Policies and politics affecting military programs

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.

Obama Nominates First Airman for JCS Leadership Position in 10 Years

By Michael Hoffman on Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Obama Nominates First Airman for JCS Leadership Position in 10 Years

President Obama’s nomination of Air Force Gen. Paul Selva as vice chairman marks the first time in ten years an airman has been nominated to one of the leadership positions of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Obama Taps Dunford and Selva to Lead Joint Chiefs of Staff

By Richard Sisk on Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Obama Taps Dunford and Selva to Lead Joint Chiefs of Staff

President Obama was expected to nominate Marine Commandant Gen. Joseph Dunford as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Announcement on New JCS Chairman Expected Soon

By Richard Sisk on Friday, May 1st, 2015

Announcement on New JCS Chairman Expected Soon

The White House was expected to make an announcement soon on a successor to the retiring Army Gen. Martin Dempsey.

Air Force General Fired for A-10 ‘Treason’ Comments

By Brendan McGarry on Friday, April 10th, 2015

Air Force General Fired for A-10 ‘Treason’ Comments

The U.S. Air Force general who warned subordinates that praising the A-10 aircraft to lawmakers amounts to “treason” has been fired, the service said.

Navy Builds New Radar for Carriers, Amphibs

By Kris Osborn on Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Navy Builds New Radar for Carriers, Amphibs

The Navy plans to put a new ship radar system on both next-generation carriers and amphibious assault ships as a way to reduce costs and increase commonality.

Fast-Paced Technologies Passing by Military’s Acquisition Culture

By Michael Hoffman on Friday, March 27th, 2015

Fast-Paced Technologies Passing by Military’s Acquisition Culture

U.S. military leadership has known the Pentagon is falling quickly behind the technological curve and opening itself to new and developing threats.

Odierno: Chiefs, Not Civilians, Should Play Bigger Role in Weapon Buys

By Brendan McGarry on Friday, March 20th, 2015

Odierno: Chiefs, Not Civilians, Should Play Bigger Role in Weapon Buys

The U.S. Army’s top officer said service chiefs rather than civilians should play a bigger role in deciding what kinds of weapons the military buys.

Carter Blasts Spending Cuts in His First Budget Pitch to Congress

By Richard Sisk on Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Carter Blasts Spending Cuts in His First Budget Pitch to Congress

The new defense secretary pleaded with Congress Tuesday to back President Obama’s proposed fiscal 2016 defense budget that exceeds spending caps by about $38 billion.

Thornberry’s Defense Budget Exceeds Pentagon’s Request by $16 Billion

By Brendan McGarry on Friday, February 27th, 2015

Thornberry’s Defense Budget Exceeds Pentagon’s Request by $16 Billion

A lawmaker in the U.S. House of Representatives is calling for a fiscal 2016 defense budget that would exceed spending caps by $50 billion.

Pentagon Speeds Shipment of M-16s and MRAPS to Iraqi Army

By Richard Sisk on Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Pentagon Speeds Shipment of M-16s and MRAPS to Iraqi Army

The Pentagon is sending about 10,000 M16s and 250 MRAPs to Iraq under a new program to rush the deal through the State Department.

New SecDef Says President Obama Needs Military’s Help

By Richard Sisk on Thursday, February 19th, 2015

New SecDef Says President Obama Needs Military’s Help

New Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Thursday that President Obama needs policy guidance from a military perspective.

Pentagon: Sequestration Would Again Reduce Annual Military Training

By Kris Osborn on Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Pentagon: Sequestration Would Again Reduce Annual Military Training

Pentagon leaders would have to again slash funding for annual training across the military unless Capitol Hill blocks sequestration.

Kirby to Step Down as Pentagon Press Secretary

By Richard Sisk on Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Kirby to Step Down as Pentagon Press Secretary

Rear Adm. John Kirby announced Wednesday he’s leaving his post as Pentagon press secretary to allow Carter to pick his own chief spokesman.

New Defense Secretary Breezes through Nomination Process

By Michael Hoffman on Friday, February 13th, 2015

New Defense Secretary Breezes through Nomination Process

The Senate approved Ashton Carter Thursday as the next secretary of defense in a vote that saw only five nays.

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