Policies and politics affecting military programs

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.

Marines Use Osprey for Medevac Tactics

By Kris Osborn on Monday, October 6th, 2014

Marines Use Osprey for Medevac Tactics

U.S. Marines are showing off the Osprey and its ability to be used in disaster relief at San Francisco’s Fleet Week.

LCS Test-Fires New Norwegian Missile

By Kris Osborn on Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

LCS Test-Fires New Norwegian Missile

The Navy test-fired a Norwegian long-range precision strike missile from the deck of its Littoral Combat Ship to assess whether the weapon should be permanently integrated onto the ship

Army to Start Next JLTV Competition This Fall

By Brendan McGarry on Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Army to Start Next JLTV Competition This Fall

The Army plans to release a request for proposals this fall, possibly in November, and award a contract next summer, possibly in January.

Lawmakers Build Support for Fight Against ISIL

By Kris Osborn on Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Lawmakers Build Support for Fight Against ISIL

Several experts have indicated that there is growing political will to confront ISIL as well as enough funding in the 2015 OCO budget.

Boeing to Begin Building AH-6i Helos for Saudis

By Brendan McGarry on Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Boeing to Begin Building AH-6i Helos for Saudis

Boeing has received a $245 million contract to buy parts and other long lead items for 24 of the helicopters for Saudi Arabia.

Congress to Review Military Equipment Sent to Police

By Michael Hoffman on Friday, August 15th, 2014

Congress to Review Military Equipment Sent to Police

Senator Levin said Congress would re-evaluate the program the Pentagon set up to pass on unwanted military gear to to local police.

Pentagon Ordered to Better Track Threats to Taiwan

By Kris Osborn on Monday, August 11th, 2014

Pentagon Ordered to Better Track Threats to Taiwan

Congress added language to the 2015 defense budget requiring the Pentagon to assess and confront Chinese military expansion.

Will U.S. Fighters Hit U.S.-Made Tanks in Iraq?

By Brendan McGarry on Friday, August 8th, 2014

Will U.S. Fighters Hit U.S.-Made Tanks in Iraq?

As U.S. warplanes launched airstrikes against Islamic extremists in northern Iraq, CNN reported the fighters were in possession of U.S.-made M1 Abrams tanks.

Airborne Units to Stay in Afghanistan into 2015

By Richard Sisk on Friday, August 1st, 2014

Airborne Units to Stay in Afghanistan into 2015

Units of the 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions deploying to Afghanistan in the fall will stay on into 2015.

Analyst: F-35C to Cost $337 Million Apiece in FY15

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Analyst: F-35C to Cost $337 Million Apiece in FY15

A longtime defense analyst and critic of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program says taxpayers next year will pay between $148 million and $337 million per jet, depending on the model.

Software Hurdles May Follow KC-46A Wiring Woes

By Brendan McGarry on Monday, July 28th, 2014

Software Hurdles May Follow KC-46A Wiring Woes

The surprise disclosure of a wiring flaw on the Air Force’s new KC-46A refueling tanker made by Boeing Co. may not be the end of the program’s development challenges.

BAE ‘Bullish’ Army Will Buy Missile Guidance Kits

By Brendan McGarry on Friday, July 18th, 2014

BAE ‘Bullish’ Army Will Buy Missile Guidance Kits

The U.S. subsidiary of the British defense giant BAE Systems Plc expects the Army to begin buying its guidance kits to convert unguided rockets into “smart” heat-seeking missiles.

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