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Senate Appropriations Chair Cochran to Retire in April Due to Ailing Health

Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), chairman of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee and huge advocate for shipbuilding, will retire April 1 due to ailing health, the 81 year-old lawmaker said Monday. “I regret my health has become an ongoing challenge,” Cochran wrote in a press release that hit the wires late Monday. “I intend to fulfill […]

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

Pentagon Exploring Plan To Lock Countries In On F-35 Buys

The Pentagon is exploring the idea of getting countries to commit to the number of F-35s they plan to purchase by offering cost incentives as a way to keep prices stable for the United States and other nations lined up to buy the fifth-generation fighter jet, the Pentagon’s top weapons buyer said Thursday. Frank Kendall, […]

A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery fires an interceptor missile. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

Vice Chief Says Missile Defense In Asia-Pacific Could Expand

The vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. James Winnefeld, said Wednesday persistent North Korean provocations could lead to an expansion of missile defenses in the Asia-Pacific region and that the United States, Japan and South Korea must continuously cooperate to address the threat. “We’re encouraging our allies and partners to acquire their […]

Air Force B-2 (left), F-22.
Photo: U.S. Air Force

DEFENSE WATCH

Air Force Secretary Confirmed. Deborah Lee James was confirmed as the next secretary of the Air Force in a 79-6 Senate vote Friday morning, after her nomination was one of about a dozen caught in a battle in the Senate. Democrats changed the rules before Thanksgiving in a controversial move that had been threatened many […]

Defense Authorization Bill Passes House with Overwhelming Majority

A new defense authorization bill that reflected both House and Senate bill language from earlier in the year passed the House of Representatives Thursday evening in an overwhelming 350-69 vote. The bill now goes to the Senate, where it faces much tougher opposition due to the mechanism in which it will be passed, not the […]

Northrop Grumman President of Electronic Systems Gloria Flach and company Vice President of Defense Systems Michael Twyman discuss the future of C4ISR capabilities yesterday in Washington. Photo: Northrop Grumman.

Northrop Grumman Exploring New C4ISR Capabilities

Northrop Grumman [NOC] believes rapidly growing the capabilities of its electronics in a way that lowers the overall cost of ownership will well-position it in among future C4ISR capabilities, according to a company executive. Northrop Grumman Vice President of Advanced Concepts and Technologies Pat Antkowiak said to rapidly grow capabilities and lower overall cost of […]

Air Force Decommissions CHIRP

Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (AFSMC) decommissioned the Commercially Hosted Infrared Payload (CHIRP) Dec. 6, according to a service statement. The CHIRP sensor, designed and built by Leidos [LDOS] (formerly SAIC), was successfully launched Sept. 21, 2011, as a hosted payload on an SES commercial communications satellite built by Orbital Sciences [ORB]. CHRIP was designed for a one-year […]

Northrop Grumman Wins DC3’s Cyber Challenge, Again

For the second straight year, a team of Northrop Grumman [NOC] engineers has won the “grand champion” title in the Defense Cyber Crime Center’s (DC3) annual Digital Forensics Challenge, the company said on Dec. 9. In addition to earning grand champion, Northrop Grumman said its team also took first prize in the United States and commercial categories. […]

DoD Should Reexamine Intelligence Community Spending, Former Air Force Chief Says

The Defense Department should reexamine its return on investment with its intelligence agency spending before it slashes spending from critical accounts, according to a former Air Force chief of staff. Retired Air Force general and 18th chief of staff Michael Moseley said not only does DoD spend a large amount of money on the intelligence […]