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F-35 Engine Problems Could Impact Marine Corps IOC (UPDATED)Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).New
Valerie Insinna10/30/2014 5:00 PM1 Approved10/31/2014 11:07 AM
The F-35 joint program office is closer to choosing a permanent fix for engine problems that resulted in the grounding of the fleet in June. However, delays to the test program are putting pressure on the Marine Corps’ ability to meet its initial operational capability scheduled for July 1.
Former Obama Officials: U.S. Unable to Cope With Complex Security ChallengesUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).New
Sandra Erwin10/30/2014 4:29 PM1 Approved10/30/2014 4:31 PM
There are many ticking time bombs across the foreign policy landscape, as well as in cyberspace, that could set off bigger crises for the United States.
Updating Nuclear Weapons Arsenal Requires Renewed Focus, Steady Funding Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Stew Magnuson10/29/2014 12:29 PM0 Approved10/29/2014 12:43 PM
The United States went on a two-decade “procurement holiday” when it came to updating its nuclear weapons arsenal and its delivery systems, but now the bill is coming due, the head of the National Nuclear Security Administration said Oct. 29.
Army Officials: Modernization Plans About to Go Off the RailsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin10/27/2014 7:00 AM0 Approved10/27/2014 7:25 AM
The Army’s equipment modernization accounts are being drained faster than had been anticipated when the post-war drawdown began.
In Proposal to Congress, Pentagon Seeks Simplification of Acquisition ProcessUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin10/24/2014 12:58 PM1 Approved10/24/2014 1:05 PM
"Ease the burdens on program managers" sums up the gist of the acquisition reforms that the Defense Department hopes Congress will pass in 2016.
Gilmore: Major Weapon Acquisitions Can't Be Fixed OvernightUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin10/22/2014 9:12 AM1 Approved10/22/2014 9:33 AM
DOT&E Director J. Michael Gilmore is required by law to provide an independent assessment of the performance of major weapon systems.
U.S. Defense Industry Needs Export Reform to Beat Global CompetitionUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin10/21/2014 1:00 PM1 Approved10/21/2014 1:21 PM
Global commercial aerospace and defense markets are far more competitive than is currently appreciated in Washington.
With Loads of New Electronics Coming Online, Navy Seeks Shipboard Power Management SolutionUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Valerie Insinna10/20/2014 2:32 PM0 Approved10/20/2014 2:41 PM
The Office of Naval Research is developing new electrical components and systems to help the service better distribute and manage its power supply, Sharon Beermann-Curtin, ONR’s power and energy technical lead, told National Defense.
Pentagon Contracting Trends Paint Gloomy Picture for Defense IndustryUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin10/17/2014 4:36 PM0 Approved10/18/2014 2:10 PM
Pentagon contracts did plunge as a result of the 2013 sequester, but the squeeze on contractors is likely to persist into the future, analysts from the Center for Strategic and International Studies predict.
First Squadron of E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Ready to DeployUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Valerie Insinna10/17/2014 1:42 PM1 Approved10/17/2014 2:03 PM
The Navy in 2015 will deploy the first squadron of its new airborne early warning aircraft, the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, a Navy official said October 16.
Four Years After Establishment, Army Cyber Command Touts Progress (UPDATED)Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sarah Sicard10/16/2014 4:08 PM0 Approved10/17/2014 11:45 AM
The relatively new Army Cyber Command is looking to perform more joint operations as it continues to build its capabilities, a pair of its senior leaders said Oct. 15 at the Association of the United States Army annual conference in Washington, D.C.
Turkey Postured to Defeat ISIL Without NATO HelpUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Yasmin Tadjdeh10/16/2014 12:17 PM1 Approved10/16/2014 12:50 PM
Despite continued threats to its border with Syria, Turkey is capable of handling pressure from the conflict without major NATO support, an Army official said Oct.16.
FEMA Preparing for Possible Shortages of Bio-Hazard Gear as Ebola Fears Rise Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Stew Magnuson10/16/2014 10:51 AM1 Approved10/16/2014 11:03 AM
The Obama administration is looking into evoking the Defense Production Act to stem possible shortages of bio-hazard protective gear as fears of an Ebola outbreak grows, a Federal Emergency Management Agency official said Oct. 15.
Army Studying Path Forward For Future Fighting VehicleUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sarah Sicard10/16/2014 9:10 AM0 Approved10/16/2014 9:20 AM
The shadow of the cancelled ground combat vehicle hung over the Association of the U.S. Army annual meeting and exposition, but the service is already looking at options for a Bradley infantry fighting vehicle replacement that could be developed years into the future.
Army's Pacific Strategy Seen As Model for Peacetime TrainingUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sarah Sicard10/16/2014 8:56 AM0 Approved10/16/2014 9:01 AM
Army commanders who oversee the Asia-Pacific region are testing an unconventional way to train soldiers under a program called Pacific Pathways.
Army Industrial Base Said to Be in 'Death Spiral'Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sarah Sicard10/15/2014 1:36 PM5 Approved10/15/2014 1:40 PM
There was plenty of doom and gloom on the final day of the Association of the United States Army annual conference where a panel of officials, industry leaders and academics spelled out all the problems with the service's research, development and acquisition enterprise.
With Few Army Aviation Opportunities in Sight, Industry Targets R&D ProgramsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sarah Sicard10/15/2014 12:55 PM0 Approved10/15/2014 1:11 PM
With no upcoming new-start Army aviation programs in the years ahead, industry is focused on science and technology programs that grant the service a massive leap ahead in capabilities including range, speed and payload.
Odierno Questions Army's Ability to Maintain Readiness Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Stew Magnuson10/14/2014 4:48 PM0 Approved10/14/2014 5:00 PM
Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno said Oct. 14 the service may not be able to maintain readiness in the face of expected budget cuts.
Future of Army Programs Obscured by SequestrationUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Yasmin Tadjdeh10/14/2014 2:07 PM0 Approved10/14/2014 2:22 PM
The Army’s funding for its research, development and acquisition account is dwindling twice as fast as its baseline budget, the service’s top acquisition official said Oct. 14.
Johnson: No Credible Intelligence ISIL Planning Biological Attacks Against HomelandUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Yasmin Tadjdeh10/14/2014 1:01 PM1 Approved10/14/2014 1:04 PM
The Islamic State, also known as ISIL, has made threats against the United States and its western allies, but there is no credible evidence that it is planning a biological attack, Department of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said Oct. 14.
Army Leaders Worry About Looming Fiscal CliffUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Stew Magnuson10/13/2014 5:20 PM0 Approved10/13/2014 5:24 PM
Odierno and Army Secretary John McHugh during a news conference Oct. 13 made a strong appeal to Congress to roll back automatic budget cuts set to begin in fiscal year 2016.
Hagel Makes Strong Case for Action to Cope With Climate ChangeUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin10/12/2014 5:08 PM0 Approved10/14/2014 7:00 AM
The military also expects to be increasingly on alert as climate events cause instability around the world.
Defense Industry Seeks to Reignite Debate on Economic Impact of Pentagon Budget CutsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Brian Taylor10/12/2014 10:36 AM2 Approved10/12/2014 11:35 AM
The defense industry has not fully recovered from the political damage caused by a 2012 study that predicted that military budget cuts would wipe out more than 2 million jobs across the United States over the next decade.
Air Force Official: Future Long-Range Strike Bomber ‘Essential to Warfare’Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Yasmin Tadjdeh10/10/2014 9:16 AM1 Approved10/10/2014 9:38 AM
The need for a new long-range strike bomber in the Air Force’s inventory is imperative, said the commander of the service’s Global Strike Command on Oct. 9.
Pentagon Official: ‘Duration of Ebola Crisis Unknown’Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Stew Magnuson10/7/2014 6:38 PM0 Approved10/7/2014 6:41 PM
The Pentagon has quickly escalated efforts to help contain the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa. But the Defense Department’s response came too late to prevent what has now become an international health crisis.
Northrop Grumman Pitching New Humvee Chassis to Army Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Valerie Insinna10/7/2014 3:44 PM0 Approved10/7/2014 4:28 PM
Northrop Grumman has designed a new Humvee chassis that would restore the vehicle’s original mobility and payload capabilities while maintaining its current level of protection, a company executive announced Oct. 7.
ISIL Determined to Acquire Biological Weapons (UPDATED)Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sarah Sicard10/7/2014 2:05 PM2 Approved10/9/2014 4:36 PM
The U.S. military has evidence that Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria are seeking biological weapons, an Army official said Oct. 7.
Official Touts Progress of Once Broken Air Force Acquisition EnterpriseUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Stew Magnuson10/7/2014 8:04 AM0 Approved10/7/2014 9:19 AM
Five years into a long-term plan to turn around the Air Force's bad reputation for poor acquisition management, the service is beginning to make progress, a senior service leader said Oct. 6.
Navy Will Deploy Swarms of Autonomous Robots to Protect Warships at SeaUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin10/5/2014 6:03 AM0 Approved10/6/2014 8:30 AM
Robots in combat are no longer a novelty in the U.S. military. Dangerous jobs such as explosives detection, warzone surveillance and precision-guided airstrikes already have been handed off to robots. The Navy is taking the technology a step further.
Senate Report Showcases Top Thinkers on Defense Acquisition, But Legislative Path Ahead Still UnclearUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin10/3/2014 12:09 PM2 Approved10/4/2014 5:06 PM
That military weapon acquisitions continue to be plagued by cost overruns and schedule delays is particularly frustrating to many lawmakers.
Rapid Equipping Force to Expand Reach GloballyUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Yasmin Tadjdeh10/2/2014 2:57 PM0 Approved10/2/2014 2:58 PM
The Rapid Equipping Force cut its teeth during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan rushing new technology to soldiers in days or weeks instead of months or years. Now, with fewer boots on the ground in the Middle East, the REF will turn to other parts of the globe, said its director on Oct. 2.
NATO Awaits as Turkey Considers Joining ISIL FightUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sarah Sicard10/2/2014 12:22 PM0 Approved10/2/2014 12:24 PM
NATO is in a wait-and-see mode on the question of whether it would come to the assistance of member nation Turkey as the Islamic State terrorist group pushes up against its border with Syria, one of the organization's top generals said Oct. 2.
Navy Secretary: Value of Forward Presence Seen in Fight Against Islamic StateUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Valerie Insinna9/30/2014 2:38 PM0 Approved9/30/2014 5:23 PM
The Navy has spent about $100 million on operations targeting the Islamic State, including air and cruise missile strikes, the Secretary of the Navy said.
Pentagon Warns It Can't Continue to Police the WorldUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin9/30/2014 2:10 PM1 Approved9/30/2014 2:35 PM
The Defense Department has concluded it can no longer afford to satisfy current demands for military forces from overseas commanders.
Boeing Delivers First New-Build Chinook for Special Operators Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Yasmin Tadjdeh9/30/2014 10:28 AM3 Approved9/30/2014 10:44 AM
The Boeing Co. delivered the first new-build MH-47G Chinook to U.S. Army Special Operations Command during a ceremony on Sept. 29.
Foreign Buyers Vital to Lockheed's Missile Defense BusinessUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin9/26/2014 1:40 PM0 Approved9/26/2014 3:05 PM
Top U.S. military contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. is putting a full-court press on the international missile-defense market. While the Pentagon remains the company's primary buyer of antimissile weapons, foreign customers are being actively pursued.
Army Contemplates Future Amid Today's CrisesUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin9/25/2014 4:04 PM4 Approved9/26/2014 8:28 AM
About 200 general officers — many with big jobs such as division and corps commanders — spent an entire day discussing how the Army should reshape itself for tomorrow's conflicts, especially those after 2025. "Was that more important than working the inbox items such as the unfolding ISIL operation?" Stimson Center Chairman Lincoln P. Bloomfield Jr. asked Gen. David G. Perkins.
Navy Surveillance Drone to Wait Until 2020 for Collision Avoidance System (UPDATED)Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Valerie Insinna9/24/2014 3:36 PM1 Approved9/30/2014 1:12 PM
Days after the Navy’s new long range surveillance drone flew its first cross-country flight, the service’s program manager announced the aircraft will likely not be equipped with a sense and avoid system until at least 2020.

Fielding such a system remains a requirement for the MQ-4C Triton program, said Capt. Jim Hoke, program manager for persistent maritime unmanned aerial systems.
Sen. Levin: Military Should Not Give Up on SequestrationUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin9/24/2014 1:35 PM0 Approved9/24/2014 1:52 PM
There is no chance that Congress will repeal sequestration before he retires, but Sen. Carl Levin insists that lawmakers might find a way to relieve the military and civilian agencies from automatic budget cuts next year.
Panel: Islamic State One of Many Threats to the United StatesUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sarah Sicard9/23/2014 4:51 PM0 Approved9/23/2014 4:52 PM
While the Islamic State, also known as ISIL or ISIS, continues to dominate headlines, it is but one player in a growing list of threats to the United States and its allies, a report released by the Bipartisan Policy Center on Sept. 23 found.
Army's Wireless Combat Network Enters Critical PhaseUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin9/23/2014 8:46 AM0 Approved9/23/2014 9:00 AM
The Army's multibillion-dollar project to replace outdated combat communications systems with modern wireless networks for troops in war zones is about to reach a pivotal point.
Top Army General: More U.S. Ground Forces Might Be Needed in IraqUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin9/19/2014 2:56 PM0 Approved9/19/2014 3:06 PM
The Islamic State, also known as ISIL, is rapidly destabilizing the Middle East as it captures more territory in Iraq and Syria. But Odierno is convinced that its ultimate goal is to attack the West, especially the United States.
New Pentagon Procurement Rules Seek to Create Culture of InnovationUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin9/19/2014 7:00 AM1 Approved9/19/2014 9:38 AM
Better Buying Power 3.0 is a call to arms to engineers, researchers and technologists. "It's motivated in part by my continuing concern with technological superiority and the fact that our capabilities in the world are being contested by others — people developing, modernizing, and building systems that threaten our superiority," said Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall.
CIA’s Brennan: ISIL Must Be ‘Cauterized Immediately’Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Stew Magnuson9/18/2014 4:24 PM0 Approved9/18/2014 4:49 PM
The director of the Central Intelligence Agency John Brennan said the Islamic State in the Levant "has to be cauterized immediately and destroyed as quickly as possible. He called the organization a “murderous, barbaric, criminal gang.”
DHS Working to Stop Syrian War Combatants From Entering the United StatesUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Yasmin Tadjdeh9/18/2014 10:53 AM0 Approved9/18/2014 11:04 AM
The Department of Homeland Security is taking steps to stop radicalized foreign fighters in Syria from entering the United States, the department’s secretary.
Boeing CEO: Defense Industry Must EvolveUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Valerie Insinna9/17/2014 4:17 PM0 Approved9/17/2014 5:38 PM
Shrinking Pentagon budgets are changing the makeup of the defense industrial base, and it’s up to contractors to look for innovative ways to develop cost-effective new technologies, said the head of Boeing’s defense business.
Hagel: China, Russia Nipping at Heels of U.S. Air Power DominanceUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sarah Sicard9/17/2014 3:00 PM1 Approved9/17/2014 5:40 PM
The Air Force's continued budgetary constraints are limiting its ability to maintain dominance over competitors such as China and Russia, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall said Sept. 17.
Outgoing Air Force Combat Command Chief Slams CongressUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Valerie Insinna9/17/2014 12:31 PM0 Approved9/17/2014 2:11 PM
The Air Force can maintain its dominance in the skies, but only if politicians allow military leaders to cut programs such as the A-10 Warthog and to close redundant bases, the head of Air Force Combat Command said.
LaPlante: Air Force Must Improve Relationship with IndustryUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Yasmin Tadjdeh9/17/2014 10:32 AM1 Approved9/17/2014 12:05 PM
The Air Force needs to improve its acquisition processes, which can be done by working more collaboratively with industry, said the service’s assistant secretary for acquisition Sept. 16.
Air Force Chief Reveals Parts of New Master Plan Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Stew Magnuson9/16/2014 4:44 PM0 Approved9/17/2014 12:03 PM
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh said the service is working on a plan to move forward while assuring solvency in the face of a diminishing budget.
Wiring Issue Not Seen as a Problem for KC-46 Tanker; Boeing May Deliver First Batch Early Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sarah Sicard9/16/2014 3:58 PM1 Approved9/17/2014 7:42 AM
Despite an electrical wiring issue, the Air Force is confident that Boeing will meet its the KC-46 Pegasus tanker contract on time, the Air Force program executive officer for tankers said Sept. 16. The company may even deliver the first 18 aircraft five months early.
Lockheed Martin Banks on Internal Investments to Reduce F-35 CostUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Valerie Insinna9/16/2014 2:46 PM0 Approved9/16/2014 2:47 PM
Lockheed Martin unveiled new details on manufacturing investments aimed at bringing the F-35 joint strike fighter price down to about $80 million a copy by 2019.
Air Force to Invest Heavily in Hypersonic AircraftUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Yasmin Tadjdeh9/16/2014 1:58 PM0 Approved9/16/2014 2:27 PM
The head of the Air Force Research Laboratory on Sept. 16 said the first test of a hypersonic aircraft could come within five years, and the technology could be applied to cruise missiles by the 2020s.
A Stable Europe Requires Russian Partnership, NATO Chief SaysUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sarah Sicard9/16/2014 9:40 AM0 Approved9/16/2014 9:45 AM
Despite aggressions in Georgia, Crimea and the Ukraine, NATO's top commander still sees Russia as a potential partner to create a more stable Europe.
F-35 Program Moving Forward to Repair Cracks in Engine ComponentUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Valerie Insinna9/16/2014 8:53 AM0 Approved9/16/2014 9:13 AM
The military is honing in on the root cause of an engine fire that temporarily grounded the fleet of F-35A joint strike fighters in June, and a fix could be decided in October, its program executive officer said.
Mabus: Ohio-Class Submarine Replacement Could ‘Gut’ Navy Shipbuilding BudgetUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Yasmin Tadjdeh9/15/2014 4:36 PM2 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).
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).
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 AM5 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 Approved9/26/2014 3:44 PM
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 PM1 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 PM62 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.
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