Policies and politics affecting military programs

Military Wish Lists May Return with 2015 Budget

By Brendan McGarry on Friday, February 21st, 2014

Military Wish Lists May Return with 2015 Budget

The requests, known in military parlance as unfunded priority lists, were standard practice until former Defense Secretary Robert Gates began intercepting them from the top brass.

Report: Pentagon to Buy Fewer F-35s in 2015

By Brendan McGarry on Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Report: Pentagon to Buy Fewer F-35s in 2015

Even as the military reduces its planned purchase of the aircraft, officials say the program has passed the point of no return.

Odierno: Army Needs at Least 450,000 Soldiers

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Odierno: Army Needs at Least 450,000 Soldiers

Odierno pushed back against the idea of downsizing the military because the wars of the past decade were ending, saying it’s hard to predict future conflicts.

Solar Producer Joins Army’s Green Energy Push

By Brendan McGarry on Monday, February 10th, 2014

Solar Producer Joins Army’s Green Energy Push

Excluding the previously announced energy deal, the value of the contracts totaled just $8.6 billion for the month — a 60 percent decrease from the average of the previous three months.

Corps Becomes First Service to Pass Audit

By Richard Sisk on Friday, February 7th, 2014

Corps Becomes First Service to Pass Audit

For decades, the services have been working toward getting their annual spending plans in shape for audits – but never actually had one done until the Corps did last year.

Obama set to Slate Ex-Navy Official as Pentagon No. 2

By Michael Hoffman on Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Obama set to Slate Ex-Navy Official as Pentagon No. 2

The Navy receives likely boost as reporst say former Navy Under Secretary Robert Work will take over as Deputy SecDef.

Connecting Tech Entrepreneurs to DoD’s Cyber Battle

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Connecting Tech Entrepreneurs to DoD’s Cyber Battle

A new public-private partnership in northern Virginia is encouraging entrepreneurs to target the Pentagon’s growing investments in cybersecurity.

Premature Weapons Testing Drains Military Budget

By Brendan McGarry on Friday, January 31st, 2014

Premature Weapons Testing Drains Military Budget

Acquisition officials sometimes approve programs that aren’t ready for operational testing, creating costly headaches down the road.

Top Weapons Buyer Disputes P-8 Testing Woes

By Brendan McGarry on Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Top Weapons Buyer Disputes P-8 Testing Woes

Kendall responded to questions from Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., who cited a forthcoming report that concluded the aircraft isn’t effective at its main missions.

Pentagon May Award FAB-T Contract in March

By Brendan McGarry on Monday, January 27th, 2014

Pentagon May Award FAB-T Contract in March

Raytheon is challenging Boeing to build the so-called Family of Advanced Beyond-Line-of-Site Terminals, or FAB-T.

Hagel Questions Air Force’s Ability to Oversee Nukes

By Richard Sisk on Saturday, January 25th, 2014

Hagel Questions Air Force’s Ability to Oversee Nukes

“Recent allegations regarding our ICBM force raise legitimate questions about this Department’s stewardship of one of our most sensitive and important missions.”

Pentagon Expects to Release 2015 Budget on March 4

By Brendan McGarry on Friday, January 24th, 2014

Pentagon Expects to Release 2015 Budget on March 4

By law, the president’s budget is required to be submitted to Congress no later than the first Monday in February, which this year is Feb. 3.

Hopes Dim for BAE’s ‘Green’ Combat Vehicle

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Hopes Dim for BAE’s ‘Green’ Combat Vehicle

But the prospect of a hybrid-electric combat vehicle may not be dead, as there is still funding to continue research into the technology.

Shrinking Army Studies Buying Robots to Replace Soldiers

By Brendan McGarry on Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Shrinking Army Studies Buying Robots to Replace Soldiers

Using lighter, less armored unmanned ground vehicles to follow manned platforms into combat might still be decades away.

Hagel Remembers Martin Luther King

By Richard Sisk on Monday, January 20th, 2014

Hagel Remembers Martin Luther King

Hagel recalls the effects that MLK’s assassination had on him and his unit while he was serving in Vietnam.

MARSOC Makes ‘Lone Shooter’ Joke in Tweet About MLK Day

By Michael Hoffman on Friday, January 17th, 2014

MARSOC Makes ‘Lone Shooter’ Joke in Tweet About MLK Day

MARSOC officials upset many over social media when it instructed Marines on Twitter not to be a “lone shooter” over the MLK holiday.

House Armed Services Chair Announces Retirement

By Michael Hoffman on Thursday, January 16th, 2014

House Armed Services Chair Announces Retirement

A strong advocate for the military who fought budget cuts throughout his chairmanship, McKeon announces his plans to retire from Congress.

CNO: New Surface Ships Key to Navy Future

By Kris Osborn on Thursday, January 16th, 2014

CNO: New Surface Ships Key to Navy Future

Despite the problems seen with the acquisition of much of the Navy’s surface fleet, Adm. Jonathan Greenert said the new ships are key to the Navy’s future.

Navy’s Acting No. 2 Forced Out on Sexual Misconduct Allegations

By Richard Sisk on Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Navy’s Acting No. 2 Forced Out on Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Even as the nominee for the undersecretary of the Navy faces a hold for stance on sexual assault, acting No. 2 forced to resign.

Bill Shrinks Pentagon’s R&D Budget by $7 Billion

By Michael Hoffman on Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Bill Shrinks Pentagon’s R&D Budget by $7 Billion

Pentagon procurement coffers will shrink in 2014 as Congress reduced the military’s procurement budget by $8 billion over 2013.

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