Archive: Pentagon

Lawmaker Suggests Using American-Made Engines For National Security Launches

House Armed Services Committee (HASC) member Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) said Friday the United States should move away from using rocket engines not domestically-made in national security space launches. “I believe it’s in the interest of our national security that we should shift to American made engines,” Wilson said during Friday’s hearing on the Air Force’s […]

Air Force Delays Long Range Standoff Program By Three Years

The Air Force delayed both the Long Range Standoff (LRSO) weapon program and an anticipated fiscal year 2015 contract award by three years, according to the service’s FY ’15 budget justification books. The books cite “higher Air Force priorities” for the slippage while a notice posted on Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) cited reduced funding in […]

Air Force Analyzing Building RD-180 Engines In U.S.

The Air Force is performing a “business case analysis” of how much it would cost to produce the Russian-made RD-180 rocket engine in the United States, Air Force Under Secretary Eric Fanning said Tuesday. Though Fanning said the concerns over being dependent on Russian-made technology for critical national security space launches preceded the current crisis […]

COMSATCOM In DoD’s Long-Term Plans, CAPE Office Says

Though it won’t completely outsource satellite communications (SATCOM) capability to industry, the commercial side is still in the Defense Department’s long-term plans because the rules are in industry’s favor, according to a representative from the Pentagon’s Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (CAPE) office. “As the rules are structured, it’s very advantageous as a solution,” Steven […]

DoD Rejects Congressional Claims QDR Ignores Legal Requirements

A Defense Department official rejected the notion that the Quadrennial Defense Review did not meet its mandatory requirements and therefore should be rewritten, as House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) said when the document was released last week. Christine Wormuth, deputy undersecretary of defense for strategy, plans and force development, told an audience […]

DoD Lacks Knowledge To Commit To Disaggregation, GAO Says

The Defense Department lacks the knowledge necessary to commit to the concept of satellite disaggregation, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said Monday. GAO Director of Acquisition and Sourcing Management Issues Cristina Chaplain said Monday her office had been early in a disaggregation review, but it was “clear” that DoD didn’t have the knowledge to commit […]

Congress May Force DoD to Rewrite, Resubmit QDR

Even before the Defense Department released its Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR), lawmakers had already threatened to reject it–and they followed through on their threats as soon as the report was release with the budget on March 4. House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) announced on March 4 that QDRs have become less compliant […]

Line-Item List for $26 Billion Fund To Be Released Next Week; OCO Budget Details Still Unknown

As congressional committees continue to dissect the defense budget request for the next two months, a few key pieces of information are still being compiled: chiefly, the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) budget request, and details about the supplemental $26 billion the Pentagon is asking for as part of the Obama administration’s government-wide Opportunity, Growth and […]