DefenseAlert, Oct. 14, 2014 -- The Army plans to ride out $26 billion in statutorily required cuts to its current spending plan between fiscal years 2016 to 2019, protecting its new weapons portfolio by stretching out planned procurement and deferring upgrades of the current inventory, according to a top service official.
DefenseAlert, Oct. 14, 2014 -- The Army's Network Integration Evaluation is set to move from a twice-a-year occurrence to just one NIE in the spring paired with an Army Warfighting Assessment in the fall, an exercise that identifies new service concepts and capabilities, according to an Army official that helps run the event.
DefenseAlert, Oct. 14, 2014 -- A top Army acquisition official said the service will execute aviation reform plans irrespective of an independent commission that some lawmakers want for reviewing the process.
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Defense Budget Alert
The Defense Department continues to plan for the worst should the automatic budget cuts triggered by sequestration remain law in fiscal year 2016, according to Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon's chief spokesman.
On Oct. 16, 2014, the Pentagon's comptroller published the final version of the fiscal year 2014 omnibus reprogramming request -- dated Aug. 21, 2014 -- that shifts a total of $3.7 billion from lower- to higher-priority projects, a sum that is 14 percent lower than the $4.3 billion the Defense Department asked Congress permission to reprogram on July 10.
Lawmakers have rejected dozens of Pentagon-proposed changes to reallocate prior-year funds, forcing the U.S. military to scrap plans to immediately shift nearly $600 million between programs -- including the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and Ground-based Midcourse Defense efforts -- while protecting funds for key Army radio and helicopter modernization projects.
On Oct. 23, 2014, the Defense Business Board was scheduled to discuss a study on the Pentagon's science and technology development efforts. Includes the briefing slides as well as the terms of reference.
The Defense Department's research and development endeavors often reproduce technology already available in the private sector, lack any focus on a limited set of military-unique technology needs, and conduct scant outreach to independent researchers working on technologies critical to future DOD weapon systems.
Lockheed Martin will join Northrop Grumman in protesting the Air Force's $71 million contract award to Raytheon for the Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar.
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."
- DBB Presentation On Pentagon S&T Study
- DBB Presentation On Core Business Practices Study
- SOCOM Notice On MEUAS III RFP
- Defense Contractors' Third-Quarter 2014 Earnings Reports
- DOD Reprogramming Request For Ebola Funding
Inside the Navy
- Mabus Signs Decision Memo: LPD-17 Variant Preferred Platform For LX(R)
- Army Wraps Up JLTV Limited-User Testing; Marines Begin Trials Soon
Inside the Army
- Competing Plans Emerge For The Army In Asia-Pacific: Mediator And Shooter
- Army Eyes FY-16 As Key Decision Point For Future Fighting Vehicle
Inside Missile Defense
- MDA Commences Project To Redesign EKV For GMD
- Study: German Missile-Defense Decision Needs More Time, Research
Inside the Pentagon
- Work Tasks Defense Business Board With Enhancing Business Processes
- Think Tank Moves To Take Lead On Work's 'Third Offset' Strategy
Inside the Air Force
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