Archive: Pentagon

2014 QDR Could Be the Last of its Kind, If Some HASC Members Get Their Way

Amid arguments over whether the Defense Department met its legal requirement in answering key questions in the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR), some House Armed Services Committee members wondered aloud during a hearing whether it was even worth requiring a QDR at all. The QDR is meant to be a 20-year look at the security […]

Senators Ask Hagel To Review Air Force Plans Reducing Number Of Competed EELV Launches

Eight senators Tuesday asked Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to review the Air Force’s decision to reduce the number of competed Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) missions from 14 to seven during the fiscal years 2015 to 2017 timeframe. “We strongly believe this proposal undermines the Air Force’s previous plan to begin (competing) launches in 2015 […]

USSOCOM’s TALOS About Recruiting Non-Traditional Suppliers, Acquisition Exec Says

U.S. Special Operations Command’s (USSOCOM) procurement of its futuristic Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) is about redesigning a staid and bureaucratic acquisition process to help attract non-traditional suppliers being lured toward Silicon Valley-type jobs. USSOCOM Acquisition Deputy James Geurts told Defense Daily Tuesday TALOS is about allowing anyone who has a piece of equipment […]

Navy Awards Lockheed Martin $700 Million Contract For F-35 Long Lead Parts

The Navy Tuesday awarded Lockheed Martin [LMT] a roughly $700 million contract for long-lead parts, components and materials in support of 57 low rate initial production (LRIP) Lot 9 F-35 aircraft, according to a Defense Department statement. The fixed-price-incentive, firm target, advanced acquisition contract includes 26 F-35As for the Air Force, six F-35Bs for the […]

South Korea F-35 Deal Includes New Military Communications Satellite

South Korea’s decision to buy Lockheed Martin’s [LMT] F-35A for its next-generation fighter jet platform called F-X also includes the United States supplying it with a ready-to-operate military secure communications satellite as part of a robust technology transfer program. Lockheed Martin spokesman Michael Rein said Monday in an email this new satellite, which will be […]

Raytheon Delivers Ninth AN/TPY-2 Radar To MDA Ahead of Schedule

Raytheon [RTN] Wednesday said it delivered its ninth AN/TPY-2 ballistic missile defense radar to the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), six months ahead of schedule. A high-resolution, mobile, X-band radar, the AN/TPY-2 is an integral element of MDA’s developing Ballistic Missile Defense System. The radar will be integrated into the U.S. Army’s fourth Terminal High Altitude […]

Lawmaker Promises Legislative Effort To Ensure Air Force Competes EELV Missions

A key lawmaker Tuesday vowed legislative action to ensure the Air Force adheres to a Defense Department directive to compete national security launches. House Armed Services (HASC) tactical air and land forces subcommittee Ranking Member Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.) told Defense Daily that she can always initiate some sort of legislative effort, which she said is […]

Pentagon Needs Extra Funds For ‘Next Force’ Tech Investment to Reverse Decade-long Decline

Budget cuts have left the technological capability of the “next force” most at risk, with research and engineering funding hard to come by and few places within the Defense Department budget to pull from unless Congress lifts the sequester spending caps, a top Pentagon research and engineering official said Tuesday. Investments in capability for today’s […]

DoD Report On Regional Missile Defense Limited, Risk Assessment Optomistic, GAO Says

The Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) required report on the Department of Defense’s (DoD) statutorily-mandated report on Regional Ballistic Missile Defense found that DoD could have provided more comprehensive information to the congressional defense committees and its risk assessment is optimistic. The National Defense Authorization Act For Fiscal Year 2013 mandated a DoD report on regional […]