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Army Struggles To Man New Cyber/EW Units: GAO

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


As it races to modernize, the service may be creating new formations faster than it can train the technical specialists to staff them.

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GAO Defends Annual Weapons Review: Let’s Look at All the Facts

Posted by Shelby Oakley on


Peter Levine, former top staffer at the Senate Armed Services Committee and now with the Institute for Defense Analyses, penned a piece for us critiquing the GAO’s annual report on major weapons systems. The GAO begs to differ with Levine’s conclusions and assertions. Below is their reply, penned by Shelby Oakley, director at GAO. Read… Keep reading →

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ITEP: GAO Okays Army Picking Riskier Engine – Will Congress?

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The full GAO decision undermines one of ATEC’s arguments to overturn the award to rival GE, technical superiority, but it reinforces another: risk.

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ITEP: GE Defends Its Helicopter Engine

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Leaked extracts from an Army review tell only part of the story, a 12-year saga of extensive research, development, and testing, the company argues.

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ATEC Appeals To Hill For Helicopter Engine Dough

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Rebuffed by the Army and GAO in its bid to re-engine aging helicopters, ATEC has gone over their heads to Congress and asked legislators for a second chance.

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F-35 Parts Problems At Heart Of Low Readiness Rates: GAO

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“F-35 aircraft performance is falling short of warfighter requirements—that is, aircraft cannot perform as many missions or fly as often as required. This lower-than-desired aircraft performance is due largely to F-35 spare parts shortages and difficulty in managing and moving parts around the world”

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GAO: Navy “Overly Optimistic” On Columbia Sub Costs

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The Navy’s most expensive shipbuilding program and the key to the country’s nuclear triad is under increasing pressure to keep to its tight schedule, and hit its budget.

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Space Force May Not Fix Space Acquisition Mess

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Military space programs have to navigate a maze of 60 agencies. Creating a Space Force may not make things simpler.

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New Evidence Of Conflict of Interest In JEDI Contract

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WASHINGTON The massive and troubled $10 billion cloud contract the Pentagon has been pursuing has run into another snag. DoD revealed Tuesday it has obtained “new information” pointing to potential of conflicts of interest in the competition, already widely criticized for favoring Amazon Web Services. Pentagon spokesperson Elissa Smith confirmed to Breaking Defense that “new… Keep reading →

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Bell V-280 Flies 322 MPH: Army Secretary Praises Program

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


“Our new approach is really to prototype as much as we can to help us identify requirements, so our reach doesn’t exceed our grasp,” Secretary Esper said. “A good example is Future Vertical Lift: The prototyping has been exceptional.”

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