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Air National Guard Chief Worries as Aircraft Fleets AgeUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).New
Sarah Sicard12/19/2014 3:35 PM1 Approved12/19/2014 3:37 PM
As Air National Guard fleets continue to age and budget constraints slow procurement, it is growing more difficult to maintain older aircraft, the service's top leader said Dec. 19.
Blackwater Founder Erik Prince: What Is He Up To These Days?Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).New
Sandra Erwin12/19/2014 10:44 AM0 Approved12/19/2014 10:58 AM
Blackwater Worldwide founder Eric D. Prince once made handsome profits as a private security contractor to the U.S. government. He no longer sees a future in that industry, though.
F-35 Program Weighs Security Concerns as It Creates Global Supplier BaseUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin12/18/2014 11:00 AM0 Approved12/18/2014 11:23 AM
The U.S. military's most technologically sophisticated aircraft was designed to overwhelm enemies in combat but also as a novel multinational business consortium.
Navy to Start Competition for New Fire Scout RadarUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Valerie Insinna12/17/2014 4:37 PM0 Approved12/17/2014 4:48 PM
The Navy is planning to start a competition next year for a new maritime search radar to be installed on the MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter that will conduct surveillance off the littoral combat ship.
Army Rethinking Tactical Radios As It Tries to Lighten Soldier LoadUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Brian Taylor12/17/2014 3:32 PM4 Approved12/17/2014 3:35 PM
 Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster threw a wrench into long-standing plans to buy thousands of new radios.
Navy Aircraft Carriers Have Political Backing, But Face Financial PerilUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin12/16/2014 1:15 PM0 Approved12/16/2014 1:30 PM
The defense policy legislation Congress passed this month firmly backs the Navy's goal to operate a fleet of 11 aircraft carriers.
Analysis: Firearms Maker Colt a Cautionary Tale for Defense ContractorsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin12/15/2014 10:23 AM1 Approved12/17/2014 3:41 PM
n the wake of steep cuts to U.S. military budgets, many companies are finding themselves in financial distress.
Military Study Criticizes Direction of U.S. National Security PolicyUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin12/13/2014 5:09 PM3 Approved12/15/2014 6:57 AM
The United States does not have a credible strategy to combat enemies like Islamic extremist groups and needs to rethink its entire national security decision-making process, a new military-funded study suggests.
Italy, Turkey Big Winners of Future F-35 Logistics WorkUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin12/11/2014 3:01 PM1 Approved12/11/2014 3:17 PM
The Pentagon has begun to assign potentially lucrative logistics support work to foreign buyers of the F-35 joint strike fighter.
Navy's Drone-Zapping Laser Declared a SuccessUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Valerie Insinna12/10/2014 3:14 PM0 Approved12/10/2014 3:17 PM
The service’s laser weapons system, or LaWS, has been cleared to defend the afloat forward staging based its stationed on, the USS Ponce, said Rear Adm. Matthew Klunder, chief of naval research.
EXCLUSIVE: X-47B May Begin Automated Aerial Refueling Demonstrations Next YearUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Valerie Insinna12/8/2014 3:31 PM0 Approved12/8/2014 3:36 PM
The Navy’s carrier-based unmanned aircraft demonstrator is undergoing preparations for automated aerial refueling testing next year, including a possible flight demonstration using the aircraft itself, said officials from the service and X-47B manufacturer Northrop Grumman.
Textron's Small Drones Cleared by FAA for Test Flights in Mid-AtlanticUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin12/8/2014 12:00 PM0 Approved12/8/2014 12:46 PM
Textron Inc.'s unmanned aircraft division has received a key approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to participate in test and research flights along the East Coast
Acquisition Reform: It’s Mostly Up to CongressUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin12/4/2014 2:43 PM1 Approved12/8/2014 8:25 AM
A new report by one of Washington’s most respected defense acquisition experts lays out a roadmap for how Congress and the Pentagon can begin to fix what everyone agrees is a broken procurement system.
Transportation Command Acquiring New Equipment to Evacuate Ebola PatientsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Valerie Insinna12/4/2014 2:27 PM0 Approved12/4/2014 2:31 PM
When the Ebola outbreak struck West Africa and U.S. forces were called in to assist efforts to contain the virus, the U.S. military did not have the ability to evacuate an infected person. Within 60 days, that changed, said the head of U.S Transportation Command.
Simulation, Training Industry Executives Optimistic About Future (UPDATED)Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Yasmin Tadjdeh12/4/2014 2:16 PM0 Approved12/8/2014 3:57 PM
Despite tighter budgets and fewer upcoming program awards in the military pipeline, training and simulation industry executives said they see a rosy future.
F-35 Simulators Face Network Connection Issues (UPDATED)Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Yasmin Tadjdeh12/4/2014 8:42 AM0 Approved12/8/2014 3:56 PM
While the number of training systems for the F-35 joint strike fighter program continues to grow, the simulators the services and foreign military customers use are unable to connect to each other, said the program’s executive officer on Dec. 2.
Pentagon to Begin Drafting Technology RoadmapUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin12/3/2014 4:26 PM2 Approved12/3/2014 4:35 PM
The Defense Department is seeking to recapture the technology magic of decades past that propelled the United States to become the world's only superpower.
With Ashton Carter as Pentagon Chief, Defense Industry Has a Friend and a Foe Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin12/3/2014 12:15 PM0 Approved12/3/2014 12:17 PM
President Obama's selection of Ashton B. Carter as the next secretary of defense should give the defense industry reasons to both cheer and fret.
New Video Game Could Speed Up Acquisition TimelinesUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Yasmin Tadjdeh12/3/2014 10:04 AM4 Approved12/3/2014 10:18 AM
By the time a piece of military equipment is fielded, it has already reached a point where it would be extremely costly to make soldier-recommended alterations. An Army-led initiative called synthetic prototyping hopes to collect that troop feedback earlier in the acquisition process in order to save time and money.
CEO: Defense Industry Cannot Operate Under Fiscal UncertaintyUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Yasmin Tadjdeh12/3/2014 8:42 AM0 Approved12/3/2014 8:43 AM
The defense industry has been walloped by canceled or pared back contract awards over the last two years as a result of budget cuts. While the sector can deal with smaller funding pools, it can no longer bear the “chaos” caused by fiscal uncertainty, the CEO and president of Engility Corp. said Dec. 2.
U.S. Army Forces Commander: Training and Simulation Critical to ReadinessUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Yasmin Tadjdeh12/2/2014 3:49 PM0 Approved12/2/2014 3:50 PM
As the military faces a “very difficult fiscal environment,” simulation training to maintain troop readiness will be imperative, said Gen. Mark Milley, commander of the U.S. Army Forces Command.
U.S. Defense Executives Warn Against Shutting Out Foreign CompetitorsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin12/2/2014 10:00 AM0 Approved12/2/2014 10:43 AM
The Pentagon for decades has been a reliable buyer of "Made in America" weapons technology. While that should please U.S. companies, defense CEOs are warning that protectionist policies over time will backfire by thwarting innovation and by making U.S. companies less competitive in the cutthroat international arms market.
Why the Military Has a Budget Message ProblemUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin11/29/2014 1:07 PM0 Approved12/1/2014 7:59 AM
The military message has not resonated, although that is not entirely the Pentagon’s fault, says retired Marine Corps Lt. Gen. George Flynn, who is a former director of force Development on the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
I/ITSEC Begins as Training, Simulation Industry Faces Changing MarketUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Yasmin Tadjdeh11/25/2014 4:26 PM0 Approved12/1/2014 8:03 AM
Thousands of attendees and hundreds of exhibitors will meet this week in Orlando, Florida, for the annual Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference.
Pentagon Policy, Budget Issues Not Likely to Change in Wake of Hagel FiringUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin11/24/2014 2:35 PM0 Approved11/24/2014 2:42 PM
Defense insiders say it really does not matter who steps in to run the Defense Department because the White House National Security Council is going to continue to set the agenda on most major issues.
Despite Contracting Reforms, Pentagon Seen As Unfriendly to BusinessUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin11/21/2014 9:09 AM3 Approved11/21/2014 9:13 AM
The private sector is skeptical. Industry executives say they appreciate the Pentagon's initiatives but so far see them as empty rhetoric.
Northrop Grumman Launches Cyber CenterUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sarah Sicard11/21/2014 8:45 AM0 Approved11/21/2014 4:01 PM
Northrop Grumman, in an effort to address its clients' most dangerous cyber threats, announced on Nov. 19 the launch of its new Advanced Cyber Technology Center.
McCain Emerges as Pentagon’s Last Hope to Avert SequesterUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin11/20/2014 12:00 PM0 Approved11/20/2014 12:34 PM
There is still fresh hope for defense in the new Congress when Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., takes the gavel as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Air Force Poised to Make Key Decisions on Weapon AcquisitionsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin11/19/2014 3:00 PM0 Approved11/19/2014 3:29 PM
Acquisitions of new weapons such as replacements for aging bombers, surveillance airplanes and trainer aircraft are caught in a zero-sum game as the Air Force struggles to fit expensive programs under a flat budget top line
New Amphibious Ship Requirements Coming Next SummerUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Brian Taylor11/19/2014 2:26 PM0 Approved11/19/2014 2:44 PM
The Navy is currently working through the preliminary design of a new amphibious ship, the LX(R), and expects to release requirements next July, an official said Nov 19.
Lack of Strategy, Accountability Feeds Rampant Corruption in AfghanistanUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Yasmin Tadjdeh11/18/2014 11:41 AM0 Approved11/18/2014 11:52 AM
A lack of strategy and accountability by the United States Agency for International Development, the State Department and the Defense Department is fueling the rampant corruption plaguing Afghanistan reconstruction efforts, said John Sopko, inspector general for reconstruction in the country.
Vice CNO: Sequestration Threatens Littoral Combat Ship, Mission ModulesUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sarah Sicard11/18/2014 11:21 AM4 Approved11/18/2014 11:25 AM
The littoral combat ship’s mine countermeasures module will be a key enabler for the Marine Corps that will keep expeditionary forces out of bomb infested waters, but if sequestration returns in fiscal year 2016, it could pose a risk to the program, Adm. Michelle Howard said.
NDIA Names Retired Air Force Gen. Craig R. McKinley its New President and CEOUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Stew Magnuson11/18/2014 9:57 AM0 Approved11/18/2014 10:00 AM
The National Defense Industrial Association announced Nov. 18 that retired Air Force Gen. Craig R. McKinley will be the association’s next president and CEO, effective Jan. 1.
High Water-Speed Still a Priority for Marine Corps' Amphibious Assault VehicleUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sarah Sicard11/18/2014 9:13 AM0 Approved11/18/2014 9:23 AM
The Marine Corps spent $3.5 billion and 25 years developing an amphibious assault vehicle that can skim on top of the water at high speeds. Even though four of its attempts floundered, the service has not given up on creating a vehicle with that capability, officials said Nov. 17.
Chances for Sequester Relief Fade as Post-Midterm Showdowns Take ShapeUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin11/16/2014 8:10 AM2 Approved11/17/2014 7:24 AM
Anyone who expects the new Republican majority on Capitol Hill to lift the lid on military spending is either naïve or oblivious to the obvious, a panel of current and former lawmakers said.
Hagel: DoD Will Invest in 'Game Changing' TechnologiesUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin11/15/2014 9:46 PM2 Approved11/17/2014 7:19 AM
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered a sweeping review of military research programs as the Pentagon becomes increasingly worried about losing its technological edge.
Nuclear Review Finds Fault With Leaders, Sides with Lower-Ranking PersonnelUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Stew Magnuson11/14/2014 3:09 PM0 Approved11/14/2014 3:20 PM
An independent review of the Defense Department’s nuclear enterprise released Nov. 14 found a large disconnect between senior leaders and the lower-ranking personnel charged with safeguarding, maintaining and deploying the nation’s nuclear weapons arsenal. 
Roboticist: Lethal Autonomy 'Inevitable'Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Brian Taylor11/14/2014 1:20 PM2 Approved11/14/2014 1:33 PM
Despite continued controversy regarding robots that can apply lethal force autonomously, militaries are continuing to develop these capabilities at a rapid rate, said a roboticist at the International Neuroethics Society meeting Nov. 13.
Amid a Year of Challenges, F-35C Sea Trials Progressing WellUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Brian Taylor11/14/2014 10:47 AM1 Approved11/21/2014 8:35 AM
Aboard the USS Nimitz — For those involved with procuring, developing, testing and piloting the naval variant of the joint strike fighter, the past week of F-35C sea trials has been a reprieve from technical challenges, including engine problems and issues with the tail hook that lead to a complete redesign.
New Commandant Dunford Wants to Keep the Marine Corps 'Relevant'Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin11/14/2014 7:00 AM0 Approved11/14/2014 12:22 PM
Marine Commandant Gen. Dunford wants to reassure Marines that they are "relevant and in high demand." But he also warns that, in order to stay on top of its game, the Marine Corps will need to step up its training and its investments in technology.
Army, Special Operations Forces Eye Lighter, Cheaper Shoulder-Fired WeaponsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin11/10/2014 4:11 PM3 Approved11/10/2014 4:24 PM
The Army and U.S. Special Operations Command will be testing a new antitank shoulder-fired weapon that is much lighter than current models.
Budget Battle Begins as Obama Requests Additional War FundsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin11/9/2014 8:51 AM0 Approved11/10/2014 7:10 AM
The Obama administration and the lame duck Congress will be testing the waters of compromise as the president seeks rapid approval of additional war funds.
FAA Official: Small Drone Rule to Be Released by End of YearUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Yasmin Tadjdeh11/7/2014 11:23 AM0 Approved11/7/2014 11:31 AM
After years of waiting, a Federal Aviation Administration official said the agency was close to releasing a ruling that would give commercial entities greater access to fly small unmanned aerial system in the domestic airspace.
DARPA Biotech Office Recruiting Startups, InnovatorsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin11/7/2014 9:16 AM1 Approved11/7/2014 9:22 AM
The Pentagon's technology arm is prepared to invest up to $700,000 in a promising idea in the field of biological sciences and technology.
Navy Looking to Expand Range, Speed of Unmanned Underwater VehiclesUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sarah Sicard11/6/2014 4:39 PM2 Approved11/6/2014 4:45 PM
The Navy wants unmanned underwater vehicles that are faster, with better target identification and data transmission capabilities, officials told industry Nov. 6.
Election 2014: What's Next for Defense?Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Brian Taylor11/4/2014 10:59 PM0 Approved11/4/2014 11:07 PM
The results of election 2014 carry high stakes for the national security policy establishment and industrial complex.
Navy to Begin Preparations for Cyber WarfareUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sarah Sicard11/1/2014 8:32 AM0 Approved11/1/2014 8:42 AM
The Navy's "task force cyber awakening" is a sweeping effort to understand the fleet's vulnerabilities.
F-35 Engine Problems Could Impact Marine Corps IOC (UPDATED)Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Valerie Insinna10/30/2014 5:00 PM2 Approved10/31/2014 11:07 AM
The F-35 joint program office is closer to choosing a permanent fix for engine problems that resulted in the grounding of the fleet in June. However, delays to the test program are putting pressure on the Marine Corps’ ability to meet its initial operational capability scheduled for July 1.
Former Obama Officials: U.S. Unable to Cope With Complex Security ChallengesUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin10/30/2014 4:29 PM1 Approved10/30/2014 4:31 PM
There are many ticking time bombs across the foreign policy landscape, as well as in cyberspace, that could set off bigger crises for the United States.
Updating Nuclear Weapons Arsenal Requires Renewed Focus, Steady Funding Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Stew Magnuson10/29/2014 12:29 PM0 Approved10/29/2014 12:43 PM
The United States went on a two-decade “procurement holiday” when it came to updating its nuclear weapons arsenal and its delivery systems, but now the bill is coming due, the head of the National Nuclear Security Administration said Oct. 29.
Army Officials: Modernization Plans About to Go Off the RailsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin10/27/2014 7:00 AM0 Approved10/27/2014 7:25 AM
The Army’s equipment modernization accounts are being drained faster than had been anticipated when the post-war drawdown began.
In Proposal to Congress, Pentagon Seeks Simplification of Acquisition ProcessUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin10/24/2014 12:58 PM2 Approved10/24/2014 1:05 PM
"Ease the burdens on program managers" sums up the gist of the acquisition reforms that the Defense Department hopes Congress will pass in 2016.
Gilmore: Major Weapon Acquisitions Can't Be Fixed OvernightUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin10/22/2014 9:12 AM1 Approved10/22/2014 9:33 AM
DOT&E Director J. Michael Gilmore is required by law to provide an independent assessment of the performance of major weapon systems.
U.S. Defense Industry Needs Export Reform to Beat Global CompetitionUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin10/21/2014 1:00 PM1 Approved10/21/2014 1:21 PM
Global commercial aerospace and defense markets are far more competitive than is currently appreciated in Washington.
With Loads of New Electronics Coming Online, Navy Seeks Shipboard Power Management SolutionUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Valerie Insinna10/20/2014 2:32 PM0 Approved10/20/2014 2:41 PM
The Office of Naval Research is developing new electrical components and systems to help the service better distribute and manage its power supply, Sharon Beermann-Curtin, ONR’s power and energy technical lead, told National Defense.
Pentagon Contracting Trends Paint Gloomy Picture for Defense IndustryUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin10/17/2014 4:36 PM0 Approved10/18/2014 2:10 PM
Pentagon contracts did plunge as a result of the 2013 sequester, but the squeeze on contractors is likely to persist into the future, analysts from the Center for Strategic and International Studies predict.
First Squadron of E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Ready to DeployUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Valerie Insinna10/17/2014 1:42 PM1 Approved10/17/2014 2:03 PM
The Navy in 2015 will deploy the first squadron of its new airborne early warning aircraft, the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, a Navy official said October 16.
Four Years After Establishment, Army Cyber Command Touts Progress (UPDATED)Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sarah Sicard10/16/2014 4:08 PM0 Approved10/17/2014 11:45 AM
The relatively new Army Cyber Command is looking to perform more joint operations as it continues to build its capabilities, a pair of its senior leaders said Oct. 15 at the Association of the United States Army annual conference in Washington, D.C.
Turkey Postured to Defeat ISIL Without NATO HelpUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Yasmin Tadjdeh10/16/2014 12:17 PM1 Approved10/16/2014 12:50 PM
Despite continued threats to its border with Syria, Turkey is capable of handling pressure from the conflict without major NATO support, an Army official said Oct.16.
FEMA Preparing for Possible Shortages of Bio-Hazard Gear as Ebola Fears Rise Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Stew Magnuson10/16/2014 10:51 AM1 Approved10/16/2014 11:03 AM
The Obama administration is looking into evoking the Defense Production Act to stem possible shortages of bio-hazard protective gear as fears of an Ebola outbreak grows, a Federal Emergency Management Agency official said Oct. 15.
Army Studying Path Forward For Future Fighting VehicleUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sarah Sicard10/16/2014 9:10 AM0 Approved10/16/2014 9:20 AM
The shadow of the cancelled ground combat vehicle hung over the Association of the U.S. Army annual meeting and exposition, but the service is already looking at options for a Bradley infantry fighting vehicle replacement that could be developed years into the future.
Army's Pacific Strategy Seen As Model for Peacetime TrainingUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sarah Sicard10/16/2014 8:56 AM0 Approved10/16/2014 9:01 AM
Army commanders who oversee the Asia-Pacific region are testing an unconventional way to train soldiers under a program called Pacific Pathways.
Army Industrial Base Said to Be in 'Death Spiral'Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sarah Sicard10/15/2014 1:36 PM5 Approved10/15/2014 1:40 PM
There was plenty of doom and gloom on the final day of the Association of the United States Army annual conference where a panel of officials, industry leaders and academics spelled out all the problems with the service's research, development and acquisition enterprise.
With Few Army Aviation Opportunities in Sight, Industry Targets R&D ProgramsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sarah Sicard10/15/2014 12:55 PM0 Approved10/15/2014 1:11 PM
With no upcoming new-start Army aviation programs in the years ahead, industry is focused on science and technology programs that grant the service a massive leap ahead in capabilities including range, speed and payload.
Odierno Questions Army's Ability to Maintain Readiness Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Stew Magnuson10/14/2014 4:48 PM0 Approved10/14/2014 5:00 PM
Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno said Oct. 14 the service may not be able to maintain readiness in the face of expected budget cuts.
Future of Army Programs Obscured by SequestrationUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Yasmin Tadjdeh10/14/2014 2:07 PM0 Approved10/14/2014 2:22 PM
The Army’s funding for its research, development and acquisition account is dwindling twice as fast as its baseline budget, the service’s top acquisition official said Oct. 14.
Johnson: No Credible Intelligence ISIL Planning Biological Attacks Against HomelandUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Yasmin Tadjdeh10/14/2014 1:01 PM1 Approved10/14/2014 1:04 PM
The Islamic State, also known as ISIL, has made threats against the United States and its western allies, but there is no credible evidence that it is planning a biological attack, Department of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said Oct. 14.
Army Leaders Worry About Looming Fiscal CliffUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Stew Magnuson10/13/2014 5:20 PM0 Approved10/13/2014 5:24 PM
Odierno and Army Secretary John McHugh during a news conference Oct. 13 made a strong appeal to Congress to roll back automatic budget cuts set to begin in fiscal year 2016.
Hagel Makes Strong Case for Action to Cope With Climate ChangeUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin10/12/2014 5:08 PM0 Approved10/14/2014 7:00 AM
The military also expects to be increasingly on alert as climate events cause instability around the world.
Defense Industry Seeks to Reignite Debate on Economic Impact of Pentagon Budget CutsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Brian Taylor10/12/2014 10:36 AM2 Approved10/12/2014 11:35 AM
The defense industry has not fully recovered from the political damage caused by a 2012 study that predicted that military budget cuts would wipe out more than 2 million jobs across the United States over the next decade.
Air Force Official: Future Long-Range Strike Bomber ‘Essential to Warfare’Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Yasmin Tadjdeh10/10/2014 9:16 AM1 Approved10/10/2014 9:38 AM
The need for a new long-range strike bomber in the Air Force’s inventory is imperative, said the commander of the service’s Global Strike Command on Oct. 9.
Pentagon Official: ‘Duration of Ebola Crisis Unknown’Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Stew Magnuson10/7/2014 6:38 PM0 Approved10/7/2014 6:41 PM
The Pentagon has quickly escalated efforts to help contain the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa. But the Defense Department’s response came too late to prevent what has now become an international health crisis.
Northrop Grumman Pitching New Humvee Chassis to Army Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Valerie Insinna10/7/2014 3:44 PM0 Approved10/7/2014 4:28 PM
Northrop Grumman has designed a new Humvee chassis that would restore the vehicle’s original mobility and payload capabilities while maintaining its current level of protection, a company executive announced Oct. 7.
ISIL Determined to Acquire Biological Weapons (UPDATED)Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sarah Sicard10/7/2014 2:05 PM2 Approved10/9/2014 4:36 PM
The U.S. military has evidence that Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria are seeking biological weapons, an Army official said Oct. 7.
Official Touts Progress of Once Broken Air Force Acquisition EnterpriseUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Stew Magnuson10/7/2014 8:04 AM0 Approved10/7/2014 9:19 AM
Five years into a long-term plan to turn around the Air Force's bad reputation for poor acquisition management, the service is beginning to make progress, a senior service leader said Oct. 6.
Navy Will Deploy Swarms of Autonomous Robots to Protect Warships at SeaUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin10/5/2014 6:03 AM0 Approved10/6/2014 8:30 AM
Robots in combat are no longer a novelty in the U.S. military. Dangerous jobs such as explosives detection, warzone surveillance and precision-guided airstrikes already have been handed off to robots. The Navy is taking the technology a step further.
Senate Report Showcases Top Thinkers on Defense Acquisition, But Legislative Path Ahead Still UnclearUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin10/3/2014 12:09 PM2 Approved10/4/2014 5:06 PM
That military weapon acquisitions continue to be plagued by cost overruns and schedule delays is particularly frustrating to many lawmakers.
Rapid Equipping Force to Expand Reach GloballyUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Yasmin Tadjdeh10/2/2014 2:57 PM0 Approved10/2/2014 2:58 PM
The Rapid Equipping Force cut its teeth during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan rushing new technology to soldiers in days or weeks instead of months or years. Now, with fewer boots on the ground in the Middle East, the REF will turn to other parts of the globe, said its director on Oct. 2.
NATO Awaits as Turkey Considers Joining ISIL FightUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sarah Sicard10/2/2014 12:22 PM0 Approved10/2/2014 12:24 PM
NATO is in a wait-and-see mode on the question of whether it would come to the assistance of member nation Turkey as the Islamic State terrorist group pushes up against its border with Syria, one of the organization's top generals said Oct. 2.
Navy Secretary: Value of Forward Presence Seen in Fight Against Islamic StateUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Valerie Insinna9/30/2014 2:38 PM0 Approved9/30/2014 5:23 PM
The Navy has spent about $100 million on operations targeting the Islamic State, including air and cruise missile strikes, the Secretary of the Navy said.
Pentagon Warns It Can't Continue to Police the WorldUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin9/30/2014 2:10 PM1 Approved9/30/2014 2:35 PM
The Defense Department has concluded it can no longer afford to satisfy current demands for military forces from overseas commanders.
Boeing Delivers First New-Build Chinook for Special Operators Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Yasmin Tadjdeh9/30/2014 10:28 AM3 Approved9/30/2014 10:44 AM
The Boeing Co. delivered the first new-build MH-47G Chinook to U.S. Army Special Operations Command during a ceremony on Sept. 29.
Foreign Buyers Vital to Lockheed's Missile Defense BusinessUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin9/26/2014 1:40 PM0 Approved9/26/2014 3:05 PM
Top U.S. military contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. is putting a full-court press on the international missile-defense market. While the Pentagon remains the company's primary buyer of antimissile weapons, foreign customers are being actively pursued.
Army Contemplates Future Amid Today's CrisesUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin9/25/2014 4:04 PM4 Approved9/26/2014 8:28 AM
About 200 general officers — many with big jobs such as division and corps commanders — spent an entire day discussing how the Army should reshape itself for tomorrow's conflicts, especially those after 2025. "Was that more important than working the inbox items such as the unfolding ISIL operation?" Stimson Center Chairman Lincoln P. Bloomfield Jr. asked Gen. David G. Perkins.
Navy Surveillance Drone to Wait Until 2020 for Collision Avoidance System (UPDATED)Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Valerie Insinna9/24/2014 3:36 PM1 Approved9/30/2014 1:12 PM
Days after the Navy’s new long range surveillance drone flew its first cross-country flight, the service’s program manager announced the aircraft will likely not be equipped with a sense and avoid system until at least 2020.

Fielding such a system remains a requirement for the MQ-4C Triton program, said Capt. Jim Hoke, program manager for persistent maritime unmanned aerial systems.
Sen. Levin: Military Should Not Give Up on SequestrationUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin9/24/2014 1:35 PM0 Approved9/24/2014 1:52 PM
There is no chance that Congress will repeal sequestration before he retires, but Sen. Carl Levin insists that lawmakers might find a way to relieve the military and civilian agencies from automatic budget cuts next year.
Panel: Islamic State One of Many Threats to the United StatesUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sarah Sicard9/23/2014 4:51 PM0 Approved9/23/2014 4:52 PM
While the Islamic State, also known as ISIL or ISIS, continues to dominate headlines, it is but one player in a growing list of threats to the United States and its allies, a report released by the Bipartisan Policy Center on Sept. 23 found.
Army's Wireless Combat Network Enters Critical PhaseUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin9/23/2014 8:46 AM0 Approved9/23/2014 9:00 AM
The Army's multibillion-dollar project to replace outdated combat communications systems with modern wireless networks for troops in war zones is about to reach a pivotal point.
Top Army General: More U.S. Ground Forces Might Be Needed in IraqUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin9/19/2014 2:56 PM0 Approved9/19/2014 3:06 PM
The Islamic State, also known as ISIL, is rapidly destabilizing the Middle East as it captures more territory in Iraq and Syria. But Odierno is convinced that its ultimate goal is to attack the West, especially the United States.
New Pentagon Procurement Rules Seek to Create Culture of InnovationUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin9/19/2014 7:00 AM2 Approved9/19/2014 9:38 AM
Better Buying Power 3.0 is a call to arms to engineers, researchers and technologists. "It's motivated in part by my continuing concern with technological superiority and the fact that our capabilities in the world are being contested by others — people developing, modernizing, and building systems that threaten our superiority," said Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall.
CIA’s Brennan: ISIL Must Be ‘Cauterized Immediately’Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Stew Magnuson9/18/2014 4:24 PM0 Approved9/18/2014 4:49 PM
The director of the Central Intelligence Agency John Brennan said the Islamic State in the Levant "has to be cauterized immediately and destroyed as quickly as possible. He called the organization a “murderous, barbaric, criminal gang.”
DHS Working to Stop Syrian War Combatants From Entering the United StatesUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Yasmin Tadjdeh9/18/2014 10:53 AM0 Approved9/18/2014 11:04 AM
The Department of Homeland Security is taking steps to stop radicalized foreign fighters in Syria from entering the United States, the department’s secretary.
Boeing CEO: Defense Industry Must EvolveUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Valerie Insinna9/17/2014 4:17 PM0 Approved9/17/2014 5:38 PM
Shrinking Pentagon budgets are changing the makeup of the defense industrial base, and it’s up to contractors to look for innovative ways to develop cost-effective new technologies, said the head of Boeing’s defense business.
Hagel: China, Russia Nipping at Heels of U.S. Air Power DominanceUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sarah Sicard9/17/2014 3:00 PM1 Approved9/17/2014 5:40 PM
The Air Force's continued budgetary constraints are limiting its ability to maintain dominance over competitors such as China and Russia, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall said Sept. 17.
Outgoing Air Force Combat Command Chief Slams CongressUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Valerie Insinna9/17/2014 12:31 PM0 Approved9/17/2014 2:11 PM
The Air Force can maintain its dominance in the skies, but only if politicians allow military leaders to cut programs such as the A-10 Warthog and to close redundant bases, the head of Air Force Combat Command said.
LaPlante: Air Force Must Improve Relationship with IndustryUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Yasmin Tadjdeh9/17/2014 10:32 AM1 Approved9/17/2014 12:05 PM
The Air Force needs to improve its acquisition processes, which can be done by working more collaboratively with industry, said the service’s assistant secretary for acquisition Sept. 16.
Air Force Chief Reveals Parts of New Master Plan Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Stew Magnuson9/16/2014 4:44 PM0 Approved9/17/2014 12:03 PM
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh said the service is working on a plan to move forward while assuring solvency in the face of a diminishing budget.
Wiring Issue Not Seen as a Problem for KC-46 Tanker; Boeing May Deliver First Batch Early Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sarah Sicard9/16/2014 3:58 PM1 Approved9/17/2014 7:42 AM
Despite an electrical wiring issue, the Air Force is confident that Boeing will meet its the KC-46 Pegasus tanker contract on time, the Air Force program executive officer for tankers said Sept. 16. The company may even deliver the first 18 aircraft five months early.
Lockheed Martin Banks on Internal Investments to Reduce F-35 CostUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Valerie Insinna9/16/2014 2:46 PM0 Approved9/16/2014 2:47 PM
Lockheed Martin unveiled new details on manufacturing investments aimed at bringing the F-35 joint strike fighter price down to about $80 million a copy by 2019.
Air Force to Invest Heavily in Hypersonic AircraftUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Yasmin Tadjdeh9/16/2014 1:58 PM0 Approved9/16/2014 2:27 PM
The head of the Air Force Research Laboratory on Sept. 16 said the first test of a hypersonic aircraft could come within five years, and the technology could be applied to cruise missiles by the 2020s.
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