Thursday, July 24, 2014

Defense Business Board: DOD Must Change Acquisition Model To Generate Innovation

Contending that the Pentagon has "inadvertently erected barriers against innovation," an influential advisory panel is calling on the Defense Department to do away with its overly bureaucratic processes for procuring non-platform systems.

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Marines Continue To Develop Cargo UAS Requirements After K-MAX Deployment

The Marine Corps is developing requirements for a future cargo unmanned aerial system platform following the deployment of the K-MAX system in Afghanistan, according to a Navy official.

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Army Acquisition Deputy: Service To Discuss OCO With Lawmakers This Week

Army leaders are heading to Capitol Hill to discuss what portion of the Pentagon's $58.6 billion overseas contingency operations request will end up in the service's base budget, according to the Army's new acquisition deputy.

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OSD Weighing Air Force GBSD Proposals

The Office of the Secretary of Defense is currently reviewing the Air Force's proposal for how to modernize the ground-based component of the nuclear triad, the results of a recently completed classified Ground Based Strategic Deterrent analysis of alternatives, according to a service spokesman.

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Army Acquisition And Sustainment Reviews Identify Systems To Divest

The Army has identified several systems to unload as a result of a series of joint acquisition and sustainment reviews launched late last year, according to a top general who helps run the effort.

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Boeing Took $272M Second-Quarter Hit On KC-46

Boeing absorbed a $272 million hit on the KC-46 tanker program in the second quarter of 2014 due to unexpected engineering challenges, company officials reported during a July 23 earnings call.

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Marines Look To Past And Future For Ship-To-Shore Ideas

The Marine Corps is weighing multiple options, both new and from the past, to improve its ship-to-shore capabilities in a fiscally austere environment, according to Brig. Gen. William Mullen.

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DOD Acquisition Deputy Recommends Budget Off-Ramps In 'Likely' Case Of Sequestration

The Pentagon's deputy acquisition executive recently told defense industry representatives that Frank Kendall, her boss, thinks full sequestration will be triggered in fiscal year 2016 and has been advising budget programmers to craft "off-ramps" to address looming program cuts.

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CBO Traces Decline In GMD Spending From FY-08 To FY-19

Total annual spending on the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense program is projected to be less than $1 billion by the end of the Pentagon's fiscal year 2015 five-year spending plan, falling from more than $2 billion in 2008 according to a new Congressional Budget Office analysis.

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Gilmore Pushes Back Against Critics Who Claim Testing Drives Up Costs

The Pentagon's top weapons tester on Tuesday hit back at critics who say operational testing delays schedules and increases costs for major defense programs.

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Air Force Considering Ramping Up Delta IV Production

The Air Force is considering whether it should increase production of its Delta IV launch vehicle in light of rising tensions with Russia that could pose a threat to space access.

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Senate Appropriators Concerned With ACV Accelerated Schedule

Senate appropriators are concerned with aspects of the proposed acceleration of the Marine Corps' Amphibious Combat Vehicle program, such as inadequate test schedules and excessive numbers of prototypes, according to the report accompanying the Senate committee's version of the fiscal year 2015 defense spending bill.

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Lawmakers Add Unrequested R&D Money For Army Aviation Programs

Senate appropriators hope to plus-up several Army aviation modernization efforts with funds the service has not requested, according to the Senate Appropriations Committee's fiscal year 2015 defense spending bill.

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Navy Set To Launch UCLASS Competition Next Week

The Navy next week will seek permission from the Pentagon's acquisition executive to launch a four-way competition for the Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike air vehicle and issue a classified request for proposals as the service moves forward with its plan to integrate unprecedented capabilities into its aircraft carrier strike groups, according to a senior official.

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Senate Appropriators Move To Block C-130 Transfer After SIGAR Letter

Senate appropriators have moved to block the delivery of two C-130 tactical airlifters to the Afghan Air Force after the United States' top investigator in Afghanistan found the two C-130s the organization already has are underutilized.

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Northrop Grumman Declares Long-Range Strike Candidacy With Newspaper Ad

Northrop Grumman is trumpeting its long-presumed intent to pursue the Air Force's Long-Range Strike Bomber program in a full-page July 17 advertisement featured in newspapers across the country.

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DOD Expects Contingency Funding Budget To Be 'Enduring' Need

Although the Pentagon is winding down its operations in Afghanistan, senior defense leaders told the House Budget Committee on Thursday that they anticipate overseas contingency operations funding to be an "enduring" need -- much to the chagrin of panel members.

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Air Force Wants More Information From Industry In Preparation For T-X Acquisition

The Air Force next month will host a three-day conference to solicit feedback from five industry teams on the service's requirements for a new trainer aircraft, a key step before it formally launches a competition in the summer of 2016.

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First Flight Of CH-53K Heavy-Lift Helicopter Delayed

FARNBOROUGH, ENGLAND -- The first flight of the Marine Corps' CH-53K heavy-lift helicopter has been delayed until next year, Inside the Navy has learned.

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All F-35 Variants To Resume Flight By The End Of The Day

FARNBOROUGH, ENGLAND -- Lockheed Martin has conducted a flight of the Navy F-35C carrier variant, and all versions of the Joint Strike Fighter are scheduled to resume flight by the end of Thursday, a company spokesman said.

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