Archive: Pentagon


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 […]


House Appropriators Propose $28.6 Billion ‘Defense Restoration Fund’

The House Appropriations Committee (HAC) is proposing to set up a $28.6 billion “national defense restoration fund” in fiscal year 2018 that the Pentagon could tap for equipment upgrades, technology development, readiness improvements and other purposes to implement its upcoming new defense strategy. The strategy, which Congress expects to receive in September, “will inform the investments […]

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

Trump Nominates Textron Executive As Under Secretary For AT&L

The White House announced Tuesday night its intention to nominate Ellen Lord, president and CEO of Textron’s [TXT] Textron Systems business segment, as under secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (AT&L). If confirmed, Lord will subsequently serve as under secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment when the Office of the Secretary of […]

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SASC Backs Shanahan For Deputy Defense Secretary

The Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) approved by voice vote June 28 the nomination of former Boeing [BA] executive Patrick Shanahan to be deputy secretary of defense. The committee’s action came after Shanahan submitted 10 pages of revised answers to the panel’s “advance policy questions.” At his June 20 confirmation, Shanahan drew fire from Sen. […]

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

McCain Airs Concerns About Shanahan; Wants Better Answers Before Supporting Nomination

Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) put the Trump administration’s nominee for deputy defense secretary on notice that he won’t automatically approve the nomination until he receives more forthright answers to the committee’s questions, including whether the United States should be arming the Ukraine with lethal defensive weapons. McCain also told Patrick […]