The F-35 program's recent grounding of its Marine Corps variant due to a fuel-line failure comes amid continuing concern in the Pentagon and on Capitol Hill about the reliability of all three versions of the fighter jet.
The Pentagon's top weapons tester contends that a critical
enabling technology for information assurance continues to struggle with an
"overly aggressive" test schedule, but the Defense Department disagrees with
the assessment.1354 words
The Defense Department must revise and resubmit its microelectronics strategy in light of congressional concerns that the recent report lacks enough details, especially about photonics, according to a congressional source.
Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall has waived two requirements to enable the Air Force's next-generation Global Positioning System control capability to enter its engineering and manufacturing development phase, a move that is drawing scrutiny on Capitol Hill.
Business Board is slated to meet this morning at the Pentagon to discuss, among
other topics, draft findings and recommendations about ways to take advantage
of opportunities for commercial satellite communications services. The federal
advisory committee will also hear an update from a task group examining ways to
apply best business practices for corporate performance management to the
Defense Department. Recommendations related to the latter review are not
expected until April.75 words
Pentagon officials must ensure that they do not take steps to harm acquisition workforce improvements or hinder critical hiring efforts in light of potential confusion over sequestration guidance, according to Defense Department guidance.
The Defense Department's cost assessment and program evaluation office will soon launch an analysis of alternatives for the LX(R), the replacement to the LSD amphibious dock landing ship, according to Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Timothy Hanifen, the Navy's expeditionary warfare requirements director.
The Pentagon's list of technologies that cannot be exported
is outdated and does not do what it was designed to do, the Government
Accountability Office says in a new report.411 words
The Pentagon is canceling major conferences, including a missile defense gathering, following Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter's recent guidance to curtail the events amid federal fiscal woes.
The Defense Department is delaying until mid-May its plans to
sign a $3.3 billion helicopter procurement deal with Boeing, which the Army and
the aircraft builder had planned to seal this month.606 words
The Army staff has hammered out a draft of a force-structure
report to Congress that is likely to inform a coming debate between the
executive and legislative branches over which installations will be closed as
the service cuts 72,000 soldiers over the next five years.563 words
General Dynamics last week announced plans to lash up with
Italian aircraft maker Alenia Aermacchi to compete for the Air Force's T-X
trainer aircraft program, marking a new gambit by a major defense company --
associated in recent years largely with major Army and Navy weapons programs --
to capture its first big-ticket Air Force program in decades.608 words
The F-35 program has made little headway addressing setbacks
in the development of essential software despite declaring the challenge a top
priority, according to an assessment by the Defense Department's operational testing
A cryptographic program deemed essential by the Pentagon must still address problems uncovered in testing before it can achieve operational effectiveness and suitability, according to a new report from the Pentagon's top weapons tester.
The Navy is in the midst of planning how the service would
deal with both a year-long continuing resolution and sequestration, a looming
threat that would irrevocably harm the service should it happen, top service
officials said Jan. 17 at the Surface Navy Association's annual symposium in
Arlington, VA.310 words
As an investigation continues into the driving cause of an
engine malfunction during an October Delta IV launch, the head of Air Force
Space Command said last week the service has characterized the problem as a
fuel leak in the vehicle's combustion chamber.484 words
The Pentagon's acquisition chief has directed the services to
provide information on the impact of a 10 percent cut to science and technology
programs, according to guidance on handling budgetary uncertainty issued Jan.
Defense leaders significantly altered the course and cost of
the Army's Ground Combat Vehicle program last week, deciding to down-select to
only one contractor in the second phase of the program, extend the current
development phase by six months, and delay a production decision until fiscal
year 2019, according to internal memos obtained by Inside the Army.1067 words