Archive: Congressional/Budget

The Global Hawk is one of the Pentagon highest profile unmanned system. Photo: Northrop Grumman.

Air Force Awards Northrop Grumman $556 Million For Global Hawk Modernization

The Air Force said yesterday it awarded Northrop Grumman [NOC] a $555.6 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (ID/IQ) contract for Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) modernization. The tasks on each delivery or task order will fall into, but are not limited to, the following categories: management, including program, business and technical areas; engineering efforts, including configuration management, data management, reliability, availability and […]

Sequester Barely Mentioned At Budget Director Confirm Hearing

The likely next director of the White House budget office faced few questions about “sequestration” during her confirmation hearing Monday, perhaps signaling the debate over those budget cuts has died down in Congress. Sylvia Burwell, whom President Barack Obama nominated to direct the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), did not even cite or field […]

The SSBN(X) will replace Ohio-class ballistic subs.
Photo: U.S. Navy

Navy Warns Budget Squeeze In 2020s Could Jeopardize Fleet Size Goal

The Navy said in its annual shipbuilding plan submitted to Congress on Friday that the goal of reaching a fleet size of 306 ships by 2037 will be in jeopardy if the service cannot accommodate a large increase in the average annual funding that will be required over 10 years starting in 2024. The Navy […]

Army Worried About Industrial Base

The Army has “huge” worries about how the defense contractors on which it relies will fare if sequestration budget cuts persist, its top civilian said. Army Secretary John McHugh told the House Appropriations Defense subcommittee (HAC-D), though, that the service doesn’t have an up-to-date assessment of the cuts’ impact on the industrial base. Sequestration is […]

DoD Needs To Streamline Acquisition Process, Donley Says

The Defense Department’s acquisition process simply “takes way too long and costs way too much,” the Air Force’s top civilian said Tuesday. Air Force Secretary Michael Donley testified to the Senate Armed Services Committee that DoD has become “risk-adverse” to the many different ways programs can get off track. When programs get off track, Donley […]

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Air Force Not Sure If It Will Make FIAR Audit Deadlines

The Air Force could not definitively confirm yesterday if it was on track to meet legally-required audit readiness for fiscal years 2014 and 2017. “(The) short answer is yes, but there is risk in this work,” Air Force Secretary Michael Donley told the Senate Armed Services Committee in a response to questioning from Sen. Kelly […]

DoD Looks To Cut ‘Fourth Estate’ Functions, Carter Says

The Pentagon is looking to cut more funding from its headquarters, defense agencies, and combatant commands as it scours its budget for cost savings, its No. 2 official said. Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said yesterday at the National Press Club that this effort–to cut funding from the Pentagon’s so-called “fourth estate”–is intended to shield […]

DoD Approves Certain BlackBerry, Samsung Products For Use On Networks

The Defense Department said last week it approved BlackBerry [BBRY] 10 smartphones, BlackBerry PlayBook tablets with BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 mobile device management and Samsung’s Android operating system (OS) that uses the company’s Knox enterprise mobile solution version for use on DoD networks. DoD spokesman Lt. Col. Damien Pickart said last week this is a […]

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Photo by Lockheed Martin.

Australia Reaffirms Plans To Buy F-35s

The Australian government says it’s sticking with plans to buy F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, saying it will by about 72 in the near term and will decide on the procurement of more of the aircraft as the retirement of F/A-18 Super Hornets approaches in the late 2020s. Australia’s program of record calls for acquiring 100 […]