Archive: Pentagon

Pat Shanahan, President Donald Trump's nominee to be deputy secretary of defense. (Photo courtesy of Boeing)

Pentagon Restructures Acquisition Arm To Speed Fielding, Reduce Cost Of Technology

The Pentagon has launched a restructuring of its acquisition leadership that decouples research and engineering responsibilities from acquisition and fielding of new weapons in an effort to match speed with modernizing adversaries. Detailed in a report sent to Congress on Aug. 2 is the division of responsibilities previously held by the undersecretary of defense for […]

Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, USAF Gen. Paul Selva
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Selva Confirmed For New Term As Vice Chairman Of Joint Chiefs

The Senate on Monday confirmed by unanimous consent Air Force Gen. Paul Selva for a second two-year term as vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, a position he has held since July 2015. The Pentagon in May announced Selva’s nomination for reappointment to his position. Before this post, he led U.S. Transportation Command […]

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FY 2018 Intelligence Bills Clear Senate Panel, Full House

House and Senate lawmakers both advanced their respective versions of the fiscal year 2018 intelligence authorization bill July 28. The full House passed its bill (H.R. 3180) by a 380-35 vote, while the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) announced that it approved its version by a 14-1 vote. The latter measure now heads to […]

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GAO Examines Nuclear Modernization Affordability In DoD, DoE Budgets

The Departments of Energy and Defense should better explain their 10-year nuclear deterrent modernization budget estimates and address future affordability concerns, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in a newly released report. The GAO examined the DoD and DoE’s fiscal year 2017 joint report, which places the total cost of the two Cabinet agencies’ nuclear […]

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Trump Orders ‘Whole Of Government’ Assessment Of Defense Industrial Base And Supply Chain

President Donald Trump last Friday directed the Defense Department to work with other federal departments and agencies to assess and report on the strength and resiliency of the U.S. defense industrial base, including the long-tail of the supply chain, and to identify capability gaps and provide options to strengthen the defense base and supply chain, […]

Hill Air Force Base F-35As fly in formation over the Utah Test and Training Range, March 30, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo/R. Nial Bradshaw)

F-35 Acquisition Cost Jumps Above $400 Billion In Latest Cost Estimate

The total cost of acquiring the Lockheed Martin [LMT] F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has risen more than $27 billion due to an increase in per-unit cost because the Pentagon has slackened the pace at which it will buy the jets and engines made by Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies [UTX]. According to […]

Pat Shanahan, President Donald Trump's nominee to be deputy secretary of defense. (Photo courtesy of Boeing)

Shanahan Confirmed, Sworn In As Pentagon Deputy

Former Boeing [BA] executive Patrick Shanahan was sworn in as the 33rd deputy secretary of defense during an informal ceremony July 19, a day after the Senate voted, 92-7, to confirm him as the Pentagon’s second-ranking official. Sen. Jack Reid (D-R.I.), ranking member on the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), endorsed Shanahan before the vote, […]

Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, USAF Gen. Paul Selva
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DoD To Seek Funding Shift To Shore Up Innovation Unit

The Department of Defense plans to send a reprogramming request to Congress to ensure the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) does not run out of money for the rest of the current fiscal year, a top military officer said July 18. DoD, which has placed “tremendous demands” on DIUx, began developing the reprogramming proposal after […]

Ellen Lord, former Textron Systems president and CEO. Photo courtesy of Textron.

DoD Acquisition Nominee Eyes Greater Role For Commercial Technology

Ellen Lord, President Donald Trump’s nominee for Pentagon acquisition chief, said July 18 that she will push the Defense Department to make “far more use” of commercial technology if she is confirmed by the Senate. “Congress has provided many authorities to the Department of Defense over the last couple of years that could be more […]