DefenseAlert, Nov. 21, 2014 -- The Defense Department has awarded F-35 prime contractor Lockheed Martin its eighth low-rate initial production contract, valued at $4.7 billion for 43 airframes, according to a Nov. 21 press release from the joint program office.
DefenseAlert, Nov. 21, 2014 -- Despite concerns from industry that Pentagon acquisition officials are being too aggressive in their negotiations, the Defense Department's pricing director said he makes no apologies for seeking good deals and has no plans to change tactics.
DefenseAlert, Nov. 21, 2014 -- Facing declining Pentagon spending, defense contractors from Exelis to Engility are increasingly reducing their U.S. military work and moving into federal civilian, commercial and international sales to make up for it.
- Pentagon Leaders Steel Themselves For Capitol Hill Conflicts
- Number Of GAO Bid Protests Increased In Fiscal Year 2014
- After Weeks Of Review, ATK Says Orbital Merger Still Makes Sense
- Dempsey Makes Case For Bigger FY-16 Budget Request Than Previously Planned
- Air Force, DOD To Unveil Rocket Engine Plan In FY-16 Budget
- Odierno Rejects Army Reorganization As Solution To End-Strength Cuts
- Navy Drafting Requirements Document For LX(R); Approval Anticipated In July
- Defense Executives Urge DOD To Take More Commercial Approach
Defense Budget Alert
The Pentagon's No. 2 official, acting on the recommendation of the service vice chiefs, is asserting a new leadership role over an internal Defense Department analysis process that forms a linchpin for nearly all high-level deliberations on defense strategy, weapon system programming and budget matters, force sizing and capability development.
In a Nov. 14, 2014, memo marked "for official use only," Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work announces plans to "reinvigorate" the Support for Strategic Analysis process -- previously delegated to a trio of senior officials -- and sets an agenda in an effort to produce more uniform information critical to leadership assessments of defense strategy as well as planning, programming, and budget-execution matters.
NORFOLK, VA -- The Navy must do a better job of explaining the impact of future sequestration cuts on national security to Capitol Hill, the vice chief of naval operations said last week.
The Defense Department chief information officer will now have the authority to change the Pentagon's information technology acquisition process in coordination with the department's acquisition chief, according to a Nov. 21 directive signed by Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work.
By the end of the year, General Dynamics' advanced information systems and C4 systems units will be merged into a new business unit that its chief says will be better positioned for a changing market.
The Army is in the initial stages of identifying a batch of contractors to deliver communications and intelligence services to program offices across the Army.
Homeland Defense Watch
The U.S. government may invoke special national-security authorities to ensure enough personal protective equipment can be purchased to deal with a domestic Ebola crisis, according to a Federal Emergency Management Agency official.
U.S. Northern Command and the federal government have yet to hammer out the details of who is authorized to deal with some types of malware in the event of a cyber attack on the United States, according to NORTHCOM's commander.
The July 17, 2014, Government Accountability Office report finds that a February 2014 Defense Department report to Congress "provides limited insight on improvements to homeland missile defense and acquisition plans."
- Work Memo On The SSA Process
- NATO Documentation For Digital Game Prototype
- Life-Cycle Logistics FIPT Meeting Presentations
- CNO's 2014 'Position Report'
- GAO Report On Bid Protests
Inside the Navy
- Navy 'Considering' 12th LPD In Light Of Hill Movement, LX(R) Decision
- Marine Corps Primary Ground Priorities Are Reflected In Strategy Doc
Inside the Army
- Pentagon, Industry See Budget Trouble For Future Vertical Lift Helicopter
- Much Hangs On Stalled Defense Bill For Army's Aviation Restructure Plan
Inside Missile Defense
- Lockheed Exec: Aspects Of EKV Redesign Still 'Up In The Air'
- Ayotte: East Coast Ballistic Missile Defense Site 'A Worthy Investment'
Inside the Pentagon
- Work Grabs Reins Of Analysis Effort Pivotal To Strategy, Budget Decisions
- Assad: DOD Seeks To Expand Support Center For Commercial Item Pricing
Inside the Air Force
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