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.

White House Submits $59 Billion War Budget

By Richard Sisk on Thursday, June 26th, 2014

White House Submits $59 Billion War Budget

The $58.6 billion request for so-called Overseas Contingency Operations next year is $20.9 billion less than the $79.4 billion placeholder originally included in the budget.

SecAF Defends A-10 Retirement Strategy

By Brendan McGarry on Thursday, June 19th, 2014

SecAF Defends A-10 Retirement Strategy

The U.S. Air Force’s top civilian defended the strategy to retire the A-10 aircraft, as House lawmakers gear up for a key vote that may determine the fate of the gunship.

House Appropriators Add More F-35s for 2015

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

House Appropriators Add More F-35s for 2015

The House Appropriations Committee approved funding for 38 of the fifth-generation fighters — four more than the Defense Department requested.

House Panel Votes to Scrap the A-10 Warthog

By Brendan McGarry on Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

House Panel Votes to Scrap the A-10 Warthog

The House appropriators’ vote means the Cold War-era gunship could still be sent to the bone yard.

Raytheon Wins FAB-T Deal, Loses Space Fence Bid

By Brendan McGarry on Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Raytheon Wins FAB-T Deal, Loses Space Fence Bid

The defense contractor landed a sizable Air Force contract to develop communications terminals but lost a larger award with the service to build a so-called space fence.

Sikorsky Deal Tops $15 Billion in May Contracts

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Sikorsky Deal Tops $15 Billion in May Contracts

The agreement topped a list of almost 250 awards announced in May, with a combined potential value of almost $15 billion, according to a Military​.com analysis.

House Appropriators Fund Growlers, Not A-10s

By Brendan McGarry on Friday, May 30th, 2014

House Appropriators Fund Growlers, Not A-10s

The House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee approved the fiscal 2015 defense spending bill in a closed session on Friday.

McKeon Hits Back at Critics of Defense Bill

By Brendan McGarry on Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

McKeon Hits Back at Critics of Defense Bill

The retiring chairman of the House Armed Services Committee responded to critics who characterized his final defense bill as a sop to parochial interests.

Senators Restore Funding for A-10s, Growlers

By Brendan McGarry on Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Senators Restore Funding for A-10s, Growlers

The panel led by Sen. Carl Levin, D-Michigan, on Thursday voted 25–1 in passing its version of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015.

Senate Panel Dodges A-10 Retirement Decision

By Brendan McGarry on Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Senate Panel Dodges A-10 Retirement Decision

The Cold War-era gunship will likely stay in the fleet, once lawmakers settle on an appropriate offset in the budget.

Sub Deal Tops $30 Billion in April Contracts

By Brendan McGarry on Monday, May 12th, 2014

Sub Deal Tops $30 Billion in April Contracts

The deal topped a list of more than 240 awards announced in April, with a combined potential value of $30.4 billion.

Ayotte Goes Silent on Fight to Save A-10

By Brendan McGarry on Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Ayotte Goes Silent on Fight to Save A-10

It remains to be seen whether Ayotte’s sudden silence on the A-10 issue signals more congressional support for the Air Force’s plans to retire the aircraft.

Report: U.S. Mulls War Budgets for Afghanistan

By Brendan McGarry on Friday, April 25th, 2014

Report: U.S. Mulls War Budgets for Afghanistan

One scenario would keep 10,000 troops in Afghanistan, another would leave 5,000 service members in the country and another wouldn’t keep any there.

Welsh Defends Plan to Scrap A-10 as ‘Logical’

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Welsh Defends Plan to Scrap A-10 as ‘Logical’

The U.S. Air Force’s top officer said of the proposal, “It’s logical. It’s analytical. It makes imminent sense from a military perspective.”

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.

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