Archive: Pentagon

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 […]

U.S. Asks For Confirmation RD-180 Injunction Does Not Apply To Payments To/From ULA

The federal government Friday asked a federal judge to confirm her preliminary injunction order issued last week does not apply to purchases from, or payments made to, national security launch provider United Launch Alliance (ULA). In its filing in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the government told Judge Susan Braden this interpretation would serve […]

Bill Seeks To Streamline, Coordinate DoD Cyber Ranges

Following up on a bill they introduced last week aimed at bolstering the security of the Defense Department’s cloud computing environments, two House Democrats on Monday offered legislation that would ensure DoD coordinates the use of its ranges used for testing and exercising of cyber and information technology (IT) capabilities. Reps. Niki Tsongas (Mass.) and […]

DoD CIO Takai Resigns, Last Day Friday

Defense Department Chief Information Office (CIO) Teri Takai has resigned and Friday will be her last day on the job, DoD spokesman Lt. Col. Damien Pickart said Monday. No successor has been named, Pickart said, but per rules, DoD Deputy CIO David DeVries will take Takai’s place until an appointment is made. Takai took the […]

DEFENSE WATCH

JUMP up and Fly. A Northern California firm called Arcturus UAV has unveiled an unmanned aerial vehicle that can take off and land vertically and transition to fixed wing flight. Called JUMP, it uses four rotors on booms attached to the fuselage to get off the ground and reach altitude. Once up, the rotors shut […]

House Members To Introduce Bill On DoD Cloud Security

Two Democratic House members are introducing legislation requiring separate assessments of the Defense Department’s cloud computing environment. The Department of Defense Cloud Security Act, which will be introduced by Reps. Niki Tsongas (D-Mass.) and Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.), would require the DoD Chief Information Officer (CIO) to determine the security requirements for any cloud computing service […]

First Block 1B Version of SM-3 Deployed, Raytheon Says

The Navy and the Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency have for the first time deployed on a ship the block 1B version of the Standard Missile-3 for missile defense, prime contractor Raytheon [RTN] said Wednesday. The SM-31B was deployed as part of the U.S. missile defense plans for Europe known as the European Phased Adaptive Approach […]

Australia Extends Buys of F-35s To 72

Australia is signing up to buy an additional 58 of Lockheed Martin’s [LMT] F-35 Joint Strike Fighter for $11.5 billion, raising the total number to 72, the country’s prime minister, Tony Abbott, said Wednesday. Australia was already lined up for 14 of the fifth-generation stealth fighters, which will start delivering in 2018. Abbott said the […]

COMSATCOM Policy Struggles Continue Between Providers, DoD

The Defense Department and commercial satellite communication (COMSATCOM) providers continue to disagree over how the service should handle future acquisition policy in an era of declining defense spending. A focal point for this disagreement is the Air Force’s pursuit of international investment for its Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) fleet of satellites. WGS provides worldwide flexible, […]

DoD Reports Four Programs With Nunn-McCurdy Breaches

The Defense Department reported four programs in its 2013 Selected Acquisition Report (SAR) summary with critical or significant Nunn-McCurdy unit cost breaches to their current or original Acquisition Program Baseline (APB). Joint Precision Approach and Landing System (JPALS) Increment 1A and Vertical Takeoff and Landing Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (VTUAV) had critical breaches, which are […]