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DoD Swats Away Blue Origin Launch Protest

Posted by Theresa Hitchens on


One space expert, with no skin in the NSSL game, opined that for the most part Blue Origin’s protest is “simply whining,” and characterized SpaceX’s lawsuit as “sour grapes.”

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Second GPS III Launch Validates (At Long Last) Program Progress

Posted by Theresa Hitchens on


“GPS III SV02 is the newest generation of GPS satellites designed and built to deliver positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) information with three times better accuracy, and up to eight times improved anti-jamming capability than its predecessor.”

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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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Esper: F-35 Won’t Hit 80% Readiness, Cites Stealth Parts

Posted by Colin Clark on


“Transparency (canopy) supply shortages continue to be the main obstacle to achieving this. We are seeking additional sources to fix unserviceable canopies,” Esper said in response to written questions from the Senate Armed Services Committee.

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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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GAO Needs to Step Up Its Game On Annual Weapons Study

Posted by Peter Levine on


GAO’s own data show that the supposed cost growth at the heart of the analysis does not exist at all. The patient reader will find that the real reason for this “cost growth” is increased purchase quantities. In plain terms, the Pentagon bought more weapons.

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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

Posted by Colin Clark on


“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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