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
After satisfying more than 500 requests in the past decade, the Pentagon's joint rapid acquisition cell is unlikely to slow its pace in the face of new global threats, according to the outgoing chief of the program.
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.
The Army's top acquisition official says she is requiring that all programs make room in the budget for any upgrades needed to transition systems to the Military-Code Global Positioning System developed by the Air Force.
The Army plans to develop new ways to hack, attack and disrupt enemy networks across cyberspace and the electromagnetic spectrum in a soon-to-be-established "Cyber Battle Lab."
With the maiden flight of a 250-foot-long Army surveillance blimp slated for mid-December near Washington, officials overseeing the experiment are touting the system's safety features.
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."
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- Army Performance Work Statement For The Cyber Battle Lab
- Army LCM-8 Replacement Request For Information
- Army Water Craft Systems Industry Day Announcement
- Army RFI On Better Use Of The Electromagnetic Spectrum
Inside the Navy
- SSBN(X) Not Impacted By Continuing Resolution Due To DOD Priorities
- Navy Defers Fire Scout Support To LCS ASW Mission Due To Fiscal Limits
Inside the Army
- Key Army Command Gets Nod To Lead Long-Term Modernization Projects
- Acquisition Chief Pushes Programs To Fund Needed 'M-Code' Upgrades
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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