Nov 16, 2020
HASC Chair: Pentagon Shakeup Creates ‘Layers of Fear’
President Donald Trump’s appointment of Christopher Miller, a former Green Beret and White House counterterrorism coordinator, as acting defense secretary raises “two...
Oct 30, 2020
Marine Hovercraft From Textron Flawed by Propeller Cracks
The U.S. Navy accepted delivery this year from Textron Inc. of the first two in a new generation of hovercraft for the Marines despite "extensive propeller blade cracking" that will...
Oct 27, 2020
Lockheed F-35 Full-Production Decision Delayed as Key Test Slips
Pentagon officials have delayed approving full-rate production of Lockheed Martin Corp.’s F-35 jet because combat simulation testing that’s needed before that key...
Oct 21, 2020
Boeing’s AZ Apache Plant Under Scrutiny by Army Team
(Bloomberg) -- A Boeing Co. plant in Arizona that builds Apache attack helicopters is under scrutiny by more than two dozen Army personnel after the company reported quality problems...
Oct 14, 2020
Navy’s Frigate Seen Busting Goal by 40% at $1.2B
The first 10 vessels in the Navy’s new frigate program may cost $12.3 billion, or 40% more than the service calculated, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget...
Oct 2, 2020
U.S. ICBM Replacement May Cost $111 Billion
The Pentagon’s next generation intercontinental ballistic missile program could cost U.S. taxpayers as much as $110.6 billion, according to internal Defense Department...
Sep 30, 2020
Lockheed, Pentagon Agree on $71M Credit Over F-35 Parts
Lockheed Martin Corp. and the Pentagon’s contracts management agency reached an informal agreement that the company will provide about $71 million in services for the F-35 jet...
Sep 25, 2020
F-35s Lure Buyers as a Question Looms: How Will It Do in Combat?
Lockheed Martin Corp.’s F-35 has deployed from the Gulf of Aden to Alaska and is coveted by would-be buyers led by the United Arab Emirates. But the simulated combat testing...
Sep 23, 2020
Army Grounds Upgraded AH-64s on Inspection Doubts
The U.S. Army has grounded 12 upgraded Apache AH-64 helicopters while it conducts a review of quality procedures at a Boeing Co. plant after the contractor alerted the service to...
Sep 12, 2020
F-35’s $10B Funding Gap Hints at a Jet Too Costly to Fly
The Pentagon’s five-year budget plan for the F-35 falls short by as much as $10 billion, the military’s independent cost analysis unit has concluded, a new indication...
Sep 2, 2020
Pentagon: China Nearing a Milestone in Nuclear Weapons Buildup
(Bloomberg) -- China’s rapid military buildup means the country is closer to joining the U.S. and Russia as the top nations capable of deploying nuclear weapons on land, in the...
Aug 31, 2020
China’s Missile Volley Sparked by U-2 Dragon Lady
At the center of the latest U.S.-China military tensions in the South China Sea was a reconnaissance jet better known for its key role in the Cold War between America and the Soviet...
Aug 18, 2020
U.S. Formalizes F-16 Jet Sale to Taiwan
Taiwan formally signed an agreement to buy 66 of the latest model F-16 jets built by Lockheed Martin Corp., a move likely to further inflame tensions between the U.S. and China.
Aug 13, 2020
Trump Weighs Replacing Esper at After Election
President Donald Trump has privately said that he intends to replace Secretary of Defense Mark Esper after the November election, according to people familiar with internal...
Aug 10, 2020
Next Carrier’s Cost Creeps Up After First One Hit $13.3B
The Navy vowed that a runaway budget wouldn't be allowed again after the USS Gerald Ford, the first in a new class of aircraft carriers, cost a record $13.3 billion. Now, the price...
Jul 31, 2020
BAEs’ $15B Army Vehicle Program Hit by COVID Delay
Initial deliveries of the U.S. Army's $15 billion multipurpose combat vehicle built by BAE Systems Plc have slipped at least five months because of startup woes compounded by...
Jul 24, 2020
U.S. Was Warned for Years About Failing $1.2B Warhead
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency and contractors Boeing Co. and Raytheon Co. had multiple opportunities since 2010 to address issues leading to the cancellation of an $1.2 billion...
Jul 22, 2020
Esper Turns Emphasis at Pentagon to Stopping ‘Countless’ Leaks
Defense Secretary Mark Esper is pressing officials at the Pentagon to crack down more on the “countless examples of unauthorized disclosures” officials say are...
Jul 17, 2020
Pentagon to Reimburse Lockheed Part of Costs for Buying Sikorsky
The Pentagon has decided to pay Lockheed Martin Corp. only part of the $212 million the company initially requested that it be reimbursed for expenses incurred during its 2015...
Jul 15, 2020
Top Defense Firms Get Biggest Share of Accelerated Virus Funds
The largest share of the Pentagon's billions of dollars in accelerated payments to contractors -- intended to help mitigate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic -- is going to four of...
Jul 8, 2020
Defense Industry’s Covid Closings Decline, Pentagon Agency Says
The defense industry has made major strides reducing the impact of Covid-19 on operations, decreasing total closings of facilities to six on Monday from a high of 148 in mid-April,...
Jul 1, 2020
Turkey to Keep Making F-35 Parts Through 2022
The Pentagon will continue to depend on Turkish defense contractors for key components of the F-35 -- from its center fuselage to 139 parts of its engine propulsion system -- through...
Jun 25, 2020
F-35 Jet Deliveries Were Paused for Fix to Avert Fuel Explosions
Lockheed Martin Corp. halted deliveries of its F-35 jets to the U.S. Air Force for much of this month because of a flaw in a system used to prevent explosions if fuel tanks are hit....
Jun 25, 2020
Pentagon Names 20 Chinese Firms It Says Are Military-Controlled
The Pentagon unveiled a list of companies it says are owned or controlled by China's military, opening them to increased scrutiny in the latest spat between the world's biggest...
Jun 6, 2020
Federal Plan to Control D.C. Protests Taps 7,600 Personnel
The federal plan to contain continuing protests in Washington, D.C. currently employs about 7,600 civilian law enforcement, National Guard and active-duty Army personnel stationed...
Jun 4, 2020
New Presidential Chopper Would Still Scorch White House Lawn
The new presidential helicopter would still scorch the White House lawn as the U.S. Navy and contractor Lockheed Martin haven't figured out a way to land the aircraft without damage,...
Jun 2, 2020
Pentagon Taps Rescue Funds to Use AI for Virus Care, Vaccine
The Defense Department is seeking to adapt artificial intelligence technology it uses to track down terrorists with drones or predict when aircraft need maintenance for a new...
May 30, 2020
F-35 Costs Drop for Building Jets But Rise for Operations
The Pentagon's costliest program, Lockheed Martin Corp.'s F-35, is starting to look a little less expensive, with the latest estimate for development and procurement down 7.1% to...
May 15, 2020
A $17 Billion Pot of National-Security Stimulus Aid Goes Begging
There's a $17 billion pot of money in the pandemic aid package for companies vital to national security -- and no one seems to want it. The $2 trillion rescue package Congress...
May 13, 2020
F-35 Part Shortage Grows as GAO Flags Turkey’s Exit
Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 program was hampered last year by growing parts shortages from its supply chain that “increased significantly” and could be further...
May 12, 2020
F-35’s Image As $428B Bundle of Flaws Improved by Fixes
The F-35 fighter jet is starting to outlive its reputation as a $428 billion bundle of flawed hardware and buggy software: Lockheed Martin Corp. and the military have eliminated all...
May 5, 2020
Pentagon Chief Chides FCC on Ligado Wireless Deal As GPS Threat
U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said regulators had used incomplete data in approving Ligado Networks LLC for a mobile network that the military says threatens interference to...
Apr 29, 2020
Pentagon’s Testing for $12.6B in Hypersonics Under Review
The Pentagon's inspector general is evaluating whether the Defense Department and military services have adequate ground testing, evaluation facilities and specialized chambers to...
Apr 27, 2020
U.S. Has Gunships Ready to Deliver on Trump’s Warning to Iran
Even before President Donald Trump's vow to “shoot down” Iranian speedboats if they harass American ships in international waters, the U.S. Navy was bolstering its...
Mar 30, 2020
Pentagon Taps Four Contractors to Build 8,000 Ventilators
The Pentagon's logistics agency has modified an existing contract and will spend $84.4 million to buy 8,000 ventilators from four vendors, with delivery of an initial 1,400 by early...
Mar 25, 2020
Unclogging Toilets at $400,000 a Flush Hits Navy’s Costs
New toilets on the Navy's two newest aircraft carriers clog so frequently that the ships' sewage systems must be cleaned periodically with specialized acids costing about $400,000 a...
Mar 23, 2020
DoD Raises Contractor Payments to Keep Cash Flowing
The Pentagon, in a move to boost cash flow to large and small defense companies during the coronavirus crisis, will temporarily increase the percentages paid to contractors, known as...
Mar 17, 2020
F-35’s $17B Diagnostic System Rife With Flaws
(Bloomberg) -- A $17 billion Lockheed Martin Corp. system used since 2009 to monitor F-35 fighter jets for repairs, parts replacement and general maintenance is rife with flaws,...
Mar 11, 2020
U.S. Sees War-Zone Drones As New Improvised Explosive Devices
(Bloomberg) -- Drones deployed by Iran or its surrogates for reconnaissance and potential attacks against U.S. forces in the Middle East are the most daunting new regional threat...
Mar 7, 2020
Northrop’s Late B-2 Work Spurs U.S. Cut After $2B Outlay
The Air Force has largely abandoned a planned upgrade of its aging B-2 bombers after spending almost $2 billion because Northrop Grumman Corp. couldn't provide the software expertise...
Mar 4, 2020
Nearly All the F-35 Jet Engines Ordered Last Year Arrived Late
Nearly all the engines ordered for the next-generation F-35 jet were delivered late last year as the Pratt & Whitney unit of United Technologies Corp. struggled to solve nagging...
Feb 27, 2020
Pentagon Sees a $9 Billion Surge in Nuclear Spending by 2025
The Pentagon's five-year nuclear weapons plan calls for requesting at least $167 billion through 2025 -- building from the $29 billion sought for next year to $38 billion, according...
Feb 15, 2020
Army Chief Praises BAE’s Efforts After Signing Off on Howitzer
The Army approved full-rate production for BAE Systems Plc's $10 billion self-propelled howitzer program after “very encouraging” cooperation with the contractor to fix...
Feb 11, 2020
Pentagon Seeks $10.3 Billion to Buy the Stealthy B-21 Raider
The Pentagon is planning to spend almost $10.3 billion over four years to buy Northrop Grumman Corp.'s new stealth bomber, the B-21 Raider, according to budget projections for fiscal...
Feb 10, 2020
Pentagon’s $705B Budget Boosts Nuclear Weapons Funding
The Pentagon's $705.4 billion budget proposal for the next fiscal year would boost funding for nuclear weapons systems including intercontinental ballistic missiles, submarines and...
Feb 7, 2020
Navy Swaps Submarine for Destroyer in 2021 Budget Request Shift
The Pentagon is bolstering the number of warships the Navy will seek in its fiscal 2021 budget request after the White House complained an initial proposal was too low to meet...
Jan 31, 2020
F-35’s Gun That Can’t Shoot Straight Adds to Roster of Flaws
Add a gun that can't shoot straight to the problems that dog Lockheed Martin Corp.'s $428 billion F-35 program, including more than 800 software flaws. The 25mm gun on Air Force...
Jan 29, 2020
Pentagon to Test Hypersonic Missiles at 5 Times the Speed of Sound
The Pentagon plans a “very aggressive” expansion of its hypersonic weapons efforts this year, with at least four initial flight tests of prototypes for glide bombs that...
Jan 22, 2020
Pentagon Racks Up $35 Trillion in Accounting Changes
The Pentagon made $35 trillion in accounting adjustments last year alone -- a total that's larger than the entire U.S. economy and underscores the Defense Department's continuing...
Jan 18, 2020
USAF Warns Boeing’s New CEO That It’s Not Happy Either
The Air Force's top military officer has sent Boeing Co.'s new CEO a blunt reminder that the ill-fated 737 Max passenger jet isn't the only troubled project he has to rescue.There's...
Jan 15, 2020
Scrapping Pentagon F-35 Office an Option to Cut Upkeep Costs
(Bloomberg) -- House lawmakers trying to reduce the projected $1.1 trillion cost of maintaining the F-35 over 60 years are considering options including eliminating the Pentagon's...
Jan 10, 2020
Pratt & Whitney’s $66B F-35 Engine Program Under Review
The Pentagon's audit agency is digging into cost and pricing data for F-35 engines to determine why United Technology Corp.'s Pratt & Whitney unit isn't extracting more savings...
Jan 3, 2020
BAE to Get Green Light for $10 Billion Howitzer Project
(Bloomberg) -- BAE Systems Plc will win U.S. Army approval this month for full-rate production of self-propelled howitzers and ammunition carriers based on improvements in the $10...
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