DefenseAlert, June 30, 2014 -- In light of events in Ukraine, the Pentagon should halt planned reductions to its force structure in Europe and consider adding more rotational forces, U.S. European Command chief and NATO Supreme Allied Commander Gen. Philip M. Breedlove said Monday.
DefenseAlert, June 30, 2014 -- The Defense Department has updated its 2006 global strategy for countering weapons of mass destruction with a greater emphasis on a Pentagon-wide approach rather than a focus on military solutions, though the government still reserves the right to "act unilaterally, if necessary."
DOCUMENT: DOD's 2014 Strategy For Countering WMDs
DefenseAlert, June 30, 2014 -- The Office of the Secretary of Defense in a new assessment finds the effort to develop a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle -- a program with the second-largest claim on future Army modernization funding – "appears on track to meet its objectives," according to a Pentagon official.
- GAO Rejects Raytheon/Kongsberg LRASM Follow-On Contract Bid Protest
- Moody AFB Chosen As Preferred Afghan A-29 Training Site
- Marine Corps Resumes F-35B Flight Operations After Fire At Eglin AFB
- Army Telegraphs Worst-Case Scenario In Sequestration-Driven Force Cuts
- Long-Delayed Combat Rescue Helicopter Finally Goes On Contract
Defense Budget Alert
Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno hit several familiar notes at the Aspen Security Forum last week when he discussed the future of the service and the budget pressures bearing down upon it.
Army leaders are heading to Capitol Hill to discuss what portion of the Pentagon's $58.6 billion overseas contingency operations request will end up in the service's base budget, according to the Army's new acquisition deputy.
The Pentagon's deputy acquisition executive recently told defense industry representatives that Frank Kendall, her boss, thinks full sequestration will be triggered in fiscal year 2016 and has been advising budget programmers to craft "off-ramps" to address looming program cuts.
Findings from the Army's latest Network Integration Evaluation suggest that the service should implement changes and improvements to its Manpack radio due to significant heat and weight issues, according to an internal report obtained by Inside the Army.
The Army has pulled the Distributed Common Ground System-Army from a key test planned for the Network Integration Evaluation this fall, moving it instead to the following NIE in spring 2015, where it will be a "priority effort," according to a recent memo from the service's vice chief of staff.
The Army has awarded BAE Systems $40 million in contracts as part of a larger $496 million award for its Common Missile Warning System and the Advanced Threat Infrared Countermeasures system, according to a company announcement last week.
Homeland Defense Watch
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."
In a Jan. 9, 2014, letter, Rep. Don Young (R-AK) expresses his concern over the cancellation of Red Flag excercises in his state in 2013.
The U.S. Forest Service sees an enduring role for the Air Force in combating wildfires, even as the agency brings additional airtankers online through commercial contracts and an airplane transfer arrangement with the Coast Guard and Defense Department, a spokeswoman for the Forest Service said this week.
- Army Memo On DCGS-A
- House Hearing On Amphibious Fleet Requirements
- Army RFI For RF Interference Mitigation Solutions
- Army RFI For BEI Systems Integration Lab
- DBB Report On 'Innovation: Attracting And Retaining The Best Of The Private Sector'
Inside the Navy
- Marines Announce ACV Swim Requirement Changes At Industry Day
- Gen. Walsh: LX(R) Must Have Aviation, Independent Operations Capability
Inside the Army
- Army NIE Report Calls For Changes To JTRS Manpack Requirements
- Sources: GDLS And BAE To Receive GCV Bridge Contracts Next Month
Inside Missile Defense
- MDA Announces East Coast BMD Environmental Impact Studies
- Pentagon Wants To Shift $187 Million Into GMD Budget To Beef Up System
Inside the Pentagon
- DOD Acquisition Deputy: Plan Off-Ramps In 'Likely' Case Of Sequestration
- SOUTHCOM Wary Navy Ship Decommissionings Will Further Limit Assets
Inside the Air Force
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