Army Reserve Chief Welcomes Plan to Boost War Funding

By Brendan McGarry on Thursday, August 13th, 2015

Army Reserve Chief Welcomes Plan to Boost War Funding

Unlike some of the Pentagon’s top military and civilian leaders, Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Talley said he welcomes a plan to boost war funding.

GOP Candidates Talk Big Game on Defense

By Brendan McGarry on Monday, August 10th, 2015

GOP Candidates Talk Big Game on Defense

Yet none of them specified how they would pay for the proposals, including more military personnel and equipment.

Flournoy: No Quick Fix Likely to Pentagon Budget Woes

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Flournoy: No Quick Fix Likely to Pentagon Budget Woes

The former highest-ranking woman at the U.S. Defense Department who turned down the Pentagon’s top job said there probably won’t be a deal in Congress anytime soon to undo defense spending caps.

New Pentagon Plan Emphasizes Buying Adaptive Weapons

By Brendan McGarry on Thursday, April 9th, 2015

New Pentagon Plan Emphasizes Buying Adaptive Weapons

The Defense Department’s top weapons buyer said future systems must take advantage of rapidly evolving commercial technology.

Defense Hawks Win Support for War ‘Slush Fund’

By Brendan McGarry on Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Defense Hawks Win Support for War ‘Slush Fund’

The House of Representatives has voted in favor of a fiscal 2016 budget that includes almost $100 billion in war funding for the Defense Department. That would be the highest level in years.

Marine Corps General Stumps for Coast Guard Cutters

By Brendan McGarry on Thursday, March 12th, 2015

Marine Corps General Stumps for Coast Guard Cutters

The head of U.S. Southern Command said the vessels are needed to intercept the flow of cocaine and other illegal drugs from South America.

South America and Latin America to stem the flow of cocaine and other illegal drugs into the U.S.,

Pentagon Ignores Spending Caps in 2016 Budget

By Brendan McGarry on Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Pentagon Ignores Spending Caps in 2016 Budget

Officials defended the U.S. Defense Department’s proposed fiscal 2016 budget, even though it ignores spending caps mandated by existing law.

Reform Military Benefits, Buy an Aircraft Carrier a Year

By Brendan McGarry on Friday, January 30th, 2015

Reform Military Benefits, Buy an Aircraft Carrier a Year

If Congress adopted recommendations to overhaul the military retirement and health care systems, it would eventually save enough money to buy a new aircraft carrier every year.

AF Eyes T-X Aircraft, Intel System for Cost-Cutting Strategy

By Brendan McGarry on Thursday, January 15th, 2015

AF Eyes T-X Aircraft, Intel System for Cost-Cutting Strategy

The U.S. Air Force plans to apply a new acquisition strategy to a handful of weapons programs, from a new trainer aircraft to a battlefield intelligence system.

Critics: Congress Expands ‘Slush Funds’ in Defense Bill

By Brendan McGarry on Friday, December 12th, 2014

Critics: Congress Expands ‘Slush Funds’ in Defense Bill

Congress passed the annual defense bill, setting the stage for a Senate vote on a massive spending deal to keep the government open through September.

Is White House Micromanagement Scaring Off Likely Defense Secretaries?

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Is White House Micromanagement Scaring Off Likely Defense Secretaries?

The White House’s micromanagement of the Pentagon may be why front-runners to replace Chuck Hagel as defense secretary dropped out of the race.

Army: JLTV on Track Despite Budget Uncertainty

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Army: JLTV on Track Despite Budget Uncertainty

Officials said a program to replace a third of the Humvee fleet with new light-duty trucks remains on track despite uncertainty over future budget cuts.

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.

Audit: Air Force Didn’t Justify Reaper Fleet Size

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Audit: Air Force Didn’t Justify Reaper Fleet Size

The U.S. Air Force didn’t justify its plans to buy a total of 401 MQ-9 Reaper drones worth about $77 billion, according to a report on a Pentagon Inspector General audit.

Analysts: Airstrike Costs Creep Toward $1 Billion

By Brendan McGarry on Monday, September 29th, 2014

Analysts: Airstrike Costs Creep Toward $1 Billion

The cost of U.S.-led airstrikes against Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria through Sept. 24 is estimated at $780 million to $930 million.

Report: Boeing Plans for Post-Fighter Future

By Brendan McGarry on Friday, September 19th, 2014

Report: Boeing Plans for Post-Fighter Future

Boeing Co. is planning for an era in which in no longer builds fighter jets, even as they’re flown to fight Islamic militants in Iraq, according to a news report.

Welsh on Aging Fleets: ‘Airplanes Are Falling Apart’

By Brendan McGarry on Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Welsh on Aging Fleets: ‘Airplanes Are Falling Apart’

Top U.S. Air Force officials said the service must protect funding to upgrade aging fleets of aircraft while investing in new technologies despite budget cuts.

Special Ops Deal Tops Pentagon’s Weekly Contracts

By Brendan McGarry on Monday, September 8th, 2014

Special Ops Deal Tops Pentagon’s Weekly Contracts

The Defense Department awarded 52 contracts valued at $1.5 billion in the week ending Sept. 5 — a significant slowdown from the previous week.

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.

U.S. Airstrikes in Iraq Cost $100 Million to Date

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

U.S. Airstrikes in Iraq Cost $100 Million to Date

The bulk of the estimated price tag actually comes from intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions, not strike sorties, according to a defense budget analyst.

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