The Pentagon plans to hire a contractor with expertise in large unmanned aircraft systems and command and control issues to help the department plan, manage and develop high-priority drone capabilities.
The Pentagon has notified Congress it will obligate $65 million of its fiscal year 2012 Cooperative Threat Reduction funds to prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction.
The Army and Air Force are short nearly 1.4 million direct labor hours for depot maintenance, a senior Pentagon official tells lawmakers in a recent report.
The Commerce Department has completed a night-vision industrial base review to inform the White House's export-control reform efforts amid calls from industry to permit more foreign sales of U.S. night-vision systems.
for American Progress states in a new report that massive cuts to the Pentagon's
budget are doable, but should not occur through sequestration. "The amount of
cuts to the Pentagon budget mandated by both parts of the debt deal is readily
achievable with no sacrifice to our security -- if the cuts are done in a
thoughtful manner over the next decade," center writes in the Oct. 31 report.
"We also agree that some of those savings in the U.S. defense budget should be
redeployed to other parts of the federal government, specifically to those
non-military programs that help our nation defend the homeland and prevent
global crises from escalating into military confrontations." 117 words
More than 160
companies, including a handful of foreign firms, have registered interest in the
Joint Strike Fighter program's lucrative life-cycle support work, a
"greater-than-expected" response to the government's planned competition.470 words
The White House's intelligence shop is reviewing a military advisory panel's call to prepare a national intelligence estimate for U.S. national nuclear command and control capabilities, according to a spokesman for the office.
is keeping mum about a new State Department report that recommends minimizing
the visible role American generals play in U.S.-Pakistan relations, but in
practice it may be heeding the advice.359 words
The Navy will
revise its maritime strategy to reflect the reality of future threats, develop
concepts for future amphibious operations and undertake a project to educate
the force on doctrine and operational concepts, the chief of naval operations
said in a new report released this week.379 words
surrounding U.S. defense-spending levels in fiscal year 2013 and beyond is
preventing the Pentagon from making key decisions about long-term strategy and
investments, according to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.691 words
The Pentagon needs to improve coordination with the Department of Homeland Security, particularly to bolster plans for dealing with cyber attacks, according to the Government Accountability Office.
Offering higher salaries and a more creative workplace culture could help the Defense Department combat predicted shortages of workers in cybersecurity and intelligence, according to a report by the National Academy of Sciences.
Corps estimates the cost to repair and return to service two salvageable AV-8B
Harriers, which were damaged by Taliban attackers in September in Afghanistan,
will be at least $11.2 million, according to a service official.624 words
plan to rapidly acquire and field a massive, long-endurance hybrid airship for
U.S. troops in Afghanistan has been tripped up by rising costs, significant
schedule delays and a failure to meet original performance goals, according to
a new congressional report.511 words
University's Applied Physics Laboratory recently demonstrated an unmanned
helicopter to the Navy that could be used on ships to provide full-motion video
and infrared cameras to assist in surveillance at a fraction of the cost of
current platforms, according to an APL official.383 words
Department on Oct. 24 put marquee missile interceptor and radar programs to the
test over the Pacific Ocean in the "largest, most complex" live-fire test to
date, recording a number of intercepts but also the failure of an SM-3 Block 1A
interceptor -- a centerpiece of the Obama administration's missile-defense
architecture that was declared operational last year.423 words