Policies and politics affecting military programs

Sub Deal Tops $30 Billion in April Contracts

By Brendan McGarry on Monday, May 12th, 2014

Sub Deal Tops $30 Billion in April Contracts

The deal topped a list of more than 240 awards announced in April, with a combined potential value of $30.4 billion.

Sikorsky Wins $1.24 Billion Marine One Deal

By Brendan McGarry on Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Sikorsky Wins $1.24 Billion Marine One Deal

The agreement calls for supplying six S-92 aircraft and two training simulators — the first step in building a 21-chopper fleet over the next decade.

Welsh Defends Plan to Scrap A-10 as ‘Logical’

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Welsh Defends Plan to Scrap A-10 as ‘Logical’

The U.S. Air Force’s top officer said of the proposal, “It’s logical. It’s analytical. It makes imminent sense from a military perspective.”

Firm Helps Navy Dive for Missing Airliner

By Brendan McGarry on Monday, April 21st, 2014

Firm Helps Navy Dive for Missing Airliner

Phoenix International Holdings Inc. is helping search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 under a potentially $50 million contract with the U.S. Navy.

Defense Spending Dips in U.S., Rises Elsewhere

By Brendan McGarry on Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Defense Spending Dips in U.S., Rises Elsewhere

Global defense expenditures totaled $1.7 trillion in 2013, a decrease of 1.9 percent in real dollars from the previous year, according to a new report.

McCain Joins Fight to Save A-10 Warthog

By Brendan McGarry on Friday, April 11th, 2014

McCain Joins Fight to Save A-10 Warthog

The influential senator from Arizona has added his voice to the growing chorus of lawmakers seeking to block the Pentagon’s plans to retire the A-10 attack plane.

Army Opposes Calls for Aviation Commission

By Brendan McGarry on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Army Opposes Calls for Aviation Commission

The Army is pushing back against calls for an independent panel to analyze its proposal to restructure aviation units in part by stripping the Guard of its Apaches.

Marines Fly Helicopters With Mini-Tablet

By Kris Osborn on Saturday, April 5th, 2014

Marines Fly Helicopters With Mini-Tablet

U.S. Marines recently landed K-MAX and MH-6 Little Bird helicopters autonomously using an i-Pad like mini-tablet.

Boeing Lobbies Congress to Add EA-18 Funding

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Boeing Lobbies Congress to Add EA-18 Funding

The move is the latest in a lobbying battle pitting Boeing’s fourth-generation F/A-18 against Lockheed’s fifth-generation F-35 fighter jet.

Army Defends Move to Strip Guard of Apaches

By Brendan McGarry on Friday, March 28th, 2014

Army Defends Move to Strip Guard of Apaches

Army Secretary John McHugh and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno said the proposal would help the service avoid some $12 billion in costs.

Army’s Bright Acquisition Spot: Howitzer Upgrades

By Brendan McGarry on Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Army’s Bright Acquisition Spot: Howitzer Upgrades

The Army is moving forward with plans to spend almost $8 billion to buy 582 advanced M109 howitzers as part of the Paladin Integrated Management, or PIM, program.

South Korea Said to Pick F-35 in Fighter Buy

By Brendan McGarry on Monday, March 24th, 2014

South Korea Said to Pick F-35 in Fighter Buy

The country plans to purchase 40 F-35s for about $6.8 billion, along with four Global Hawk drones for another $800 million-plus.

Army Unit to Intel Center: DCGS Doesn’t Work

By Brendan McGarry on Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

Army Unit to Intel Center: DCGS Doesn’t Work

The report contains many of the same criticisms that other units in Afghanistan would later echo, namely that the technology is complicated to use and unreliable.

Bible Verse, Not Cuts, Draws Lawmakers’ Ire

By Brendan McGarry on Monday, March 17th, 2014

Bible Verse, Not Cuts, Draws Lawmakers’ Ire

Some lawmakers wanted to hear less about the service’s budget plans and more about how a cadet at the academy was forced to take down a bible verse.

Air Force Updates F-15 Fleet’s Radars, Sensors

By Kris Osborn on Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Air Force Updates F-15 Fleet’s Radars, Sensors

The Air Force is in the early phases of a fleet-wide technological upgrade to the F-15 fighter jet.

Air Force Keeps Bomber Price Tag at $550 Million

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Air Force Keeps Bomber Price Tag at $550 Million

The figure is helping to keep the Air Force and contractors disciplined about what kind of technology they propose putting into the aircraft, an official said.

Congress, Contractor Helped Rescue Helicopter

By Brendan McGarry on Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Congress, Contractor Helped Rescue Helicopter

Added funding from Congress and a lower-than-expected bid from Sikorsky convinced the Air Force to move forward with development of a new combat rescue helicopter.

Pentagon Defends Cutting Guard’s Combat Aircraft

By Matthew Cox on Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Pentagon Defends Cutting Guard’s Combat Aircraft

Lawmakers criticized the Pentagon’s plan to strip the National Guard of the AH-64 Apache and the A-10 Warthog.

Marine Budget Boosts Embassy Security Forces

By Richard Sisk on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Marine Budget Boosts Embassy Security Forces

The $22.8 billion Marine Corps budget request included funding for a major buildup of embassy security and quick reaction forces.

Army 2015 Budget Kills GCV, Cuts Readiness

By Matthew Cox on Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Army 2015 Budget Kills GCV, Cuts Readiness

Army budget officials presented a spending plan that cuts readiness and kills the Ground Combat Vehicle.

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