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Pentagon Needs Hill Help With Software Fixes, Including On F-35

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Acquisition chief Ellen Lord wants a radically new way of buying software, but appropriators have to approve.

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Army Tells Shoddy Suppliers: Shape Up

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


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Quality control problems at Boeing are just part of wider supply shortfalls that could hamstring Army helicopters in a major war.

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

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


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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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No, The Pentagon Did NOT Waste $28 Billion

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credit: Colin Clark

One of our primary goals here at Breaking Defense is to try and avoid the madness of the daily news cycle and tell our readers what is really happening, as best as any human can tell at any time. The following explanation by two experienced defense budget experts of what really happened to $28 billion discussed in a… Keep reading →

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Navy To Trump: ‘Don’t Knock Us Over’ With Budget Cuts

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“The waste would be absolutely stunning,” Secretary Spenser said. To cut the already-completed 2020 budget plan so steeply on such little notice, he said, “some of the scenarios will make your eyes water for what we will have to do” in his shipbuilding and maintenance accounts.

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Forget The Terminator: Robotics For Logistics 1st, Combat 2nd

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Don’t think about the Terminator or Iron Man: Think about Sigourney Weaver’s power loader lifting crates in Aliens.

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With Funding In Peril, Coast Guard Pushes Icebreaker As ‘Polar Security Cutter’

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


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“One of the things that we did early in my tenure was we changed (it to) Polar Security Cutter as we were trying to get the funds from the Congress, from our own department, the administration,” Coast Guard Commandant Karl Schultz told Breaking Defense.

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Congress Traded Operations & Maintenance For Modernization In 19 Appropriations

Posted by Mark Cancian on


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Now that President Trump has signed the fiscal 2019 defense appropriations bill — marking the first time in nine years that defense is not bound by a Continuing Resolution — the broad trend was cuts to Operational and Maintenance (O&M) to fund Research, Development, Testing, & Engineering (RDT&E). The top line was consistent with the… Keep reading →

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Wilson Presses For 40K More Airmen, 74 More Squadrons

Posted by Colin Clark on


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It won’t be cheap. Todd Harrison, defense budget guru at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, tweeted that the larger service could cost an additional $13 billion per year.

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Up the Buy ASAP: Fixing American Airpower

Posted by Doug Birkey on


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Double the buy rate on F-35A starting in 2020 and plan on a minimum of 200 B-21 bombers built in rapid fashion. That will begin to get to the Air Force that America needs to meets the challenges of the future.

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