Policies and politics affecting military programs

AV-8B Harrier Jets Begin Airstrikes Against ISIS

By Kris Osborn on Thursday, August 20th, 2015

AV-8B Harrier Jets Begin Airstrikes Against ISIS

The Marine Corps has begun flying AV-8B Harrier jump-jets on airstrikes against Islamic militants in Iraq, officials announced.

Army Expected to Pick JLTV Winner Soon

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Army Expected to Pick JLTV Winner Soon

Defense contractors competing for a contract to build the U.S. military’s replacement to the iconic Humvee are eagerly awaiting a decision from the Army.

Admiral’s View: The Case for Aircraft Carriers and Air Wings

By Kris Osborn on Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

Admiral’s View: The Case for Aircraft Carriers and Air Wings

Vice Admiral Mike Shoemaker, commander of Naval Air Forces, argues that aircraft carriers and air wings provide flexible strategic options for the U.S. military.

Air Force Narrows JSTARS Field with Design Contracts

By Brendan McGarry on Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

Air Force Narrows JSTARS Field with Design Contracts

The U.S. Air Force has awarded contracts to three major defense contractors to finish designs on a new fleet of radar surveillance planes.

Report Details Growth of NSC Under Obama Administration

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

Report Details Growth of NSC Under Obama Administration

The National Security Council now has 400 staffers — double what it had under the Bush administration.

Marine Corps Can’t Account for $800 Million

By Michael Hoffman on Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

Marine Corps Can’t Account for $800 Million

The Marine Corps didn’t appropriately account for nearly $1 billion in 2012 — the year the Pentagon celebrated its first financial audit.

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.

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