A Defense Department review of the Marine Corps' Amphibious Combat Vehicle program that was planned this fall to approve the release of a solicitation to industry has been delayed until the new year, according to Pentagon and program officials.
Given that the presence of American troops "can be controversial" within countries receiving U.S. security assistance, a draft State Department report urges using fewer military personnel and more career diplomats and civil servants from other agencies to accomplish the missions.
The V-22 Osprey program will await the results of tests and analysis planned for next year before deciding whether to heed the advice of an official report on a fatal Osprey crash and issue pilots guidance on how to recover after flying into another tiltrotor's wake.
The Pentagon is poised to demonstrate a rigid-hull, variable-buoyancy hybrid air vehicle next month amid efforts to develop a concept of operations for the technology.
Press Secretary George Little on Wednesday announced a temporary change in the
leadership of the Defense Department's personnel and readiness directorate.
Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Erin Conaton will take a
temporary leave of absence to address personal health matters. Little said
Panetta and DOD leaders wish Conaton a speedy recovery. During Conaton's
absence, her duties will be filled by Jessica Wright, who Panetta has
designated as the acting principal deputy under secretary of defense for
personnel and readiness.85 words
The Army last
week converted the first flat-bottomed Stryker into a double-V hull
configuration, kicking off its pilot exchange program, the service announced.416 words
Government Accountability Office has dismissed a protest by General Dynamics C4
Systems, upholding the Marine Corps' decision to disqualify the company's bid
for the service's Combat Operations Center modernization effort.309 words
An effort to transition an airborne-sense-and-avoid system for drones from science and technology to the acquisition and production phase has been delayed until the winter because technology maturity has been "slower than predicted," according to a service source.
Pentagon missile defense efforts and the Navy's Littoral Combat Ship are among the most wasteful of federal programs, according to a report released this week by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK).
Pentagon's weapons testing chief is pushing back against assertions made by an
Army radio contractor who has claimed his product wasn't properly evaluated at
the service's biannual Network Integration Evaluation, according to a memo
being circulated on Capitol Hill.1056 words
at Pentagon laboratories is hindered by "many minor impediments," the Defense
Department told Congress in a briefing earlier this month.899 words
Pentagon office is spearheading efforts to cultivate cutting-edge technological
concepts that could give U.S. forces new advantages against sophisticated
military adversaries.407 words
The Pentagon wants industry input on ways to securely enable mobile devices to access military networks without storing government data on the device.
Government Accountability Office denied SAIC's protest of a $4.6 billion
contract awarded to Lockheed Martin by the Defense Information Systems Agency.481 words
business systems found to be non-compliant with business process re-engineering
requirements have until year's end to develop a plan of action to get up to
speed, according to a new memo from the Defense Department's deputy chief
management officer.658 words
could cut up to $861 million from the National Nuclear Security Administration,
according to the top Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee.384 words
would boost the Navy's annual shipbuilding rate to 15 vessels during his first
term if elected to the White House, the Republican presidential candidate's advisers
asserted, but they did not explain how exactly a Romney administration would
achieve the goal.737 words
government this month completed the details of an agreement to allow the
deployment of four U.S. Navy Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense ships to the Rota
Naval Base in Spain.419 words
Pentagon's advanced research arm needs to shift its resources to the future and
away from technologies needed for ongoing wars, said the agency's new director,
Arati Prabhakar.326 words
A year after
House authorizers urged the Defense Department to boost support for NATO's
Cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence, the Pentagon has formally
increased involvement, but Capitol Hill has yet to determine whether the
current level of support is adequate.498 words
is poised to finalize "the most comprehensive change" to its rules of
engagement in cyberspace in seven years, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said
last week.764 words