Militants Using Humvees from Iraq in Syria

By Brendan McGarry on Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Militants Using Humvees from Iraq in Syria

The al Qaeda-splinter group, Islamic State of Iraq in the Levant, has bragged about its capture of Iraqi army equipment, including Humvees, blast-resistant trucks and tanks.

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.

Defense Giants Score Poorly on Arms Development

By Brendan McGarry on Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Defense Giants Score Poorly on Arms Development

A new Pentagon report compares the performance of defense contractors on contracts for major defense acquisition programs over more than a decade.

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.

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.

GDLS Won’t Compete in Army’s AMPV Program

By Matthew Cox on Thursday, May 29th, 2014

GDLS Won’t Compete in Army’s AMPV Program

General Dynamics Land Systems recently announced it will not compete in the U.S. Army’s AMPV competition.

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.

Firm Helps Navy Dive for Missing Airliner

By Brendan McGarry on Monday, April 21st, 2014

Firm Helps Navy Dive for Missing Airliner

Phoenix International Holdings Inc. is helping search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 under a potentially $50 million contract with the U.S. Navy.

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.

BAE Adds F-15, F/A-18 to Fighter Upgrade Push

By Brendan McGarry on Friday, February 14th, 2014

BAE Adds F-15, F/A-18 to Fighter Upgrade Push

The international market for upgrading the twin-engine jets won’t be as large as that of the single-engine F-16 Fighting Falcon.

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,

Lockheed to Sell Special-Ops C-130s to Civilians

By Matthew Cox on Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Lockheed to Sell Special-Ops C-130s to Civilians

Lockheed Martin is planning to offer a civilian version of the C-130J Super Hercules, an aircraft designed for Special Operations Command.

Premature Weapons Testing Drains Military Budget

By Brendan McGarry on Friday, January 31st, 2014

Premature Weapons Testing Drains Military Budget

Acquisition officials sometimes approve programs that aren’t ready for operational testing, creating costly headaches down the road.

Boeing Has Record Sales of $87 Billion in 2013

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Boeing Has Record Sales of $87 Billion in 2013

Sales related to the KC-46A tanker and P-8 maritime patrol aircraft helped Boeing hit record revenue and profit last year.

Pentagon May Award FAB-T Contract in March

By Brendan McGarry on Monday, January 27th, 2014

Pentagon May Award FAB-T Contract in March

Raytheon is challenging Boeing to build the so-called Family of Advanced Beyond-Line-of-Site Terminals, or FAB-T.

Shrinking Army Studies Buying Robots to Replace Soldiers

By Brendan McGarry on Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Shrinking Army Studies Buying Robots to Replace Soldiers

Using lighter, less armored unmanned ground vehicles to follow manned platforms into combat might still be decades away.

BAE, Airbus Tap New U.S. Executives

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

BAE, Airbus Tap New U.S. Executives

BAE’s Linda Hudson, the first woman to head a major U.S. defense contractor, is retiring and Airbus’ Sean O’Keefe is stepping down due to medical issues.

Report Investigates Defense Lobbyists’ Investments

By Brendan McGarry on Friday, December 27th, 2013

Report Investigates Defense Lobbyists’ Investments

Since 2006, almost 150 lobbyists or other professionals who seek to influence government policy “had investments that overlapped with their lobbying duties,” according to The Wall Street Journal.

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