The Pentagon's multimillion-dollar plan to finally buy cockpit voice recorders for V-22 Ospreys, a requirement established by Congress more than a decade ago, puts a fraction of the programmed funding in the department's current budget request and would take years to field the missing mandatory devices.
Pentagon nears its upcoming audit-readiness deadlines, the department is eying
ways to demonstrate progress given the likelihood initial audits will yield
disclaimer opinions, according to defense officials.1251 words
consecutive disclaimer opinions on the Marine Corps' statement of budgetary
resources, defense officials have shifted the fiscal year 2012 effort to focus
on current-year balances.913 words
The Pentagon is preparing a new policy on trusted systems and networks to counter rising threats to vital U.S. national security data, according to a senior defense official.
A National Guard program that pairs U.S. troops with peers from abroad to build the capacity of foreign militaries has strong support among Pentagon leaders, but the department has no plans to boost the small budget for such efforts by curtailing multibillion-dollar procurement programs like the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, a senior defense official said Tuesday.
Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-CA) on Wednesday cheered the House's
passage of H.R. 5872, The Sequestration Transparency Act of 2012, which calls
for a detailed report on sequestration implementation by Jan. 2, 2013. "By
requiring the administration to tell the American people exactly how they
intend to implement sequestration, we will hopefully incentivize all
stakeholders to find a solution as soon as possible," he said. "Republicans in
the House and Senate have already put forward their solutions." Senate Majority
Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) last week accused GOP leaders of refusing to make hard
decisions required for a compromise.100 words
The Pentagon is poised this month to launch an assessment designed to look at establishing a common information technology infrastructure in Europe in what would be a microcosm of how the Joint Information Environment would work across the whole department, said Rear Adm. Marshall Lytle, the J-6 director at U.S. Cyber Command.
The Joint Requirements Oversight Council is about a month away from approving a new concept for military cyberspace operations in the next decade that could steer major decisions on doctrine and resources, according to the Joint Staff.
Producers of the nation's multibillion-dollar warships have long struggled to comply with Defense Department management rules that last month triggered more contract penalties for Lockheed Martin, but recently the shipbuilders have either managed to prevent such penalties from escalating or dodged them altogether.
House and Senate authorizers agree the Pentagon's fiscal year 2013 budget request continues a trend of underfunding efforts to combat the corrosion of weapons, a problem that costs taxpayers billions of dollars annually, but just how much money lawmakers will add to the department's request to address the matter remains to be settled in conference.
report to Congress on the Joint Logistics Operations Center's drawdown,
retrograde and reset program for the equipment from Iraq and Afghanistan, due
to Congress in March, will instead by ready in September, according to the
Defense Logistics Agency.199 words
A required Pentagon report on the industrial base for night-vision sensors, due last month to Capitol Hill, has been delayed with no estimate given on when it will be finished.
The Air Force is seeking industry input to help shape an upcoming solicitation for technology that enables drones to sense and avoid other aircraft, with an eye toward issuing a contract in early 2014, according to a recent notice and a service official.
Emphasizing energy security, materials and microelectronics, the Pentagon this month issued internal guidance to defense officials on how the department plans to use the Rapid Innovation Fund to spur investment and followed up with a related solicitation to industry.
Department is seeking permission from Congress to shift $135 million between
accounts to finance so-called Section 1206 security assistance projects pushed
by top brass at U.S. Africa, Central, and Pacific commands.389 words
of delays and jockeying for approval on Capitol Hill, the Army has set a
tentative date of August 28 for the release of a formal Mid-Tier Networking
Vehicular Radio solicitation, according to a government notice.411 words
Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-CA) and strategic forces
subcommittee Chairman Mike Turner (R-OH) are worried that Iran's ballistic
missile capability may pose a more imminent threat to the United States.611 words
assessment of energy use by troops in Afghanistan finds "significant economic
and operational benefits" are derived from outfitting small- and medium-sized
expeditionary forces with power derived from renewable sources -- particularly
systems that convert sunlight into electricity.636 words
Pentagon's acquisition chief has approved a move to disband the Joint Tactical
Radio System program office and transition oversight of all radio hardware to
the services, according to an internal Defense Department memo obtained by Inside
the Army.666 words
The Air Force
plans to brief industry on the progress it has made developing technologies
critical to future munitions designed to strike hard and deeply buried targets,
including a rocket-boosted 2,000-pound bomb for the Joint Strike Fighter that
is intended to pack the punch of a traditional 5,000-pound bomb.595 words