Archive: Pentagon

COMSATCOM In DoD’s Long-Term Plans, CAPE Office Says

Though it won’t completely outsource satellite communications (SATCOM) capability to industry, the commercial side is still in the Defense Department’s long-term plans because the rules are in industry’s favor, according to a representative from the Pentagon’s Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (CAPE) office. “As the rules are structured, it’s very advantageous as a solution,” Steven […]

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.)

DoD Rejects Congressional Claims QDR Ignores Legal Requirements

A Defense Department official rejected the notion that the Quadrennial Defense Review did not meet its mandatory requirements and therefore should be rewritten, as House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) said when the document was released last week. Christine Wormuth, deputy undersecretary of defense for strategy, plans and force development, told an audience […]

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DoD Lacks Knowledge To Commit To Disaggregation, GAO Says

The Defense Department lacks the knowledge necessary to commit to the concept of satellite disaggregation, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said Monday. GAO Director of Acquisition and Sourcing Management Issues Cristina Chaplain said Monday her office had been early in a disaggregation review, but it was “clear” that DoD didn’t have the knowledge to commit […]

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, center, Gen. Martin Dempsey, left, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and DoD Comptroller Robert Hale testify on DOD’s fiscal year 2015 budget request before the House Armed Services Committee on March 6, 2014. DOD photo

Congress May Force DoD to Rewrite, Resubmit QDR

Even before the Defense Department released its Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR), lawmakers had already threatened to reject it–and they followed through on their threats as soon as the report was release with the budget on March 4. House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) announced on March 4 that QDRs have become less compliant […]

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Robert F. Hale, the Defense Department's comptroller, confer as they prepare to testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee on the department's fiscal year 2015 budget request on March 5, 2014. DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett

Line-Item List for $26 Billion Fund To Be Released Next Week; OCO Budget Details Still Unknown

As congressional committees continue to dissect the defense budget request for the next two months, a few key pieces of information are still being compiled: chiefly, the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) budget request, and details about the supplemental $26 billion the Pentagon is asking for as part of the Obama administration’s government-wide Opportunity, Growth and […]

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Air Force Threatens Future Cuts To GPS III Program If Sequestration Not Lifted

The Air Force threatened to slash future funding for the next-generation Global Positioning System (GPS) III program if Congress didn’t lift sequestrated-related spending caps for fiscal year 2016 and beyond. Air Force Under Secretary Eric Fanning said Tuesday the service would also reduce the number of GPS III satellites it plans to procure in FY […]

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Air Force Reducing, Delaying Number Of Competed EELV Missions

The Air Force is reducing the number of competed Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) missions available during fiscal years 2015-2017 from 14 to seven, a top service acquisition official said Wednesday. Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Director of Space Programs, Maj. Gen. Robert McMurry told reporters at the Pentagon […]

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel testifies on the Defense Department's fiscal year 2015 budget request before the Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington, D.C., March 5, 2014. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, joined Hagel to testify on the budget request. DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett

Multi-Scenario DoD Budget Perplexes, Concerns SASC

One day after the Pentagon released its budget request for fiscal year 2015, a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing highlighted the difficulties of long-term planning in an uncertain fiscal environment: the committee had trouble understanding the Defense Department’s three-scenario budget, and senators expressed concerns about major policy changes included in the budget request that, if […]