Archive: Pentagon

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Service Weapon Buyers Say Congress Can ‘Declare Victory’ On Acquisition Reform

By delegating management of large weapon programs to the military services, Congress may already have achieved the acquisition reforms it and Defense Department leaders have long sought, according to acquisition executives. Asked whether there have so far been any glaring errors in the reforms Congress has imposed on the defense acquisition system over the past […]

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DoD’s New Research Chief Eyes Faster Hypersonics Development

The Pentagon’s new research chief said March 6 that improving the Department of Defense’s hypersonics capabilities will be his top technical priority because U.S. leadership in that area could be critical to winning future wars. Speaking at a McAleese & Associates/Credit Suisse defense programs conference on his 10th day as undersecretary of defense for research […]

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.). (Photo courtesy of congressman's office)

DoD Nears Hiring Outside Firm To Study Possible Space Department

The Pentagon is close to picking an outside firm to write a roadmap for the possible creation of a military space department, a key lawmaker said Feb. 28. The fiscal year 2018 defense authorization act, which Congress passed late last year, calls for the deputy defense secretary to hire a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) to craft the […]

Norway's first F-35A, called AM-1, is in production at the Lockheed Martin Fort Worth, Texas assembly plant.
Photo: Lockheed Martin.

Trump-Ordered Industrial Base Study Finds Defense Industry At Risk

A multi-agency task force studying U.S. military contractors has an April 17 deadline to deliver its report, but has already identified some causes for concern over the health of the domestic defense industrial base. The Defense Department’s spending has been hampered and made erratic by nearly a decade of fiscal years begun with stopgap funding […]

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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 […]

U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan (Army photo)

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 […]