States should declare that mutual nuclear vulnerability with China is a "fact
of life" for both countries rather than investing in strategic offensive and
defensive capabilities designed to negate China's nuclear forces, according to
a draft report prepared by a federal advisory panel led by former Defense
Secretary William Perry.957 words
Department has sent Congress an independent assessment of the United States
defense posture in the U.S. Pacific Command area of responsibility, along with
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's comments on the study.829 words
Defense Department contracts awarded during the first quarter of fiscal year 2013 would essentially be exempt from sequestration, but that is providing little comfort to the industrial base given that the budget-cutting mechanism would still confront DOD with roughly $50 billion in cuts in FY-13.
Northrop Grumman could face lower revenues, profits and cash flows if sequestration gets triggered and the company is preparing contingency plans for various scenarios involving defense budget cuts, Wes Bush, the company's chairman, chief executive officer and president, said in an earnings call Wednesday.
approved a new multimillion-dollar package of counterterrorism aid proposed by
the Pentagon to better enable the deployment of Estonian troops alongside U.S.
forces in Afghanistan and to bolster the national militaries of Mauritania,
Niger and Yemen.496 words
The Pentagon has achieved the objectives of the White House's "cloud first" policy by shifting three major services to the cloud within an 18-month period, a senior Defense Department official said.
Sen. Jim Webb
(D-VA), chair of the Senate Foreign Relations East Asian and Pacific affairs
subcommittee, said Wednesday that China may be violating international law by
asserting control of disputed territories in the South China Sea. "This is
literally the unilateral creation from nowhere of a governmental body in an
area that is claimed also by Vietnam," he said, urging the State Department to
clarify the issue with China and report back to Congress. "With the resurgence
of a certain faction of the Chinese tied to their military, China has become
more and more aggressive," he said.99 words
The Office of
the Secretary of Defense has erected a new analytic framework to assess the
services' fiscal year 2014 spending proposals and accompanying five-year
investment blueprints, establishing more than a half-dozen strategic portfolios
in a bid to identify capability gaps and potential redundancies.468 words
The Navy is
investigating whether officials at the Naval Postgraduate School, which has an annual
operating budget of hundreds of millions of dollars, violated rules or the law
by mismanaging funds, according to an internal memo.434 words
The Pentagon's new interim final rule for the Defense Industrial Base Voluntary Cybersecurity and Information Assurance program drew public comments on issues ranging from privacy concerns to questions about the time frame for reporting security breaches, but contractors and civil liberties advocates generally reacted positively to the rule.
The Defense Threat Reduction Agency has announced plans to conduct a demonstration of autonomous mobile sensors designed to detect chemical or biological weapons.
Pentagon considers developing a submarine-launched conventional prompt global
strike capability, the Navy is conducting wind tunnel testing on reentry body
shapes and holding discussions to ensure the Virginia-class payload module does
not preclude related future capabilities, a senior service official said last
The Navy is
greatly underestimating how much it will cost to build ships in the coming
years, although the service is not off by as much as last year, according to the
Congressional Budget Office's latest annual report on shipbuilding.287 words
The Pentagon has released an alternative fuels policy to steer investment decisions in the fiscal year 2014 budget cycle.
Unless Congress approves the Defense Department's omnibus reprogramming request, DOD will face a budget shortfall of at least $1.5 billion due to rising fuel prices, according to a DOD spokeswoman.
Secretary Leon Panetta has approved the deployment of a squadron of F-22
Raptors to Japan and will soon do away with some of the restrictions on flying
the aircraft, though altitude limits and other restrictions will remain in
place for the time being.671 words
Department should expand and encourage the use of "public-private
collaborations" by establishing policies that facilitate partnerships between
senior leaders and private-sector entities -- formal mechanisms to allow the
Pentagon to leverage the resources and expertise of outside groups in support
of a given mission, according to the Defense Business Board.584 words
Department's chief weapons tester has found that the Joint Tactical Radio
System's two-channel Manpack radio is "not operationally effective," according
to an internal Pentagon memo obtained by InsideDefense.com.1081 words
completed Missile Defense Agency study has concluded that planned flight tests
of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense, Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense and
Patriot missile systems at the Reagan Test Site on Kwajalein Atoll in the South
Pacific would have minimal environmental impacts.821 words
Defense Agency programs run the risk of incurring delays and inefficiencies
because their schedules do not meet best practices, the Government
Accountability Office says in a new report.759 words