Friday, April 18, 2014

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

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.

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

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.

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Air Force Looking To Navy For Performance-Based Logistics Management Tips

The Air Force still has some room to improve its understanding and management of performance-based logistics contracts, according to one of its senior contracting officials, which is why the service is looking to the Navy for lessons on how it might develop better cost insights and efficiencies in PBL deals.

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DLA Looks At Ways To Save Money, Deal With A Smaller Budget

Defense Logistics Agency Director Vice Adm. Mark Harnitchek this week outlined changing plans for the agency, citing a need to dramatically reduce contract award times and supply inventories.

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Air Force Time Line For Joint Strike Fighter Base In Pacific Still Up In The Air

The Air Force has yet to settle on a time line for basing F-35A aircraft in the Pacific theater, according to a service spokeswoman, but a congressional delegation with a keen interest in the service's decision expects an announcement in the next several months.

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DOD Offers New Details On Sequester Implications For Modernization Accounts

Pentagon modernization accounts would be reduced by $66 billion if Congress does not lift the current statutory spending caps between fiscal years 2016 and 2019, slowing planned growth in investment and curtailing research and development spending, according to a new report that reveals new details about the military's worst-case budget planning.

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Kendall: DOD 'Extremely Unlikely' To Submit Budgets In Line With Sequestration

The Pentagon likely will continue to submit budget requests that do not adhere to sequestration levels laid out in the law, according to Defense Department acquisition chief Frank Kendall.

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Marines Will Retain 2,500 MRAPs Coming Out Of Afghanistan

The Marine Corps will retain 2,500 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles -- more than twice the number of trucks it had planned to keep last year -- due to be removed from Afghanistan, a top service official said.

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Air Force Progresses With MQ-9 Block 5, Block 50 Ground Control Station Development

The Air Force is proceeding with the development and evaluation of its Block 5 MQ-9 Reaper aircraft and plans to award a contract to General Atomics Aeronautical Systems to modify Block 30 ground control stations in support of those efforts.

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Army Delays AMPV Schedule As GDLS Forgoes GAO Protest (Updated)

The Army has moved the award date for its Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle contract from the first quarter of fiscal year 2015 to the second quarter, a move that coincides with General Dynamics Land Systems' decision to forgo protesting the service's AMPV acquisition strategy with the Government Accountability Office.

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Navy Assessing Impact, Cost Of Breaking MH-60R Multiyear Procurement Contracts

The Navy is scrutinizing its plan to scrap MH-60R helicopter purchases in fiscal year 2016, a move that would place at risk $1.6 billion in planned Defense Department savings and breach separate major multiyear procurement deals with Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin.

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Air Force Plans To Halve EC-130H Compass Call Fleet After FY-15 (Updated)

The Air Force intends to halve its fleet of highly deployed EC-130H Compass Call aircraft after fiscal year 2015 due to budget constraints and reduced demand for the mission, Air Combat Command has confirmed.

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Air Force Vice Chief Denies Reports Of Cuts To A-10 Training, Modernization In Late 2014

The Air Force vice chief of staff has denied the service is violating the law by taking actions to retire its fleet of A-10 close-air-support aircraft, such as cutting pilot training hours and canceling modernization work in calendar year 2014.

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Navy, Marine Corps Set Aside $1 Billion For 'Follow-On' F-35 Developments

The Navy and Marine Corps are proposing new development projects for their respective Joint Strike Fighter variants, setting aside more than $1 billion in their new five-year spending plans -- including a combined $28 million in fiscal year 2015 -- to begin work on capabilities expected to come online in 2022.

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Amphib Shortfall Impacts Marine Aviation, Could Affect Army Aviators

An amphibious ship shortfall is hampering Marine aviation efforts in the Pacific, according to a Marine Corps official, who added it could also impact Army aviators as that service rebalances its focus on the region.

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Reactor Shortfall Could Mean A Delay For Ohio Sub Program's Lead Ship

A funding shortfall affecting the Navy's nuclear reactor program could push back by six months the construction schedule for the lead ship of the Ohio-class replacement submarine program, according to top Navy officials.

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HII, MDA To Discuss LPD Flight II Missile Defense Concept Ship

Huntington Ingalls Industries executives will meet later this month with the Missile Defense Agency to discuss a new ballistic missile defense ship concept based on an LPD Flight II hull design, a capability the shipbuilder believes could contribute to Ballistic Missile Defense System improvements being considered by the Pentagon for the early 2020s.

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McKeon: FY-15 Authorization Bill Should Emphasize Intelligence, Readiness

As House authorizers prepare to mark up their fiscal year 2015 defense bill, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-CA) wants the focus to be on intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, deterrence and readiness.

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Four Companies To Compete For Nearly $1 Billion In SRW-Appliqué Radio Work

Four teams have been selected to compete for nearly $1 billion in Soldier Radio Waveform Appliqué radio orders, the Defense Department announced this week.

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