Archive: Pentagon

Navy P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft. Photo. U.S. Navy

Kendall Defends P-8 Maritime Aircraft Against DOT&E, Congressional Criticism

The Pentagon’s top acquisition chief defended the Navy’s P-8A Poseidon multimission maritime aircraft, after a House Armed Services Committee member asked about a report that calls the program “not effective for executing the full range of mission tasks required.” In a Tuesday morning hearing, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) asked why the Defense Department allowed the […]

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Monitoring Nuclear Proliferation Should Be A Top U.S. Objective, DSB Says In Report

Monitoring for nuclear proliferation should be a top United States national security objective, but the nation is not yet organized, nor fully equipped, to address this, according to a recently released Defense Science Board report. The report, Assessment of Nuclear Monitoring and Verification Techniques, said for the first time since the early decades of the […]

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Future Threats Will Require More Unmanned Autonomy, Study Argues

The international proliferation of guided munitions coupled with the high personnel costs already burdening the Pentagon will force military planners to increasingly shift to unmanned autonomous vehicles and systems to carry out core mission requirements, according to a study by progressive think tank the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). The analysis said that […]

Adm. Samuel Locklear, commander of U.S. Pacific Command

PACOM Looking to Maximize Assets, Gain New Ones During Rebalance

The U.S. Pacific Command is working with its service components to maximize the assets they have today and bring in new ones where feasible, and PACOM Commander Adm. Samuel Locklear said those platforms could be used in some nontraditional deployment models to get the most out of the capability the military has bought, he told […]

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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 […]