Archive: Pentagon

U.S., South Korea Suspend Another Joint Military Exercise

The U.S. and South Korean militaries have suspended another joint exercise this year as diplomatic efforts continue with North Korea, the Defense Department said Oct. 19. Defense Secretary James Mattis and Minister of National Defense Jeong Kyeong-doo suspended Exercise Vigilant Ace, an annual large-scale exercise to enhance interoperability between the U.S. and ROK forces, “to […]

Lawmakers Signalling DoD Should Prepare for Smaller FY ’20 Budget

The president and lawmakers are sending signals to the Defense Department not to expect any major increase in next year’s budget, and that some form of cut could even be in the cards. On Oct. 17, President Trump said he is demanding his cabinet members cut 5 percent from their future federal budget plans, and […]

Senior SASC Democrat Defends Mattis Amid Reports of His Departure

As the Defense Department looks to prepare for great power conflicts and continue fighting counterterrorism wars in the Middle East, the department needs Secretary Jim Mattis to maintain continuity and provide unique and thoughtful insight, the highest ranking Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) said Oct. 17. It would be “inappropriate” and unhelpful […]

Majority of F-35 Aircraft Cleared For Flight After Fuel Tube Tests

Less than a week after the Pentagon’s entire fleet of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters was temporarily grounded to investigate a suspect fuel tube, the majority of the aircraft are back to flight-ready status, officials said Oct. 15. More than 80 percent of domestic and internationally based F-35s have been cleared and returned to flight operations, […]

Trump Administration, DoD Zero In on Threats from China

President Trump’s administration is making clear through recent speeches, published reports and legislation that the U.S. economy — and within it, the defense industrial base — is suffering due to a series of targeted, deliberative efforts by China. In 2017, Trump directed the Department of Defense (DoD) to lead a multi-agency analysis of the health […]

SASC Member: Congress Must Work With DoD To Save Money in Future Budgets

Congress will work with the Defense Department to find cost savings and prioritize funding for critical equipment needs for future budget cycles, a Senate Armed Services Committee member said Oct. 4. Following the passage of the $716 billion fiscal year FY’19 defense appropriations bill, the bipartisan committee needs to continue “pressing onward and upward” to […]

DoD to Request New Funds to Re-Energize Defense Industrial Base

The Pentagon plans to request additional funds in the FY’20 budget request to help address critical issues that are undermining the U.S. defense industrial base, officials said Oct. 4. The department will utilize existing funds that fuel industrial base mitigation efforts, but will also need to add more to the pot to implement all of […]

Report: Defense-Industrial Base Weakened by Global Competition, Reduced Capacity at Home

A report released on Friday on the state of the U.S. defense-industrial base paints a grim picture of the varied challenges, both domestic and global, that are eroding the base’s capability to ensure that warfighters are well-prepared for current and future threats. Sequestration, the decline of U.S. manufacturing capability and capacity, cumbersome government business practices, […]

HASC Member Pushing Bill to Include Workforce Incentives in DoD Contracts

A member of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) will push a bill to add new incentives for industry members to include workforce development in their bids for defense programs in the next Congress. Rep. Anthony Brown (D-Md.), a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, has introduced the Developing the National Security Workforce Act, H.R. […]

Boeing-Saab Team Lands Air Force T-X Contract

Boeing [BA] and Saab have won the Air Force’s T-X next-generation trainer competition over two competing teams, and will build over 350 new aircraft for the service to train pilots flying fourth- and fifth-generation jet aircraft, the service said on Thursday. The Air Force plans to purchase 351 aircraft, 46 simulators and associated ground equipment […]