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DOD Reports Changes To $1.6 Trillion Stable Of Big-Ticket Weapons Programs

DefenseAlert, April 17, 2014 -- The size of the Pentagon's major weapon system acquisition portfolio held steady over the last year at $1.6 trillion, with seven programs added and six programs removed because they are near the end of the procurement cycle.
DOCUMENT: DOD's December 2013 Selected Acquisition Report Summary

DOD Reports Small Growth In F-35 Acquisition Costs, Drop In O&S Estimate

DefenseAlert, April 17, 2014 -- The latest Selected Acquisition Report for the Joint Strike Fighter program shows marginal cost growth for F-35 procurement and reductions in cost estimates for life-cycle sustainment, lowering the total projected cost by 2 percent over last year's data -- but still estimating a price tag of $921 billion in fiscal year 2012 dollars.

Air Force Quest For Blue Devil Replacement Centers On Gorgon Stare, ACC

DefenseAlert, April 17, 2014 -- The Air Force recently told Congress it has just one option -- requiring a range of improvements to meet requirements -- for replacing the innovative Blue Devil 1 intelligence-collection system. Additionally, the service has disclosed that Air Combat Command is almost done with a major study that will identify "capability shortfalls" impacting the service's ability to meet surveillance goals in theater.
DOCUMENT: Air Force Report On The Blue Devil ISR System

Defense Budget Alert

  • DOD Presentation On The FY-15 S&T Budget

    The April 8, 2014, briefing slides presented at the NDIA Science Engineering and Technology Conference outline the Defense Department's fiscal year 2015 science and technology budget request.

  • DOD's December 2013 Selected Acquisition Report Summary

    On April 17, 2014, the Defense Department released "details on major defense acquisition program cost, schedule, and performance changes since the December 2012 reporting period. This information is based on the Selected Acquisition Reports (SARs) submitted to the Congress for the December 2013 reporting period."

  • DOD Reports Changes To $1.6 Trillion Stable Of Big-Ticket Weapons Programs

    The size of the Pentagon's major weapon system acquisition portfolio held steady over the last year at $1.6 trillion, with seven programs added and six programs removed because they are near the end of the procurement cycle.

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C4ISR Watch

  • Army C3I Portfolio Overview Presentation

    The April 9, 2014, briefing slides presented at the NDIA Science Engineering and Technology Conference outline the Army's command, control, communications and intelligence portfolio.

  • Selected Acquisition Report: JTRS HMS Program Cost Increased $2 Billion

    Costs for the Army's Joint Tactical Radio System's Handheld, Manpack and Small Form Fit Radios program have risen by $2 billion in the past year, but much of those costs are expected to be offset once radio procurement is underway, according to an Army official.

  • Army's WIN-T Increment 2 Program Costs Grow By Nearly $9 Billion

    Program costs for the Army's Warfighter Information Network Tactical Increment 2 program have jumped by $8.97 billion over the past year to $14.1 billion -- a 174.6 percent climb due in large part to a procurement quantity increase of network nodes, according to the latest Selected Acquisition Report provided to Congress by the Defense Department.

C4ISR Watch

Homeland Defense Watch

  • Coast Guard Preparing To Accept Unwanted C-27Js For Sea Mission

    The Coast Guard is standing up an asset project office at its air station in Elizabeth City, NC, in order to oversee the service's acquisition of 14 C-27J Spartan airlifters from the Defense Department as part of a wider inter-service plane swap deal, a service spokesman has confirmed.

  • Sen. Udall's Letter To The Air Force On C-130H Firefighting Upgrades

    In a March 13, 2014, letter, Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) calls on Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James to speed up "the necessary upgrades to the C-130G aircraft for transfer to the U.S. Forest Service to support wildland fire operations."

  • Senate Hearing On NORTHCOM, SOUTHCOM

    On March 13, 2014, the Senate Armed Services Committee held a hearing on U.S. Northern and Southern commands. Includes the opening statements of committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-MO) and Ranking Member James Inhofe (R-OK) as well as the prepared testimony of NORTHCOM chief Gen. Charles Jacoby and SOUTHCOM chief Gen. John Kelly.

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