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Upgrades Will Let the Navy’s LCS Operate in More Dangerous Waters

December 12, 2014 The Navy plans to beef up the firepower and defenses of its littoral combat ship fleet in the coming years, allowing the ships to operate in more dangerous waters. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday signed off on the Navy’s plan to buy a total of 52 ships, 20 more...

V-22 Osprey Could Get Some Serious Firepower

December 8, 2014 The Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey has been deployed globally since 2007 with only one major offensive weapon: a machine gun pointed out the back of the aircraft. Besides that, the tiltrotor aircraft – which takes off and lands vertically like a helicopter, but can pivot its engines and rotors forward to...

The Pentagon’s 2016 Budget Will Focus on the Pacific

December 5, 2014 The Pentagon’s 2016 budget proposal will focus investments heavily on pivoting the military to the Pacific and continuing security operations in the Middle East, according to defense officials and experts. That means continued investments in high-end weapons, including the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and Air Force’s new Long-Range...

Obama’s New Look Pentagon Trio of Carter, Work, Kendall Excites Defense Industry

December 2, 2014 President Barack Obama’s expected nomination of Ashton Carter to become the next defense secretary would give the Pentagon a strong, top tier team steeped in business, acquisition and budget issues. Assuming his confirmation, which is all but a given since he is highly regarded on Capitol Hill, Carter would form...

Defense Firms Could Be Skeptical of Investing in Research

November 26, 2014 Despite a recent push by the Defense Department for companies to invest more in research projects, the Pentagon might continue having trouble getting firms to spend more of their own money for this, experts say. Unless DOD creates “more compelling threats of potential lost business” so-called prime contractors -- such...

Navy May Allow Sailors To Take a Break From the Military

November 19, 2014 The Navy is looking for a way that would allow sailors to leave the military and easily return to active-duty after getting degrees or working in the private sector, a top admiral said Wednesday at the Defense One Summit. The move would allow the Navy to save money on training...

A Look Inside a Secret US Air Force Intelligence Center

November 18, 2014 LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. – While there might not be any American combat boots on the ground in Syria, dozens of manned and unmanned aircraft dot the skies above gathering video and other types of intelligence about the movement of Islamic State militants. The images collected by those aircraft...

DOD To Spend Billions More on Nukes

November 14, 2014 The Pentagon is considering a radical change to the way funds its nuclear forces by shifting money for ICBMs, nuclear bombers and nuclear submarines outside of the Defense Department’s budget and into a new account. This type of change would elevate the status of the American military’s nuclear mission among...

Bob Work's Quest To Fix The Pentagon's Budget

November 12, 2014 Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work passionately laid out the impact federal budget caps will have on the Pentagon should Congress not remove or increase them. Like his predecessors, Work meticulously articulated how congressional gridlock has damaged the military’s ability to fight a war down the road, his message was the...

Why the US Sent a C-17 to a Chinese Air Show Despite Concerns Inside the Pentagon

November 11, 2014 The U.S. military sent a giant C-17 cargo plane to an air show in China this week as a way to strengthen its relationship with the People’s Liberation Army there, despite fears among security and policy experts that doing so puts American technology secrets in jeopardy and also risks angering...