Requesting $14B in FY 2020 Funding for Modernization, Readiness

Lt. Gen. Brian Beaudreault, the U.S. Marine Corps’ deputy commandant for plans, policies and operations, announced the USMC is requesting $14B for modernization and $13.8B for near-term readiness efforts, USNI News reported Thursday. Each appropriation accounts for 30 percent of the service branch’s total budget for fiscal year 2020.

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