The Navy is eying potential investments in revolutionary unmanned systems with greater autonomy than today's drones to counter advanced Chinese weapons capable of threatening U.S. warships, according to draft guidance for a new assessment.
Defense Department officials are briefing troops poised to deploy to Afghanistan on new ways to better coordinate military drones from different services when tracking moving targets.
The Defense Department's ability to quickly and efficiently provide Marines in battle with essential information is "rudimentary at best," according to draft guidance for a new assessment aimed at correcting the problem.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has notified Congress the Pentagon plans to spend roughly $64 million on vehicles, communications gear, unmanned aircraft and other equipment to provide counterterrorism assistance to African security forces.
Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-CA) took aim at the Pentagon
Wednesday for what he said was a new Pentagon policy that limits the number of
pages in Defense Department reports to Congress. Irked at the shrinking size of
DOD's annual report to Congress on China's military capabilities, McKeon said
the Pentagon's new policy was to blame. He called a press conference to slam
the policy. DOD responded with a statement and then McKeon's office countered
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Program managers and defense contractors will gain a better, shared understanding of cost and schedule problems affecting the development of major weapons due to new guidance that went into effect this month, according to a Pentagon official spearheading the effort.
Lockheed Martin's Long Range Anti-Ship Missile passed an interim program review June 28 and 29, clearing the path for further testing.
Creating more unconventional "skunk works" programs in the defense industrial base, universities and the Defense Department could help reverse the shortage of high-tech experts in cybersecurity and key intelligence fields in DOD's workforce, according to a draft report by the National Academies.
The Pentagon has completed its long-awaited cloud computing strategy, which calls for a four-step phased approach to help the government transition from the "current state of duplicative, cumbersome and costly application silos" to the Defense Department Enterprise Cloud Environment.
The Defense Department needs to "get ruthless" about ensuring that industry includes public-key enabled applications and data in their software without requiring more time and money to achieve it, said David DeVries, the deputy chief information officer for information enterprise.
The Defense Information Systems Agency is poised to release requests for proposals seeking industry involvement on an enterprise solution to handle a Mobile Device Management capability and provide a Mobile Application Store.
The Defense Department is weighing a proposal to move ahead with plans to modernize the Air Force One fleet, a potential new acquisition program that -- if OK'd by Pentagon leaders -- aims to provide the president in 2023 with new aircraft to replace the modified Boeing jumbo jets that since 1990 have served as a flying White House and military command center.
is drafting a directive that will update key policies for acquiring
capabilities to fulfill "urgent" requests from combatant commanders, according
to the deputy defense secretary.804 words
The Pentagon's advanced research arm intends to award a sole-source contract to Lockheed Martin to provide an initial baseline flight test for a new program designed to develop, mature and test technologies that travel faster than 20 times the speed of sound.
The Navy has
launched a competition for the Next-Generation Jammer program, issuing a
request for proposals that is expected to spur a four-way competition for the
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The Pentagon's electronic warfare strategy only partially addresses key characteristics needed for national defense, according to a Government Accountability Office report.
The Pentagon has taken steps to improve its overall fuel demand, but is still lacking guidance for managing fuel use at forward-deployed locations like Afghanistan, according to a Government Accountability Office report.
selected a Textron-led team to build the Ship-to-Shore Connector and awarded
the team a contract worth $212 million for detail design and construction of
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