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Air Force Eyes ‘Digital Engineering’ to Help Industry Create More Jobs

Will Roper, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, technology and logistics and 2019 Wash100 Award winner, said digital engineering could help the service and the Department of Defense address the challenges facing contractors in rapid defense procurement initiatives, National Defense Magazine reported Friday. “Through increased computing speed, storage capacity and processing capabilities, digital engineering has empowered a paradigm shift from the traditional design-build-test methodology,” he said at a recent conference hosted by the Air Force Association in Arlington, Va.

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Nearly 100 Lawmakers Pushing for More F-35s for US Military

A bipartisan group of 99 House lawmakers agreed to increase the U.S. military’s fleet of F-35 fighter aircraft to reduce maintenance cost and address growing threats of other countries’ missile systems and stealth fighters, Defense News reported Monday. The Joint Strike Fighter Caucus sent a letter to House leaders calling for 12 additional F-35As and 12 F-35Bs for President Trump’s 2020 budget request.

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STRATCOM Head Says Navy Subs Could Carry New Low Yield Nuclear Missiles

Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, said the Navy intends to equip its submarines with the future low-yield nuclear missiles replacing large weapons that adversaries could easily detect, USNI News reported Thursday. “We’ll actually remove big weapons from the submarines and put small ones in,” Hyten told the House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee. “We think that smaller yield actually gives us a better chance to deter our primary adversary.”

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DoD Wants to Borrow Personnel, Resources From Armed Forces to Support Space Force

The Pentagon wants to transfer personnel, programs and other resources from the armed forces to the proposed Space Force once it's created under the Department of the Air Force, SpaceNews reported Thursday. The Department of Defense plans to request for Congress to grant the secretary of defense “special temporary authorities” to supply the new service the resources and workforce it would need to begin initial operations.

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Navy Expects USS Gerald R. Ford’s Advanced Arresting Gear Ready in 2019

The U.S. Navy aims to begin the expansion of aircrafts that can be launched and recovered from the next-generation aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford by end of 2019, USNI News reported Wednesday. Commander Mehdi Akacem, Ford’s air boss, said the service awaits the launch and recovery bulletins needed to put the ship’s Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System and Advanced Arresting Gear in service. 

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Pentagon’s Andrew Knaggs: USSOCOM to Develop Information Warfare Amid Growing Threat

Andrew Knaggs, deputy assistant secretary of defense for special operations and combating terrorism, said the U.S. Special Operations Command must explore and develop new information warfare methods, Air Force Times reported Wednesday. “We need to move beyond our 20th century approach to messaging and start looking at influence as an integral aspect of modern irregular warfare,” Knaggs said during a recent defense industry symposium.

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Army Employs New EW Tool to Improve Planning, Coordination in the Field

U.S. Army Europe is exploring a new electronic warfare tool designed to assist troops conduct command and control of direct connect, non-networked sensors in the field. The new Electronic Warfare Planning and Management Tool was deployed by the Program Executive Office Intelligence Electronic Warfare and Sensors to help USAREUR meet its EW needs, according to a report by the Pentagon's Director, Operational Test and Evaluation. 

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DHA, VA Healthcare Merger Enters Strategy Dev’t Phase

The Defense Health Agency announced an effort to merge the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs’ healthcare systems is in the “strategy development stage,” Bloomberg Government reported Monday. Pat Murray, deputy director of the National Legislative Service for Veterans of Foreign Wars, said the DoD VA Health Care Staffing Services initiative will help the VA provide timely health services to veterans.

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