Archive: Pentagon

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)

F-35 Acquisition Cost Jumps Above $400 Billion In Latest Cost Estimate

The total cost of acquiring the Lockheed Martin [LMT] F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has risen more than $27 billion due to an increase in per-unit cost because the Pentagon has slackened the pace at which it will buy the jets and engines made by Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies [UTX]. According to […]

Pat Shanahan, President Donald Trump's nominee to be deputy secretary of defense. (Photo courtesy of Boeing)

Shanahan Confirmed, Sworn In As Pentagon Deputy

Former Boeing [BA] executive Patrick Shanahan was sworn in as the 33rd deputy secretary of defense during an informal ceremony July 19, a day after the Senate voted, 92-7, to confirm him as the Pentagon’s second-ranking official. Sen. Jack Reid (D-R.I.), ranking member on the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), endorsed Shanahan before the vote, […]

Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, USAF Gen. Paul Selva
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DoD To Seek Funding Shift To Shore Up Innovation Unit

The Department of Defense plans to send a reprogramming request to Congress to ensure the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) does not run out of money for the rest of the current fiscal year, a top military officer said July 18. DoD, which has placed “tremendous demands” on DIUx, began developing the reprogramming proposal after […]

Ellen Lord, former Textron Systems president and CEO. Photo courtesy of Textron.

DoD Acquisition Nominee Eyes Greater Role For Commercial Technology

Ellen Lord, President Donald Trump’s nominee for Pentagon acquisition chief, said July 18 that she will push the Defense Department to make “far more use” of commercial technology if she is confirmed by the Senate. “Congress has provided many authorities to the Department of Defense over the last couple of years that could be more […]


House Appropriators Propose $28.6 Billion ‘Defense Restoration Fund’

The House Appropriations Committee (HAC) is proposing to set up a $28.6 billion “national defense restoration fund” in fiscal year 2018 that the Pentagon could tap for equipment upgrades, technology development, readiness improvements and other purposes to implement its upcoming new defense strategy. The strategy, which Congress expects to receive in September, “will inform the investments […]

Ellen Lord, former Textron Systems president and CEO. Photo courtesy of Textron.

Trump Nominates Textron Executive As Under Secretary For AT&L

The White House announced Tuesday night its intention to nominate Ellen Lord, president and CEO of Textron’s [TXT] Textron Systems business segment, as under secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (AT&L). If confirmed, Lord will subsequently serve as under secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment when the Office of the Secretary of […]

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SASC Backs Shanahan For Deputy Defense Secretary

The Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) approved by voice vote June 28 the nomination of former Boeing [BA] executive Patrick Shanahan to be deputy secretary of defense. The committee’s action came after Shanahan submitted 10 pages of revised answers to the panel’s “advance policy questions.” At his June 20 confirmation, Shanahan drew fire from Sen. […]

Pat Shanahan, President Donald Trump's nominee to be deputy secretary of defense. (Photo courtesy of Boeing)

McCain Airs Concerns About Shanahan; Wants Better Answers Before Supporting Nomination

Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) put the Trump administration’s nominee for deputy defense secretary on notice that he won’t automatically approve the nomination until he receives more forthright answers to the committee’s questions, including whether the United States should be arming the Ukraine with lethal defensive weapons. McCain also told Patrick […]

Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, meets with Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, Chief of General Staff, at Israel Defense Force Headquarters in Tel Aviv, Israel May 9, 2017. (Dept. of Defense photo by Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro/Released)

Dunford: Unstable Funding Risks Military’s Power Projection

Without stable, predictable funding the United States military risks losing its ability to project power overseas and meet commitments to allies in other parts of the world, both of which are potent deterrents to catastrophic war, according to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford. “As a result of unstable budgets and operational […]