The Defense Department's systems engineering experts expect more delays in the development of complex software essential for the operation of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, according to a previously unreported Pentagon assessment provided to lawmakers.
The military is still struggling to fill systems engineering positions needed to detect and address cost, schedule and performance risks in multibillion-dollar acquisition programs, according to a previously undisclosed Defense Department report to Congress.
The Pentagon is gearing up for the second test in a joint project designed to develop tactics, techniques and procedures enabling the armed services to better coordinate unmanned aircraft in theater.
Arguing the Pentagon has failed to clearly document resources for addressing cyber threats, a House panel wants defense leaders to submit new budget justification documents to help lawmakers track the department's planning in this arena.
Lessons from simulated cyberattacks conducted late last year are helping the Defense Department better understand how to conduct effective cybersecurity testing on major weapons and information technology programs, according to a previously unreported Pentagon assessment.
The House Armed Services Committee wants to make mandatory the annual submission of unfunded-priorities lists, a longstanding optional practice that the Pentagon's top brass largely sidestepped this year, to the chagrin of lawmakers.
Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz on Wednesday publicly disagreed with a new
Global Zero study led by retired Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Gen. James Cartwright that calls for reducing the U.S. nuclear arsenal over a
decade from roughly 5,000 to 900 weapons and eliminating the Air Force's
intercontinental ballistic missiles. Asked about the report during an
appearance at the Brookings Institution, Schwartz called it "far fetched,"
adding that Cartwright's recommendations, if implemented, could spark
Army Chief of
Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno on Wednesday pushed back against language proposed
by the Republican-controlled House Armed Services Committee that would
interfere with the Obama administration's plans to reduce the size of the
ground service.518 words
The House Appropriations defense subcommittee has fully funded the Pentagon's multimillion-dollar request for a program designed to strike targets worldwide in under an hour and called for a report on the Defense Department's plans to capitalize on a successful test.
The Air Force
does not have the resources or the need to buy the F-35B, the
short-takeoff-and-vertical-landing version of the Joint Strike Fighter
developed for the Marine Corps, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz
said Wednesday.289 words
appropriators are recommending a $5.3 billion boost in Pentagon procurement
spending, including major funding increases for missile defense, tactical
fighters and military vehicles.590 words
Heeding a House panel's recommendations on key audit matters, the Pentagon is developing a pilot program for exchanging financial management personnel with industry and assessing whether a senior defense official should oversee data-conversion projects.
Department expects a near-term surge in foreign military sales of its premier
short-range, air-to-air missile, the Sidewinder Block II, which could net
Raytheon orders for as many as 883 additional missiles for 10 nations,
according to military officials and documents.562 words
exercise with NATO and Russian missile-defense assets showed improved
effectiveness against attacks when the former Cold-War enemies synchronized
their operations in a single command-and-control center, according to the
summary of a draft after-action report of the event.699 words
Armed Services Committee wants a senior Pentagon board to look into how
concurrency, defined as "the overlap between technology development or between
product development and production," affects missile defense programs.502 words
Armed Services Committee, worried about the potential effects of sequestration,
wants the Missile Defense Agency to submit a report on its industrial base.574 words
that China and Iran's development of anti-access and area-denial capabilities
reflect an effective cost-imposing strategy against the United States, an
inauspicious dynamic that could squeeze the U.S. military "under conditions of
fiscal austerity" -- a House panel has commissioned a one-year Pentagon study
to recommend ways to try to turn the tables.688 words
The Navy has
locked in a key evaluation criterion for bidders on its Next Generation
Enterprise Network contract, a deal expected to be worth at least $4.5 billion.779 words
The Air Force
will not take into account "fully burdened" fuel costs as part of its
competition for the Combat Rescue Helicopter, arguing that the metric -- which
some experts say should be used in weapon system acquisitions to evaluate the
total cost of operating a new capability -- is too complicated to calculate.742 words
appropriators issued a stern rebuke of the Pentagon's fiscal management in a
report citing "a disturbing degradation" of the system established more than
four decades ago for constructing and executing Defense Department budgets.357 words