|Sandra Erwin||7/24/2014 3:40 PM||0|| ||Approved||7/24/2014 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.
|Valerie Insinna||7/23/2014 3:26 PM||1|| ||Approved||7/23/2014 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.
|Stew Magnuson||7/23/2014 2:14 PM||0|| ||Approved||7/23/2014 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.
|Sandra Erwin||7/23/2014 1:51 PM||1|| ||Approved||7/23/2014 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.
|Sandra Erwin||7/22/2014 4:16 PM||4|| ||Approved||7/24/2014 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.
|Stew Magnuson||7/18/2014 3:00 PM||0|| ||Approved||7/18/2014 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.
|Stew Magnuson||7/17/2014 4:00 PM||0|| ||Approved||7/17/2014 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.
|Sandra Erwin||7/16/2014 3:13 PM||4|| ||Approved||7/16/2014 3:37 PM|
Some companies are on the verge of exiting a presumably lucrative defense market because the burdens increasingly are outweighing the benefits.
|Dan Parsons||7/16/2014 11:26 AM||1|| ||Approved||7/16/2014 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.
|Stew Magnuson||7/15/2014 4:43 PM||0|| ||Approved||7/15/2014 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.
|Valerie Insinna||7/15/2014 3:11 PM||0|| ||Approved||7/15/2014 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.
|Sandra Erwin||7/14/2014 4:31 PM||0|| ||Approved||7/14/2014 4:33 PM|
Foreign nations' ability to rush products to market and lax export controls are giving U.S. defense industry a run for its money, according to a recent survey of 350 aerospace and defense executives.
|Sandra Erwin||7/14/2014 11:51 AM||0|| ||Approved||7/14/2014 11:55 AM|
A Senate panel concluded that the Air Force wasted more than a billion dollars on a logistics information system largely because it failed to follow existing laws and regulations designed to prevent such flops.
|Sandra Erwin||7/12/2014 5:29 PM||0|| ||Approved||7/12/2014 5:33 PM|
Top U.S. defense and aerospace companies are storming this week's Farnborough Airshow in the United Kingdom where they hope to sign up new customers and gain fresh insights into where the market is headed.
|Stew Magnuson||7/10/2014 4:52 PM||0|| ||Approved||7/10/2014 5:01 PM|
Senate Armed Services Committee members questioned nominees for three major commands July 10 about budget cuts and their thoughts on the war in Afghanistan.
|Stew Magnuson||7/10/2014 11:55 AM||1|| ||Approved||7/10/2014 12:07 PM|
The Raytheon Co. is preparing to ramp up production of the family of advanced beyond line of sight terminals (FAB-T) program now that the Air Force has changed course and awarded the company what remains of the once troubled program.
|Sandra Erwin||7/9/2014 3:23 PM||2|| ||Approved||7/9/2014 3:40 PM|
As fighting continues between Ukraine's government forces and pro-Russian separatists, the Pentagon is ramping up efforts to equip and train Ukrainian troops and bolster the country's rapidly deteriorating defense industry.
|Sandra Erwin||7/5/2014 5:58 PM||0|| ||Approved||7/5/2014 6:04 PM|
Uncertainty remains the operative word in the defense sector. The chances that Congress will pass a defense appropriations bill by Sept. 30 appear to be slim to none.
|Sandra Erwin||7/5/2014 12:25 PM||0|| ||Approved||7/5/2014 12:36 PM|
Under a recent court decision out of the Fourth Circuit, a government contractor may suddenly find itself facing potentially massive liability based solely on the number of invoices submitted in previous years
|Valerie Insinna||7/1/2014 3:21 PM||0|| ||Approved||7/1/2014 3:31 PM|
Helicopter manufacturers are on pins and needles as the Army considers how it will move forward with a science and technology program to develop and fly a high-speed rotorcraft demonstrator.
|Dan Parsons||7/1/2014 12:01 PM||0|| ||Approved||7/1/2014 12:08 PM|
By the standards of military acquisition programs, Boeing Co.’s recent delivery of 15 helicopters to the Royal Canadian Air Force in only 12 months is a model of efficiency. Company executives tout the Canadian program as an example of how future U.S. and international procurements could run more smoothly.
|Sandra Erwin||6/28/2014 6:23 PM||1|| ||Approved||6/28/2014 6:32 PM|
Marines are coming to grips with the reality that they will not have the big-ticket hardware that they had hoped for.
|Yasmin Tadjdeh||6/26/2014 4:30 PM||0|| ||Approved||6/26/2014 4:37 PM|
When the Pentagon’s shadowy research laboratory last year asked for a humanoid robot that could perform dangerous tasks in disaster zones industry and academia delivered beyond expectations.
|Dan Parsons||6/26/2014 12:05 PM||6|| ||Approved||6/26/2014 12:34 PM|
Replacing the amphibious assault vehicle, or AAV, has been one of Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James Amos’ highest priorities during his tenure.
|Stew Magnuson||6/25/2014 2:37 PM||6|| ||Approved||6/25/2014 2:48 PM|
The Department of Defense recently made language learning software previously used only by specialists available to all government and military personnel.
|Stew Magnuson||6/25/2014 2:01 PM||1|| ||Approved||6/25/2014 4:55 PM|
The State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development don’t receive the funding, or the respect from the American public, when it comes to their roles in preventing international conflict, officials from the agencies said June 24.
|Sandra Erwin||6/24/2014 10:14 AM||0|| ||Approved||6/24/2014 10:24 AM|
Even in this day of deeply divided government, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle agree that there are fundamental flaws in how the Pentagon buys weapons systems.
|Stew Magnuson||6/24/2014 8:34 AM||0|| ||Approved||6/24/2014 8:36 AM|
The United States should break off its counter terrorism alliance with Pakistan because the South Asian nation has goals that don’t match U.S. foreign policy objectives, a scholar argued at a recent panel discussion in Washington, D.C.
|Sandra Erwin||6/22/2014 7:54 AM||0|| ||Approved||6/22/2014 8:07 AM|
Federal agencies' increasing reliance on technology and changing buying behaviors are shaking up the $225 billion government services market.
|Sandra Erwin||6/19/2014 12:28 PM||1|| ||Approved||6/19/2014 12:44 PM|
The collapse of the Iraqi army is likely to raise new questions about U.S. military plans to train foreign allies to help fight insurgencies and terrorist groups.
|Sandra Erwin||6/18/2014 2:57 PM||1|| ||Approved||6/18/2014 3:04 PM|
The Army hopes to equip soldiers in the coming years with lighter body armor, sleeker helmets, wearable health sensors, and eyewear that instantly transitions from light to dark.
|Valerie Insinna||6/18/2014 2:35 PM||0|| ||Approved||6/18/2014 2:54 PM|
As President Barack Obama mulls options of how to counter the violence in Iraq, the Air Force's top civilian said June 18 the service stands ready to execute orders “within hours, not days, not weeks."
|Valerie Insinna||6/17/2014 3:27 PM||0|| ||Approved||6/17/2014 3:35 PM|
As the joint multi-role demonstrator program heats up, a Boeing-Sikorsky team is funneling money into their prototype in the hopes of enticing the Army to move forward with a new-start rotorcraft program called future vertical lift.
|Dan Parsons||6/17/2014 3:24 PM||0|| ||Approved||6/17/2014 3:26 PM|
As tensions with China escalate, an effort to amend Japan’s constitution to allow for foreign military cooperation is gaining momentum, officials said.
|Dan Parsons||6/17/2014 11:56 AM||2|| ||Approved||6/19/2014 12:35 PM|
U.S. and allied defense agencies are promoting maritime domain awareness from space as a way to monitor the oceans.
|Sandra Erwin||6/15/2014 6:43 AM||0|| ||Approved||6/16/2014 7:34 AM|
Defense Department analysts suggest that traditional incentive contracting does not always work as intended and that the Pentagon needs to use other methods to cut waste from weapon programs.
|Sandra Erwin||6/13/2014 3:32 PM||3|| ||Approved||6/13/2014 3:37 PM|
Army officials are defending their decision to continue buying tactical radios that soldiers have judged inadequate during recent tests.
|Valerie Insinna||6/13/2014 2:52 PM||2|| ||Approved||6/13/2014 3:05 PM|
The Navy is on track with plans to replace its Ohio-class submarines and extend the lives of its Trident D5 missiles, but a weakened solid-fuel rocket motor industrial base threatens to drive up costs for the latter program, said the head of the service’s nuclear program.
|Sandra Erwin||6/12/2014 2:11 PM||1|| ||Approved||6/13/2014 8:04 AM|
The U.S. military's hidebound culture and outdated procurement system are slowing down efforts to improve cyber defenses against increasingly sophisticated network attacks.
|Dan Parsons||6/12/2014 1:48 PM||0|| ||Approved||6/13/2014 8:02 AM|
The agency in charge with providing the military with everything from rifles to eggs is preparing to significantly downsize its operations.
|Stew Magnuson||6/11/2014 4:51 PM||1|| ||Approved||6/11/2014 4:57 PM|
The Senate Judiciary Committee on June 11 pressed Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson over an alarming number of unaccompanied minors coming over the U.S. border with Mexico.
|Valerie Insinna||6/10/2014 3:04 PM||1|| ||Approved||6/10/2014 3:10 PM|
Opportunities to sell combat vehicles to the military are thin on the ground, but Lockheed Martin continues to push its offerings for two remaining programs: the Army and Marine Corps’ joint light tactical vehicle and the newly revived amphibious combat vehicle, also to be operated by the Marines.
|Dan Parsons||6/10/2014 1:48 PM||2|| ||Approved||6/10/2014 2:02 PM|
By the end of summer, Lockheed Martin will have sealed a deal with the Defense Department for 43 more Joint Strike Fighters, a contract that along with burgeoning international sales should bring the per-jet price down to levels that have long been promised but never delivered, the company’s JSF program chief said June 9.
|Yasmin Tadjdeh||6/9/2014 4:27 PM||1|| ||Approved||6/10/2014 4:51 PM|
The nation's largest defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. currently generates about 80 percent of its $45 billion in annual revenues from sales to the U.S. government, predominantly the Defense Department. But with the Pentagon in a budget crunch that is expected to continue for the foreseeable future, the company is determined to reduce its heavy dependence on the U.S. defense business, said CEO Marillyn Hewson.
|Sandra Erwin||6/7/2014 4:38 PM||0|| ||Approved||6/7/2014 4:40 PM|
The Army needs to sharpen its skills in "systems integration," says Kevin Fahey, who recently became the Army's executive director for agile acquisition.
|Sandra Erwin||6/4/2014 4:07 PM||0|| ||Approved||6/4/2014 4:09 PM|
Like every other modernization program in the Defense Department, new helicopters have to compete for funding within a pool of shrinking dollars.
|Dan Parsons||6/3/2014 2:44 PM||4|| ||Approved||6/3/2014 3:26 PM|
India’s ambitious military modernization program to upgrade its Cold War-era vehicles and equipment is viewed as saber rattling by its neighbor and perpetual adversary Pakistan, a scholar of the region said June 3.
|Sandra Erwin||6/1/2014 8:08 AM||0|| ||Approved||6/1/2014 8:14 AM|
Budget authority for fiscal year 2014 is $155 billion for modernization accounts, whereas the outlay forecast is $148 billion. A $7 billion gap could mean bad news for contractors.
|Sandra Erwin||5/28/2014 11:16 AM||0|| ||Approved||5/28/2014 11:50 AM|
Industry groups are voicing displeasure with the pace and substance of the Obama administration's export control reforms.
|Sandra Erwin||5/26/2014 1:21 PM||0|| ||Approved||5/26/2014 3:05 PM|
It is a depressing outlook for military vehicle manufacturers that rely predominantly on Defense Department business, analysts said. Many companies might not survive this downturn unless they figure out how to wean themselves off government sales.
|Yasmin Tadjdeh||5/23/2014 8:30 AM||0|| ||Approved||5/23/2014 8:32 AM|
As the Defense Department shifts to a strategy that will rely more on special operators, those conducting sensitive site exploitation missions need new technologies.
|Yasmin Tadjdeh||5/22/2014 4:01 PM||0|| ||Approved||5/22/2014 4:18 PM|
Despite a downturn in military spending, some defense contractors believe that Special Operations Command is ripe with opportunities.
|Yasmin Tadjdeh||5/22/2014 8:34 AM||0|| ||Approved||5/22/2014 9:27 AM|
At Special Operations Command, the service uses a suite of missiles, high caliber guns and bombs to target enemies from its aircraft. Going forward, it is looking to field new precision strike technology, acquisition leaders said May 21.
|Yasmin Tadjdeh||5/21/2014 2:47 PM||4|| ||Approved||5/21/2014 3:49 PM|
As Special Operations Command shifts its focus globally, operators have an urgent need to learn new languages, particularly in African, European and Asian countries, officials said May 21.
|Sandra Erwin||5/21/2014 12:19 PM||4|| ||Approved||5/21/2014 12:37 PM|
The firestorm over the littoral combat ship might have been avoided had the Navy better explained the rationale for the ship and answered critics' questions more clearly.
|Yasmin Tadjdeh||5/21/2014 8:04 AM||0|| ||Approved||5/21/2014 8:27 AM|
As the war in Afghanistan winds down, the gains in capability made by Special Operations Command over the past 13 years cannot be lost, said the forces’ commander May 20.
|Sandra Erwin||5/20/2014 4:26 PM||3|| ||Approved||5/21/2014 7:37 AM|
As the Army fights an uphill battle on Capitol Hill to avert deep budget cuts in 2016, it is also mounting a public-relations campaign against pundits and analysts who downplay the value of land forces.
|Sandra Erwin||5/18/2014 6:16 AM||5|| ||Approved||5/18/2014 6:24 AM|
While budget cuts and sequestration have disrupted the Defense Department's research-and-development flow, a major impediment to innovation is a hidebound military establishment that cannot stay apace with advances in technology.
|Valerie Insinna||5/16/2014 3:15 PM||1|| ||Approved||6/12/2014 2:38 PM|
Three-D printing companies are experiencing an explosion of sales to the unmanned aircraft industry, a trend that will likely continue for some time into the future, industry executives said at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International conference.
|Valerie Insinna||5/15/2014 8:49 AM||0|| ||Approved||5/15/2014 8:54 AM|
The new Bebop drone — developed by Parrot, a French wireless technology company —has been generating buzz all week at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International conference and exhibition.
|Valerie Insinna||5/15/2014 8:14 AM||0|| ||Approved||5/15/2014 8:16 AM|
As pressure mounts on the Federal Aviation Administration to allow unmanned aerial systems to fly in national airspace, the agency is considering measures that would permit certain industries to carry out limited commercial operations, an official said May 14.
|Stew Magnuson||5/14/2014 3:08 PM||0|| ||Approved||5/15/2014 4:54 PM|
Defense industry contractor Textron Systems is aiming to have about half of its business come from foreign markets by next year, its president and CEO said May 14.
|Valerie Insinna||5/14/2014 8:38 AM||0|| ||Approved||5/14/2014 8:40 AM|
Lockheed Martin’s K-MAX unmanned helicopter rose to fame when the Marine Corps began using it to deliver supplies to troops in Afghanistan without risking pilots' lives. The aircraft could soon have a competitor: an unmanned Black Hawk.
|Valerie Insinna||5/13/2014 10:01 AM||0|| ||Approved||5/13/2014 10:02 AM|
Unmanned aerial systems manufacturers are at a crossroads. Industry is eager to sell the aircraft and associated services both globally and to the civil sector, but experts predict UAS integration into the national airspace is still years away. And just as companies are facing more competition worldwide, U.S. military procurement is dropping off.
|Sandra Erwin||5/12/2014 12:25 PM||1|| ||Approved||5/12/2014 2:16 PM|
Military contractors expect to see details unveiled in the coming weeks on how and when the Army intends to speed up production of new handheld and vehicle radios.
|Sandra Erwin||5/9/2014 3:21 PM||0|| ||Approved||5/9/2014 3:28 PM|
The Pentagon is being slammed for not having a coherent plan for how to transition from the current generation of unmanned air vehicles to one better equipped to cope with enemy threats.
|Yasmin Tadjdeh||5/9/2014 3:07 PM||0|| ||Approved||6/12/2014 2:30 PM|
While the crisis between Ukraine and Russia is a serious international concern, it is not affecting nuclear disarmament efforts, the State Department's top arms control official said May 9.
|Sandra Erwin||5/8/2014 9:40 AM||7|| ||Approved||5/8/2014 9:52 AM|
The Defense Department’s track record of buying new information technology systems has been abysmal, according to Pentagon and congressional leaders.
|Dan Parsons||5/8/2014 9:18 AM||0|| ||Approved||5/8/2014 9:29 AM|
Billions in procurement funding over the past decade allowed the Army to build up a fleet of tactical trucks that was more than adequate to meet its needs.
Those trucks, which number about 278,000, now average just 2 to 3 years old — the youngest fleet in modern Army history, said Col. Doyle Lassiter, commander of Red River Army Depot.
|Sandra Erwin||5/7/2014 7:57 AM||3|| ||Approved||5/7/2014 8:04 AM|
Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, has directed procurement officials to investigate commercial-like approaches to maintaining equipment as an alternative to traditional contracts. The commercial method, known as "performance-based logistics," was in vogue in the 1990s but fell out of favor in recent years.
|Dan Parsons||5/6/2014 3:22 PM||0|| ||Approved||5/6/2014 3:34 PM|
The Army’s lone active vehicle acquisition program is receiving high marks from Pentagon officials and members of Congress that hold its purse strings.
|Valerie Insinna||5/6/2014 1:35 PM||0|| ||Approved||5/6/2014 2:10 PM|
As the Marine Corps rolled out its new cargo helicopter May 5, service leaders vowed they would protect it from the cancelations and scaled-back purchases that have plagued other military rotorcraft programs this year.
|Sandra Erwin||5/6/2014 10:35 AM||0|| ||Approved||5/6/2014 10:49 AM|
The U.S. armed forces are transitioning from 13 years of war to a future of smaller budgets and unknown challenges. And Congress is just making it all the more difficult, said Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.
|Sandra Erwin||5/2/2014 1:18 PM||1|| ||Approved||5/2/2014 1:34 PM|
Nearly $100 billion in defense sales are up for grabs in the Middle East and North Africa through 2019.
|Valerie Insinna||5/1/2014 4:17 PM||0|| ||Approved||5/1/2014 4:24 PM|
Just four years ago at the Lisbon Summit, the pervasive view among NATO members was that Russia was no longer a significant threat and was willing to partner with the organization to achieve certain goals, NATO’s Deputy Secretary General said. Now, after Russia has annexed Crimea and pro-Russian forces continue to poach territory from Ukraine, NATO must reevaluate its relationship with Russia — and possibly beef up its own defense capabilities.
|Sandra Erwin||4/30/2014 5:01 PM||5|| ||Approved||4/30/2014 5:59 PM|
The Navy released two "requests for information" on ship technologies and designs that could be applied to a future surface combatant.
|Sandra Erwin||4/30/2014 3:19 PM||2|| ||Approved||4/30/2014 3:40 PM|
Democratic lawmakers are resurrecting legislation in support of Defense Department investments in renewable energy and fuel-saving programs.
|Dan Parsons||4/29/2014 12:44 PM||0|| ||Approved||4/29/2014 12:57 PM|
House Armed Service Committee member Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Va., insists he will protect Navy funding to keep 11 aircraft carriers in the fleet.
|Sandra Erwin||4/27/2014 3:03 PM||0|| ||Approved||4/27/2014 4:54 PM|
|Sandra Erwin||4/24/2014 2:38 PM||5|| ||Approved||4/24/2014 2:49 PM|
|Sandra Erwin||4/23/2014 1:56 PM||0|| ||Approved||4/23/2014 2:01 PM|
|Dan Parsons||4/23/2014 1:33 PM||4|| ||Approved||4/23/2014 2:00 PM|
|Sandra Erwin||4/22/2014 3:33 PM||0|| ||Approved||4/22/2014 3:40 PM|
|Sandra Erwin||4/19/2014 7:22 PM||6|| ||Approved||4/19/2014 7:29 PM|
|Sandra Erwin||4/19/2014 7:15 PM||0|| ||Approved||4/20/2014 12:02 PM|
|Sandra Erwin||4/17/2014 7:32 PM||1|| ||Approved||4/18/2014 9:23 AM|
|Sandra Erwin||4/16/2014 2:51 PM||1|| ||Approved||4/16/2014 3:15 PM|
|Sandra Erwin||4/15/2014 2:48 PM||0|| ||Approved||4/15/2014 3:28 PM|
|Sandra Erwin||4/13/2014 5:59 PM||0|| ||Approved||4/14/2014 2:43 PM|
|Sandra Erwin||4/13/2014 6:53 AM||1|| ||Approved||4/13/2014 6:58 AM|
|Sandra Erwin||4/12/2014 1:28 PM||5|| ||Approved||4/12/2014 1:56 PM|
|Valerie Insinna||4/11/2014 2:31 PM||0|| ||Approved||4/11/2014 2:41 PM|
|Dan Parsons||4/10/2014 12:57 PM||3|| ||Approved||4/10/2014 1:17 PM|
|Valerie Insinna||4/9/2014 2:05 PM||0|| ||Approved||4/9/2014 2:14 PM|
|Dan Parsons||4/9/2014 1:54 PM||1|| ||Approved||4/9/2014 1:57 PM|
|Valerie Insinna||4/9/2014 1:01 PM||0|| ||Approved||4/9/2014 1:04 PM|
|Yasmin Tadjdeh||4/9/2014 11:31 AM||0|| ||Approved||4/9/2014 11:43 AM|
|Stew Magnuson||4/9/2014 11:15 AM||1|| ||Approved||4/9/2014 11:46 AM|
|Stew Magnuson||4/8/2014 4:46 PM||0|| ||Approved||4/8/2014 4:50 PM|
|Yasmin Tadjdeh||4/8/2014 4:23 PM||1|| ||Approved||4/8/2014 4:25 PM|