Archive: Budget

LaPlante To Be Air Force’s Top Acquisition Official, Donley Says

William LaPlante will be the Air Force’s next principal deputy assistant secretary for acquisition, service Secretary Michael Donley said yesterday. LaPlante is currently the missile defense portfolio director for the Mitre Corp. within the organization’s Defense Department-sponsored National Security Engineering Center. In this role, LaPlante leads the Mitre technical team, providing analytic and system engineering […]

Air Force Bringing In Outside IT Experts To Help Guide Programs, Donley Says

The Air Force is in the process of bringing in information technology (IT) expertise to help provide expert advice for the service’s IT programs, service Secretary Michael Donley told Defense Daily yesterday. “(IT programs) are complex,” Donley said following a Defense Writers Group breakfast in Washington. “They are just as complicated as any weapons system, […]

Israel Requests Sale Of Nearly $3 Billion In Fuel

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said April 17 it notified Congress April 16 of a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of 864 million gallons of petroleum-based products to Israel for an estimated $2.7 billion. The fuel products consist of traditional JP-8 aviation fuel, diesel fuel and unleaded gasoline. DSCA said due to the volatility […]

Eight Companies Share $7 Billion Air Force NETCENTS-2 Contract Award

The Air Force said Friday it awarded a nearly $7 billion contract award to be shared among eight companies for Network Centric Solutions (NETCENTS-2) Netcentric products. Ace Technology Partners, CDW Government, CounterTrade Products, FedStore Corp., General Dynamics [GD], Intelligence Decisions, Iron Bow Technologies and World Wide Technology were awarded the firm-fixed-price, multiple-award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (ID/IQ) contract […]

Reid: Tap OCO Funding To Offset Sequestration

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) wants to tap the Pentagon’s war-funding account to help offset some of the impacts of sequestration budget cuts, which are becoming more apparent to the public. Many Americans will start seeing the impact of sequestration this week, when the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) begins furloughing employees. The FAA and […]

Pentagon S&T Programs Face Sizable Sequestration Hit

The Pentagon will terminate some science and technology efforts in the coming months and cut hundreds of research grants to universities if “sequestration” budget cuts prevail, a senior Pentagon official said. Appearing before the Senate Armed Services Emerging Threats and Capabilities subcommittee, Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Alan Shaffer said sequestration, […]

Court Upholds Air Force Lifting Stay-Of-Work Order For Light Air Support

The U.S. Court of Federal Claims upheld Friday the Air Force lifting of a stay-of-work order that allowed Sierra Nevada Defense Corp. (SNC) and Embraer [ERJ] to begin work on the $427 million Light Air Support (LAS) contract. Wichita, Kan.-based Beechcraft, which lost the competition to provide 20 light attack aircraft to Afghanistan’s nascent air […]

Orbital’s Antares Test Launch Postponed

The test launch of Orbital Sciences’ [ORB] Antares medium-class rocket was postponed at press time yesterday, according to NASA. Orbital said on Twitter the postponement was due to a “loss of an umbilical to the second stage of Antares” The launch was called off within 12 minutes of the scheduled 5 p.m. EST departure. Neither […]

Senators Press Hagel To Budget For Sequestration

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told lawmakers Wednesday he eventually will give them a clearer picture of what the next Pentagon budget would look like with “sequestration” cuts factored in, but doesn’t expect to craft a revamped budget proposal. Hagel faced Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) members frustrated that the Pentagon’s fiscal year 2014 budget request […]

Panel Chair Concerned About F-35, GCV, Navy Drones

The head of a House panel said he has concerns about the Pentagon’s proposed changes to a new Army vehicle effort and plans for buying Navy drones, and also is keeping close watch over the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. Rep. Michael Turner (R-Ohio), who became chairman of the House Armed Services Tactical Air and […]