Archive: Pentagon

RD-180 Study Report Says Impacts From Loss Significant, Options Limited

Impacts from a loss of the Russian-made RD-180 rocket engine are significant and action must be taken during fiscal year 2014 to mitigate those impacts, according to a key Defense Department report. The summary from the key RD-180 study panel convened by DoD suggests issuing an acquisition decision memorandum (ADM) directing the development of a […]

First F-35 Engine At New Plant Delivered

The first F-35 Joint Strike Fighter engine produced by Pratt & Whitney at a new plant in Florida has been completed and delivered to Italy, the company said Tuesday. Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies [UTX], has been building the F135 engines at its facility in Middletown, Conn., but opened a new site […]

Defense Research Officials: R&D Tax Credit Helps, Doesn’t Replace Gov’t Funding for Military Research

The defense research and development community needs healthy levels of investment from both government and industry, but industry’s internal research and development funding has dropped “fairly dramatically” over the past decade, Defense Department research officials told the Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee Wednesday. Subcommittee chairman Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) asked a panel of six witnesses what they […]

DoD, Service Comptrollers Optimistic About Achieving Early Audit Readiness by September

The “great majority” of Defense Department financial records will be audit-ready by a Sept. 30 deadline, but the department will not audit records it knows won’t pass, DoD Comptroller Robert Hale told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Tuesday. DoD set a series of goals for itself during the tenure of former […]

Hagel ‘Not Pleased’ With House Budget Markup, Spokesman Says

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is “not pleased” with the defense authorization bill passed by the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) earlier this week and is hopeful that as the budget process moves forward lawmakers will recognize the tough choices that need to be made, Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said Friday. HASC rebuffed cuts […]

Think Tank Warns Pentagon At Risk Of Falling Behind On Unmanned Systems

The Pentagon’s interest in unmanned systems appears to be waning with the conclusion of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but the military must continue to invest in the technology to maintain an edge over other countries pursuing the capabilities, according to a report released Thursday by the Center for Strategic & International Studies. “Despite […]

As Expected, Sikorsky Picked To Build Next Presidential Helicopter

The Navy announced Wednesday that Sikorsky has been selected to build the next presidential helicopter following a competition that featured Sikorsky as the only bidder and cast little doubt on the outcome. The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) contract valued at $1.24 billion covers the engineering and manufacturing development phase that includes six test aircraft, […]

McCain Wants DoD Answers On Air Force-Energomash Business In Light Of Sanctions

Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) member John McCain (R-Ariz.) wants Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to explain why the Pentagon didn’t halt business between launch provider United Launch Alliance (ULA) and rocket engine manufacturer NPO Energomash in light of recent economic sanctions issued by President Barack Obama. “I am greatly concerned that it took legal action […]

Navy Awards UTC $105 Million For F-35 Engines

The Navy said Friday it awarded engine maker Pratt & Whitney nearly $105 million for long-lead components, parts and materials in support of 34 F135 engines for the F-35 program. The fixed-price-incentive-fee advanced acquisition contract is in support of 34 low-rate initial production (LRIP) Lot IX engines, including 26 for the Air Force, six for […]