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Navy Set to Pick Presidential Helicopter Contractor

By Michael Hoffman on Monday, April 14th, 2014

Navy Set to Pick Presidential Helicopter Contractor

The Navy plans to select the contractor who will build the next generation presidential helicopter next month.

Osprey Readiness Rates Improved 25% over 5 years

By Michael Hoffman on Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Osprey Readiness Rates Improved 25% over 5 years

Readiness rates over the past five years for the MV-22 Osprey have risen by 25 percent and costs have dropped 20 percent.

Air Force Budget Slashes Legacy Aircraft

By Michael Hoffman on Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Air Force Budget Slashes Legacy Aircraft

The 2015 budget translates into fewer airmen and fewer aircraft across its active-duty, reserve and guard components.

McCain Places Hold on Pentagon No. 2 Nomination

By Michael Hoffman on Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

McCain Places Hold on Pentagon No. 2 Nomination

Arizona senator placed a hold on Robert Work and Christine Wormuth’s nomination following a testy confirmation hearing.

Hagel Proposes Retiring A-10, Cutting LCS to 32 Ships

By Michael Hoffman on Monday, February 24th, 2014

Hagel Proposes Retiring A-10, Cutting LCS to 32 Ships

The defense secretary took a swipe at favorites like the A-10 and U-2, as well as controversial ships like the LCS in the DoD budget proposal.

Obama set to Slate Ex-Navy Official as Pentagon No. 2

By Michael Hoffman on Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Obama set to Slate Ex-Navy Official as Pentagon No. 2

The Navy receives likely boost as reporst say former Navy Under Secretary Robert Work will take over as Deputy SecDef.

Army Sticks to Plan to Cut Guard’s Helo Fleet

By Michael Hoffman on Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Army Sticks to Plan to Cut Guard’s Helo Fleet

Army Chief defended the service’s plan to transfer 400 helicopters from the reserve to active component.

MARSOC Makes ‘Lone Shooter’ Joke in Tweet About MLK Day

By Michael Hoffman on Friday, January 17th, 2014

MARSOC Makes ‘Lone Shooter’ Joke in Tweet About MLK Day

MARSOC officials upset many over social media when it instructed Marines on Twitter not to be a “lone shooter” over the MLK holiday.

House Armed Services Chair Announces Retirement

By Michael Hoffman on Thursday, January 16th, 2014

House Armed Services Chair Announces Retirement

A strong advocate for the military who fought budget cuts throughout his chairmanship, McKeon announces his plans to retire from Congress.

Bill Shrinks Pentagon’s R&D Budget by $7 Billion

By Michael Hoffman on Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Bill Shrinks Pentagon’s R&D Budget by $7 Billion

Pentagon procurement coffers will shrink in 2014 as Congress reduced the military’s procurement budget by $8 billion over 2013.

Marines First Service to Complete Budget Audit

By Michael Hoffman on Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Marines First Service to Complete Budget Audit

Despite progress by the Corps, still a lot of work to be done to meet the 2017 Pentagon audit deadline.

LCS 5 Milwaukee Side Launch

By Michael Hoffman on Friday, December 20th, 2013

Brazil Selects Swedish Fighter Over Super Hornet

By Michael Hoffman on Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Brazil Selects Swedish Fighter Over Super Hornet

Brazil deals blow to Boeing as it shocks aviation industry with the selection of the Gripen over the Super Hornet.

Carter: Pentagon’s Acquisition System Still Not ‘Responsive’

By Michael Hoffman on Saturday, November 30th, 2013

Carter: Pentagon’s Acquisition System Still Not ‘Responsive’

Pentagon’s No. 2 says the Defense Department’s process for buying weapons is still not getting the job done.

Air Force Questions AP Reporting on Nuke Problems

By Michael Hoffman on Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Air Force Questions AP Reporting on Nuke Problems

The Air Force wrote an editorial criticizing the reporting on the service’s nuclear force by the Associated Press’ senior Pentagon reporter.

Hagel Asked About DDG 1000’s Future

By Michael Hoffman on Monday, November 25th, 2013

Hagel Asked About DDG 1000’s Future

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is asked whether the Pentagon plans to reverse its decision to buy more Arleigh Burkes rather than DDG 1000s.

Lockheed Martin Slashes 4,000 Jobs

By Michael Hoffman on Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Lockheed Martin Slashes 4,000 Jobs

Lockheed Martin is slashing 4,000 jobs as it trims its workforce to match the cuts to defense spending associated with sequestration. The cuts equate to 3.5 percent of Lockheed Martin’s total work force as the defense contracting giant closes four plants over the next two years. The plants that will be closing in Akron, Ohio; […]

RIP Early Bird: 1948–2013

By Michael Hoffman on Friday, November 1st, 2013

RIP Early Bird: 1948–2013

Pentagon chooses to kill the Early Bird after the morning email had become “the tail that wagged the dog.”

Agencies Await Decision on C-27J’s Fate

By Michael Hoffman on Monday, October 14th, 2013

Agencies Await Decision on C-27J’s Fate

Coast Guard, SOCOM and Forestry Service officials have all asked for the C-27Js the Air Force decided to scrap. Now they wait for the Pentagon to choose.

Time Runs Out On C-27J

By Michael Hoffman on Monday, October 7th, 2013

Time Runs Out On C-27J

Air Force officials set Oct. 1 as the deadline to deliver 21 C-27Js to the boneyard in Arizona.

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