Archive: Pentagon

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Defense Innovation Board: Optimize Pentagon For Speed, Not Cost

As a 20th century organization designed to acquire weapons and fight wars at the lowest possible cost to taxpayers, the Defense Department is rigidly hierarchical, bureaucratic and stifling to the sorts of innovation it sees as critical to fighting future wars. The Defense Innovation Board (DIB), which met Oct. 24 outside Washington, D.C., is tasked […]

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)

DoD To Conduct ‘Deep Dive’ To Make F-35 More Affordable

The U.S. Department of Defense is launching a “deep dive” with industry to look for ways to further cut the cost of the F-35 Lightning II, a DoD official said Oct. 23. “We’ve got the team assembled, we know what we want to accomplish, and we’re getting ready to go to work,” said Shay Assad, […]

An E/A-18 Growler electronic attack aircraft in the foreground shadowed by a F/A-18 Super Hornet. Photo by Boeing.

Electronic Warfare Needs More Attention, Lawmakers Say

Two electronic warfare (EW) advocates have urged the Department of Defense to pay more attention to EW to ensure the U.S. military keeps its edge in that area. Rep. Don Bacon (R-Neb.), a retired Air Force brigadier general and former EW officer who sits on the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), said Oct. 11 that the […]

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DoD, Congress In ‘Dialogue’ On Proposed Space Corps

Prompted by a controversial House-passed proposal to create a space corps in the Air Force Department, the Department of Defense has begun a “very good dialogue” with Congress on how military space activities should be organized, according to Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord. “I think what we’re doing right now is having a very healthy […]

Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord (left) speaks with Army acquisition official Steffanie Easter at an Association of the U.S. Army conference in October 2017. (Photo by Marc Selinger/Defense Daily)

DoD Eyes 50 Percent Cut In Time To Award Contracts

To speed the fielding of new technology, the U.S. Department of Defense has set a goal of cutting in half the time it takes to award contracts, the Pentagon’s acquisition chief said Oct. 11. The 50-percent reduction, which DoD endorsed about a month ago, applies to the period that begins when the department issues an […]

Defense Secretary James Mattis speaks at the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) annual meeting in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 9, 2017. (Photo by Marc Selinger/Defense Daily)

Mattis Hopeful AT&L Breakup Will Speed Up DoD Modernization

Defense Secretary James Mattis expressed optimism Oct. 9 that splitting the undersecretary for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (AT&L) into two separate positions will help the Department of Defense develop and field new technology more quickly. Speaking at the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) annual meeting in Washington, D.C., Mattis said he “completely” embraces the […]

Two Afghan Air Force A-29 Super Tucanos fly over Kabul in 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo)

U.S. Military Ups Air Strikes In Afghanistan

The U.S. military has stepped up air strikes against enemy forces in Afghanistan as part of the Trump administration’s new strategy for the war-torn country, Defense Secretary James Mattis said Oct. 3. The increased air activity, which is at its highest level in five years, is “embedded in the revised strategy,” Mattis testified before the […]

A Ground-based Midcourse Defense interceptor launch.
Photo: Missile Defense Agency.

DoD Seeks Funding Shift To Boost Missile Defense

The Department of Defense has asked Congress to approve shifting $416 million in previously approved funds to beef up missile defenses and other anti-missile efforts, a DoD official said Sept. 28. The reprogramming request would buy 20 more ground-based interceptor (GBI) missiles to counter long-range ballistic missiles, said Rob Soofer, deputy assistant secretary of defense […]

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Pentagon Office To Seek Industry Responses On Surge Capacity

The Pentagon shortly plans to release a private sector questionnaire seeking inputs on industry’s ability to surge its capabilities to meet future battlefield needs, a Defense Department official said on Thursday. The pending outreach to industry is part of the department’s data gathering for a report requested by President Donald Trump pursuant to an executive […]

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee June 13. (DoD photo)

Mattis Prods DoD To Talk More With Industry

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis encouraged the Department of Defense Sept. 20 to expand its communication with industry to increase the military’s access to new technology. Mattis said that parts of DoD have become overly cautious in their dealings with private firms because they fear violating ethics rules designed to avoid favoritism. […]