At DoD, It’s Use-It-Or-Lose-It Season

As fiscal 2014 heads toward its close next week, the total potential value of contracts announced each day by the Pentagon is mounting. As tracked by @DoDContractsBot, the past two weeks — 10 business days — have seen seven days in which the total potential value of announced contracts topped $1 billion. Go back one more…

Textron AirLand’s Scorpion Shows Off ISR Options in DC

The show floor at last week’s Air Force Association Air & Space Conference, held just outside Washington, was chock full of representatives from industry both big and small. Almost every defense contractor looking to do business with the Air Force had officials circling the floor, ready to ambush anyone wearing stars on their shoulders with a business pitch.…

US Navy’s Triton UAV: 3,300 Miles Cross-Country – Unmanned

US Navy’s new Triton UAV makes first cross-country flight The US Navy’s new MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft completed its first cross-country flight on the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2014, taking about 11 hours to fly 3,290 nautical miles from Palmdale, California, to Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland. Flying in restricted conditions through US…

A Closer Look At USAspending.gov

USAspending.gov is the website set up by the White House to allow the public to search through federal contracts. But a recent GAO report found its database riddled with errors and omissions. That raised the question, “How was USAspending doing on Department of Defense contracts?” Bradley Peniston, Defense News’ special-projects editor, and Michael Cadenazzi of VisualDoD dug…

Roundtable Discussion: Defense Spending

With few predicting that the 2015 budget will be passed before the new fiscal year begins, Congress is expected to pass a continuing resolution lest its members cause another government shutdown. Meanwhile, defense leaders are already working on their upcoming budget request for 2016, having received the military services’ separate requests for the coming year. As well, Defense…

New US Ship News – Subs delivered and christened; big amphib on shakedown, new patrol boat handed over and more

USS NORTH DAKOTA (SSN 784) prepares to get underway for sea trials in the predawn hours of an August morning. (General Dynamics Electric Boat/US Navy) It’s been a busy summer for US shipbuilders, with ships delivered or launched for the US Navy, Coast Guard and Military Sealift Command, and new research ships launched for academic…

Hagel and Kerry Need to Give Obama Suit-and-Tie Advice

Washington has been abuzz for the past 24 hours about President Obama’s suit choice during a rather important press conference Thursday afternoon that primarily focused on the threat posed by Islamic State militants. This town, right?!? The suit actually wasn’t a bad choice. After all, a tan-colored summer suit on one of the hottest days of the year is a good move.…