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New legislation includes Pentagon pilot program for negotiating software data rights

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The House Armed Services Committee chairman’s mark of the fiscal 2023 National Defense Authorization Act, released Monday, includes a pilot program for the Pentagon to test the feasibility of new and unique approaches to negotiating and establishing software data rights in agreements for the procurement of software. Data rights related to weapon systems and other military technologies have long been a point of contention between the Department of Defense and…

HASC chairman worried about making big bets on Air Force’s next-gen fighter

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The Air Force wants to acquire a new stealth fighter jet as part of its Next-Generation Air Dominance (NGAD) program. But the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee has concerns that he wants addressed before Congress makes “massive investments” in the platform. Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall recently told lawmakers that the sixth-gen fighter will likely cost “multiple” hundreds of millions of dollars per plane to procure once it…

U.S. military needs more drones than tanks, says HASC chair Smith

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The U.S. military isn’t properly balanced to fight modern conflicts, and lawmakers will be pushing the Pentagon to modernize faster, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said Wednesday. Unmanned systems are an example of a capability that the Department of Defense needs more of, said Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash. “We need to … modernize our approach to warfare technology. It’s all about information and survivability now. I mean,…

DOD must make smarter investments in 2023 budget, says Rep. Adam Smith

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With a highly dynamic strategic environment and adversaries seeking to change the world order, the fiscal 2023 budget will be the most impactful and important of the last 25 years for the Department of Defense, according to the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. And as the U.S. is figuring out its role and how to brush back revisionist adversaries and competitors, it must be thoughtful about building and…