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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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LogX: DARPA Aims to Fix Supply Chain

Posted by Barry Rosenberg on


DARPA’s LogX program will move DoD logistics and supply chain data to the cloud.

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Is Israel Ready For War?

Posted by Arie Egozi on


The IDF chief of staff says his fraying forces urgently need a $2.76 billion boost.

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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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F-35C Readiness Rises, Navy Fighter Shortfall Fades

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


While the Air Force bet the farm on F-35, the Navy put its airpower eggs in multiple baskets, from legacy fighters to new drones.

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Air Force Tries To Fix F-35’s ALIS — From A Big, Broken Box To the Cloud

Posted by Colin Clark on


How bad is the F-35’s computerized maintenance system, ALIS? So bad the plane may be better off without it.

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Army Bets Big On Service Contracts To Fix Aging IT

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The Army’s got lots of really old IT on its bases which may not hold up in a real war.

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Pentagon To Retire USS Truman Early, Shrinking Carrier Fleet To 10

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The move could save more than $30 billion over 25 years to invest in high-tech weapons — but Congress is sure to explode in outrage.

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Navy’s New Nuke Sub On Track; Early Problems Fixed

Posted by Paul McLeary on


CAPITOL HILL The head of the Navy’s Columbia-class nuclear submarine program says that the program, despite earlier concerns over cost, schedule, and industrial base issues, is set to meet its goal of a first deployment in 2031, putting the service’s most expensive and consequential program on track. The boats will come just in time to… Keep reading →

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2020 Budget: Army Shifts $31B To Modernization, Readiness

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


That’s $6 billion more than previously announced — but it all comes at the cost of almost 200 cut, cancelled, or slowed-down programs, each with backers in Congress.

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