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Government Watchdog Calls for Closer Patriot Missile OversightUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).New
Vivienne Machi8/26/2016 11:23 AM0 Approved8/26/2016 11:42 AM
The Army needs to ensure that more robust oversight mechanisms are in place as it performs major upgrades to the Patriot surface-to-air missile system during the next five years, an Aug. 25 Government Accountability Office report found.
Selva: Pentagon Must Emulate Industry’s Innovation StrategyUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).New
Yasmin Tadjdeh8/25/2016 4:32 PM0 Approved8/25/2016 4:34 PM
As the Pentagon steps up its effort to streamline its acquisition strategy and cut bureaucratic red tape, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said the Defense Department must learn from the private sector.

GAO: Air Force Doesn’t Grasp Implications of its Own A-10 Warthog DecisionsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Stew Magnuson8/24/2016 3:59 PM4 Approved8/24/2016 4:04 PM
The Government Accountability Office said in an Aug. 24 report that the Air Force and Defense Department don’t possess the necessary information needed to make wise decisions about the A-10 Thunderbolt II divestment.
Analysts Expect Continued Budget Gridlock Regardless of Election OutcomeUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Vivienne Machi8/24/2016 3:43 PM0 Approved8/24/2016 3:44 PM
Budget gridlock will likely continue regardless of whether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump wins the 2016 U.S. presidential election, defense analysts told reporters Aug. 24.
Air Force Tests New Wideband High Frequency Comms SystemUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Stew Magnuson8/24/2016 2:00 PM0 Approved8/24/2016 2:11 PM
The Air Force and contractor Rockwell Collins have completed a series of recent live tests for a powerful new communications system that will allow aircraft to exchange large amounts of data over high frequency channels without the need for satellite links.
Global Hawk in Line for New Ground Control StationsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Vivienne Machi8/22/2016 9:14 AM0 Approved8/22/2016 10:00 AM
Raytheon has been awarded a subcontract valued at up to $104 million to modernize the ground segment for the RQ-4 Global Hawk, an unmanned aerial vehicle used by the U.S. Air Force for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.
Navy Tests Underwater Drones at ExerciseUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Yasmin Tadjdeh8/19/2016 11:37 AM0 Approved8/19/2016 11:47 AM
NEWPORT, R.I. — In Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay, unmanned underwater vehicles bobbed up and down during a three-day exercise designed to test cutting edge technologies for the Navy. The drones ranged from systems that could fit in a backpack to vehicles that required cranes to drop them into the sea.
MQ-25 Unmanned Aircraft Poses Design Challenges for Navy, IndustryUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Brian Taylor8/18/2016 3:21 PM2 Approved8/18/2016 3:28 PM
The Navy and its industry partners are faced with major design challenges as they seek to develop a dual-mission, carrier-launched drone, the commander of Naval Air Forces said Aug. 18.
Army’s Rapid Capabilities Office to Be Stood Up in SeptemberUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Yasmin Tadjdeh8/17/2016 12:14 PM1 Approved8/17/2016 1:11 PM
The Army’s Rapid Capabilities Office, which will aim to quickly field technology and get it in the hands of soldiers, is nearing its debut, said the undersecretary of the Army Aug.16.
Private Sector to Fill Gaps in Military Aviation TrainingUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin8/17/2016 11:24 AM2 Approved8/17/2016 11:25 AM
With deployment commitments on the rise, neither the Air Force nor the Navy has nearly enough fighter aircraft or pilots to sustain training squadrons.
Raytheon Poised to Offer Next-Generation of Anti-Ship MissilesUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Vivienne Machi8/17/2016 10:46 AM1 Approved8/17/2016 10:47 AM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Raytheon is positioning itself to offer key missile defense assets that fill coverage gaps on the U.S. Navy’s littoral combat ships and new frigates, including upgraded surface-to-air missiles and new anti-ship and land attack missiles.
Crewless Ships in the Navy: Not If, But WhenUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin8/14/2016 1:31 PM2 Approved8/14/2016 1:46 PM
Crewless Ships in the Navy: Not If, But When
New Breed of Army Robots Must Do More, Cost LessUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin8/12/2016 1:00 PM0 Approved8/12/2016 1:38 PM
Big buyers of battlefield robots like the Army are examining new ways to use these systems but are finding that much of the inventory acquired over the past decade is far from cutting edge.
Budget Impasse Could Derail KC-46 Tanker Program (UPDATED)Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Vivienne Machi8/10/2016 4:35 PM1 Approved8/15/2016 10:31 AM
Congressional failure to pass a budget for fiscal year 2017 could derail the KC-46A Pegasus tanker program and potentially force the Air Force to reopen the contract with Boeing, the service’s top official said Aug. 10.
Raytheon Defends Work on Troubled GPS III ProgramUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Stew Magnuson8/10/2016 2:28 PM0 Approved8/10/2016 2:29 PM
The ground control portion of the next-generation Global Positioning System, which is currently under a Pentagon review because of cost overruns and delays, is now on a path to “solid execution," said a Raytheon Co. executive Aug. 10.
Marine Corps Digging Itself Out of Aviation Readiness HoleUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Vivienne Machi8/9/2016 2:47 PM1 Approved8/9/2016 2:56 PM
While the ground forces are in relatively good shape after receiving $5 billion from Congress to reset their equipment, the same can’t be said of the Marine Corps service’s air component, according to the service's commandant.
Defense CIO: Cybersecurity Improving But Innovation LagsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin8/8/2016 9:46 AM0 Approved8/8/2016 9:46 AM
The Pentagon is attacking the cybersecurity problem with everything from traditional computer defenses to newer tools to help ward off threats from insiders.
Pentagon Looks to Private Sector for Help as Airwaves Grow More CrowdedUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Vivienne Machi8/4/2016 3:15 PM0 Approved8/4/2016 3:30 PM
The Defense Department could learn from the commercial sector when it comes to managing the increasingly "congested and contested" electromagnetic spectrum, a senior official said Aug. 4.

Air Force Secretary: Enemies Could Target U.S. Electrical GridUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Yasmin Tadjdeh8/4/2016 3:14 PM5 Approved8/4/2016 3:15 PM
Adversaries could target U.S. military energy sources as a means to disrupt cyber operations, the secretary of the Air Force said Aug. 4.

Army Acquisition Chief: Ground Combat Technology a Key Piece of Third Offset StrategyUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Brian Taylor8/3/2016 12:30 PM1 Approved8/3/2016 12:34 PM
The Defense Department's push to develop leap ahead technology known as the "third offset strategy" must include ground forces, an Army official said Aug. 3.
JIDA Seeks Fresh Approach to Defeat ISIL Bombs (UPDATED)Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Vivienne Machi8/3/2016 11:41 AM1 Approved8/4/2016 9:48 AM
Improvised explosive devices continue to be one of the greatest threats facing troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, the director of the Joint Improvised Threat Defeat Agency said Aug. 2.
SIGAR: Afghan National Army Vehicle Maintenance Program Cost SoarsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Yasmin Tadjdeh8/1/2016 4:44 PM0 Approved8/1/2016 4:45 PM
A contract to develop the Afghan National Army’s capacity to maintain its growing fleet of vehicles has more than doubled in cost, reaching a total of $423 million, a recent Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction report found.
Small Businesses Allege Unfair Contracting Practices in Professional Services MarketUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin8/1/2016 10:15 AM3 Approved8/1/2016 10:19 AM
Small Businesses Allege Unfair Contracting Practices in Professional Services Market
Pentagon Chief Sees Role for U.S. Contractors in Rebuilding Iraq, SyriaUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Vivienne Machi7/27/2016 2:28 PM3 Approved7/27/2016 2:33 PM
Contractors could play a major role in efforts to stabilize and rebuild cities in Iraq and Syria after they are recaptured from the Islamic State, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter told reporters during a visit to Fort Bragg, North Carolina July 27.
Analysts: Next President Must Make 'Tough Choices' on Future of U.S. MilitaryUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Yasmin Tadjdeh7/26/2016 4:49 PM1 Approved7/26/2016 6:28 PM
Whoever becomes the next president of the United States will have to make tough choices about which conflicts the military engages in over the coming years while simultaneously dealing with dwindling resources, foreign policy experts said July 26.
Carter Officially Opens DIUx Boston Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Yasmin Tadjdeh7/26/2016 3:49 PM0 Approved7/26/2016 3:56 PM
Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter officially opened the Defense Innovation Unit-Experimental in Boston July 26, and unveiled a slate of new efforts to enhance the Pentagon’s outreach to the commercial technology sector.
Air Force Secretary: European Reassurance Initiative Moving ForwardUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Vivienne Machi7/26/2016 2:55 PM0 Approved7/26/2016 3:01 PM
The U.S. Air Force continues to be a key player in supporting the European reassurance initiative against Russian expansion, the secretary of the Air Force said July 26.
Future ICBM: Industry Predicts ‘Low Risk’ DevelopmentUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin7/26/2016 8:24 AM2 Approved7/26/2016 8:39 AM
The nation’s top defense contractors are drafting bids in anticipation of an Air Force request for proposals to develop the next generation of nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missiles.
Insider Threats a Looming Issue for Government Contractors (UPDATED)Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Vivienne Machi7/25/2016 2:30 PM4 Approved7/26/2016 1:46 PM
Government contractors must devote more resources and attention toward insider threat programs within their companies, a Deloitte executive has argued.
Advisory Panel: Incoming Administration to Face Fiscal TsunamiUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin7/24/2016 5:03 PM3 Approved7/26/2016 8:02 AM
Advisory Panel: Incoming Administration to Face Fiscal Tsunami
Official: Money ‘Not An Issue’ for Future of Air Force Nuclear DeterrentUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Yasmin Tadjdeh7/21/2016 1:57 PM3 Approved7/21/2016 2:08 PM
The Air Force will get the funding it needs for nuclear modernization, a top service official said July 21.
Marine Corps' F-35B Joint Strike Fighter Debuts at Red Flag (UPDATED)Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Brian Taylor7/20/2016 9:01 AM1 Approved7/22/2016 12:55 PM
NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nevada — The Marine Corps' F-35B joint strike fighter recently made its debut at the famous Exercise Red Flag, which puts aircraft and pilots through rigorous advanced aerial combat training, officials announced July 19.

Survey: IT Professionals Still Not Taking Cybersecurity Seriously Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Stew Magnuson7/18/2016 1:45 PM1 Approved7/19/2016 9:14 AM
As the information technology industry undergoes a massive digital transformation, a Dell survey released July 19 revealed that security remains an afterthought.
Boeing’s KC-46 Tanker to Receive Production Green LightUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin7/18/2016 10:34 AM3 Approved7/19/2016 7:10 AM
Air Force leaders are hopeful but wary in anticipation of the final hurdle Boeing has to clear before the Air Force approves the first KC-46A production order, when it will have to refuel an A-10 combat aircraft.
Space Command Reorganizes to Mirror Other Combat Forces Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Stew Magnuson7/18/2016 10:00 AM0 Approved7/18/2016 10:06 AM
The Air Force is in the process of restructuring the way its personnel will train and fight in space. Gen. John E. Hyten, Space Command commander, recently released a white paper outlining the new “Space Mission Force,” which will mimic other Air Force combat wings in the way it trains personnel so they can respond to threats.
Rogers: National Security Agency Becoming ‘FEMA of the Cyber World’ (UPDATED)Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Yasmin Tadjdeh7/14/2016 4:43 PM0 Approved7/15/2016 6:27 AM
Following major cybersecurity breaches nationwide, the National Security Agency is increasingly being called upon to advise both government offices and the private sector, said the head of the United States’ spy agency.
Industry Groups, Florida Lawmakers Working to Keep Defense Jobs in OrlandoUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin7/14/2016 12:33 PM0 Approved7/14/2016 12:37 PM
The steady growth of military-focused simulation, training and gaming industries over the past five decades has been a good-news story for the state of Florida but that success has also made the area the target of Pentagon budget cutters.
Secretive Pentagon Office Looking at Commercial Self-Driving VehiclesUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Brian Taylor7/13/2016 4:54 PM1 Approved7/13/2016 4:57 PM
As companies like Tesla and Google are developing self-driving cars, a secretive Pentagon office is hoping to utilize this type of commercial technology for the Army and Marine Corps.
Pentagon Weighs Strategy to Secure ‘Trusted’ Electronics SuppliersUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin7/11/2016 11:37 AM4 Approved7/11/2016 11:40 AM
Visibly frustrated leaders of the Senate Armed Services Committee in 2011 lamented the “flood of counterfeit electronic parts” gushing from China all the way into the U.S. defense supply chain.
Despite Cost, Navy 'Laser-Focused' to Deliver Ohio Replacement Sub by 2031 (UPDATED)Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Vivienne Machi7/8/2016 2:29 PM1 Approved7/8/2016 5:09 PM
Two senior Navy officials said July 8 that the service is dedicated to delivering the next generation of ballistic missile submarines by 2031, and is looking into every cost-saving measure they can to ensure they can pay for it without sacrificing the rest of the fleet.
F-35's Vulnerabilities to Cyberattacks Provide Cautionary TaleUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Vivienne Machi7/7/2016 1:25 PM1 Approved7/7/2016 1:32 PM
When it comes to protecting new weapon systems from cyberattacks, the Air Force can learn from the mistakes it made on the F-35A program, the senior service official in charge of network operations said July 7.
Clash Brewing Over Congressional Proposal to Create Nimbler Military CommandsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin7/6/2016 1:21 PM2 Approved7/6/2016 1:23 PM
As the House and Senate attempt to reconcile vastly different defense policy bills, one congressman hinted that he is weighing support for Senate language that would downsize the military command structure.
IARPA Launches Challenge Prize to Develop 3D Mapping of Space ImageryUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Stew Magnuson7/6/2016 11:00 AM0 Approved7/6/2016 12:07 PM
The multi-view stereo 3D mapping challenge — hosted by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) — aims to bring the broader research community together in order to find a way to accurately produce 3D mapping from satellite photos.
Pentagon Cautiously Optimistic About Laser WeaponsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin7/3/2016 7:43 AM4 Approved7/3/2016 7:44 AM
Pentagon Cautiously Optimistic About Laser Directed-Energy Weapons
Air Force Official Confident F-35A Will Reach Initial Operating Capability This YearUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Stew Magnuson6/30/2016 3:32 PM1 Approved6/30/2016 3:36 PM
A senior Air Force official said June 30 that he was “very positive” the F-35A Lightning II will be declared deployable by Dec. 1.
 
CIA’s Brennan: Islamic State Most Likely Plotting Attacks Against U.S. HomelandUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Stew Magnuson6/29/2016 4:55 PM1 Approved6/29/2016 5:03 PM
As Islamic State-backed attacks continue abroad, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency said he would “not be surprised” if the terrorist group was plotting to hit the U.S. homeland.
DHS Rolls Out New Program to Train Executives in Private SectorUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Stew Magnuson6/28/2016 2:52 PM0 Approved6/28/2016 2:56 PM
The Department of Homeland Security unveiled a new program allowing employees working in cybersecurity, engineering and other technical fields to train with private sector companies.
 
Defense Firms Regaining Attention From Private EquityUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin6/28/2016 1:17 PM0 Approved6/28/2016 1:19 PM
Recent moves by private equity firms to acquire defense companies speak to broader trends in the market and shed some light on how investors view the defense sector.
General Motors Partners With Navy on Fuel Cell ProgramUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Stew Magnuson6/27/2016 1:59 PM0 Approved6/27/2016 2:01 PM
General Motors and the Navy announced a partnership June 23, which may lead to better fuel efficiency for unmanned undersea vehicles. GM will share its fuel cell research with the Navy, which is looking to boost the endurance of its submersibles up to six weeks without recharging.

Boeing Sets Goal to Dominate Military Aviation LogisticsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin6/27/2016 8:00 AM5 Approved6/27/2016 8:51 AM
Boeing’s top executives would like to talk less about the company’s shrinking share of the combat aircraft market and more about its future as an aviation logistics powerhouse.
Navy Director Says ‘Brexit’ Won’t Affect U.S.-U.K. Nuclear CooperationUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Vivienne Machi6/24/2016 2:40 PM0 Approved6/24/2016 2:56 PM
The outcome of the recent ‘Brexit’ referendum in the United Kingdom won’t affect the close partnership between American and British nuclear forces, the U.S. Navy’s director of strategic systems programs said June 24.
Navy to Test Powerful 150-Kilowatt Laser Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Yasmin Tadjdeh6/23/2016 4:39 PM0 Approved6/23/2016 4:41 PM
The U.S. Navy, which has already developed a 30-kilowatt laser that has been used operationally, will soon test a new directed energy weapon that is five times more powerful, said the vice chief of naval operations July 23.

Army Chief Not Concerned About Looming A-10 RetirementUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Vivienne Machi6/23/2016 1:58 PM0 Approved6/23/2016 2:07 PM
The Army’s top officer said he isn’t worried about the possibility that the A-10 will be retired in the coming years, expressing confidence that the Air Force will be able to deliver the close air support that U.S. ground forces need.
FAA Releases Small Drone RuleUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Yasmin Tadjdeh6/21/2016 4:25 PM0 Approved6/21/2016 4:27 PM
After years of delays, the Federal Aviation Administration finalized its much-anticipated small unmanned aircraft system rule June 21.

Final MUOS Communications Satellite Set to Launch as Terminal Development LagsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Stew Magnuson6/21/2016 3:55 PM0 Approved6/21/2016 4:03 PM
An on-orbit spare for the Navy’s new powerful Mobile User Objective System spacecraft is set to launch June 24, marking a milestone in the service’s long journey to field its next-generation communication satellites.
Air Force Official: Releasing Full B-21 Contract Value 'Too Insightful' For EnemiesUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Vivienne Machi6/21/2016 2:31 PM1 Approved6/21/2016 2:39 PM
The leader of the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office doubled down June 21 on the service's refusal to release the overall contract value of the forthcoming B-21 stealth bomber program.
Vice Chief of Army: More Maneuver Forces Needed in EuropeUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Yasmin Tadjdeh6/21/2016 2:19 PM1 Approved6/21/2016 2:20 PM
Additional maneuver forces are needed in Europe as Russia continues to intimidate its neighbors, said the vice chief of staff of the Army June 21.
Amazon’s Cloud Business Hones In On Government MarketUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Vivienne Machi6/20/2016 4:54 PM0 Approved6/20/2016 4:55 PM
Amazon Web Services shook up the federal IT world in 2013 when it beat incumbent contractor IBM to win a $600 million CIA award to build and maintain a secure cloud for 17 intelligence agencies.
Sec’y Carter: U.S. to Maintain Military Superiority in Asia For ‘Decades’Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Vivienne Machi6/20/2016 4:02 PM1 Approved6/20/2016 4:12 PM
Despite China’s massive investments in military modernization, the United States armed forces will retain superiority over potential adversaries for decades to come, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter said on June 20.
Navy Contends With Growing Tensions in Asia-PacificUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Stew Magnuson6/20/2016 3:45 PM0 Approved6/20/2016 3:58 PM
As maritime activity continues to increase at a record-setting pace, the United States will have to kick its naval efforts into high gear if the nation wants to keep up with other world powers, according to Adm. John Richardson, chief of naval operations. That is particularly true in the Asia-Pacific region, he added.
 
Authors Argue for Diplomacy First When it Comes to Preventing Space ConflictUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Stew Magnuson6/20/2016 10:49 AM2 Approved6/20/2016 10:54 AM
After recent advances in Chinese and Russian anti-satellite technology, the Defense Department has responded with increasingly war-like rhetoric and has backed it up with programs that are preparing for conflict in space. An Atlantic Council report released June 17 argues for a more balanced approach to U.S. space policy that combines diplomacy with preparedness.
A Defense Technology Revolution Could Happen Sooner Than You ThinkUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin6/20/2016 8:25 AM1 Approved6/20/2016 1:46 PM
The Pentagon has been battered by criticism that it is falling behind in the technology arms race. Skeptics point to rising powers and terrorists finding new ways to exploit military weak spots. Hundreds of pages of legislation have been written to prod the Defense Department to innovate. Amid downbeat talk now comes new data that shows glimmers of a potential technological revolution that could reshape the Pentagon’s weapons arsenal in both subtle and significant ways.

McAfee: Mobile Applications Collaborating to Spread Malware Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Stew Magnuson6/16/2016 10:51 AM1 Approved6/16/2016 10:57 AM
Mobile applications continue to open smartphones up to malware, especially when two different types of software share information, the latest McAfee Labs threats report released June 14 revealed. 
 
Women in the Defense Sector Impressed By How Far They’ve Come Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin6/16/2016 10:00 AM0 Approved6/16/2016 10:34 AM
A woman is now closer to the presidency than any other before. And there has been speculation for years that a Hillary Clinton administration also could make history if she selects a woman to run the Pentagon.
Small Businesses Face Hurdles Joining DHS Cybersecurity ProgramUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Stew Magnuson6/15/2016 3:51 PM0 Approved6/15/2016 4:17 PM
A year after Congress passed landmark legislation designed to help organizations share information on cyber threats, small businesses are facing roadblocks when trying to join the program, witnesses said June 15 during a House hearing.
Air Force Leader Wants ‘Flying Coke Machine’ to Replace A-10Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Brian Taylor6/15/2016 12:57 PM15 Approved6/15/2016 12:57 PM
The Air Force’s next-generation close-air-support platform should be able to provide instant firepower on demand, the service’s top officer told reporters June 15.
Army May Have to Limit Distribution of Best EquipmentUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Brian Taylor6/13/2016 4:00 PM1 Approved6/13/2016 4:23 PM
As modernization budgets are squeezed, the Army might have to be more selective about which units receive the most advanced equipment, a top officer said June 13.
Coast Guard Commandant ‘Concerned’ About China’s Arctic AmbitionsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Yasmin Tadjdeh6/13/2016 3:59 PM0 Approved6/13/2016 4:02 PM
As China expands its fleet of icebreakers capable of traversing the Arctic region, the commandant of the Coast Guard said he was “concerned.”
Helicopter Industry Turns Cutthroat As Defense Procurements DwindleUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin6/13/2016 3:00 PM1 Approved6/13/2016 3:37 PM

The Army expects a ruling next month by the U.S. Court of Federal Claims on a protest filed more than two years ago by helicopter manufacturer AgustaWestland North America.
Analysts: It’s Time for a Reexamination of Nuclear Weapons RequirementsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin6/13/2016 9:00 AM4 Approved6/13/2016 9:37 AM
The $350 billion price tag for modernizing the United States’ nuclear arsenal has been a topic of endless debate in Washington.
Pentagon Beefing Up Innovation BoardUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Vivienne Machi6/10/2016 4:15 PM2 Approved6/10/2016 4:19 PM
The Pentagon has appointed additional high-profile figures to a key advisory body as the department looks for better ways of doing business, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter announced on June 10.
Defense Secretary Unveils New Proposals to Expand Talent PipelineUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin6/9/2016 4:01 PM1 Approved6/9/2016 4:08 PM
A rigid military promotion system, red tape in federal hiring and limited options to share ideas with the private sector are putting the Pentagon at a competitive disadvantage in the war for talent, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said.
Obama Administration: Russia’s Arctic Build-Up Non-Threatening (UPDATED)Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Stew Magnuson6/9/2016 2:51 PM1 Approved6/14/2016 8:00 AM
Despite a perceived rivalry between the United States and Russia in the Arctic, the Obama administration has taken a conciliatory approach when it comes to the rapidly changing region.
Skills Gap Concerns Come to the Fore in Competition to Manage Nuclear Weapons LabUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin6/8/2016 2:28 PM1 Approved6/8/2016 2:33 PM
One of the nation’s largest nuclear weapons laboratories is seeking contractor bids to manage its day-to-day operations. The competition for the Sandia National Laboratories deal could cause a shakeup as the lab has been run by the same contractor — Lockheed Martin Corp. — for 23 years.
Long-Delayed Navy Robot Program Passes Critical Design Review Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Stew Magnuson6/7/2016 4:52 PM0 Approved6/7/2016 4:55 PM
A Navy program first conceived in 2007 to replace commercial-off-the-shelf bomb disposal robots has passed a critical design review, the program’s prime contractor Northrop Grumman Corp. reported June 7.
Proposed Legislation Targets Perceived Injustices in Defense Contract ProtestsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin6/6/2016 8:12 AM4 Approved6/6/2016 8:20 AM
The Senate Armed Services Committee in its version of the fiscal year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act addresses longstanding grievances about the impact of contractor protests
Technology Leaps and Tighter Budgets Reshaping Drone MarketUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin6/2/2016 3:30 PM1 Approved6/2/2016 3:31 PM
Powerful surveillance sensors compressed into small packages and new software tools are revolutionizing the drone market
Defense Department Official Sees Promise in DARPA’s Unmanned BoatUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Vivienne Machi6/2/2016 11:48 AM2 Approved6/7/2016 4:15 PM
A senior Defense Department official sees the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's new unmanned boat as an example of how the department is working to maintain its scientific and technological edge through innovation.
Sweeping Defense Reforms Loom as NDAA Moves to SenateUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin5/31/2016 9:19 AM2 Approved5/31/2016 9:19 AM
Sweeping Acquisition, Defense Reforms Loom as FY17NDAA Moves to Senate
Boeing’s Tanker Troubles: Issues ‘More Complex’ Than RealizedUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin5/28/2016 5:48 PM5 Approved5/28/2016 6:04 PM
Boeing’s Tanker Troubles: Issues ‘More Complex’ Than Realized
Special Operations Command to Test Directed Energy Weapon on ApacheUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Vivienne Machi5/26/2016 2:13 PM1 Approved5/26/2016 2:13 PM
TAMPA, Fla. — Special Operations Command will test a laser weapon on an Apache helicopter this summer, said one official May 26. SOCOM's program executive office rotary wing is working alongside the Army’s project office for Apache Attack Helicopters to conduct a feasibility test this summer, said Col. John Vannoy, program manager for rotary wing.

Air Force Chief of Staff: Building more F-22s 'Not a Crazy Idea'Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Vivienne Machi5/26/2016 12:16 PM9 Approved5/26/2016 12:17 PM
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh III said May 26 that reopening the F-22 manufacturing line was within the realm of possibility, and that it may cost less than developing a sixth-generation fighter.
SOCOM Expediting Tech Transfer to Foreign Partners (UPDATED)Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Vivienne Machi5/26/2016 10:38 AM0 Approved5/26/2016 11:38 AM
United States Special Operations Command is pushing the delivery of new technology to foreign partners, as it seeks to strengthen the international web of elite commandos.
FBI Director: U.S. Needs Dialogue on EncryptionUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Brian Taylor5/26/2016 8:26 AM0 Approved5/26/2016 8:34 AM
TAMPA, Fla. — Following a high profile dispute with Apple earlier this year, the director of the FBI said there needs to be greater dialogue in the United States about the balance between public safety and privacy. “I love strong encryption,” said James Comey. “Encryption is a very, very good thing. I also love pubic safety.”
Special Operations Command to Buy New Uniforms, Wearable GearUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Vivienne Machi5/25/2016 4:18 PM0 Approved5/25/2016 4:25 PM
Special Operations Command plans to acquire new uniforms and a suite of wearable technologies for its warfighters, a program official said May 25.
AFSOC Moves Forward on Plans to Equip AC-130J with Laser Weapon by 2020Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Vivienne Machi5/25/2016 4:17 PM0 Approved5/25/2016 4:18 PM
Air Force Special Operations Command is on track to equip an AC-130J Ghostrider gunship with a laser weapon by the end of the decade, officials said May 25.
Political Turbulence Hits F-35 Joint Strike FighterUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin5/25/2016 3:22 PM3 Approved5/25/2016 3:32 PM
Officials say the F-35 joint strike fighter program is at a “pivot point."
Social Media, Electronic Warfare Tools Among SOCOM's Technology GapsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Vivienne Machi5/25/2016 2:29 PM0 Approved5/25/2016 2:31 PM
TAMPA, Fla. – Special Operations Command is looking for a few good ideas to help it fight the Islamic State and other adversaries, a top acquisition official said on May 25. It has niche requirements for tools that will help it defend against drone and electronic warfare attacks, and to navigate the world of social media, said Tony Davis, the command’s science and technology director.
Drones, Communications, Surveillance Technology on Special Operations Command's Wish List Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Vivienne Machi5/25/2016 11:42 AM1 Approved5/25/2016 11:46 AM
Advanced unmanned aerial systems, big data analysis software and new communication tools are all on the wish list of Special Operations Command’s leaders.
Special Operators Helping U.S. Law Enforcement Root Out Homegrown Terrorists Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Vivienne Machi5/25/2016 8:56 AM0 Approved5/25/2016 8:58 AM
TAMPA, Fla. — U.S special operators are uncovering intelligence overseas that is helping U.S. law enforcement root out homegrown terrorist cells, the White House’s top counterterrorism advisor said May 24.
 
SOCOM Looking For Technology From Foreign FirmsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Vivienne Machi5/24/2016 4:46 PM0 Approved5/24/2016 4:46 PM
TAMPA, Fla. – U.S. Special Operations Command is looking overseas for technology solutions, a top acquisition official said May 24. “We look for the best product wherever it is around the world,” said James Geurts, SOCOM’s acquisition executive, at the 2016 Special Operations Forces Industry Conference.
 
SOCOM Commander: Special Operations Forces Must Adapt as Threats IncreaseUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Vivienne Machi5/24/2016 4:12 PM0 Approved5/24/2016 4:12 PM
As the United States faces threats around the globe — from the Islamic State to Russia to China — special operators must adapt, said the commander of Special Operations Command May 24.
Changing Landscape Overseas Creates Headwinds for U.S. Defense CompaniesUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin5/23/2016 2:23 PM2 Approved5/23/2016 2:39 PM
U.S. defense contractors are becoming increasingly anxious about the overseas arms market as they see changing political winds and shifting attitudes from countries that have long been reliable buyers.
Moment of Truth Looms for U.S. Air Force TankerUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin5/19/2016 3:46 PM3 Approved5/19/2016 3:54 PM
A critical program review of the KC-46A Pegasus tanker is coming. Boeing officials are rushing to complete software fixes.
Navy Acquisition Chief Optimistic About Budget OutcomeUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Yasmin Tadjdeh5/18/2016 4:42 PM0 Approved5/18/2016 4:48 PM
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — As the House debates its version of the fiscal year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, the Navy’s top acquisition official said May 18 he was confident that Congress will pass legislation that would provide the sea service with a larger and more capable fleet.
Air Force Chief Scientist: No Date Set for Hypersonic Vehicle TestsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Vivienne Machi5/17/2016 4:32 PM0 Approved5/17/2016 4:34 PM
The U.S. Air Force has no immediate plans to conduct hypersonic vehicle flight tests, the service's chief scientist said May 17. Greg Zacharias said he "was not aware" of any set dates for a U.S. hypersonic flight test.
Secretary Carter Blasts Armed Services Committees’ Authorization BillsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Brian Taylor5/17/2016 4:28 PM0 Approved5/17/2016 4:35 PM
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter ripped legislative provisions recently passed by the Senate and House Armed Services Committees, saying May 17 that he would recommend President Barack Obama veto them if they ever reached his desk.
Panel: Global Partnerships Key to Advancing Science and Technology ResearchUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Yasmin Tadjdeh5/17/2016 3:44 PM0 Approved5/17/2016 3:54 PM
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Collaboration between the United States and its partner nations will be key to developing emerging technologies, said a panel of naval science and technology officials from around the globe May 16.
Service Chiefs Want Changes in Acquisition ProcessUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Vivienne Machi5/16/2016 2:35 PM1 Approved5/16/2016 2:48 PM
There are major flaws in the current acquisition process and the sea services need to find better ways of onboarding new technology, the top Navy and Marine Corps officers said on May 16.
Boeing Turns Focus to Military Aircraft Upgrades, Support ServicesUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Sandra Erwin5/16/2016 2:07 PM2 Approved5/16/2016 2:28 PM
Boeing is working to secure long-term work upgrading and maintaining military hardware.
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