The U.S. Navy has ditched its plan for a dual-phased delivery of the USS John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) and instead will use a single-phased approach, meaning the entire ship will be delivered at the same time.
A multi-target air-to-air weapon and gun-armed close-support missile are among new projects DARPA plans to launch in fiscal 2021. New approaches to communicating in contested environments, attacking signals and countering laser weapons are also on the list.
With its fiscal 2021 budget request, the U.S. Air Force has consolidated funding for its first three Vanguard science and technology programs, to provide a clearer understanding of efforts to accelerate the fielding of new capabilities.
The U.S. Army has canceled the procurement of the Advanced Precision Kill Weapons System and the Mobile Intermediate Range Missile programs in the fiscal 2021 budget to free up funding for higher priorities.
The Pentagon has caved to congressional pressure and decided to fully fund the midlife refueling of the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and restore the aircraft carrier’s associated airwing in its fiscal 2021 budget request.
The U.S. Air Force wants to buy new F-35A and F-15EX aircraft in fiscal 2021 while simultaneously funding modernization efforts for F-22, F-15 and F-16 aircraft to remain ready to fight in all domains.
The Pentagon is requesting $15.4 billion for its newest service—the U.S. Space Force—in fiscal 2021, including a larger-than-anticipated increase in funding for a new generation of missile warning satellites.
The Pentagon will launch a Next Generation Interceptor (NGI) program and build out its command-and-control system as part of a budget request that seeks $20.3 billion for “Missile Defeat and Defense activities.”