Archive: Pentagon

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 […]

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee

Lawmakers Propose Bill to Prevent Pentagon from Moving Office of Net Assessment

A handful of lawmakers are pushing back against the Pentagon’s plans to realign the long-standing Office of Net Assessment under the undersecretary of defense for policy, proposing a bill to keep the office right where it is as independent and reporting directly to the defense secretary. “The purpose of this bill is to leave it […]

The GPS III program is a platform that could use improved acquisition. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

Lockheed Martin Predicts GPS III Navigation Payload Delivery By Spring

Lockheed Martin [LMT] plans to receive the first Global Positioning System III (GPS III) satellite’s navigation payload this spring from payload developer Exelis [XLS] after originally forecasting delivery for early 2014. Lockheed Martin spokesman Chip Eschenfelder said Friday in an e-mail that navigation payload delivery delays have been driven by first time development and integration […]

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Air Force Awards Contracts For Future Medium Class Stage III ICBM Motor Development

The Air Force in December issued two contracts worth a combined $78 million for demonstrations of a Medium Class Stage III ICBM motor with technologies applicable to multiple future common strategic propulsion systems. ATK [ATK] received $49.4 million Oct. 18 and Aerojet Rocketdyne, a division of GenCorp [GY], received nearly $29 million, according to the […]

The Navy test flying UCAS, the precursor to UCLASS. Photo: U.S. Navy

More Interoperability Needed In Unmanned Systems, Pentagon Says

The Pentagon’s rapid development and deployment of unmanned systems over the last decade has resulted in too many which are incapable of interacting with other platforms or external systems, an outcome that must be changed going forward, the Pentagon said in a recently released report. “The urgent needs in theater and corresponding rapid acquisition approach […]

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NDAA Requires Air Force Plan To Implement New EELV Acquisition Strategy

Language requiring the Air Force secretary to develop a plan to implement a new acquisition strategy for the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program made it into the fiscal year 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The NDAA specifically requires a general description of how the Air Force secretary, which is now Deborah James, will […]

The military has taken several steps to boost its communications infrastructure outside of the Middle East to support global operations. The Army has five worldwide Regional Hub Nodes, such as the RHN in Guam shown here, that enable regionalized reach-back to the Army's global network. By building a "slice" of its larger Network-Centric Teleport system at the Army's Guam RHN, the Department of Defense Teleport Program can access an additional military satellite that was previously out of its reach and improve its support in the Asia-Pacific region.

Report: Increase in Unmanned Systems Will Require Better, More Communications

Research and development in satellite and radio communications, as well as some innovation in the way they are procured, could go a long way in boosting both the capability and the lifecycle costs of unmanned platforms in the future, according to the Unmanned Systems Integrated Roadmap recently released by the Defense Department. In looking for […]

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Pentagon Aims To Arm More Drones

There will be growing requirements in the future for arming unmanned aerial vehicles with small, precision-guided weapons to enable the military to operate in a broader range of environments and take on different threats than is permitted by manned aircraft, according to a recently released report by the Pentagon. The report says the Pentagon will […]

Pentagon Welcomes Budget Agreement But Says Cuts Will Go Forward

The Pentagon’s top leaders on Thursday welcomed final congressional passage of a budget law that reduces the impact of sequestration for fiscals 2014 and 2015, but cautioned that the relief will not be enough to avoid additional cutbacks. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told reporters in a briefing at the Pentagon that the Bipartisan Budget Agreement […]