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JLTV Wracked By ‘Perfect Storm’ Of CR, Shutdown, Sequester: Uncertainty Rules

Posted by Colin Clark on


AUSA: A recently retired general officer summed up the mood among many Army officers and defense industry officials here yesterday: “This is the worst, most depressing situation I’ve seen in 34 years of service.” The Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program is just one indicator in that depressing scenario facing the Army. The service still plans… Keep reading →

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‘Will America Fulfill Its Commitments & Promises?’ Allies Wonder

Posted by Colin Clark on


THE PENTAGON: That question is what America’s allies asked Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and other senior national security leaders over the last few weeks as they watched agog as the world’s biggest economy and military came perilously close to systemic failure. “Our allies are asking questions: Can we rely on our partnership with America? Will… Keep reading →

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Hey, Congress: Time To Get Real About National Security

Posted by Marion Blakey on


When members of Congress return from their August recess, their plates will be very full. Our legislators need to fund the government for the next fiscal year, which starts October first. Although it may seem like a simple task to keep the government operating, a potential partisan collision over raising the debt ceiling once again… Keep reading →

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F-35 Prices Drop 8 Percent In $7 Billion Deal

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: The Pentagon and F-35 maker Lockheed Martin have agreed on the terms of a deal for the Defense Department to buy two lots of F-35s for $7 billion. The big question now is the average price per plane for each tranche (LRIP 6 and 7). While we’ve confirmed with two sources that the deal… Keep reading →

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