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Report: Army Gets $343M Funding Boost for Weapons, Munitions R&D in FY 2019 Budget Compromise

Congressional negotiators have reached a deal to allocate $383.4M in fiscal 2019 funds for the U.S. Army's research and development work on weapons systems and munitions, Defense News reported Monday. The negotiated spending bill released late Thursday reflects a $343M increase from the service's budget request of $40.4M for weapons and munitions tech development and improvement efforts.

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CRS: US Led Global Conventional Arms Trade in 2015

A new report from the Congressional Research Service says the U.S. continued to lead the world in global conventional armaments trade during 2015 as overall weapons orders decreased to $79.8 billion in 2015 from $89 billion in 2014. The report titled “Conventional Arms Transfers to Developing Nations, 2008-2015” also revealed that the U.S. government’s global …

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OpenTheBooks: DoD Has Transferred $2B in Surplus Military Gear to Local Police Depts Since 2006

OpenTheBooks, a watchdog group that monitors government spending activities, has found that the Defense Department has transferred approximately $2.2 billion in surplus military equipment to local police departments across the U.S. since 2006. Adam Andrzejewski, founder and CEO of OpenTheBooks, wrote in an opinion piece for Forbes published Tuesday the organization also …

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Ashton Carter Unveils New DoD Cyber Strategy

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has released a new strategic plan for the Defense Department to secure cyberspace operations and strengthen cybersecurity of weapon systems, the Washington Business Journal reported Thursday. Jill Aitoro writes the 42-page cyber strategy document calls for the agency to include security standards in military technology acquisition …

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Michael Gilmore: DoD’s Testing Org Finds Security Flaws in Military Weapon Systems

Michael Gilmore, operational test and evaluation director at the Defense Department, said his office uncovered cybersecurity vulnerabilities in more than 40 weapons that were tested during fiscal 2014, Reuters reported Tuesday. Andrea Shalal writes Gilmore released his annual report showing that many U.S. military weapon systems have outdated, misconfigured and …

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Ellen Lord: Pace of US Int’l Weapon, Drone Sales Hits Defense Industry

Textron Systems CEO Ellen Lord says the government’s process for sales of weapons and unmanned systems to international customers is affecting business for U.S. defense companies amid declining Pentagon sales, Defense One reported Thursday. Marcus Weisgerber writes that Lord believes the foreign military sales program’s pace and process present an advantage to companies in Europe, Russia and …

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