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…

Subtlety, Thy Name Is Northrop Grumman

Much of the Air Force’s new long-range strike bomber program is shrouded in mystery. But that doesn’t mean the advertising about it has to be. The above image was taken at the Gaylord Hotel in National Harbor, Maryland, during this week’s Air Force Association Air & Space Conference. Northrop Grumman locked down the single biggest physical piece…

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…

200 expected to compete in the Warrior Games

Since 2010, the Warrior Games have brought wounded, injured, and ill service members and veterans together to compete in various sports. The annual event aims to showcase the strength and resilience of those who have served in uniform. This year, more than 200 athletes are expected to compete in seven sports in Colorado Springs, Colo., from Sept. 28…

What to look for at the NATO Summit

NATO members are gathering for their 2014 summit in Wales this week, and tensions are higher than usual. Topics are expected to include Russia’s destabilization of Ukraine, the Syrian Civil War, Islamic militants, and even aggressive territorial claims by China. Just in time for the summit, Vago gathered an expert roundtable to preview the discussions on Defense News…