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Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee. Photo from Facebook profile.

Smith: Readiness Funding Will Not Be Cut in FY ’20 Defense Budget

Despite plans to take a hard look at the Defense Department’s forthcoming fiscal year 2020 budget request, the House Armed Services Committee’s (HASC) incoming chairman will ensure that readiness funding is safeguarded to mitigate aviation mishaps and other incidents. Military readiness is “one thing that I will not look to cut, … absolutely not,” Rep. […]

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Pentagon’s FY ‘20 Budget Request to Be Revealed Feb. 4

The Pentagon will unveil its fiscal year 2020 presidential budget (PB) request Feb. 4, the department’s chief military spokesman said Dec. 10. Whether the topline will be $700 billion or $750 billion remains to be seen. Army Col. Robert Manning declined to comment on recent reports that President Trump is now considering submitting a $750 […]

Northrop Grumman's Joint Threat Emitter. Photo: Northrop Grumman.

Northrop Receives $450 Million for Joint Threat Emitter program

Northrop Grumman [NOC] on Thursday was awarded a $450 million contract for production of its joint threat emitter (JTE) electronic warfare threat simulator for the U.S. military and foreign allies. The indefinite-delivery/indefinite quantity contract includes JTE production end-items, spares, support equipment, testing and training for U.S. agencies and U.S. partner countries, according to the contract […]

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F-35 Begins Formal Operational Testing and Evaluation Phase

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program will begin its formal operational test and evaluation process with the goal of achieving full rate production by late 2019, the joint program office announced Dec. 6. The Joint Strike Fighter Operational Test Team (JOTT) will conduct the formal IOT&E effort with its international partners under the oversight of […]

Heidi Grant, the next director of the Pentagon's Defense Technology Security Administration

DoD’s Next Technology Transfer Lead Looking At Increasing UAS Exports, Impact Of Potential Turkey F-35 Removal

The Air Force’s top official overseeing foreign military sales is set to take over as director of the Pentagon’s technology transfer office in January, and plans to push for continued reform on drone exports to boost sales of the MQ-9 and addressing impacts of Turkey’s potential removal from the F-35 program. Heidi Grant, who has […]

U.S. Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis meets with China's Minister of National Defence Gen. Wei Fenghe at the ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting, Singapore, Oct. 18, 2018. (DOD photo by Lisa Ferdinando)

Reagan Forum Panelists View China As Main ‘Pacing Threat’ to U.S. Security

SIMI VALLEY, California – While the United States continues to follow and weigh threats from countries including Russia, Iran and North Korea, a number of panelists at the annual Reagan National Defense Forum Dec. 1 pointed to China as having the biggest potential to undermine economic and national security. Beijing’s ability to more thoroughly change […]

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DoD Official Backs Space Force as Survey Shows Lack of Public Support

SIMI VALLEY, California – A senior Defense Department official emphasized Dec. 1 that a standalone Space Force would help the Pentagon maintain direction for efforts to remain competitive in the domain amid reports that a sixth military branch lacks public support. “Our idea is about focus,” Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment Ellen Lord […]

Hill Air Force Base F-35As fly in formation over the Utah Test and Training Range, March 30, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo/R. Nial Bradshaw)

DoD Awards Nearly $400 Million for F-35 Engine Sustainment

The Pentagon on Friday awarded Pratt & Whitney nearly $400 million for a contract modification that provides for performance-based logistics sustainment for the F-35 joint strike fighter’s engine system. Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp. [UTX], supplies the F135 propulsion system for all U.S. government and international variants of the Lockheed Martin [LMT]-built […]

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Commission Advises Senate Panel Against White House’s Proposed Defense Budget Cut

Officials on a commission tasked with reviewing the Pentagon’s current defense strategy advised lawmakers Tuesday against the White House’s plan to push for a flat defense budget and recommended at least three percent growth in annual funding to address eroding military advantages against peer competitors. The co-chairs of the congressionally mandated Commission On The National […]