Rumor Mill

JLTV Decision Expected Friday

By Michael Hoffman on Monday, August 20th, 2012

JLTV Decision Expected Friday

Sources expect the Army to announce the winners of the Engineering and Manufacturing Development contracts Friday.

Boeing: F-35 hasn’t yet won in Japan

By John Reed on Friday, December 16th, 2011

Boeing: F-35 hasn’t yet won in Japan

Big B says, hey, hold on, this thing ain’t over yet: Its Super Hornet could still be Japan’s new fighter.

SecDef’s fleet warnings have already come true

By Philip Ewing on Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

SecDef’s fleet warnings have already come true

The Navy and Air Force were looking at a tough future even before the debt ceiling, the super committee and the threat of sequestration.

Report: DoD cuts could total around $550B

By Philip Ewing on Friday, October 21st, 2011

Report: DoD cuts could total around $550B

A new report could allay DoD fears of nearly a trillion dollars in budget cuts. Still, nothing is settled.

Silence from Hill on film showcasing SEALs

By Philip Ewing on Monday, October 17th, 2011

Our colleagues at Kit Up and Under the Radar are pumped about next year’s release of a movie called “Act of Valor,” which includes real, active SEALs and their real-life tactics and equipment. It’s been in the works for many years, including under another title, “I Am That Man,” and people in the closed world […]

Who will take the Pakistan baton?

By Philip Ewing on Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Who will take the Pakistan baton?

Mullen’s departure leaves the U.S. without a key contact in its relationship with Pakistan. Who will replace him?

A warning on budget ‘elitism’

By Philip Ewing on Monday, October 3rd, 2011

A warning on budget ‘elitism’

An analyst lambastes the Washington consensus forming around the dangers of DoD spending reductions.

DoD: Big review won’t be out until next year

By Philip Ewing on Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

DoD: Big review won’t be out until next year

The Pentagon won’t release its vision for its own build-down until after this fall’s second act of the deficit farce. Will it arrive too late?

DoD vows no secrets will be compromised in SEAL film

By Philip Ewing on Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Just when you thought this summer would be wasted on depressing, serious, existential crises for our beloved Republic, with none of the ridiculous ‘scandals’ or non-stories that typically bubble up in the heat, here comes New York Republican Rep. Peter King to the rescue. King, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, is shocked — […]

Defense could get key role in next phase of deficit reduction

By Philip Ewing on Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Defense could get key role in next phase of deficit reduction

Key defense lawmakers are said to be under consideration as congressional leaders decide who to pick for their ‘super committee.’

The military’s vanishing future

By Philip Ewing on Friday, August 5th, 2011

The military’s vanishing future

A commentator argues the services are entering an even tougher era than it appears because so many of their future programs have been eliminated.

What could Austerity America’s defense posture look like?

By Philip Ewing on Monday, August 1st, 2011

What could Austerity America’s defense posture look like?

If America’s two options are to default on its debt or swallow $850 billion in defense spending cuts, it may be time to start thinking about where that would leave U.S. power around the world.

Army clears general accused in ‘psy ops’ story

By Philip Ewing on Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Army clears general accused in ‘psy ops’ story

The top U.S. trainer of Afghan forces didn’t use ‘psychological warfare’ techniques on visiting VIPs, the Army has concluded.

House lawmakers appeal to Obama to stop defense cuts

By Philip Ewing on Thursday, July 21st, 2011

House lawmakers appeal to Obama to stop defense cuts

House lawmakers on Thursday signed a letter appealing to the president not to make big defense cuts a major part of a deficit deal, but are there enough of them to block it?

HASC chair decries $866B defense cuts of ‘Gang of 6′

By Philip Ewing on Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

HASC chair decries $866B defense cuts of ‘Gang of 6′

The “Gang of Six” proposal calls for deep cuts to defense spending over the next 10 years, and the HASC chairman isn’t happy.

Panetta’s challenge: Not just cut, but cut quickly

By Philip Ewing on Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Panetta’s challenge: Not just cut, but cut quickly

A commentator believes the Army presents the biggest target for the kind of budget cuts that Washington wants most — ones that will take effect sooner than later.

Is the nuke triad ‘on the table?’

By Philip Ewing on Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Is the nuke triad ‘on the table?’

Secretary Gates didn’t rule out the option of eliminating one leg of the nuclear triad as a way to save money under the Pentagon’s budget cuts.

DoD: What secret helicopter?

By Philip Ewing on Monday, May 9th, 2011

DoD: What secret helicopter?

The Pentagon will not confirm it’s in talks with Pakistan to get back the tail rotor of the now-famous secret helicopter, but it may have a way to replace it without anyone noticing.

DoD inquiry clears McChrystal, for the record

By Philip Ewing on Monday, April 18th, 2011

DoD inquiry clears McChrystal, for the record

DoD’s report can’t substantiate many of the quotes or events in the now-infamous profile of him. The horse, however, is out of the barn; this is for history’s sake.

Noon = Doom for GE’s F136; GE Strikes Back

By Colin Clark on Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Noon = Doom for GE’s F136; GE Strikes Back

UPDATED: HASC Chair Promises Fight as DoD Announces Stop Work Order;
General Electric and Rolls Royce suffered what could be the final blow in the second great engine war today as the Pentagon announced it issued a stop work order for the Joint Strike Fighter’s second engine.

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