Department will review major weapons programs with slower-than-normal spending
rates to ensure effective acquisition practices while shifting money as needed
to meet its top priorities, according to new internal guidance.834 words
acquisition chief Heidi Shyu is concerned that Palantir Technologies may be
providing intelligence software to an Army infantry division for training
without a formal contract, telling Army Secretary John McHugh in an Aug. 16
email obtained by Inside the Army that she had called for a review of
the matter and directed "prompt corrective actions."602 words
in conjunction with the State and Commerce departments, must continue to seek a
better export-control system despite inaction from members of Congress,
according to Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter.410 words
The Pentagon is striving to sharpen its defense-business forecasts to overcome costly obstacles in pricing negotiations with industry.
acquisition chief Frank Kendall said Wednesday that he remains hopeful that
Congress will be able to solve the nation's debt problems, not merely delay
sequestration. But if all a lame-duck Congress can accomplish is to delay
sequestration and give the next Congress the ability to address the problem,
that would clearly be better than allowing sequestration to be implemented,
Kendall told lawmakers, contractors and reporters in remarks on Capitol Hill.73 words
The Defense Department is still evaluating recommendations from a missile defense study that called for avoiding investment in space-based interceptors and canceling the Precision Tracking and Surveillance System, according to Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall.
The Pentagon has designated the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System as a major subprogram of the CVN-78 Ford-class aircraft carrier to help Congress obtain visibility into its development and procurement costs, according to a recent letter Defense Department acquisition chief Frank Kendall sent lawmakers.
Lockheed Martin's air-launched Long Range Anti-Ship Missile could achieve initial operational capability in 2016, according to Frank St. John, Lockheed's vice president for tactical missiles and combat maneuver systems.
Joint Strike Fighter program executive officer this week delivered a blunt
assessment of the major changes needed to the way the F-35 is managed --
primary among them a reset of the relationship between manufacturer Lockheed
Martin and the program office, which he termed "the worst I've ever seen."1036 words
International sales will not be enough to boost defense firms dealing with stagnant or declining U.S. sales, but sales to the commercial sector may help bridge the gap, according to a National Defense University professor.
The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International says a Government Accountability Office report warning drone exports are not sufficiently monitored is surprising given the extent of current regulations.
Data from the ongoing sector-by-sector, tier-by-tier assessment of the defense industrial base will be incorporated into acquisition strategies but will not be publicly released, according to Defense Department spokeswoman Lt. Col. Melinda Morgan.
The United States could face a "Sputnik moment" that reveals how far it lags behind other countries in U.S. cyber capabilities unless it does more to address the issue, according to a retired general focused on motivating students to embrace the cyberdefense mission.
Academies' report urging the Defense Department to emulate private industry in
order to increase the science, technology, engineering and mathematics
workforce was "spot on," according to the Air Force's chief scientist.424 words
The Pentagon needs to ensure its systems are prepared to engage in operations around the world, especially in maritime areas, after spending the past decade being optimized for the hot desert and high mountains of Afghanistan, a Defense Department official focused on special operations said this week.
The Navy is
readying plans to launch a new competition for the Ship Self Defense System
(SSDS) Combat System Engineering Agent (CSEA), an estimated $500 million effort
to manage a system that Raytheon developed and has provided exclusive support
for since 1994 as part of a wider effort to force long-term, sole-source
suppliers to compete for continued work.537 words
is preparing to establish a new high-level body with the power to approve or
deny expenditures for defense business systems, a move required by law that
will create what is slated to be called the Defense Business Council, according
to a draft charter of the proposed entity.434 words
programs will be cut by as much as 10 percent if sequestration takes effect in
January, according to new figures from the Office of Management and Budget.1130 words
is about halfway toward its goal of achieving audit-ready statements of its
budgetary resources by 2014, Defense Department Comptroller Robert Hale told
lawmakers last week.616 words
The Navy is maintaining and sustaining its principal airborne signals intelligence capability, the EP-3E Airborne Reconnaissance Integrated Electronic System II, "in a manner that meets the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance requirements" of the combatant commands, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the head of the Pentagon's intelligence shop have told lawmakers in a letter.