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Missing at IDEX: Fighter Aircraft DealsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Brian Taylor2/26/2015 10:26 AM0 Approved2/26/2015 10:35 AM
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Egypt’s decision just weeks ago to buy the Rafale has reverberated through the International Defense Exposition and Conference, but the event came and went with little indication of how other ongoing fighter jet competitions in the region will shake out.
China Brings Snippets of Defense Technology to IDEXUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Brian Taylor2/26/2015 9:53 AM1 Approved2/26/2015 10:00 AM
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates — This week at the the International Defense Exposition and Conference, U.S. and NATO visitors got a taste of the technologies offered by near-peer competitor China, but only a taste.
Nations Racing to Overtake U.S. Lead in Drone DevelopmentUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Yasmin Tadjdeh2/25/2015 2:40 PM0 Approved2/25/2015 2:59 PM
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Over the past 15 years, U.S. defense contractors have pioneered the development of unmanned aircraft and have produced some of the most famous and widely-used drones on the market, but international companies are trying to strip away that technical advantage by building comparable systems.
Army Secretary ‘Optimistic’ Sequestration Can Be AvertedUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Yasmin Tadjdeh2/25/2015 11:59 AM0 Approved2/25/2015 12:00 PM
With a second round of sequestration looming over the Pentagon, John McHugh, the secretary of the Army said he was hopeful Congress could avert the mandatory budget cuts.

Lockheed Martin Aggressively Pursuing Missile Defense Export ContractsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Brian Taylor2/24/2015 8:26 AM0 Approved2/24/2015 8:41 AM
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Lockheed Martin is chasing sales of its missile defense systems at the International Defense Exposition and Conference and expects to ink deals in the future with several international customers including Qatar, Germany and Saudi Arabia, an official from the company said Feb. 24.
Heritage Foundation Jumps Into Defense Budget DebateUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin2/24/2015 8:23 AM0 Approved2/24/2015 8:31 AM
A new report from the conservative Heritage Foundation seeks to pour a fresh load of data into the debate over military spending
Upgraded Military Vehicles Make Debut at IDEXUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Yasmin Tadjdeh2/23/2015 4:29 PM0 Approved2/23/2015 4:31 PM
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — The International Defense Exhibition and Conference opened its doors to visitors on Feb. 23 with companies from all over the world rolling out new military vehicles in hopes of attracting buyers.
NSA Chief: China, Russia Capable of Carrying Out ‘Cyber Pearl Harbor’ AttackUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Yasmin Tadjdeh2/23/2015 3:48 PM0 Approved2/23/2015 4:00 PM
Nations such as China and Russia have enough offensive cyber capabilities to one day carry out a “cyber Pearl Harbor” attack, said the head of the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command.
Bell-Boeing Expecting at Least Two International Orders for V-22 Osprey in 2015Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Brian Taylor2/23/2015 1:59 PM3 Approved2/23/2015 2:26 PM
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Bell-Boeing’s V-22 Osprey tiltrotor has yet to land an international contract, but company executives are betting that they will have two foreign customers in hand by the end of the year.
Pentagon’s Acquisition Chief to Promote U.S. Defense Tech at IDEXUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Brian Taylor2/23/2015 8:36 AM0 Approved2/23/2015 9:00 AM
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — The Pentagon’s acquisition chief is at the International Defense Exhibition & Conference this week to champion the U.S. defense industry and interact with regional officials. Such support could be vital for brokering sales to foreign nations at a time when U.S. military spending is flat.
IDEX Kicks Off as Middle East Turmoil Fuels Military SalesUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Brian Taylor2/23/2015 8:24 AM0 Approved2/23/2015 8:35 AM
The largest military expo in the Middle East — the International Defense Exhibition and Conference widely known as IDEX — opened in Abu Dhabi on Feb. 22.  The expo could result in big sales as regional tensions, terrorist and leadership transitions propel increased demands for military equipment, experts said.
Defense R&D: Is the Reward Worth the Risk?Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sarah Sicard2/21/2015 2:46 PM1 Approved2/21/2015 2:51 PM
The Pentagon's top contractors are taking a step back and hedging their bets
On Future Combat Vehicles, Army Takes Pragmatic ApproachUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin2/19/2015 1:00 PM2 Approved2/19/2015 3:07 PM
The lesson for the Army: It needs to set realistic goals and get on with modernizing the armor fleet before current vehicles become hopelessly outdated, said Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster
Lockheed CEO Hewson: F-35 Performance Will Drive ProfitsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sarah Sicard2/18/2015 7:25 PM0 Approved2/18/2015 7:53 PM
The price of the F-35 joint strike fighter will come down considerably over the next several years, said Lockheed Martin President and CEO Marillyn A. Hewson.
Air Force to Divest U-2, Global Hawk Block 40 Should Sequestration ReturnUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sarah Sicard2/18/2015 4:45 PM1 Approved2/18/2015 5:01 PM
The Air Force wants to keep both its U-2 spy planes and Global Hawk Block 40 unmanned aerial vehicles, but if sequestration returns in fiscal year 2016, it will not be able to afford either aircraft, the service's deputy chief of staff for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance said.
Defense Industry Pessimistic About Procurement ReformsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sarah Sicard2/15/2015 2:00 PM2 Approved2/15/2015 2:26 PM
Thornberry worries that the sluggish procurement system will erode the technological advantages the U.S. military has had for decades
Partnerships Key to Future U.S. Strategy in Asia-Pacific RegionUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Yasmin Tadjdeh2/13/2015 8:41 AM0 Approved2/13/2015 8:48 AM
SAN DIEGO — The United States military plans to rebalance its forces toward the Asia-Pacific region in the coming years. Developing and strengthening partnerships with countries in the area will be critical to the success of this strategy, said a panel of retired admirals on Feb. 12.
Marine Corps Commandant Dunford: Alternatives for Amphibious Warships NeededUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Yasmin Tadjdeh2/13/2015 8:24 AM0 Approved2/13/2015 8:37 AM
SAN DIEGO — The Marine Corps needs 50 amphibious warships to tend to all the missions it must perform around the globe, but there are currently only 31 available. The service will have to seek alternative platforms to fill that gap, said the commandant of the Marine Corps on Feb. 12.
Industry Leaders: Defense Department Must Adopt Commercial Market Practices Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Yasmin Tadjdeh2/12/2015 8:26 AM0 Approved2/12/2015 8:28 AM
In order for industry to develop cutting edge technology, the Defense Department must adopt more commercial market practices as well as increase its communication with contractors, said leaders from Textron Systems Corp. and BAE Systems.
Navy's Carrier Forces Expect Continued Combat Duties in Middle East (UPDATED)Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sarah Sicard2/11/2015 2:51 PM0 Approved2/12/2015 2:54 PM
The U.S. Navy is ready for sustained combat missions against the Islamic State, said the commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command on Feb. 11.
Northcom Commander Wants More Military Exercises with ChinaUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Yasmin Tadjdeh2/11/2015 8:35 AM0 Approved2/11/2015 9:06 AM
SAN DIEGO — As tensions rise in the Asia-Pacific, the U.S. military should continue to engage in cooperative operations and exercises with China, the leader of U.S. Northern Command said Feb. 10.
Work: Congress Must Fully Enact DoD 2016 Budget to Meet Strategic GoalsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Yasmin Tadjdeh2/10/2015 2:37 PM0 Approved2/10/2015 2:38 PM
SAN DIEGO — In the Defense Department’s fiscal year 2016 request, the department proposed more than $35 billion above sequestration budget caps in base funding. Congress will have to enact that number if it wants the military to meet its strategic goals, Robert O. Work, deputy secretary of defense, said Feb. 10.
Wary of Procurement Mishaps, Air Force Takes Cautious StepsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin2/8/2015 2:39 PM0 Approved2/9/2015 7:04 AM
The U.S. Air Force is not rushing to commit to a new generation of weapon systems.
Ash Carter Could Face Big Decisions on Industry ConsolidationUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sarah Sicard2/7/2015 5:20 AM0 Approved2/7/2015 5:27 AM
The Pentagon in recent years has frowned on mega-mergers of top weapons contractors, a policy that is likely to continue under soon-to-be confirmed Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter.
Greenert: Navy S&T Could Fall Behind Under Sequestration CutsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sarah Sicard2/4/2015 3:46 PM0 Approved2/4/2015 3:58 PM
Navy officials said returning to sequestration funding levels in 2016 could drastically lessen the amount of money allocated toward the service's modernization efforts — particularly in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Legislators Gather to Tout Amphibious Ship Procurement Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Yasmin Tadjdeh2/3/2015 3:31 PM1 Approved2/3/2015 3:38 PM
Procuring new amphibious ships — which can rapidly move and sustain Marines across the globe — will be a priority for the new Congress, legislators said Feb. 3.
Longtime Congressional Critic Supportive of Changes to Navy’s Carrier-Based DroneUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Valerie Insinna2/3/2015 2:58 PM0 Approved2/3/2015 3:00 PM
One the top congressional opponents of the Navy’s carrier-based unmanned aircraft program has seen the service’s new requirements for the platform and he is now supportive of the changes being made.
Army Changes Course on Tank Production (UPDATED)Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin2/3/2015 2:45 PM1 Approved2/3/2015 5:05 PM
After years of challenging congressional add-ons to the Pentagon's budget for Abrams tank manufacturing, the Army in a surprising turnabout is seeking to accelerate upgrades for main battle tanks and is asking Congress to approve $367 million in 2016.
2016 Army Budget Juggles Readiness, Modernization and Force StructureUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sarah Sicard2/2/2015 4:31 PM0 Approved2/2/2015 5:21 PM
Unlike the past several years, the Army’s proposed fiscal year 2016 budget does not cancel any major air or ground programs. But leaders said that sequestration, which is slated to begin again that year, would threaten the service’s ability to develop a balanced force.
DHS 2016 Budget Request Cuts Back on Drones, Funds Coast Guard Ship ProcurementUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Stew Magnuson2/2/2015 3:00 PM0 Approved2/2/2015 3:32 PM
As Congress continues to wrangle with legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security in 2015, the Obama administration released a fiscal year 2016 budget request that seeks to boost DHS funding by some $4 billion.
Navy’s 2016 Budget Preserves Shipbuilding and Aircraft Procurement Plans (UPDATED)Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Valerie Insinna2/2/2015 1:50 PM0 Approved2/2/2015 5:18 PM
The Navy’s fiscal year 2016 budget request contained few surprises this year, with the service protecting ship, aircraft and weapons aquisition in the face of mandatory budget cuts that will go into effect that year, should Congress not find a solution.
Marine Corps 2016 Budget Request Holds Steady to Procurement, End Strength Goals (UPDATED)Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Yasmin Tadjdeh2/2/2015 12:21 PM0 Approved2/2/2015 5:20 PM
In the Marine Corps' proposed fiscal year 2016 budget, the service held steady to much of its previous plans in weapons procurement and end strength propositions.
Air Force Proposes Big Increases for New Aircraft Purchases in 2016 (UPDATED)Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Stew Magnuson2/2/2015 12:18 PM0 Approved2/2/2015 6:02 PM
The Obama administration’s fiscal year 2016 budget proposal for the Air Force includes continued purchases of F-35 fighters, transport aircraft and a large increase in research and development funding for the long-range strike bomber.
Aviation Programs Big Winners in DoD 2016 BudgetUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sarah Sicard2/2/2015 11:36 AM0 Approved2/2/2015 11:41 AM
Aviation programs would receive a nearly 7 percent boost in the Obama administration’s defense budget proposal for fiscal year 2016.
Former U.S. Officials Propose $3B Military Aid Package for UkraineUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sarah Sicard2/1/2015 4:50 PM1 Approved2/1/2015 5:02 PM
Former U.S. diplomats and government officials is asking the Obama administration and Congress to dramatically increase military aid to Kiev, including heavy weaponry that the White House so far has been reluctant to provide.
Budget 2016: Defense Faces Stiff Political Headwinds Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin1/31/2015 4:27 PM0 Approved2/1/2015 4:35 PM
The White House is unveiling a funding plan for the Pentagon that kicks off another round of fiscal battles that have become a hallmark of President Obama’s administration.
Study: Virtual Simulation Training Can Reduce Costs, Improve ReadinessUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Yasmin Tadjdeh1/30/2015 8:36 AM0 Approved1/30/2015 8:37 AM
Incorporating virtual simulations into live training exercises can save the military hundreds of millions of dollars a year while also improving readiness, a new study released on Jan. 29 concluded.
Army Aviation Leaders Look to Congress for Help on Budget, Restructure PlanUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Brian Taylor1/29/2015 12:25 PM3 Approved1/29/2015 12:32 PM
The service’s next generation family of rotorcraft, called future vertical lift, won’t go into low rate initial production until the early 2030s and won’t be fielded in combat aviation brigades until at least 2037, said Maj. Gen. Michael Lundy in a Jan. 29 speech at the Association of the U.S. Army’s aviation conference.
Importance of Manned-Unmanned Aircraft Teams to Grow as Army Divests Kiowa WarriorsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sarah Sicard1/28/2015 4:16 PM0 Approved1/28/2015 4:38 PM
Army aviation leaders said the service will continue the replacement of OH-58 Kiowa Warrior reconnaissance helicopters with AH-64 Apache attack helicopters teamed with unmanned aircraft.
SOCOM’s ‘Iron Man’ Suit Faces Major Technological Hurdles Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Stew Magnuson1/28/2015 3:58 PM0 Approved1/28/2015 4:04 PM
Special Operations Command is on track to deliver the first working prototype of its tactical assault light operator suit by August 2018, SOCOM’s leader Army Gen. Joseph Votel said.
DoD Official: Government Has Lost its Technological Edge Over OpponentsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Brian Taylor1/27/2015 3:41 PM1 Approved1/27/2015 3:52 PM
A senior Defense Department official said the government has lost its technological edge and now must rely on industry to overmatch adversaries in the battlefields of the future.
Air Force Plans to Sustain Aging Nuclear Triad InfrastructureUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sarah Sicard1/27/2015 2:53 PM0 Approved1/27/2015 3:17 PM
Despite expressing a need to replace aging systems, Air Force Global Strike Command officials will continue on a course to maintain and sustain outdated bombers, missiles and facilities in the short term.
SOCOM's Gen. Votel Sees Tensions in Arctic, ISIL Expansion as Future ThreatsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Brian Taylor1/27/2015 10:28 AM0 Approved1/27/2015 10:32 AM
Special Operations Command leader Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel will travel to Norway within the next few weeks to discuss with his Nordic special operations forces counterparts growing tensions in the Arctic region, he said Jan. 27.
Communications Networks a Top Priority for U.S. Military in Asia-Pacific Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin1/23/2015 3:00 PM0 Approved1/26/2015 9:29 AM
Throughout the Pacific theater, there are persistent shortfalls in communications technology and data networks that keep countries from sharing information and collaborating more closely.
HASC Chairman: Reform Needed to Avoid Future Acquisition MisstepsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Valerie Insinna1/22/2015 2:06 PM1 Approved1/22/2015 2:11 PM
The new House Armed Services Committee chairman said he would be willing to get tough with F-35 manufacturer Lockheed Martin if necessary, but the program has become too vital to kill.
Survey: Federal Procurement Culture Impedes InnovationUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin1/22/2015 10:34 AM4 Approved1/22/2015 10:42 AM
Agency acquisition professionals are not focused on innovation, says a new report by the Professional Services Council.
Congress, Pentagon Will Have to Agree to Disagree on Budget IssuesUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin1/20/2015 3:11 PM1 Approved1/20/2015 3:14 PM
The Pentagon should be reminded that Congress has a constitutional authority to determine the “size, shape and soul of the military,” Thornberry said Jan. 20 at the American Enterprise Institute.
Air Force General Fires Salvos at Long-Range Strike Bomber Critics Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Stew Magnuson1/20/2015 11:45 AM2 Approved1/20/2015 12:17 PM
The Air Force general who oversees the service’s nuclear weapon delivery systems fired shots Jan. 20 at critics who say the planned long-range strike bomber is either too expensive, not technologically feasible or not needed in the first place.
As Frustration Rises Over Weapon Costs, Air Force Buyers Try New TacticsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin1/19/2015 12:08 PM2 Approved1/20/2015 7:37 AM
The latest military foray into procurement reform, led by the U.S. Air Force, is less ambitious than past efforts and focuses on how to communicate better with contractors.
Air Force Drone Pilot Crisis Years in the MakingUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin1/16/2015 11:56 AM1 Approved1/16/2015 11:59 AM
Despite doubling its capacity over the past five years, the supply of Air Force drones has not grown as fast as the demand.
Marine Corps Leaders Warn Troop Cuts May Go Too FarUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Brian Taylor1/15/2015 3:54 PM1 Approved1/15/2015 3:55 PM
As Congress gears up to consider military funding requests for 2016, the Marine Corps is likely to argue that under the current budget law, its forces are being cut too precipitously.
Navy Secretary Re-Designates Modified Littoral Combat Ship As a FrigateUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Valerie Insinna1/15/2015 2:45 PM0 Approved1/15/2015 3:00 PM
First, they were called small surface combatants, then the modified littoral combat ships. But now, the more lethal, final 20 LCSs will simply be known as frigates, the secretary of the Navy announced Jan.  15.
Ammunition Inventor Wins $15 Million Patent Infringement Case Against ArmyUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Stew Magnuson1/14/2015 4:43 PM0 Approved1/14/2015 4:49 PM
Liberty Ammunition, a small business in Florida, won a $15.6 million judgment against the Army in a patent infringement lawsuit Dec 19. The company alleged that the service passed on proprietary data and specifications for its lead-free copper-core, steel-tipped bullet technology to vendors.
Navy Leaders Prioritize Lethality for Surface FleetUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Valerie Insinna1/14/2015 11:57 AM0 Approved1/14/2015 12:03 PM
The Navy wants its surface ships to pack more of an offensive punch and aims to add more weapons, surveillance and targeting capabilities across the fleet, senior leaders said January 13.
Lockheed Martin Eyes Commercial, Civil UAS MarketUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Yasmin Tadjdeh1/12/2015 4:28 PM0 Approved1/12/2015 4:40 PM
With fewer dollars being allocated for military unmanned aerial vehicle procurement, Lockheed Martin is looking to sell to the burgeoning commercial and civil market.
Base Closures in Europe a Preview of Future Debates Over U.S. Military Budget and StrategyUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin1/10/2015 12:18 PM1 Approved1/12/2015 10:43 AM
The Pentagon announced last week it intends to close 15 bases in Europe, shift aviation forces from the United Kingdom to Germany, and in the process save $500 million a year.
U.S. Arms Exporters Not Yet Panicking Over Oil PricesUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin1/7/2015 4:04 PM2 Approved1/7/2015 4:07 PM
U.S. defense and aerospace firms eventually might have to starting worrying about falling oil prices, but not quite yet.
Why the Pentagon and the Defense Industry Need to Engage Silicon ValleyUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin1/5/2015 4:13 PM1 Approved1/6/2015 9:19 AM
These are some of the defense sector’s many burdens as it works to develop a strategic and military advantage for America that can withstand the 21st Century’s breakneck pace of technological change.
Defense 2015 Preview: Downturn Ends but Industry Troubles Not OverUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sarah Sicard12/30/2014 1:29 PM1 Approved12/30/2014 1:36 PM
Pentagon contractors are entering the new year with a mix of caution and optimism.
Air National Guard Chief Worries as Aircraft Fleets AgeUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sarah Sicard12/19/2014 3:35 PM2 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).
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 PM7 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 AM2 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 PM4 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 PM1 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 AM1 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.
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