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Mabus: Ohio-Class Submarine Replacement Could ‘Gut’ Navy Shipbuilding BudgetUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).New
Yasmin Tadjdeh9/15/2014 4:36 PM0 Approved9/15/2014 5:00 PM
Without extra funding from Congress, the production of 12 new ships to replace the Ohio-class submarines could “gut” the Navy’s shipbuilding budget for more than a decade, Secretary of the Navy Raymond Mabus said Sept. 15.
For Boeing’s JSTARS Offering, Bigger is BetterUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).New
Valerie Insinna9/15/2014 3:43 PM0 Approved9/15/2014 3:58 PM
Boeing has decided to offer its 737-700 airliner as the Air Force’s next targeting and surveillance aircraft, with company executives hoping its larger size will be an advantage in the competition.
Budget, World Uncertainties Prompt Air Force to Seek More Agile Strategy Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).New
Sarah Sicard9/15/2014 2:19 PM0 Approved9/15/2014 3:09 PM
In the face of uncertain budgets and a quickly changing worldwide threat environment, the Air Force is looking for a more agile strategy moving into 2015 and 2016, Deborah Lee James, secretary of the Air Force said Sept. 15.
Military Experts Predict More Boots on the Ground in IraqUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin9/11/2014 4:04 PM0 Approved9/11/2014 4:09 PM
Military experts do not believe the war against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria can be won from the air, and predict a growing ground presence.
War on ISIS Not Likely to Reverse Downward Military BudgetsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin9/11/2014 3:53 PM1 Approved9/11/2014 3:57 PM
The Obama administration’s funding request for upcoming military operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is still in the works. Several billion dollars will be needed to step up airstrikes, deploy 475 additional U.S. advisors to Iraq, and support Kurdish, Iraqi and Syrian rebels on the ground.
Unmanned Aerial Systems at a CrossroadsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin9/10/2014 9:10 AM2 Approved9/10/2014 9:35 AM
Less than a month after passing a high-profile test of joint manned and unmanned carrier operations, the U.S. Navy and the defense community must suddenly face up to a hard truth: the biggest challenges for the future of America’s unmanned airpower are not only technical, but also bureaucratic.
Naval Aviators: Why So Underappreciated by Washington?Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin9/8/2014 4:56 PM10 Approved9/8/2014 6:01 PM
At last week’s Tailhook reunion in Reno, Nevada, naval aviation leaders showered praise on the fleet for these accomplishments. They also lamented how little recognition they get from the outside world, particularly from Washington policy makers.
Greenert: Navy Eyes Constructive Relationship with China Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sarah Sicard9/8/2014 3:43 PM0 Approved9/8/2014 3:45 PM
Rather than a response to escalating tensions between the United States and China, the U.S. pivot to the Asia-Pacific region is a strategic move meant to encourage international collaboration on issues of trade and security, Adm. Jonathan Greenert, chief of naval operations, said on Sept. 8.
JLTV Vendors: We’re Ready for Production (UPDATED)Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Valerie Insinna9/8/2014 2:52 PM1 Approved9/11/2014 8:21 AM
As the joint light tactical vehicle program heads toward the end of its engineering, manufacturing and development phase, the military is testing each competitors’ manufacturing prowess.
Pentagon Seeks New Suppliers, Looks to Become More Business-FriendlyUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin9/7/2014 9:37 AM4 Approved9/8/2014 9:25 AM
The Pentagon believes the cure for many of its procurement woes — soaring equipment costs, lackluster technology and poor return on investment — is to be found in the free market.
Top Counterterrorism Official: Islamic State Formidable, Not InvincibleUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sarah Sicard9/4/2014 8:56 AM0 Approved9/4/2014 9:07 AM
The Islamic State has proven a formidable threat to international peace in recent months. However, it is just one of many terrorist organizations threatening the United States, a top counterterrorism official said Sept. 3.
Pentagon Rethinks Investments in Future TechnologyUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin9/3/2014 6:27 PM0 Approved9/4/2014 8:49 AM
Pentagon procurement chief Frank Kendall will soon review the military services’ budget proposals for fiscal year 2016. Most likely, he will challenge their funding choices.
Pentagon Will Demand 'Fair Prices' From Commercial VendorsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin9/1/2014 12:01 PM3 Approved9/1/2014 2:06 PM
Determining whether "of a type" products are being fairly priced has become a daunting challenge for Pentagon contracting officers, and has made contract negotiations with suppliers increasingly contentious.
At Upcoming NATO Summit, Countries Must Face Reality That Some Are More Equal Than OthersUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin8/31/2014 2:17 PM0 Approved9/9/2014 4:10 PM
Several NATO members have in the past months wondered whether the “One for all, all for one” principle applies to them equally.
U.S. Debates Removal of Weapons Ban on Vietnam as China Asserts Territorial Claims Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sarah Sicard8/29/2014 10:45 AM1 Approved8/29/2014 10:49 AM
With relations warming, the U.S. ban on the sale of lethal weapons to Vietnam has come into question. Some government officials in both the United States and Vietnam are advocating for restrictions to be repealed, citing a need to boost Vietnam's defense capabilities in the face of a rising China, according to a recent think tank report.
Islamic State Militants in Syria Now Have Drone CapabilitiesUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Yasmin Tadjdeh8/28/2014 12:49 PM0 Approved8/28/2014 1:05 PM
Recently, video emerged that showed Islamic militants in Syria had acquired a surveillance drone. It marked the first time such technology has been used by the burgeoning terrorist organization, a RAND Corp. analyst said.
U.S., China in Race to Develop Hypersonic WeaponsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Valerie Insinna8/27/2014 3:26 PM2 Approved8/27/2014 3:37 PM
On the heels of reports that China had successfully completed a second ultra-high-speed missile flight test, the Defense Department announced on Aug. 25 that it had aborted a test of its own hypersonic weapon.
Kendall Calls for Action After DoD Acquisition Competition Goals Fall Short Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Stew Magnuson8/25/2014 4:52 PM8 Approved8/25/2014 5:00 PM
The Defense Department has not only failed to boost competition for programs, it is backsliding, a memo from a senior official said Aug. 21.  
Navy Selects Five Vendors to Update its Ships Afloat NetworkUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sarah Sicard8/22/2014 11:45 AM0 Approved8/22/2014 11:49 AM
The Navy on Aug. 20 awarded five eight-year contracts valued at $2.5 billion as part of a continued effort to its update network systems for ships at sea.
Lockheed Martin Growing Its Cyber, Big Data BusinessUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Valerie Insinna8/20/2014 3:18 PM0 Approved8/20/2014 3:25 PM
A challenge for the defense industry is drawing meaningful conclusions from big data, while at the same time safeguarding that intelligence from network intrusions. For Lockheed Martin, this means beefing up capabilities such as cyber security and big data analytics, company officials said Aug. 13 during a briefing to reporters.
RFP for Navy’s UCLASS Drone Waiting on Final ApprovalUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Valerie Insinna8/19/2014 2:18 PM0 Approved8/19/2014 2:27 PM
Industry will have a finalized request for proposals for the Navy’s first operational carrier-launched drone by early September, its program officer said Aug. 17.
K-MAX, Ground Cargo Robot Collaborate on Fully Autonomous MissionUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sarah Sicard8/18/2014 4:44 PM0 Approved8/18/2014 4:49 PM
The Army paired an unmanned air cargo aircraft with a ground robot to perform an autonomous resupply mission at Fort Benning, Ga., on Aug. 18.
Carrier-Based X-47B Drone Flies With Manned Aircraft For First TimeUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Valerie Insinna8/18/2014 11:00 AM0 Approved8/18/2014 11:06 AM
The Navy’s carrier-launched X-47B drone and an F-18 Hornet on Aug. 17 took off, flew in pattern together and landed on the deck of an aircraft carrier, marking the first time the unmanned demonstrator has flown cooperatively with a manned aircraft.
Boeing-Sikorsky, Bell Helicopter Move Forward in Joint Multi-Role Helicopter ProgramUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Valerie Insinna8/12/2014 3:44 PM1 Approved8/12/2014 3:56 PM
The Army has selected Bell Helicopter and a Boeing-Sikorsky team to produce and fly rotorcraft in 2017 for its joint multi-role technical demonstrator program, giving these companies a leg up in developing the service’s next-generation fleet.
Procurement Reforms Reignite Feud Between Weapon Buyers and TestersUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin8/12/2014 11:35 AM1 Approved8/12/2014 11:50 AM
Pentagon procurement chief Frank Kendall is proposing changes in how weapon systems are tested. He suggests tests should be performed earlier in the design cycle than is customarily done. The sooner the testing, he says, the sooner the Pentagon will catch problems before the military sinks huge amounts of money into a program.
SpaceX Might Win in Court, But Can It Beat the Pentagon’s Procurement Culture?Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin8/7/2014 1:43 PM2 Approved8/7/2014 2:55 PM
While SpaceX continues to fight a legal battle to gain access to the military rocket launch market, it remains in doubt whether the company’s commercial business model can coexist with the Pentagon’s highly regulated procurement system.
Pentagon Leaders Seek New Ways to Spur InnovationUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin8/5/2014 3:49 PM0 Approved8/5/2014 3:53 PM
The next installment of the Pentagon's "better buying power" procurement guidelines will take aim at a problem that keeps Undersecretary of Defense Frank Kendall up at night: The U.S. military is on a path to lose its technological edge.
2014 Marked by Array of New Cyber Threats, Cisco Report Says Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Stew Magnuson8/5/2014 7:54 AM1 Approved8/5/2014 1:26 PM
A mid-year report on the sate of cyber security warns of new insidious ways hackers are gaining access to corporate and private computers. The Cisco 2014 Midyear Security Report said of the 16 multi-national corporations surveyed, some 90 percent of their computer systems were reaching out to corrupted IP hosts on the Internet.
Army Preparing for Steep Drawdown, Losing Patience With CongressUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin8/2/2014 6:43 PM5 Approved8/4/2014 7:12 AM
The Army is drawing up plans for how it would operate with nearly 100,000 fewer troops. The analysis will identify specific missions and duties the Army would no longer be able to do at that smaller size.
Army Narrows Playing Field for Joint-Multi Role Helicopter, But Few Public Details AnnouncedUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Valerie Insinna8/1/2014 2:02 PM1 Approved8/1/2014 2:07 PM
The Army has made a decision on which two joint multi-role competitors will move forward to flight tests in 2017, but it’s not ready to make an announcement just yet. 

“Further coordination” with the four competitors involved in the program — Bell Helicopter, AVX Aircraft, Karem Aircraft and a Sikorsky-Boeing team — is needed before naming which companies will receive funding.
Facing Tough Times, Air Force Unveils Blueprint for ChangeUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin7/30/2014 4:24 PM0 Approved7/30/2014 4:53 PM
Air Force leaders warn that difficult times lie ahead for the U.S. Air Force.
A-10 Warthog No Longer Suitable for Middle East Combat, Air Force Leader SaysUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Stew Magnuson7/29/2014 3:13 PM60 Approved7/29/2014 3:14 PM
“I can’t send an A-10 to Syria. It would never come back,” said Gen. Michael Hostage, Air Combat Command commander.
On Third Anniversary of Budget Control Act, Fallout Still UnclearUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin7/29/2014 2:12 PM0 Approved7/29/2014 2:35 PM
Three years since the law was enacted on August 2, 2011, it is fair to say that Washington has officially given up hope.
Air Force Moves Forward With Plan to Piggyback Payloads on Commercial SatellitesUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Stew Magnuson7/29/2014 2:05 PM0 Approved7/29/2014 2:13 PM
After years of tests and discussions about the merits of letting military and government space systems piggyback on commercial satellites, the Air Force July 28 announced a contract worth up to $495 million for companies to integrate communications and sensor payloads on privately owned spacecraft. 
Pentagon IG Seeks to Raise Awareness of Contractor Whistleblower RightsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin7/24/2014 3:40 PM1 Approved7/24/2014 3:55 PM
An employee of a Defense Department contractor or subcontractor may not be discharged, demoted or discriminated against as a reprisal for disclosing suspected fraud or waste.
Sequestration Could Hinder Acquisition Reforms, Pentagon Official SaysUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Valerie Insinna7/23/2014 3:26 PM2 Approved7/23/2014 3:34 PM
The Defense Department’s top acquisition official has emphasized the importance of defining requirements and doing testing as early as possible, but putting that into practice will be difficult if sequestration goes back into effect in fiscal year 2016, a Pentagon acquisition official said.
Fewer Drone Strikes, More Foreign Training as Obama’s Term Winds Down Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Stew Magnuson7/23/2014 2:14 PM0 Approved7/23/2014 2:17 PM
The remaining years of the Obama administration will be marked by fewer drone strikes, an increase in foreign military sales and an emphasis on training allied military personnel.
Army Takes Steps to Shore Up Industrial DepotsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin7/23/2014 1:51 PM1 Approved7/23/2014 2:00 PM
While the Army is shrinking and buying less equipment, it will continue to invest in its industrial depots and recruit foreign customers in a bid to drum up business.
Replacing Russian Rocket Engine Could Be Tougher, Costlier Than ImaginedUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin7/22/2014 4:16 PM4 Approved7/24/2014 1:55 PM
How to go about replacing the RD-180 rocket engine is now the subject of much study and debate within the U.S. government. And it is becoming increasingly apparent that the effort will take more time and money than politicians in Washington expected.
U.S. Military Stepping Up Space Cooperation with Japan, AustraliaUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Stew Magnuson7/18/2014 3:00 PM0 Approved7/18/2014 3:52 PM
The U.S. military plans to strengthen its alliance in the space realm with allies such as Japan and Australia in order to help it cover the vast expanses of the Pacific Ocean, a senior Defense Department official said July 17.
Marine Corps Commandant Nominee Supports Russian Helicopters for Afghan ForcesUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Stew Magnuson7/17/2014 4:00 PM0 Approved7/17/2014 4:49 PM
The nominee to lead the Marine Corps said at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee that he supported the Defense Department purchase of Russian-made helicopters for the Afghan national army.
Pentagon’s Strained Relationship With Vendors Getting WorseUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin7/16/2014 3:13 PM4 Approved7/16/2014 3:37 PM
Some companies are on the verge of exiting a presumably lucrative defense market because the burdens increasingly are outweighing the benefits.
Future Marine Corps Missions Depend on New Ship-To-Shore ConnectorsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Dan Parsons7/16/2014 11:26 AM1 Approved7/16/2014 11:32 AM
Until it can develop a long-range, speedy ship-to-shore connector, the Marine Corps is putting crisis response ahead of combat operations as its most important mission, a top Marine capabilities officer said July 15.
Energy Sector Leaders Still Not Taking Cyber Threats Seriously, Survey FindsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Stew Magnuson7/15/2014 4:43 PM0 Approved7/15/2014 4:47 PM
Companies and organizations in the energy sector remain vulnerable to cyber attacks, which could result in the loss of intellectual property and leave critical infrastructure prone to damage, according to a recently released study.
HASC Readiness Chair Hoping for Renewed Focus on Sequestration After MidtermsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Valerie Insinna7/15/2014 3:11 PM0 Approved7/15/2014 3:28 PM
The chairman of the House Armed Service Committee’s subcommittee on readiness is optimistic that Congress may be able to protect defense funding and prevent sequestration in 2016, he told reporters.
Survey: U.S. Defense Industry Fears Losing Competitive EdgeUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin7/14/2014 4:31 PM0 Approved7/14/2014 4:33 PM
Foreign nations' ability to rush products to market and lax export controls are giving U.S. defense industry a run for its money, according to a recent survey of 350 aerospace and defense executives.
Senate Probe Offers New Details on Air Force Acquisition BlunderUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin7/14/2014 11:51 AM1 Approved7/14/2014 11:55 AM
A Senate panel concluded that the Air Force wasted more than a billion dollars on a logistics information system largely because it failed to follow existing laws and regulations designed to prevent such flops.
As Farnborough Airshow Gets Under Way, Big Questions for Defense IndustryUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin7/12/2014 5:29 PM0 Approved7/12/2014 5:33 PM
Top U.S. defense and aerospace companies are storming this week's Farnborough Airshow in the United Kingdom where they hope to sign up new customers and gain fresh insights into where the market is headed.
Senators Quiz Special Operations Command, Northcom Nominees on Budget IssuesUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Stew Magnuson7/10/2014 4:52 PM0 Approved7/10/2014 5:01 PM
Senate Armed Services Committee members questioned nominees for three major commands July 10 about budget cuts and their thoughts on the war in Afghanistan.
Raytheon Ready to Proceed With FAB-T in Wake of Victory Over Boeing Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Stew Magnuson7/10/2014 11:55 AM1 Approved7/10/2014 12:07 PM
The Raytheon Co. is preparing to ramp up production of the family of advanced beyond line of sight terminals (FAB-T) program now that the Air Force has changed course and awarded the company what remains of the once troubled program.
Pentagon Takes New Actions to Boost Ukraine's Military, Defense IndustryUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin7/9/2014 3:23 PM2 Approved7/9/2014 3:40 PM
As fighting continues between Ukraine's government forces and pro-Russian separatists, the Pentagon is ramping up efforts to equip and train Ukrainian troops and bolster the country's rapidly deteriorating defense industry.
Defense Forecast: So Many 'What-Ifs'Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin7/5/2014 5:58 PM0 Approved7/5/2014 6:04 PM
Uncertainty remains the operative word in the defense sector. The chances that Congress will pass a defense appropriations bill by Sept. 30 appear to be slim to none.
Contractors Vulnerable to Growing Number of ‘False Claims’ SuitsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin7/5/2014 12:25 PM0 Approved7/5/2014 12:36 PM
Under a recent court decision out of the Fourth Circuit, a government contractor may suddenly find itself facing potentially massive liability based solely on the number of invoices submitted in previous years
Companies Await Decision on Joint Multi-Role Helicopter ProgramUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Valerie Insinna7/1/2014 3:21 PM0 Approved7/1/2014 3:31 PM
Helicopter manufacturers are on pins and needles as the Army considers how it will move forward with a science and technology program to develop and fly a high-speed rotorcraft demonstrator.
Boeing Touts Chinook Production as Model of Acquisition EfficiencyUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Dan Parsons7/1/2014 12:01 PM0 Approved7/1/2014 12:08 PM
By the standards of military acquisition programs, Boeing Co.’s recent delivery of 15 helicopters to the Royal Canadian Air Force in only 12 months is a model of efficiency. Company executives tout the Canadian program as an example of how future U.S. and international procurements could run more smoothly.
Marine Corps Strategy Reflects Lean TimesUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin6/28/2014 6:23 PM1 Approved6/28/2014 6:32 PM
Marines are coming to grips with the reality that they will not have the big-ticket hardware that they had hoped for.
DARPA Adds Difficulty, Expands Scope of Disaster-Response Robot ChallengeUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Yasmin Tadjdeh6/26/2014 4:30 PM0 Approved6/26/2014 4:37 PM
When the Pentagon’s shadowy research laboratory last year asked for a humanoid robot that could perform dangerous tasks in disaster zones industry and academia delivered beyond expectations.
Marines Favor Wheeled Ship-to-Shore VehiclesUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Dan Parsons6/26/2014 12:05 PM6 Approved6/26/2014 12:34 PM
Replacing the amphibious assault vehicle, or AAV, has been one of Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James Amos’ highest priorities during his tenure.
Language Learning Software Now Free to All Military, Government PersonnelUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Stew Magnuson6/25/2014 2:37 PM7 Approved6/25/2014 2:48 PM
The Department of Defense recently made language learning software previously used only by specialists available to all government and military personnel.
Officials Decry Lack of Funding, Attention on Diplomacy to Resolve Conflicts Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Stew Magnuson6/25/2014 2:01 PM1 Approved6/25/2014 4:55 PM
The State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development don’t receive the funding, or the respect from the American public, when it comes to their roles in preventing international conflict, officials from the agencies said June 24. 
Defense Procurement: Congress Continues to Search for AnswersUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin6/24/2014 10:14 AM0 Approved6/24/2014 10:24 AM
Even in this day of deeply divided government, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle agree that there are fundamental flaws in how the Pentagon buys weapons systems.
U.S.-Pakistan Alliance Failing to Contain Terrorism, Says Scholar Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Stew Magnuson6/24/2014 8:34 AM0 Approved6/24/2014 8:36 AM
The United States should break off its counter terrorism alliance with Pakistan because the South Asian nation has goals that don’t match U.S. foreign policy objectives, a scholar argued at a recent panel discussion in Washington, D.C.
Government Services Market Undergoing Sweeping ChangeUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin6/22/2014 7:54 AM0 Approved6/22/2014 8:07 AM
Federal agencies' increasing reliance on technology and changing buying behaviors are shaking up the $225 billion government services market.
After Iraq, Questions About Training Foreign ArmiesUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin6/19/2014 12:28 PM1 Approved6/19/2014 12:44 PM
The collapse of the Iraqi army is likely to raise new questions about U.S. military plans to train foreign allies to help fight insurgencies and terrorist groups.
Army's Search for Better Soldier Gear Continues Amid Budget CutsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin6/18/2014 2:57 PM2 Approved6/18/2014 3:04 PM
The Army hopes to equip soldiers in the coming years with lighter body armor, sleeker helmets, wearable health sensors, and eyewear that instantly transitions from light to dark.
Air Force Prepared for Action in Iraq At A Moment's NoticeUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Valerie Insinna6/18/2014 2:35 PM0 Approved6/18/2014 2:54 PM
As President Barack Obama mulls options of how to counter the violence in Iraq, the Air Force's top civilian said June 18 the service stands ready to execute orders “within hours, not days, not weeks."
Companies Step Up Investment in Future Army HelicopterUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Valerie Insinna6/17/2014 3:27 PM0 Approved6/17/2014 3:35 PM
As the joint multi-role demonstrator program heats up, a Boeing-Sikorsky team is funneling money into their prototype in the hopes of enticing the Army to move forward with a new-start rotorcraft program called future vertical lift.
Japan Pushes for More Active Military Alliance With U.S.Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Dan Parsons6/17/2014 3:24 PM0 Approved6/17/2014 3:26 PM
As tensions with China escalate, an effort to amend Japan’s constitution to allow for foreign military cooperation is gaining momentum, officials said.
Satellites Seen As Critical to Maritime Security (UPDATED)Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Dan Parsons6/17/2014 11:56 AM2 Approved6/19/2014 12:35 PM
U.S. and allied defense agencies are promoting maritime domain awareness from space as a way to monitor the oceans.
Pentagon Seeks New Weapons to Combat Waste in ContractingUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin6/15/2014 6:43 AM0 Approved6/16/2014 7:34 AM
Defense Department analysts suggest that traditional incentive contracting does not always work as intended and that the Pentagon needs to use other methods to cut waste from weapon programs.
Army Tactical Radios in the Crosshairs After Scathing ReviewUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin6/13/2014 3:32 PM3 Approved6/13/2014 3:37 PM
Army officials are defending their decision to continue buying tactical radios that soldiers have judged inadequate during recent tests.
Solid-Fuel Rocket Engine Industrial Base in Danger, Navy Official SaysUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Valerie Insinna6/13/2014 2:52 PM2 Approved6/13/2014 3:05 PM
The Navy is on track with plans to replace its Ohio-class submarines and extend the lives of its Trident D5 missiles, but a weakened solid-fuel rocket motor industrial base threatens to drive up costs for the latter program, said the head of the service’s nuclear program.
NSA Chief: Military Not Organized for Cyber WarfareUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin6/12/2014 2:11 PM1 Approved6/13/2014 8:04 AM
The U.S. military's hidebound culture and outdated procurement system are slowing down efforts to improve cyber defenses against increasingly sophisticated network attacks.
Pentagon's Logistics Chief Vows to Shave $13 Billion From Materiel, Operations CostUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Dan Parsons6/12/2014 1:48 PM0 Approved6/13/2014 8:02 AM
The agency in charge with providing the military with everything from rifles to eggs is preparing to significantly downsize its operations.
Senators Grill Johnson Over Influx of Children Crossing Border Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Stew Magnuson6/11/2014 4:51 PM1 Approved6/11/2014 4:57 PM
The Senate Judiciary Committee on June 11 pressed Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson over an alarming number of unaccompanied minors coming over the U.S. border with Mexico.
In Lean Market, Lockheed Martin Eager for Combat Vehicle ContractsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Valerie Insinna6/10/2014 3:04 PM1 Approved6/10/2014 3:10 PM
Opportunities to sell combat vehicles to the military are thin on the ground, but Lockheed Martin continues to push its offerings for two remaining programs: the Army and Marine Corps’ joint light tactical vehicle and the newly revived amphibious combat vehicle, also to be operated by the Marines.
International F-35 Sales Set to Ramp Up, Bring Down Per-Jet PriceUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Dan Parsons6/10/2014 1:48 PM2 Approved6/10/2014 2:02 PM
By the end of summer, Lockheed Martin will have sealed a deal with the Defense Department for 43 more Joint Strike Fighters, a contract that along with burgeoning international sales should bring the per-jet price down to levels that have long been promised but never delivered, the company’s JSF program chief said June 9.
Lockheed Determined to Become Less Dependent on Pentagon Sales (UPDATED)Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Yasmin Tadjdeh6/9/2014 4:27 PM1 Approved6/10/2014 4:51 PM
The nation's largest defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. currently generates about 80 percent of its $45 billion in annual revenues from sales to the U.S. government, predominantly the Defense Department. But with the Pentagon in a budget crunch that is expected to continue for the foreseeable future, the company is determined to reduce its heavy dependence on the U.S. defense business, said CEO Marillyn Hewson.
Acquisition Official Says Army Must Change Its WaysUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin6/7/2014 4:38 PM0 Approved6/7/2014 4:40 PM
The Army needs to sharpen its skills in "systems integration," says Kevin Fahey, who recently became the Army's executive director for agile acquisition.
Bumpy Ride Ahead for Military's Future Helicopter ProgramUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin6/4/2014 4:07 PM0 Approved6/4/2014 4:09 PM
Like every other modernization program in the Defense Department, new helicopters have to compete for funding within a pool of shrinking dollars.
India's Air Force Modernization Worries Rival PakistanUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Dan Parsons6/3/2014 2:44 PM5 Approved6/3/2014 3:26 PM
India’s ambitious military modernization program to upgrade its Cold War-era vehicles and equipment is viewed as saber rattling by its neighbor and perpetual adversary Pakistan, a scholar of the region said June 3.
Wall Street Still Unclear on When Defense Spending Will Hit BottomUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin6/1/2014 8:08 AM0 Approved6/1/2014 8:14 AM
Budget authority for fiscal year 2014 is $155 billion for modernization accounts, whereas the outlay forecast is $148 billion. A $7 billion gap could mean bad news for contractors.
Discontent in Defense Sector Over Export ControlsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin5/28/2014 11:16 AM0 Approved5/28/2014 11:50 AM
Industry groups are voicing displeasure with the pace and substance of the Obama administration's export control reforms.
Advice to Military Vehicle Suppliers: Find New CustomersUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin5/26/2014 1:21 PM0 Approved5/26/2014 3:05 PM
It is a depressing outlook for military vehicle manufacturers that rely predominantly on Defense Department business, analysts said. Many companies might not survive this downturn unless they figure out how to wean themselves off government sales.
Special Operators on Lookout for New Biometric, Forensic ToolsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Yasmin Tadjdeh5/23/2014 8:30 AM1 Approved5/23/2014 8:32 AM
As the Defense Department shifts to a strategy that will rely more on special operators, those conducting sensitive site exploitation missions need new technologies.
Opportunities Abound to Sell to Special Operations Customers Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Yasmin Tadjdeh5/22/2014 4:01 PM0 Approved5/22/2014 4:18 PM
Despite a downturn in military spending, some defense contractors believe that Special Operations Command is ripe with opportunities.
SOCOM Seeks New, Affordable Precision Strike WeaponsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Yasmin Tadjdeh5/22/2014 8:34 AM0 Approved5/22/2014 9:27 AM
At Special Operations Command, the service uses a suite of missiles, high caliber guns and bombs to target enemies from its aircraft. Going forward, it is looking to field new precision strike technology, acquisition leaders said May 21.
Language Programs Needed For Special Operators Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Yasmin Tadjdeh5/21/2014 2:47 PM4 Approved5/21/2014 3:49 PM
As Special Operations Command shifts its focus globally, operators have an urgent need to learn new languages, particularly in African, European and Asian countries, officials said May 21.
Navy Chief: We Will Lay Out Clear Plan for Littoral Combat ShipUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin5/21/2014 12:19 PM4 Approved5/21/2014 12:37 PM
The firestorm over the littoral combat ship might have been avoided had the Navy better explained the rationale for the ship and answered critics' questions more clearly.
McRaven: SOCOM Cannot Backslide After AfghanistanUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Yasmin Tadjdeh5/21/2014 8:04 AM0 Approved5/21/2014 8:27 AM
As the war in Afghanistan winds down, the gains in capability made by Special Operations Command over the past 13 years cannot be lost, said the forces’ commander May 20.
Why Ground Forces? Army Leaders Seek to Clear Up 'Misconceptions'Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin5/20/2014 4:26 PM3 Approved5/21/2014 7:37 AM
As the Army fights an uphill battle on Capitol Hill to avert deep budget cuts in 2016, it is also mounting a public-relations campaign against pundits and analysts who downplay the value of land forces.
Pentagon Criticized for Losing Innovation MojoUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin5/18/2014 6:16 AM5 Approved5/18/2014 6:24 AM
While budget cuts and sequestration have disrupted the Defense Department's research-and-development flow, a major impediment to innovation is a hidebound military establishment that cannot stay apace with advances in technology.
3-D Printing Companies See Growing Market in Unmanned AircraftUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Valerie Insinna5/16/2014 3:15 PM1 Approved6/12/2014 2:38 PM
Three-D printing companies are experiencing an explosion of sales to the unmanned aircraft industry, a trend that will likely continue for some time into the future, industry executives said at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International conference.
Parrot’s New Bebop Quadcopter Brings Entertainment to Drone ConferenceUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Valerie Insinna5/15/2014 8:49 AM1 Approved5/15/2014 8:54 AM
The new Bebop drone — developed by Parrot, a French wireless technology company —has been generating buzz all week at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International conference and exhibition.
FAA May Allow Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Exemptions for Key IndustriesUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Valerie Insinna5/15/2014 8:14 AM0 Approved5/15/2014 8:16 AM
As pressure mounts on the Federal Aviation Administration to allow unmanned aerial systems to fly in national airspace, the agency is considering measures that would permit certain industries to carry out limited commercial operations, an official said May 14.
Textron Systems Pursues Overseas Business as Domestic Defense Market Wanes (UPDATED)Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Stew Magnuson5/14/2014 3:08 PM0 Approved5/15/2014 4:54 PM
Defense industry contractor Textron Systems is aiming to have about half of its business come from foreign markets by next year, its president and CEO said May 14.
Sikorsky Enters Unmanned Cargo Aircraft MarketUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Valerie Insinna5/14/2014 8:38 AM0 Approved5/14/2014 8:40 AM
Lockheed Martin’s K-MAX unmanned helicopter rose to fame when the Marine Corps began using it to deliver supplies to troops in Afghanistan without risking pilots' lives. The aircraft could soon have a competitor: an unmanned Black Hawk.
Nation’s Biggest Unmanned Systems Conference Kicks Off Amid Changing MarketUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Valerie Insinna5/13/2014 10:01 AM0 Approved5/13/2014 10:02 AM
Unmanned aerial systems manufacturers are at a crossroads. Industry is eager to sell the aircraft and associated services both globally and to the civil sector, but experts predict UAS integration into the national airspace is still years away. And just as companies are facing more competition worldwide, U.S. military procurement is dropping off.
Army in No Rush to Buy New RadiosUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin5/12/2014 12:25 PM1 Approved5/12/2014 2:16 PM
Military contractors expect to see details unveiled in the coming weeks on how and when the Army intends to speed up production of new handheld and vehicle radios.
Analysts: Pentagon Lacks Future Vision for Unmanned AircraftUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin5/9/2014 3:21 PM0 Approved5/9/2014 3:28 PM
The Pentagon is being slammed for not having a coherent plan for how to transition from the current generation of unmanned air vehicles to one better equipped to cope with enemy threats.
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