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.

Think Tank: Cancel the Littoral Combat Ship

By Brendan McGarry on Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Think Tank: Cancel the Littoral Combat Ship

A research group is calling on lawmakers to cancel the Littoral Combat Ship months after the Pentagon cut the number of vessels it plans to buy.

Cyber Deal Tops Pentagon’s Weekly Contracts

By Brendan McGarry on Monday, August 25th, 2014

Cyber Deal Tops Pentagon’s Weekly Contracts

The Defense Department awarded 75 contracts potentially worth $6.2 billion in the week ending Aug. 22, according to a Military​.com analysis.

Pentagon May Retool Budget for Iraq Airstrikes

By Brendan McGarry on Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Pentagon May Retool Budget for Iraq Airstrikes

The U.S. Defense Department may need to modify next year’s budget to pay for airstrikes targeting Islamic militants in Iraq, officials said.

Fuel Deals Top Pentagon’s Weekly Contracts

By Brendan McGarry on Monday, August 18th, 2014

Fuel Deals Top Pentagon’s Weekly Contracts

The Defense Department awarded 78 contracts potentially worth $5.6 billion in the week ending Aug. 15, according to a Military​.com analysis.

Boeing Wins $300 Million Contract for P-8 Parts

By Brendan McGarry on Friday, August 15th, 2014

Boeing Wins $300 Million Contract for P-8 Parts

The award comes as the Chicago-based aerospace giant is cutting costs from its defense segment in anticipation of a downturn in U.S. military spending.

Lockheed-Boeing Rocket Venture Replaces CEO

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Lockheed-Boeing Rocket Venture Replaces CEO

United Launch Alliance President and CEO Michael Gass, who served in the positions since the venture’s formation in 2006, has stepped down.

Army Picks Firms to Build Future Helicopter

By Brendan McGarry on Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Army Picks Firms to Build Future Helicopter

The service selected a Sikorsky-Boeing team and a Bell-Lockheed team to build prototypes for the first phase of the Joint Multi-Role helicopter program.

Navy: Cuts Threaten 306-Ship Fleet Goal

By Kris Osborn on Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Navy: Cuts Threaten 306-Ship Fleet Goal

The Navy’s latest 30-year shipbuilding plan calling for a fleet size of more than 300 ships and submarines is at risk because of budget cuts.

Marines to Get Fewer Assault Ships

By Matthew Cox on Friday, July 25th, 2014

Marines to Get Fewer Assault Ships

The Corps needs 38 amphibious assault ships for crisis-response missions around the world but the sea service will likely have to settle for 33.

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