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Analysts Expect FY ’15 Budget to Begin Creating Smaller, Technically Advanced Force

The Defense Department is expected to prioritize the technical superiority of its future force over the size of its current force, and evidence of that should appear in the research and development portion of the Pentagon’s fiscal year 2015 budget request, according to experts speaking at a National Defense Industrial Association and Bloomberg Government webinar. […]

Frank Kendall, Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. Photo: DoD.

Kendall: FY ’15 Budget Request Aims to Protect Defense Industrial Base

Defense Department officials are writing a budget request for fiscal year 2015 that seeks to protect critical components of the industrial base, after the FY ’13 sequestration cuts decimated all spending accounts and the FY ’14 spending plan focuses on restoring readiness and operations at the expense of procurement and research and development. Frank Kendall, […]

The USS Fort Worth (LCS-3). Photo: Defense Daily.

Navy Acquisition Chief Insists Need For 52 LCSs Is Firm

The Navy’s top acquisition official said Thursday the service’s requirement for 52 Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) is “firm,” and would not comment on reports a day earlier saying the Office of the Secretary of Defense has instructed the Navy to reduce the number to 32 vessels. Sean Stackley, the Navy’s assistant secretary for research, development […]

A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery fires an interceptor missile. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

Lockheed Martin Performs Important Aegis BMD Flight Test Tracking Exercise

Lockheed Martin [LMT] said it successfully performed Wednesday an Aegis Ashore missile defense exercise called “flight test tracking exercise No. 18,” which a company official said included multiple unitary short range ballistic missiles and multiple ships at sea. Lockheed Martin Director of Ballistic Missile Defense Development Programs Nick Bucci said Wednesday the Aegis Ashore system […]

Frank Kendall, Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. Photo: DoD.

Kendall: Congress’ Spending Plan Hurts R&D When DoD Should Be Investing In It Further

Defense Department acquisition chief Frank Kendall spoke at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ SciTech 2014 conference Wednesday about maintaining the military’s technical superiority in a time of constrained budgets, noting that research and development — chiefly, retaining concepts and talent through R&D accounts when the services cannot afford to push a program into procurement yet […]

Arnold Punaro, chairman of the Board of Directors for the National Defense Industrial Association and a retired Marine Corps major general. Photo courtesy of the National Guard Bureau.

NDIA Kicks Off Planning for Healthy Industrial Base Amid Lower Budgets

The National Defense Industrial Association has teamed up with a former Pentagon expert in industrial base issues to develop a plan for maintaining a healthy defense industry in a time of constrained budgets, NDIA Board of Directors Chairman Arnold Punaro said Monday. Punaro said the association had discussed drafting a proposal for Congress and the […]

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee

Lawmakers Propose Bill to Prevent Pentagon from Moving Office of Net Assessment

A handful of lawmakers are pushing back against the Pentagon’s plans to realign the long-standing Office of Net Assessment under the undersecretary of defense for policy, proposing a bill to keep the office right where it is as independent and reporting directly to the defense secretary. “The purpose of this bill is to leave it […]

The GPS III program is a platform that could use improved acquisition. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

Lockheed Martin Predicts GPS III Navigation Payload Delivery By Spring

Lockheed Martin [LMT] plans to receive the first Global Positioning System III (GPS III) satellite’s navigation payload this spring from payload developer Exelis [XLS] after originally forecasting delivery for early 2014. Lockheed Martin spokesman Chip Eschenfelder said Friday in an e-mail that navigation payload delivery delays have been driven by first time development and integration […]

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Air Force Awards Contracts For Future Medium Class Stage III ICBM Motor Development

The Air Force in December issued two contracts worth a combined $78 million for demonstrations of a Medium Class Stage III ICBM motor with technologies applicable to multiple future common strategic propulsion systems. ATK [ATK] received $49.4 million Oct. 18 and Aerojet Rocketdyne, a division of GenCorp [GY], received nearly $29 million, according to the […]

The Navy test flying UCAS, the precursor to UCLASS. Photo: U.S. Navy

More Interoperability Needed In Unmanned Systems, Pentagon Says

The Pentagon’s rapid development and deployment of unmanned systems over the last decade has resulted in too many which are incapable of interacting with other platforms or external systems, an outcome that must be changed going forward, the Pentagon said in a recently released report. “The urgent needs in theater and corresponding rapid acquisition approach […]