Author Archives: Mai Hanoon

Kearsarge ARG, 26th MEU Deployment Highlights Shift in Marine Aviation Mix

The Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, which recently returned home from an eight-month deployment to support 5th Fleet, operated with a unique mix of new and legacy aviation equipment as the look of the Aviation Combat Element (ACE) is in flux. MEU Commanding Officer Col. Matthew St. Clair said Dec. 5 […]

CSBA: All 3 Legs of Nuclear Triad Worth Modernizing Despite Tight Budgets

All three legs of the nuclear triad are “aging into obsolescence” just as defense budgets are facing steep cuts, but the Defense Department should still make room in the budget to modernize the entire triad even if it means requesting a supplemental budget from Congress, the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments recommended in a […]

G/ATOR Finishes 18 Months of Operational Testing, Nears Milestone C Decision

The Marine Corps has finished the operational assessment of its Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar and is moving toward a Milestone C decision in the next couple months to send the product into low-rate initial production. Program manager Lee Bond said the past 18 months of testing proved the system could fit seamlessly into the Marine Corps’ […]

Christine Fox Named Acting Deputy Defense Secretary

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Tuesday that Christine Fox, former director of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation, would serve as the acting deputy secretary of defense until a permanent successor for Ashton Carter can be found. Hagel said he recommended her to President Barack Obama, who made the official appointment, because she is “a brilliant […]

Wes Bush: Cuts to R&D Will Hinder Economic Growth, Rendering Sequester Pointless

Industry and academia came together Monday morning to reinforce their message that sequestration’s impact on government-funded research and development is harmful to all sectors now and in the future, and that continuing to focus deficit-reduction efforts on discretionary-spending accounts–which total only a third of all government spending–will slow or reverse economic growth. Wes Bush, president […]

ME digest

Staying Interoperable. Operations in Afghanistan for the past 12 years have helped American and Canadian forces become as interoperable as they’ve ever been, both with their equipment and their personnel , Canadian Armed Forces Chief of the Defence Staff Gen. Tom Lawson says at a Center for Strategic and International Studies event. “The challenge is […]

Canada Committed to Replacing Vehicle Fleets Despite Budget Cuts

Though the Canadian military is seeking a billion dollars in cost savings of its own, it is committed to buying the equipment it needs to remain relevant and interoperable with the U.S. military, Gen. Tom Lawson, chief of the defence staff for the Canadian Armed Forces, told an audience yesterday at a Center for Strategic […]

GAO: DoE Not Fully Overseeing Performance, Reimbursement of DoD-Sponsored Work

The Department of Energy performs about $2 billion in work annually for federal agencies and other customers–about $1.5 billion of that for the Defense Department–but lacks centralized records to ensure all research objectives are being met and relies on individual labs to approve projects rather than following department-wide guidelines, a Government Accountability Office report found. […]