Policies and politics affecting military programs

New Pentagon Plan For Countering WMD

By Richard Sisk on Monday, June 30th, 2014

New Pentagon Plan For Countering WMD

The Defense Department released an updated policy for countering WMDs that focused on prevention and partnering with allies.

Navy Engineers LCS Changes

By Kris Osborn on Friday, June 27th, 2014

Navy Engineers LCS Changes

The Navy is implementing specific design and engineering improvements to its Littoral Combat Ship.

House Votes to Block A-10 Retirement

By Brendan McGarry on Friday, June 20th, 2014

House Votes to Block A-10 Retirement

The passage of the defense spending bill amendment makes it increasingly likely that the Warthog will remain in service next year.

SecAF Defends A-10 Retirement Strategy

By Brendan McGarry on Thursday, June 19th, 2014

SecAF Defends A-10 Retirement Strategy

The U.S. Air Force’s top civilian defended the strategy to retire the A-10 aircraft, as House lawmakers gear up for a key vote that may determine the fate of the gunship.

IAVA Hits VA Over Watchdog Subpoena

By Bryant Jordan on Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

IAVA Hits VA Over Watchdog Subpoena

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America is backing a government watchdog’s refusal to hand over documents from potential VA whistleblowers.

Congress: White House Acted In Haste On Bergdahl Swap

By Richard Sisk on Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Congress: White House Acted In Haste On Bergdahl Swap

The White House had to act with extreme urgency to gain the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and had no time to give notification to Congress, a top Senate Democrat said Tuesday.

Sikorsky Deal Tops $15 Billion in May Contracts

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Sikorsky Deal Tops $15 Billion in May Contracts

The agreement topped a list of almost 250 awards announced in May, with a combined potential value of almost $15 billion, according to a Military​.com analysis.

House Appropriators Fund Growlers, Not A-10s

By Brendan McGarry on Friday, May 30th, 2014

House Appropriators Fund Growlers, Not A-10s

The House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee approved the fiscal 2015 defense spending bill in a closed session on Friday.

McKeon Hits Back at Critics of Defense Bill

By Brendan McGarry on Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

McKeon Hits Back at Critics of Defense Bill

The retiring chairman of the House Armed Services Committee responded to critics who characterized his final defense bill as a sop to parochial interests.

Senate Panel Dodges A-10 Retirement Decision

By Brendan McGarry on Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Senate Panel Dodges A-10 Retirement Decision

The Cold War-era gunship will likely stay in the fleet, once lawmakers settle on an appropriate offset in the budget.

Analyst: House Defense Budget Prizes Pork

By Brendan McGarry on Friday, May 16th, 2014

Analyst: House Defense Budget Prizes Pork

A former official at the White House’s Office of Management and Budget said HASC’s mark “puts pork and hardware over readiness.”

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.

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