Archive: Pentagon

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 […]

AF-7 Flight 185

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 […]


DOT&E Predicts KC-46A Tanker Slippage of Six to 12 Months

An new Defense Department report predicts a six- to 12-month delay of initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E) for the Air Force’s multi-billion dollar, next-generation KC-46A aerial refueling tanker. The fiscal year 2013 annual report from the office of DoD Director of Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E) Michael Gilmore, released to Congress Wednesday, said analysis […]

President Obama working on his State of the Union Address earlier this year. Official White House photo.

Obama To Order Hike To Minimum Wage For Federal Contractors

President Barack Obama plans to issue an executive order raising the hourly minimum wage for services contractors working under federal contracts to $10.10 and intends to announce the move in the State of the Union Address Tuesday night. The White House said the executive order will benefit low paid workers who provide services at military […]

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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, […]