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Senate OKs Griffin To Lead DoD’s New Research And Engineering Shop

The Senate confirmed several national security nominations by voice vote late Feb. 15, including former NASA Administrator Michael Griffin to the new job of undersecretary of defense for research and engineering (R&E). Under a congressional mandate aimed at increasing attention to innovation, the Department of Defense recently split the position of undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology […]

David Norquist, comptroller of the Department of Defense.  (Army photo)

Defense Budget Request Grows 10 Percent Over Current CR Levels To $716 Billion

At just over $686 billion, the Department of Defense fiscal year 2019 budget request continues the military funding increases promised by the Trump administration in force structure, procurement and investment in future technologies. Including war funding, the budget is a $74.2 billion, or 10 percent, increase over the fiscal 2018 continuing resolution funding levels the […]

Patrick M. Shanahan, Deputy Secretary of Defense, poses for his official portrait in the Army portrait studio at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, July 19, 2017.  (U.S. Army photo by Monica King/Released)

Shanahan Wants Industry Feedback In Setting Standards And Prioritizing DoD Changes

The second highest Pentagon civilian said on Tuesday that industry has to help the Defense Department change how it does business in procurement and adopting technology. Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan focused on several key points where industry can help the department as it moves forward with the new national defense strategy. First, the […]

The Air Force in 2016 unveiled the name of the future B-21 bomber: the "Raider."  (Credit: Marc Selinger/Defense Daily)

DoD Nuclear Review Backs Existing Modernization Efforts, New Sea-Launched Capabilities

The Pentagon’s newly released nuclear posture review (NPR) reaffirms existing plans to modernize the nation’s aging nuclear arsenal, saying a robust suite of air-, ground- and sea-based systems will be needed to deter attacks by potential adversaries for the foreseeable future. To give the president even more options, the report, released Feb. 2, calls for […]

Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, USAF Gen. Paul Selva
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DoD Budget Request To Boost Man-Machine Teaming

The Department of Defense’s upcoming fiscal year 2019 budget request will include “modest” investments to improve man-machine teaming, such as the interaction between a fighter jet and its pilot, a senior military official said Jan. 30. “We haven’t cracked the nut on man-machine teaming yet,” said Air Force Gen. Paul Selva, vice chairman of the […]

An Air Force F-22 Raptor. Photo: Air Force.

Air Force F-22 Upgrades Move Into Operational Testing

The U.S. Air Force has started conducting operational testing for a series of major upgrades to the F-22 Raptor, according to a new report by the Pentagon’s chief weapons tester. The initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E) for the Increment 3.2B upgrades began in September and is slated to wrap up in April, says the fiscal […]

The Air Force's F-35A conventional variant. Photo: Air Force.

F-35 Still Struggling With Readiness Woes, DoD Tester Says

The U.S. Department of Defense’s new fleet of F-35 Lightning IIs is making little progress in overcoming its readiness problems, according to a new report by the Pentagon’s chief weapons tester. “Reliability growth has stagnated,“ Robert Behler, DoD’s director of operational test and evaluation (DOT&E), wrote in his fiscal year 2017 annual report. “Overall fleet-wide […]

Gen. Robert Neller, Marine Corps Commandant. Photo: USMC.

Top Marine: Rules Must Change For Service Chiefs To Speed Acquisition

Marine Commandant Gen. Robert Neller is appreciative of the authority Congress has granted service chiefs to make purchasing decisions and speed new weapons to the field, but laws governing Defense Department acquisition still tie their hands in many cases, he said. The 2016 National Defense Authorization Act granted the service chiefs veto power over service-specific […]

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SASC OKs Griffin For DoD Research Post, Roper For Air Force Acquisition Chief

The Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) on Jan. 24 approved the nomination of former NASA Administrator Michael Griffin to lead the Department of Defense’s new research and engineering shop. The committee also favorably reported the nomination of William Roper to be Air Force acquisition chief. Roper is currently director of DoD’s Strategic Capabilities Office.  The […]

Frank Kendall

Former Chief Weapon Buyer: Open Systems Requirements Need Better Enforcement

Requiring that new weapons have some degree of openness to upgrades has been a Pentagon policy for decades, but the Defense Department needs to better enforce that expectation so emerging technologies can be integrated when available and appropriate, according to a former chief weapon buyer. Frank Kendall, who was the last undersecretary of defense for […]