Archive: Pentagon

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 […]

B-2 Spirit bomber prepares for refueling. Air Force photo.

Affordable Thrust, Lift Key Technologies Air Force Should Pursue, Official Says

The Air Force should pursue innovation in strategic technologies like affordable thrust and lift as part of its long-term goals, according to a key official. Air Force Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) Director Maj. Gen. Steven Kwast said new ideas in these technologies are critical to future warfighting capabilities. “Anything we can do that helps us […]

CSIS Senior Vice President David Berteau. Photo: CSIS

CSIS Reports Indicates Market Share Among Defense Contractors Broadening

Large defense contractors in general have seen their share of Pentagon purchases decline over the past decade as more vendors garner a piece of the defense budget, according to a new report by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). This data “seems to indicate a larger range of vendors becoming involved and I […]

The Marine Corps' short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) F-35B performs a vertical landing. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

International Final Assembly Facilities Key To F-35’s Momentum, Lockheed Martin Says

FORT WORTH, Texas — Lockheed Martin’s [LMT] F-35 final checkout and assembly (FACO) facilities in Italy and Japan are key to the program’s maturity going forward, according to a company executive. Lockheed Martin Vice President and General Manager for F-35 Lorraine Martin told reporters last week the FACO facilities are like “mini Fort Worths,” or […]

2012 photo of a F-35A. Photo: Air Force.

Norwegian Parliament Authorizes Purchase Of Six Additional F-35s

The Norwegian parliament last week authorized the purchase of six additional F-35s, raising the total potential buys to 52, according to a spokesman. Endre Lunde, spokesman for Norway’s F-35 program, said Tuesday the approval allows Norway’s defense ministry to make commitments to F-35s, but funding is not guaranteed as it is approved on an annual […]

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Photo by Lockheed Martin.

RAND Questions Value of Joint Fighter Programs

Joint aircraft programs do not produce the expected life-cycle cost savings across the military and the benefits are too small to offset the cost growth that takes place in the acquisition phase because the complexities of developing an aircraft to meet different mission requirements for each service, according to a report released Monday by the […]