Unit Costs Surge for MQ-8 Fire Scout Drone

By Brendan McGarry on Friday, April 18th, 2014

Unit Costs Surge for MQ-8 Fire Scout Drone

The cost increases for the Navy’s MQ-8 Fire Scout unmanned chopper and the Air Force’s Joint Precision Approach and Landing System may put the programs at risk of cancellation.

Navy Plan to Halt MH-60 Buy Rattles Sikorsky

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Navy Plan to Halt MH-60 Buy Rattles Sikorsky

While Navy officials and the Pentagon’s top weapons buyer have signaled they’re looking for ways to preserve the deal, the situation has spooked defense contractors and their suppliers.

Defense Spending Dips in U.S., Rises Elsewhere

By Brendan McGarry on Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Defense Spending Dips in U.S., Rises Elsewhere

Global defense expenditures totaled $1.7 trillion in 2013, a decrease of 1.9 percent in real dollars from the previous year, according to a new report.

Boeing Lobbies Congress to Add EA-18 Funding

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Boeing Lobbies Congress to Add EA-18 Funding

The move is the latest in a lobbying battle pitting Boeing’s fourth-generation F/A-18 against Lockheed’s fifth-generation F-35 fighter jet.

SpecOps Deal Tops $35 Billion in March Awards

By Brendan McGarry on Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

SpecOps Deal Tops $35 Billion in March Awards

The contract topped a list of almost 250 awards announced in March, with a combined potential value of nearly $35 billion.

Army Defends Move to Strip Guard of Apaches

By Brendan McGarry on Friday, March 28th, 2014

Army Defends Move to Strip Guard of Apaches

Army Secretary John McHugh and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno said the proposal would help the service avoid some $12 billion in costs.

Army’s Bright Acquisition Spot: Howitzer Upgrades

By Brendan McGarry on Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Army’s Bright Acquisition Spot: Howitzer Upgrades

The Army is moving forward with plans to spend almost $8 billion to buy 582 advanced M109 howitzers as part of the Paladin Integrated Management, or PIM, program.

Bible Verse, Not Cuts, Draws Lawmakers’ Ire

By Brendan McGarry on Monday, March 17th, 2014

Bible Verse, Not Cuts, Draws Lawmakers’ Ire

Some lawmakers wanted to hear less about the service’s budget plans and more about how a cadet at the academy was forced to take down a bible verse.

Congress, Contractor Helped Rescue Helicopter

By Brendan McGarry on Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Congress, Contractor Helped Rescue Helicopter

Added funding from Congress and a lower-than-expected bid from Sikorsky convinced the Air Force to move forward with development of a new combat rescue helicopter.

Air Force Funds Rescue Helicopter at Last Minute

By Brendan McGarry on Monday, March 10th, 2014

Air Force Funds Rescue Helicopter at Last Minute

Turns out, there is some money next year for a program to develop a replacement for the HH-60G Pave Hawk.

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.

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.

Budget Seeks Missile Fixes, Future Technology

By Brendan McGarry on Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Budget Seeks Missile Fixes, Future Technology

Plan would fund fixes to Ground-based Midcourse Defense System and new projects such as a next-gen jet engine, rotary-wing aircraft and successor to the Army’s canceled Ground Combat Vehicle.

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.

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.

Report: Hagel to Outline 2015 Budget on Feb. 24

By Brendan McGarry on Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Report: Hagel to Outline 2015 Budget on Feb. 24

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will outline the Pentagon’s proposed budget for fiscal 2015 on Feb. 24, a week before its official release,

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.

Official: U.S. Military Superiority Isn’t Guaranteed

By Brendan McGarry on Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Official: U.S. Military Superiority Isn’t Guaranteed

Frank Kendall warned lawmakers that American military technological superiority isn’t assured amid budget cuts known as sequestration.

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