Policies and politics affecting military programs

Marine Corps Will ‘Soon’ Announce F-35 Ready for Initial Operations

By Brendan McGarry on Monday, July 27th, 2015

Marine Corps Will ‘Soon’ Announce F-35 Ready for Initial Operations

The service is expected to announce the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is ready to fly initial operations in the near future, a general said.

Navy Builds Second America-Class Amphibious Assault Ship

By Kris Osborn on Saturday, July 25th, 2015

Navy Builds Second America-Class Amphibious Assault Ship

The Navy and Huntington Ingalls are nearly one-third complete with initial construction of the soon-to-be USS Tripoli, the second new America-class amphibious assault ship.

Lockheed Lands $1.6 Billion Deal for PAC-3 Missiles Abroad

By Brendan McGarry on Friday, July 24th, 2015

Lockheed Lands $1.6 Billion Deal for PAC-3 Missiles Abroad

The world’s largest defense contractor won a $1.6 billion contract from the U.S. Army to supply PAC-3 Patriot missiles to governments in the Middle East and Asia.

Forbes: U.S. Has No China Strategy

By Kris Osborn on Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

Forbes: U.S. Has No China Strategy

The United States needs to step up its naval presence in the South China Sea, according to Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Va.

Lockheed Acquires Sikorsky in Major Defense Deal

By Kris Osborn on Monday, July 20th, 2015

Lockheed Acquires Sikorsky in Major Defense Deal

Defense Giant Lockheed Martin has purchased helicopter maker Sikorsky Aircraft for a reported price of $9 billion, company officials announced July 20.

McCain Renews Call to Supply Ukraine with Javelin Missile

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

McCain Renews Call to Supply Ukraine with Javelin Missile

Sen. John McCain renewed his call for the U.S. to supply Ukrainian forces with the Javelin anti-tank missile in their fight against pro-Russian separatists.

Navy Defends Middle East Carrier-Gap Concern

By Kris Osborn on Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

Navy Defends Middle East Carrier-Gap Concern

The Navy will increase its global carrier presence next year despite numerous reports it will experience a Middle East carrier-gap as soon as this Fall,

Will Personalities Determine How the Pentagon Buys Weapons?

By Michael Hoffman on Monday, July 13th, 2015

Will Personalities Determine How the Pentagon Buys Weapons?

The chairmen of the two most powerful defense Congressional committees have much different personalities. How will it affect their legislation?

U.S. Military Strategy Focuses on Russia, China, ISIS Threats

By Richard Sisk on Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

U.S. Military Strategy Focuses on Russia, China, ISIS Threats

The new U.S. military strategy focused on the growing threat from “revisionist states” such as Russia and China along with the militant group in Iraq and Syria.

SpaceX Still Certified to Launch Military Satellites Despite Rocket Failure

By Brendan McGarry on Monday, July 6th, 2015

SpaceX Still Certified to Launch Military Satellites Despite Rocket Failure

Start-up rocket-maker SpaceX is still certified to launch military satellites despite the recent explosion of its Falcon 9 rocket on a NASA mission to the International Space Station.

Navy Launches New Affordability Plan for Ford-Class Carriers

By Kris Osborn on Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Navy Launches New Affordability Plan for Ford-Class Carriers

The Navy plans to spend $25 million per year beginning in 2017 as a way to invest in techniques of lowering the cost of building the services’ new Ford-class aircraft carriers.

Navy Debuts New LCS Maintenance Strategy with USS Fort Worth

By Kris Osborn on Friday, June 26th, 2015

Navy Debuts New LCS Maintenance Strategy with USS Fort Worth

The Navy’s third Littoral Combat Ship is launching a new expeditionary maintenance capability while on deployment in the Pacific theater.

Pentagon to Send Tanks, Vehicles and Howitzers Back to Europe

By Brendan McGarry on Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Pentagon to Send Tanks, Vehicles and Howitzers Back to Europe

The U.S. Defense Department will send hundreds of Abrams tanks, Bradley fighting vehicles and Paladin howitzers to Eastern Europe.

Mabus Says Pentagon Should Target Budget Cuts on Bureaucratic Overhead

By Kris Osborn on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

Mabus Says Pentagon Should Target Budget Cuts on Bureaucratic Overhead

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said Pentagon and Congressional budget cutters should look at eliminating extra bureaucracy before slashing funds for sailors and ships.

Okinawa Governor Presses Case against New V-22 Airfield

By Richard Sisk on Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

Okinawa Governor Presses Case against New V-22 Airfield

The governor will press his case for stopping construction of a new airfield and eventually getting many of the Marines and their MV-22 Ospreys off the island.

Air Force Certifies SpaceX for Missions, Ends Launch Monopoly

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Air Force Certifies SpaceX for Missions, Ends Launch Monopoly

The U.S. Air Force has certified SpaceX to launch military satellites, ending a Lockheed Martin Corp.-Boeing Co. joint venture’s decade-long monopoly on the business.

Future MREs and Safer Vehicles Stand Out at Pentagon’s First Lab Day

By Richard Sisk on Friday, May 15th, 2015

Future MREs and Safer Vehicles Stand Out at Pentagon’s First Lab Day

The service branches on Thursday showed off advances in technology for the future battlefield — from better blast protection to longer-lasting pizza.

Navy Ramps Up SM-6 Production

By Kris Osborn on Friday, May 8th, 2015

Navy Ramps Up SM-6 Production

The Navy is ramping up production of its Standard Missile-6 as part of a broader effort to acquire up to 1,800 of the surface-to-air launched supersonic missiles, Raytheon officials said.

McCain Hits Bomb-Sniffing Elephants, NASCAR Ads as Wasteful Spending

By Michael Hoffman on Thursday, May 7th, 2015

McCain Hits Bomb-Sniffing Elephants, NASCAR Ads as Wasteful Spending

Sen. John McCain has released a list of federally funded programs and contacts that he has labeled “America’s Most Wasted.”

Joint Chiefs to Get Overhaul as Obama Presidency Nears Final Approach

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

Joint Chiefs to Get Overhaul as Obama Presidency Nears Final Approach

President Obama plans to overhaul the Joint Chiefs of Staff this year as he seeks to replace a handful of longtime members whose terms are coming to a close.

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