Archive: Budget

DoD To Deliver Strategy Review By July 1, Carter Says

The Defense Department will have its Strategic Choices and Management Review (SCMR), a wide-ranging analysis of how the fiscal year 2014 defense budget will be impacted by sequestration cuts, delivered to Congress by July 1, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said yesterday. DoD said May 30 the SCMR would not be released “for weeks.” But […]

HASC OK’s Weapons Changes, Shields F-35

The House Armed Services Committee (HASC) is calling for changes to ship, vehicle and missile-defense plans, while rejecting a move to limit F-35 Joint Strike Fighter funding, in the fiscal year 2014 defense authorization bill it passed early Thursday morning. The committee approved a slew of amendments to its earlier version of the Pentagon policy […]

House Panel Plans Littoral Ship Oversight

A House panel likely will hold hearings on the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), in the wake of a damning report from government auditors, and may try to restrict funding for the Navy program, its chairman said. Yet Randy Forbes (R-Va.) told reporters Tuesday that any action on the LCS will come after the House Armed […]

HAC-D Cuts Weapons Funding, Ignores Sequestration 

Defense budget-setters in the House want to cut $1.85 billion from the Pentagon’s budget request for developing and buying weapon systems. The House Appropriations Defense subcommittee (HAC-D) released on Tuesday its version of the fiscal year 2014 defense appropriations bill, which it will potentially modify and then approve in a closed markup session Wednesday. The […]

Mixed Support For Anti-MEADS Push In HASC

House Armed Services Committee (HASC) Democrats were not united on Monday behind a potential push to block the Pentagon from continuing a troubled tri-nation missile defense program. Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.), ranking member of the HASC Strategic Forces subcommittee, said he hasn’t “come to a firm conclusion” on whether to support a potential amendment on […]

Navy Awards Multi-Year Contracts For Destroyers

The Navy awarded contracts for nine Arleigh Burke-class (DDG-51) destroyers on Monday that are being purchased under a multi-year buy that contains an option for tenth ship. The contracts were awarded to General Dynamics [GD] and Huntington Ingalls Industries [HII] for a combined value of $6.1 billion. Five of the ships will be built by […]

DoD Sets Initial Operational Timeframes For F-35s

The Defense Department said Friday the Marine Corps’ F-35B variant will reach initial operational capability (IOC) by December 2015, while the Air Force’s F-35A variant will follow a year later and the Navy’s carrier variant  is set to reach the milestone by February 2019. Congress directed the Air Force and Navy secretaries to provide a report by Saturday […]

Air Force Wrapping Up F-35 ‘Night Flights’

The Air Force is concluding a series of “night flights” at Edwards AFB, Calif., that test the F-35’s capability when flying in instrument meteorological conditions–when pilots have no external visibility references. The service’s F-35 Integrated Test Force, which has the lead on all Joint Strike Fighter mission systems testing, is responsible for five night flights, […]

DoD Still Working On Strategy Review

Pentagon leaders still are working on a wide-reaching analysis, which initially was due May 31, of how the defense budget would be impacted by sequestration cuts. Yesterday’s announcement from the Pentagon that the Strategic Choices and Management Review will not be released for weeks came as Congress is poised to start altering the Pentagon’s fiscal year 2014 […]

Boeing Touts F-15 Silent Eagle’s Stealth Approach In South Korea Fighter Competition

Boeing [BA] said its approach to stealth on its Silent Eagle variant of the F-15 makes it the superior offering in South Korea’s fighter jet competition. “We’re not ‘all in’ on stealth at the compromise of a lot of other things: range, payload, performance, stronger emitters, et cetera,” Boeing Director of F-15 Business Development Steve […]