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
Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work hopes to visit Capitol Hill within the next two weeks to discuss a way forward on some of the Defense Department's most serious budgetary challenges, particularly the fact that Congress is poised to deny the Pentagon's plan to find savings by reforming military compensation, cutting aging weapon systems and closing excess military bases and facilities amid the onset of sequestration.
Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey wants Congress to know the Defense Department will require more base budget funding in fiscal year 2016 than the $535 billion it has planned, especially since that amount is already $35 billion above the spending caps mandated by sequestration.
The Air Force is working closely with the Office of the Secretary of Defense to develop its recommended way-ahead for a new domestic rocket engine, and a top service acquisition official says those details will be unveiled as part of its fiscal year 2016 budget request.
On Nov. 5, 2014, Air Force Chief Technology Officer Jeffrey Eggers gave a presentation on the service's vision for an integrated intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance enterprise.
The president's $5 billion budget request for countering terrorists in Iraq and Syria includes a chunk of money meant to pay for deploying the Distributed Common Ground System-Army in those operations.
The Army will launch a new competition in the coming months to research and develop improvements for the Duke electronic warfare system, which was used in Iraq and Afghanistan to jam remote-controlled bomb triggers.
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."
- Marine Corps Ground Combat and Tactical Vehicle Strategy Quick Look
- Army Markey Survey Announcement
- Army Finding On Base Closings
- Navy Presentation On NECC Unmanned Systems
- Navy Presentation On UUVs For Littoral Undersea Warfare
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
- MDA Defeats 'Raid' Threat In First-Ever Integrated Air, Ballistic Missile Test
- MDA Deputy Sees Strong Response From Industry On CE-II EKV Redesign
Inside the Pentagon
- Dempsey Makes Case For Bigger FY-16 Budget Than Previously Planned
- DOD Seeks To Release Updated Audit Readiness Guidance By Year's End
Inside the Air Force
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