Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Deputy Defense Secretary Blasts Congress For Putting Pentagon In $70B Hole

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.

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Navy Completes At-Sea Tests Of Laser Weapon System Aboard Ponce

The Navy recently fired a solid-state laser for the first time from a ship at sea, according to a Navy spokesman.

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Mabus: Navy Support for ISIL Strikes Has Cost Nearly $100M To Date

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.

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Northrop Hands Air Force Initial Results From U-2, Global Hawk Sensor Transfer Study

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.

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Coalition Partners Providing Key Ground-Based Targeting Data In ISIL Strikes

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.

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Pentagon Quietly Works To Bolster Cybersecurity Accountability

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.

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Report Estimates Cost To Fight ISIL Could Range From $2.4B To $22B Annually

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.

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Hagel Previews Long-Term Cost Analysis Of Anti-ISIS Campaign; Dempsey Sees Budget Issues Ahead

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.

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Northrop, AeroVironment Tapped To Develop Sea-Based UAV With Predator-Like Capability

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.

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F-35C Trials On Track For November, But Could Have Reduced Scope

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.

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Marines Emphasize Importance Of Seabasing With CD&I Reorganization

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.

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National Security Agency Chief Reports 'Technical' Glitch, Rogue Analyst

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.

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Kowalski: DOD Must Not Allow Nuclear Funding To 'Crowd Out' Dollars For Other Missions

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.

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DOD Estimate On Iraq And Syria Ops Stands At $7M-$10M Per Day As 500 Soldiers Deploy

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.

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Navy Successfully Launches Kongsberg's Naval Strike Missile From LCS-4

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.

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South Korea To Sign Agreement For 40 F-35As For Initial Delivery In 2018

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.

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State Department OKs $500M Deal To Improve Poland's F-16 Fleet, Sell JASSMs

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.

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Levin To Leave Behind A 'Roadmap' To Undo Sequestration

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.

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Navy To Reduce Triton Buy, Will Release LRIP RFP 'Soon'

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.

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Fate Of UCLASS Program To Be Determined In Mid-October

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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