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DoD Reviewing 10-Year Standards For Secret-Level Security Clearance

The Defense Department is reviewing the standard that allows 10 years between security clearance background investigations for employees with secret-level clearances. Under current law, a person holding a top secret clearance, the highest level of access to classified government information,  must be reinvestigated every five years to continue holding the clearance. Those holding a secret […]

The SSBN(X) will replace Ohio-class ballistic subs.
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Efforts To Preserve Rocket Motor Industry Insufficient, Admiral Says

The Pentagon and military services are not adequately moving to shore up the strength of the industrial base that supplies solid rocket motors critical to the maintaining the country’s future nuclear capabilities, a top admiral said Wednesday. Vice Adm. Terry Benedict, the Navy’s director for strategic systems programs, said his service has been shouldering the […]

Raven is among the small UAVs deployed by special operations. Photo: AeroVironment

Pentagon’s Special Ops Force Expects Steady Need For Small Unmanned Aircraft

U.S. special operations forces will likely continue to purchase small unmanned aerial systems (UAS) at least at the current rate, even as the Army and Marine Corps have slowed the number of buys as the United States withdrawals from conflicts abroad, the Pentagon’s top civilian official for special operations said Tuesday. “I imagine the numbers […]

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Collaborative Nature Of USSOCOM’s TALOS Is Future Of Procurement, McRaven Says

U.S. Special Operations Command’s (USSOCOM) Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) program, where partners within the Defense Department, industry and academia work together to solve an operational challenge and earn prestige and prize money, is the future of doing business with industry, according to head of the command. USSOCOM chief Adm. William McRaven said Tuesday […]

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Former Navy Official Robert Work Tapped For Pentagon Deputy

Robert Work, the former undersecretary of the Navy who has headed up a progressive Washington think tank since he left the Pentagon last year, was nominated Friday to serve as the deputy secretary of defense. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Work, who spent 27 years in the Marines, had been selected by President Barack Obama […]

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Defense Think Tanks Would Cut Readiness, Force Structure to Maintain Warfighting Capabilities

Four Washington think tanks agreed the Army should significantly reduce its ground forces and the Navy should retire two to four aircraft carriers while the military overall should boost its space and cyber capabilities, according to the results of a joint strategic and budgetary exercise unveiled Wednesday. The think tanks–American Enterprise Institute, Center for a […]

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L-3 Coleman Aerospace Tapped For MDA’s Medium Range Ballistic Missile Targets

L-3 Communications [LLL] Tuesday said its Coleman Aerospace business has been awarded a new five year contract with options valued at more than $400 million  from the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) to provide Medium-Range Ballistic Missile (MRBM) target vehicles for use in tests of missile defense systems. The initial value of the award is approximately […]

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Lawmakers Vie for Missile Defense Site After Pentagon Announces 4 Finalists

The Defense Department announced four locations it will investigate as a potential East Coast missile defense site to supplement interceptors in Alaska and California. The four locations–Camp Ravenna, Ohio; Fort Custer, Mich.; Fort Drum, N.Y.; and the Portsmouth Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Training Area, Maine–will undergo a 24-month Environmental Impact Statement process, which includes […]

U.S. Protected Satellites Lack Throughput For Success In Conventional Operations, Expert Says

The United States’ protected military communications satellites do not have the throughput to sustain the data requirements necessary for success in conventional operations, according to an expert on Asian strategic issues. Ashley Tellis, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace specializing in international security, defense and Asian strategic issues, told a House […]

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DOT&E Finds Potential Catastrophic F-35B STOVL System Failure

A new Defense Department report found the F-35B’s short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) system could suffer catastrophic failure due to fragment-induced damage of a lift fan blade. The fiscal year 2013 annual report from the office of Pentagon Director of Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E) Michael Gilmore, released Wednesday to Congress, said ballistic tests […]