Policies and politics affecting military programs

Pentagon Finalizes $4.7 Billion for 43 More F-35s

By Kris Osborn on Friday, November 21st, 2014

Pentagon Finalizes $4.7 Billion for 43 More F-35s

The deal with Lockheed Martin includes new fighters for the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy and five planes for international partners.

Odierno Rejects Comparing Gulf War to Recent Iraq War

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Odierno Rejects Comparing Gulf War to Recent Iraq War

The top Army officer dismissed a retired general’s book as “one man’s opinion,” and rejected the idea of comparing Operation Desert Storm to Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Republicans Pick Thornberry to Chair House Armed Services Committee

By Richard Sisk on Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Republicans Pick Thornberry to Chair House Armed Services Committee

Rep. Thornberry will replace Rep. McKeon to head the House’s most powerful defense committee.

Congress Likely to Back War Chest to Fight ISIS

By Brendan McGarry on Monday, November 17th, 2014

Congress Likely to Back War Chest to Fight ISIS

Congress will likely pass the White House’s separate war-funding request to battle Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria despite some lawmakers’ concerns over strategy

Hagel Announces New Technology Initiative to Stay Ahead of China, Russia

By Bryant Jordan on Sunday, November 16th, 2014

Hagel Announces New Technology Initiative to Stay Ahead of China, Russia

The defense secretary said the U.S. military must make a serious push to upgrade its technology and R&D or risk falling behind China and Russia.

Pentagon Denies Rumors Hagel On His Way Out

By Richard Sisk on Saturday, November 8th, 2014

Pentagon Denies Rumors Hagel On His Way Out

The Pentagon on Friday sought to dispel rumors fueled by opinion columns that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel had lost favor with the White House and would soon be replaced.

Navy’s LCS Tests Counter-Mine, Anti-Submarine Technology

By Kris Osborn on Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Navy’s LCS Tests Counter-Mine, Anti-Submarine Technology

The anti-mine developmental and operational tests this past summer took place on board the USS Independence, or LCS 2.

Republicans Take Over Key Senate Committees

By Bryant Jordan on Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Republicans Take Over Key Senate Committees

Here’s a breakdown of the Senate Republicans most likely to move into the chairmanships of Senate committees key to the military.

NATO Warns France of Warship Sale to Russia

By Richard Sisk on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

NATO Warns France of Warship Sale to Russia

Gen. Breedlove said he had renewed NATO warnings to France against selling two Mistral-class helicopter assault ships to Russia.

F-35C Lands First Time on Carrier

By Kris Osborn on Monday, November 3rd, 2014

F-35C Lands First Time on Carrier

The Navy’s F-35C Lightning II carrier variant Joint Strike Fighter conducted its first arrested landing Nov. 3.

Pentagon Implements F-35 Engine Fixes

By Kris Osborn on Friday, October 31st, 2014

Pentagon Implements F-35 Engine Fixes

Engineers with the Pentagon’s F-35 program are implementing a series of short– and long-term fixes to the aircraft’s engine problems.

Pentagon Workers Warned They Might Be ISIS Targets

By Richard Sisk on Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Pentagon Workers Warned They Might Be ISIS Targets

The Pentagon’s internal security agency warned personnel working in the building they could be potential terrorist targets.

Pentagon: Latest F-35 Deal Shaves Unit Cost by 4%

By Brendan McGarry on Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Pentagon: Latest F-35 Deal Shaves Unit Cost by 4%

The Pentagon struck a deal with Lockheed Martin Corp. to buy another batch of F-35 stealth fighter jets, an agreement they say will reduce the aircraft’s unit cost.

Rapid Acquisition Leader Walks Away as Troops Go Home

By Kris Osborn on Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Rapid Acquisition Leader Walks Away as Troops Go Home

The director of the military’s Joint Rapid Acquisition Cell is leaving for a private sector job as more questions arise whether rapid acquisition will survive.

McCain Calls Two-Star Admiral and Pentagon Spokesman an ‘Idiot’

By Bryant Jordan on Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

McCain Calls Two-Star Admiral and Pentagon Spokesman an ‘Idiot’

Sen. John McCain slammed the top spokesman for Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, calling Rear Adm. John Kirby “an idiot.”

Army Sees Rising Global Demand for Helicopters, Missiles

By Brendan McGarry on Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Army Sees Rising Global Demand for Helicopters, Missiles

The service had a record year for foreign military sales, with rising demand in the Middle East for such weapons systems as Apache attack helicopters, Patriot and Javelin missiles.

Army Configures Apaches for Sea Duty

By Kris Osborn on Monday, October 13th, 2014

Army Configures Apaches for Sea Duty

The U.S. Army is engineering its Apache AH-64 attack helicopters with additional avionics, radar and sensor technology so that the aircraft can better function in a maritime environment

Army Steps Up Pacific Sea-Based Exercises

By Kris Osborn on Monday, October 13th, 2014

Army Steps Up Pacific Sea-Based Exercises

The Army plans to conduct more maritime exercises with Navy ships in the Pacific as part of the services’ rebalance to the region.

Army Seeks New Trucks While Upgrading MRAPs

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Army Seeks New Trucks While Upgrading MRAPs

The U.S. Army is pressing ahead with plans to buy a replacement for the iconic Humvee, even as it upgrades heavier blast-resistant trucks now part of the fleet.

U.S. Army has Growing Role in Africa Missions

By Bryant Jordan on Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

U.S. Army has Growing Role in Africa Missions

The fight against Ebola is only the latest of the Army’s Africa expanding mission set, which has grown in recent years.

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