Policies and politics affecting military programs

Army to Start Next JLTV Competition This Fall

By Brendan McGarry on Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Army to Start Next JLTV Competition This Fall

The Army plans to release a request for proposals this fall, possibly in November, and award a contract next summer, possibly in January.

Lawmakers Build Support for Fight Against ISIL

By Kris Osborn on Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Lawmakers Build Support for Fight Against ISIL

Several experts have indicated that there is growing political will to confront ISIL as well as enough funding in the 2015 OCO budget.

Boeing to Begin Building AH-6i Helos for Saudis

By Brendan McGarry on Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Boeing to Begin Building AH-6i Helos for Saudis

Boeing has received a $245 million contract to buy parts and other long lead items for 24 of the helicopters for Saudi Arabia.

Congress to Review Military Equipment Sent to Police

By Michael Hoffman on Friday, August 15th, 2014

Congress to Review Military Equipment Sent to Police

Senator Levin said Congress would re-evaluate the program the Pentagon set up to pass on unwanted military gear to to local police.

Pentagon Ordered to Better Track Threats to Taiwan

By Kris Osborn on Monday, August 11th, 2014

Pentagon Ordered to Better Track Threats to Taiwan

Congress added language to the 2015 defense budget requiring the Pentagon to assess and confront Chinese military expansion.

Will U.S. Fighters Hit U.S.-Made Tanks in Iraq?

By Brendan McGarry on Friday, August 8th, 2014

Will U.S. Fighters Hit U.S.-Made Tanks in Iraq?

As U.S. warplanes launched airstrikes against Islamic extremists in northern Iraq, CNN reported the fighters were in possession of U.S.-made M1 Abrams tanks.

Airborne Units to Stay in Afghanistan into 2015

By Richard Sisk on Friday, August 1st, 2014

Airborne Units to Stay in Afghanistan into 2015

Units of the 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions deploying to Afghanistan in the fall will stay on into 2015.

Analyst: F-35C to Cost $337 Million Apiece in FY15

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Analyst: F-35C to Cost $337 Million Apiece in FY15

A longtime defense analyst and critic of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program says taxpayers next year will pay between $148 million and $337 million per jet, depending on the model.

Software Hurdles May Follow KC-46A Wiring Woes

By Brendan McGarry on Monday, July 28th, 2014

Software Hurdles May Follow KC-46A Wiring Woes

The surprise disclosure of a wiring flaw on the Air Force’s new KC-46A refueling tanker made by Boeing Co. may not be the end of the program’s development challenges.

BAE ‘Bullish’ Army Will Buy Missile Guidance Kits

By Brendan McGarry on Friday, July 18th, 2014

BAE ‘Bullish’ Army Will Buy Missile Guidance Kits

The U.S. subsidiary of the British defense giant BAE Systems Plc expects the Army to begin buying its guidance kits to convert unguided rockets into “smart” heat-seeking missiles.

Farnborough Will Kick Off Without Any F-35s

By Brendan McGarry on Sunday, July 13th, 2014

Farnborough Will Kick Off Without Any F-35s

The F-35 will miss the first day of the Farnborough International Air Show on Monday outside London, though organizers expect the fifth-generation stealth fighter to make an appearance later in the week.

Report: Engine Responsible for F-35 Fire

By Michael Hoffman on Monday, July 7th, 2014

Report: Engine Responsible for F-35 Fire

The article is the first to peg the propulsion system’s after-burning turbofan — not necessarily the integrated power pack — to the incident.

New Pentagon Plan For Countering WMD

By Richard Sisk on Monday, June 30th, 2014

New Pentagon Plan For Countering WMD

The Defense Department released an updated policy for countering WMDs that focused on prevention and partnering with allies.

Navy Engineers LCS Changes

By Kris Osborn on Friday, June 27th, 2014

Navy Engineers LCS Changes

The Navy is implementing specific design and engineering improvements to its Littoral Combat Ship.

House Votes to Block A-10 Retirement

By Brendan McGarry on Friday, June 20th, 2014

House Votes to Block A-10 Retirement

The passage of the defense spending bill amendment makes it increasingly likely that the Warthog will remain in service next year.

SecAF Defends A-10 Retirement Strategy

By Brendan McGarry on Thursday, June 19th, 2014

SecAF Defends A-10 Retirement Strategy

The U.S. Air Force’s top civilian defended the strategy to retire the A-10 aircraft, as House lawmakers gear up for a key vote that may determine the fate of the gunship.

IAVA Hits VA Over Watchdog Subpoena

By Bryant Jordan on Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

IAVA Hits VA Over Watchdog Subpoena

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America is backing a government watchdog’s refusal to hand over documents from potential VA whistleblowers.

Congress: White House Acted In Haste On Bergdahl Swap

By Richard Sisk on Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Congress: White House Acted In Haste On Bergdahl Swap

The White House had to act with extreme urgency to gain the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and had no time to give notification to Congress, a top Senate Democrat said Tuesday.

Sikorsky Deal Tops $15 Billion in May Contracts

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Sikorsky Deal Tops $15 Billion in May Contracts

The agreement topped a list of almost 250 awards announced in May, with a combined potential value of almost $15 billion, according to a Military​.com analysis.

House Appropriators Fund Growlers, Not A-10s

By Brendan McGarry on Friday, May 30th, 2014

House Appropriators Fund Growlers, Not A-10s

The House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee approved the fiscal 2015 defense spending bill in a closed session on Friday.

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