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OMB Blasts House Proposal To Replace Air Force's JSTARS Planes With New Aircraft

The Trump administration “objects” to a provision in the House version of the fiscal year 2019 defense authorization bill that would require the Air Force to replace its aging E-8C JSTARS ground-surveillance planes with new aircraft, according to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB).In a May 22 statement of administration policy (SAP)…

GAO Rejects Sikorsky’s Protest Of Air Force Huey Replacement Program

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has rebuffed a pre-contract-award protest that Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin [LMT] company, had filed over the Air Force’s UH-1N Huey helicopter replacement program.The "GAO concluded that the protest grounds were either without merit, untimely, or in some cases, premature," GAO attorney Kenneth Patton said in a statement late May 22. The GAO plans…

Navy Sticks With Current LCS Synthetic Aperture Sonar Minehunters After Review

The U.S. Navy is sticking with the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Mine Countermeasures (MCM) Synthetic Aperture Sonar (SAS) program of record after finding no alternates provide adequate performance, according to a report to Congress.A provision of the FY ’18 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) required the Defense Department to submit a report explaining SAS technologies…

United Technologies Plans $15 Billion In New Investments

United Technologies Corp. [UTX] on Wednesday announced $15 billion in new investments across its companies and portfolios to bolster its digital strategy and increase its manufacturing capacity and efficiencies to keep pace with growth in the U.S. and worldwide.Over five years investments will be made in research and development, accounting for $9 billion, aimed at…

Bell Opens Advanced Rotorcraft Center Near Pentagon

Foreseeing major future investment by the Defense Department in advanced vertical lift technologies, Bell [TXT] has opened up shop in the Pentagon-adjacent forest of commercial high rises where its primary competitors have owned buildings for years.Bell on May 23 cut the ribbon on its new Advanced Vertical Lift Center (AVLC) in the Crystal City area…

Lawmakers Press DoD Officials On Latest 'F' Grade For IT Acquisition

House lawmakers pressed Pentagon officials Wednesday on their department’s third consecutive “F” grade on a technology acquisition scorecard pointing to confusion over budget authorities, the slow pace of data center consolidation and a lack of transparency on spending.DoD received failing marks in nearly every category of the latest version of the Federal Information Technology Acquisition…

DARPA Launch Challenge Program Nears Releasing RFI For Potential Payloads

The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) will soon issue a request for information on commercial and government payloads it could use in an upcoming launch competition, an agency official said May 23.The RFI will be “coming out in the next week or two," said Todd Master, program manager for the DARPA Launch Challenge. “We’re…

Pentagon Pushes China Out of 2018 RIMPAC

The U.S. Defense Department disinvited China from the forthcoming Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise due to militarization in the South China Sea and the Spratly Islands in particular, a department spokesperson said on Thursday.Marine Lt. Col. Christopher Logan said China’s “continued militarization of the South China Sea” is “inconsistent with the principles and purposes…