Congress, by refusing to allow the Defense Department to cut aging weapon systems and enact compensation reform in fiscal year 2015, has put the Pentagon in a $70 billion budget hole as it contemplates the FY-16 budget submission, according to Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work, who sees DOD's embattled overseas contingency operations fund as a way to address the situation.
The Navy recently fired a solid-state laser for the first time from a ship at sea, according to a Navy spokesman.
Navy operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant have cost less than $100 million so far, according to Navy Secretary Ray Mabus.
Global Hawk prime contractor Northrop Grumman has provided the Air Force with the initial results of a congressionally mandated study that looks at options for employing U-2 spy plane sensor payloads on the remotely piloted RQ-4B Global Hawk.
As the Air Force continues to play a key role in the ongoing air strikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, U.S. Central Command is relying, in part, on partner nations to provide ground-based targeting information that it can then feed through its Joint Terminal Air Controllers and integrate with surveillance data gathered from its own airborne platforms.
A White House official's call for the U.S. military, agencies and industry to boost accountability for cybersecurity has after a month elicited only a terse comment from the Defense Department, but the Pentagon is taking initial steps to address the thorny problem, according to documents and a former DOD policy chief.
U.S. military operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant could require between $2.4 billion and $22 billion annually, a wide-ranging estimate prepared by independent defense analysts in a new report whose findings underscore uncertainty about the scope of the new U.S. mission in Iraq and Syria.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has launched a long-term analysis of how the Defense Department plans to fund its expanded campaign against Islamic extremists in Iraq and Syria, but Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey already sees "budget problems" approaching the Pentagon.
The Defense Department has necked down a five-way competition to develop a new medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aircraft capable of being launched and recovered from small ships, awarding Northrop Grumman and AeroVironment contracts to mature technology and conduct preliminary design for their respective Tactically Exploited Reconnaissance Node (TERN) UAV concepts.
Planned F-35C Joint Strike Fighter trials aboard a Navy aircraft carrier are still on track for November, but the Joint Strike Fighter's program executive officer told reporters this week it is possible only one of the two aircraft may be fully capable of fulfilling the activities planned for the trials.
The Marines are emphasizing the importance of seabasing to the future of the service with a reorganization that will elevate the seabasing integration division to a standalone unit within combat development and integration.
Officials at the nation's premiere eavesdropping agency recently discovered a "technical" glitch affecting the data of dozens of individuals, as well as an employee believed to have willfully flouted intelligence-collection rules, its director said.
In a tight budget scenario, defense officials have to be careful to not "crowd out" funding for conventional systems with money set aside for nuclear capabilities, according to the deputy commander of U.S. Strategic Command.
The Defense Department is spending between $7 million and $10 million per day on operations in Iraq and Syria, though Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon's chief spokesman, stressed that those numbers were loose estimates.
The Navy successfully launched the Naval Strike Missile, a surface-to-surface missile developed by the Norwegian defense company Kongsberg, from a Littoral Combat Ship on Sept. 23, the service announced.
The United States and South Korea have agreed on the foreign military sale of 40 conventional-takeoff-and-landing F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, with initial deliveries starting in 2018.
The Defense Department has notified Congress of a potential $500 million sale to Poland of Lockheed Martin services and equipment to upgrade the NATO ally's F-16 fleet, a package that could give the Eastern European nation, which shares a border with Ukraine, the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile.
Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI), who will retire in 2015, is working to leave behind a 'roadmap' to undo the automatic budget cuts triggered by sequestration, an effort he thinks will be boosted by those who are unsettled by the current threat environment in the Middle East.
NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, MD -- The Navy expects to drop its total buy of Triton MQ-4C air vehicles below the 68 it had planned for because the system is "more reliable" than anticipated and fewer aircraft are expected to be lost to attrition, according to a service official.
NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, MD -- The fate of the Navy's Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance Strike aircraft will be determined in mid-October, according to a service official.
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