Archive: Congressional/Budget

New Cyber Forces Provide Nation With Additional Options, Gen. Alexander Says

The standup of a set of cyber security force teams within the Defense Department will give the United States more options to respond to adversaries, the head of U.S. Cyber Command said yesterday. “What we are building are the cyber options that would fit that toolkit for the administration and policy makers to determine exactly […]

DoD ‘Radically’ Changed How It Produces F-35 Software Increments, Bogdan Says

The Defense Department “radically” changed and improved how it designs, tests and delivers F-35 software increments, going from a rate of one increment every 30 days to every three days, according to DoD’s F-35 chief. F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office Program Executive Officer Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan said yesterday Lockheed Martin [LMT], […]

House Budget Resolution Seeks Modest Defense Boost

A House panel is calling for slight increases in defense spending over the next decade–which are more than currently projected but not as much as House Republicans previously sought. The GOP-led House Budget Committee kicked off broad budget discussions with the Senate and White House Tuesday by releasing its version of a non-binding budget resolution, […]

Republicans Stall CR Debate In Senate

Work on the new government-funding bill was stalled in the Senate Tuesday by Republican senators who said they needed more time to review the measure a Democrat-run panel released late Monday night. At issue is a “continuing resolution” (CR) funding most of the government during the second half of fiscal year 2013 near FY ’12 […]

BAE Systems Offers Ways To Maintain Bradley Capability

BAE Systems, original equipment manufacturer for the Bradley Fighting vehicle, is proposing ways to keep the 586 supplier-strong industrial base and Army modernization moving along instead of an Army plan to shutter vehicle production from 2014 to at least 2017, an official said.  “It’s about maintaining a strategic capability that is easily lost and is […]

White House Performs Key Steps Toward Reforming Export Control System

The White House said Friday it performed two key steps toward reforming the United States’ export control system. President Barack Obama Friday signed an executive order updating delegated presidential authorities over the administration of certain export and import controls under the Arms Export Control Act of 1976. The White House Friday also notified Congress of […]

Senate CR Expected Today

March 12, 2013 UPDATE: Senate Prepares To Debate CR With DoD Budget Senate Democrats released on Monday night a new government budget, which Pentagon planners eagerly are awaiting to help them manage the across-the-board “sequestration” cuts that started March 1…read the full story here. Senate CR Expected Today Senate Democrats plan to unveil a new government […]

DoD Becoming More Cost-Aggressive In Managing Programs, Masiello Says

The Defense Department is becoming more aggressive in managing its programs by wanting increased cost insight into long-term contracts to ensure it is spending taxpayer money appropriately, according to an Air Force leader. Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Contracting Maj. Gen. Wendy Masiello told Defense Daily that the government’s growing involvement in program […]

US TRANSCOM Works With Industry To Balance Business And Risk, Commander Says

Funding and force reductions this year and beyond mean it is more critical than ever for U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM) to work closely with its commercial partners to balance risk and business, the commander told the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) Wednesday.  The continued drawdown in Afghanistan, for example, means less business for TRANSCOM, and […]

Limitations, Flight Restrictions Limit Utility Of F-35A Training, DOT&E Says

The limitations, workarounds and flight restrictions in place on the F-35A at this early stage of its development substantially limit its utility of training, the Defense Department’s chief weapons tester said in a report. In his F-35A Ready For Training Operational Utility Evaluation (OUE) report, DoD Director, Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E) Michael Gilmore said […]