|Brian Taylor||2/26/2015 10:26 AM||0|| ||Approved||2/26/2015 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.
|Brian Taylor||2/26/2015 9:53 AM||1|| ||Approved||2/26/2015 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.
|Yasmin Tadjdeh||2/25/2015 2:40 PM||0|| ||Approved||2/25/2015 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.
|Yasmin Tadjdeh||2/25/2015 11:59 AM||0|| ||Approved||2/25/2015 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.
|Brian Taylor||2/24/2015 8:26 AM||0|| ||Approved||2/24/2015 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.
|Sandra Erwin||2/24/2015 8:23 AM||0|| ||Approved||2/24/2015 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
|Yasmin Tadjdeh||2/23/2015 4:29 PM||0|| ||Approved||2/23/2015 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.
|Yasmin Tadjdeh||2/23/2015 3:48 PM||0|| ||Approved||2/23/2015 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.
|Brian Taylor||2/23/2015 1:59 PM||3|| ||Approved||2/23/2015 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.
|Brian Taylor||2/23/2015 8:36 AM||0|| ||Approved||2/23/2015 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.
|Brian Taylor||2/23/2015 8:24 AM||0|| ||Approved||2/23/2015 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.
|Sarah Sicard||2/21/2015 2:46 PM||1|| ||Approved||2/21/2015 2:51 PM|
The Pentagon's top contractors are taking a step back and hedging their bets
|Sandra Erwin||2/19/2015 1:00 PM||2|| ||Approved||2/19/2015 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
|Sarah Sicard||2/18/2015 7:25 PM||0|| ||Approved||2/18/2015 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.
|Sarah Sicard||2/18/2015 4:45 PM||1|| ||Approved||2/18/2015 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.
|Sarah Sicard||2/15/2015 2:00 PM||2|| ||Approved||2/15/2015 2:26 PM|
Thornberry worries that the sluggish procurement system will erode the technological advantages the U.S. military has had for decades
|Yasmin Tadjdeh||2/13/2015 8:41 AM||0|| ||Approved||2/13/2015 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.
|Yasmin Tadjdeh||2/13/2015 8:24 AM||0|| ||Approved||2/13/2015 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.
|Yasmin Tadjdeh||2/12/2015 8:26 AM||0|| ||Approved||2/12/2015 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.
|Sarah Sicard||2/11/2015 2:51 PM||0|| ||Approved||2/12/2015 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.
|Yasmin Tadjdeh||2/11/2015 8:35 AM||0|| ||Approved||2/11/2015 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.
|Yasmin Tadjdeh||2/10/2015 2:37 PM||0|| ||Approved||2/10/2015 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.
|Sandra Erwin||2/8/2015 2:39 PM||0|| ||Approved||2/9/2015 7:04 AM|
The U.S. Air Force is not rushing to commit to a new generation of weapon systems.
|Sarah Sicard||2/7/2015 5:20 AM||0|| ||Approved||2/7/2015 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.
|Sarah Sicard||2/4/2015 3:46 PM||0|| ||Approved||2/4/2015 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.
|Yasmin Tadjdeh||2/3/2015 3:31 PM||1|| ||Approved||2/3/2015 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.
|Valerie Insinna||2/3/2015 2:58 PM||0|| ||Approved||2/3/2015 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.
|Sandra Erwin||2/3/2015 2:45 PM||1|| ||Approved||2/3/2015 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.
|Sarah Sicard||2/2/2015 4:31 PM||0|| ||Approved||2/2/2015 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.
|Stew Magnuson||2/2/2015 3:00 PM||0|| ||Approved||2/2/2015 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.
|Valerie Insinna||2/2/2015 1:50 PM||0|| ||Approved||2/2/2015 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.
|Yasmin Tadjdeh||2/2/2015 12:21 PM||0|| ||Approved||2/2/2015 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.
|Stew Magnuson||2/2/2015 12:18 PM||0|| ||Approved||2/2/2015 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.
|Sarah Sicard||2/2/2015 11:36 AM||0|| ||Approved||2/2/2015 11:41 AM|
Aviation programs would receive a nearly 7 percent boost in the Obama administration’s defense budget proposal for fiscal year 2016.
|Sarah Sicard||2/1/2015 4:50 PM||1|| ||Approved||2/1/2015 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.
|Sandra Erwin||1/31/2015 4:27 PM||0|| ||Approved||2/1/2015 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.
|Yasmin Tadjdeh||1/30/2015 8:36 AM||0|| ||Approved||1/30/2015 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.
|Brian Taylor||1/29/2015 12:25 PM||3|| ||Approved||1/29/2015 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.
|Sarah Sicard||1/28/2015 4:16 PM||0|| ||Approved||1/28/2015 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.
|Stew Magnuson||1/28/2015 3:58 PM||0|| ||Approved||1/28/2015 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.
|Brian Taylor||1/27/2015 3:41 PM||1|| ||Approved||1/27/2015 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.
|Sarah Sicard||1/27/2015 2:53 PM||0|| ||Approved||1/27/2015 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.
|Brian Taylor||1/27/2015 10:28 AM||0|| ||Approved||1/27/2015 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.
|Sandra Erwin||1/23/2015 3:00 PM||0|| ||Approved||1/26/2015 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.
|Valerie Insinna||1/22/2015 2:06 PM||1|| ||Approved||1/22/2015 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.
|Sandra Erwin||1/22/2015 10:34 AM||4|| ||Approved||1/22/2015 10:42 AM|
Agency acquisition professionals are not focused on innovation, says a new report by the Professional Services Council.
|Sandra Erwin||1/20/2015 3:11 PM||1|| ||Approved||1/20/2015 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.
|Stew Magnuson||1/20/2015 11:45 AM||2|| ||Approved||1/20/2015 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.
|Sandra Erwin||1/19/2015 12:08 PM||2|| ||Approved||1/20/2015 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.
|Sandra Erwin||1/16/2015 11:56 AM||1|| ||Approved||1/16/2015 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.
|Brian Taylor||1/15/2015 3:54 PM||1|| ||Approved||1/15/2015 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.
|Valerie Insinna||1/15/2015 2:45 PM||0|| ||Approved||1/15/2015 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.
|Stew Magnuson||1/14/2015 4:43 PM||0|| ||Approved||1/14/2015 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.
|Valerie Insinna||1/14/2015 11:57 AM||0|| ||Approved||1/14/2015 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.
|Yasmin Tadjdeh||1/12/2015 4:28 PM||0|| ||Approved||1/12/2015 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.
|Sandra Erwin||1/10/2015 12:18 PM||1|| ||Approved||1/12/2015 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.
|Sandra Erwin||1/7/2015 4:04 PM||2|| ||Approved||1/7/2015 4:07 PM|
U.S. defense and aerospace firms eventually might have to starting worrying about falling oil prices, but not quite yet.
|Sandra Erwin||1/5/2015 4:13 PM||1|| ||Approved||1/6/2015 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.
|Sarah Sicard||12/30/2014 1:29 PM||1|| ||Approved||12/30/2014 1:36 PM|
Pentagon contractors are entering the new year with a mix of caution and optimism.
|Sarah Sicard||12/19/2014 3:35 PM||2|| ||Approved||12/19/2014 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.
|Sandra Erwin||12/19/2014 10:44 AM||0|| ||Approved||12/19/2014 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.
|Sandra Erwin||12/18/2014 11:00 AM||0|| ||Approved||12/18/2014 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.
|Valerie Insinna||12/17/2014 4:37 PM||0|| ||Approved||12/17/2014 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.
|Brian Taylor||12/17/2014 3:32 PM||7|| ||Approved||12/17/2014 3:35 PM|
Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster threw a wrench into long-standing plans to buy thousands of new radios.
|Sandra Erwin||12/16/2014 1:15 PM||0|| ||Approved||12/16/2014 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.
|Sandra Erwin||12/15/2014 10:23 AM||2|| ||Approved||12/17/2014 3:41 PM|
n the wake of steep cuts to U.S. military budgets, many companies are finding themselves in financial distress.
|Sandra Erwin||12/13/2014 5:09 PM||4|| ||Approved||12/15/2014 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.
|Sandra Erwin||12/11/2014 3:01 PM||1|| ||Approved||12/11/2014 3:17 PM|
The Pentagon has begun to assign potentially lucrative logistics support work to foreign buyers of the F-35 joint strike fighter.
|Valerie Insinna||12/10/2014 3:14 PM||1|| ||Approved||12/10/2014 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.
|Valerie Insinna||12/8/2014 3:31 PM||0|| ||Approved||12/8/2014 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.
|Sandra Erwin||12/8/2014 12:00 PM||0|| ||Approved||12/8/2014 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
|Sandra Erwin||12/4/2014 2:43 PM||1|| ||Approved||12/8/2014 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.
|Valerie Insinna||12/4/2014 2:27 PM||0|| ||Approved||12/4/2014 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.
|Yasmin Tadjdeh||12/4/2014 2:16 PM||0|| ||Approved||12/8/2014 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.
|Yasmin Tadjdeh||12/4/2014 8:42 AM||0|| ||Approved||12/8/2014 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.
|Sandra Erwin||12/3/2014 4:26 PM||2|| ||Approved||12/3/2014 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.
|Sandra Erwin||12/3/2014 12:15 PM||0|| ||Approved||12/3/2014 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.
|Yasmin Tadjdeh||12/3/2014 10:04 AM||4|| ||Approved||12/3/2014 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.
|Yasmin Tadjdeh||12/3/2014 8:42 AM||0|| ||Approved||12/3/2014 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.
|Yasmin Tadjdeh||12/2/2014 3:49 PM||0|| ||Approved||12/2/2014 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.
|Sandra Erwin||12/2/2014 10:00 AM||1|| ||Approved||12/2/2014 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.
|Sandra Erwin||11/29/2014 1:07 PM||0|| ||Approved||12/1/2014 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.
|Yasmin Tadjdeh||11/25/2014 4:26 PM||0|| ||Approved||12/1/2014 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.
|Sandra Erwin||11/24/2014 2:35 PM||0|| ||Approved||11/24/2014 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.
|Sandra Erwin||11/21/2014 9:09 AM||3|| ||Approved||11/21/2014 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.
|Sarah Sicard||11/21/2014 8:45 AM||0|| ||Approved||11/21/2014 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.
|Sandra Erwin||11/20/2014 12:00 PM||0|| ||Approved||11/20/2014 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.
|Sandra Erwin||11/19/2014 3:00 PM||0|| ||Approved||11/19/2014 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
|Brian Taylor||11/19/2014 2:26 PM||0|| ||Approved||11/19/2014 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.
|Yasmin Tadjdeh||11/18/2014 11:41 AM||0|| ||Approved||11/18/2014 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.
|Sarah Sicard||11/18/2014 11:21 AM||4|| ||Approved||11/18/2014 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.
|Stew Magnuson||11/18/2014 9:57 AM||0|| ||Approved||11/18/2014 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.
|Sarah Sicard||11/18/2014 9:13 AM||0|| ||Approved||11/18/2014 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.
|Sandra Erwin||11/16/2014 8:10 AM||2|| ||Approved||11/17/2014 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.
|Sandra Erwin||11/15/2014 9:46 PM||2|| ||Approved||11/17/2014 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.
|Stew Magnuson||11/14/2014 3:09 PM||0|| ||Approved||11/14/2014 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.
|Brian Taylor||11/14/2014 1:20 PM||2|| ||Approved||11/14/2014 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.
|Brian Taylor||11/14/2014 10:47 AM||1|| ||Approved||11/21/2014 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.
|Sandra Erwin||11/14/2014 7:00 AM||0|| ||Approved||11/14/2014 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.
|Sandra Erwin||11/10/2014 4:11 PM||3|| ||Approved||11/10/2014 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.