Tags William LaPlante Jr.

DOD officials push for contractors to hire more cyber talent through apprenticeships

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A new department memo calls for DOD officials to talk to contractors about launching cyber apprenticeships.

Pentagon acquisition chief sees ‘lots of different options’ for procuring kamikaze drones

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The DOD's top weapons buyer doesn't see supply chain issues or industrial base shortfalls when it comes to loitering munitions.

Pentagon tight-lipped about new counter-drone technology destined for Ukraine

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The latest tranche of U.S. security assistance for Ukraine includes what Defense officials have vaguely described as a “suite” of counter-drone technologies.

Pentagon taking steps forward on hypersonics; New Army multi-domain task force

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Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment William LaPlante.

HACM contract winners see opportunities for producing less expensive hypersonics at higher rates

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Raytheon Technologies and its industry partner Northrop Grumman have been tapped to develop a new air-launched Hypersonic Attack Cruise Missile (HACM) for the Air Force.

Raytheon tapped to develop Air Force’s Hypersonic Attack Cruise Missile

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Raytheon beat out Lockheed Martin and Boeing for the down-select for the HACM program. The companies had each done preliminary design work before the contract award to Raytheon was announced Thursday.

Pentagon aiming to buy hypersonic missiles for $5M-10M per round

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The DOD has already spent billions of dollars on research, development, test and evaluation for these types of systems, and officials hope to transition them into production soon.

DOD acquisition chief on hypersonics; Future of BYOD at the Army

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Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment Bill LaPlante; former Principal Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Advisor to the President Joel Bagnal.

Pentagon acquisition chief optimistic — but not certain — that hypersonics will transition into production soon

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The Pentagon’s top weapons buyer is optimistic that U.S. hypersonic weapons will finally move into large-scale production in the coming years, but said “the proof will be in the pudding.” The tech has long been confined to research and development, Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment William LaPlante noted at the annual Defense News Conference on Wednesday. “Keep in mind hypersonics has been a weapon of the future for…