Policies and politics affecting military programs

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.

Official Backpedals on Pacific Pivot ‘Can’t Happen’

By Richard Sisk on Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Official Backpedals on Pacific Pivot ‘Can’t Happen’

The assistant Defense Secretary for Acquisition reverses position that the Pacific Pivot will have to be “reconsidered.”

P-8 Deal Tops $12 Billion in February Awards

By Brendan McGarry on Monday, March 3rd, 2014

P-8 Deal Tops $12 Billion in February Awards

The award topped a list of more than 170 contracts worth about $12.3 billion in February, excluding previously announced Army renewable energy deals.

McCain Places Hold on Pentagon No. 2 Nomination

By Michael Hoffman on Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

McCain Places Hold on Pentagon No. 2 Nomination

Arizona senator placed a hold on Robert Work and Christine Wormuth’s nomination following a testy confirmation hearing.

Winners and Losers in the 2015 Budget

By Brendan McGarry on Monday, February 24th, 2014

Winners and Losers in the 2015 Budget

Hagel spent a portion of the hour-long briefing discussing the department’s modernization plans.

Hagel Proposes Retiring A-10, Cutting LCS to 32 Ships

By Michael Hoffman on Monday, February 24th, 2014

Hagel Proposes Retiring A-10, Cutting LCS to 32 Ships

The defense secretary took a swipe at favorites like the A-10 and U-2, as well as controversial ships like the LCS in the DoD budget proposal.

Obama to Announce Advanced Manufacturing Institutes

By Bryant Jordan on Monday, February 24th, 2014

Obama to Announce Advanced Manufacturing Institutes

Obama will announce a new Pentagon and private-sector partnership aimed at beefing up advanced manufacturing technology in the U.S.

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.

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