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Rep. Loretta Sanchez

Don’t Retire U-2, Again! Sen. Feinstein, Rep. Schiff Urge Air Force To Postpone

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: Either Lockheed Martin’s legendary U-2 spy plane does things that Northrop Grumman’s Global Hawk drone can’t, or it doesn’t. If the U-2 doesn’t, then, the Air Force argues, it should be retired by 2019. After several flip flops in recent years, that is the service’s current position: We need to retire the U-2 because we’re upgrading the… Keep reading →

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Air Force Strategy on UH-1N: Wait and Hurry Up

Posted by Richard Whittle on


What could justify the Air Force awarding a sole source contract for helicopters worth close to a billion – that’s a thousand millions – dollars? Pick an answer: A classified joint service military exercise called Mighty Guardian in which some of the 62 aging UH-1N Huey helicopters failed their assignment to carry security forces to… Keep reading →

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Navy To Try New Fast Acquisition Approach

Posted by Colin Clark on


CAPITOL HILL: The Navy’s 2017 budget will include a new authority similar to the Air Force’s Rapid Capability Office to improve the speed with which it can deploy new capabilities, especially classified ones, the head of Navy acquisition told the House Armed Services Committee today. “There will be something that closely mirrors the Air Force… Keep reading →

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Billions In F-35 Upgrades Debated; Canada Election Fallout

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


CAPITOL HILL: While Congress and the media focus on immediate issues with the F-35’s ejection seat, the program has begun working on a long-range modernization plan to upgrade the Joint Strike Fighter’s combat power. This modernization package, with the so-called Block 4 software upgrade at its core, is essential to the aircraft reaching its “full warfighting capability,” Maj. Gen.… Keep reading →

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Kerry Sez US Won’t Wait Long For Russians On Syrian Chemical Weapons

Posted by Colin Clark on


CAPITOL HILL: At an often combative hearing about the US use of force after Syria’s killing 1,400 of its citizens with chemical weapons, Secretary of State John Kerry said America “will not wait for long” to hear details of Russia’s proposal to put the weapons under international control. “We are waiting for word on the… Keep reading →

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Army Killed New Carbine Because It Wasn’t Twice As Reliable As Current M4

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The Army has half a million M4 carbines, the lightweight version of the Vietnam-vintage M16. So if the service was going to invest in a replacement, it wanted a “leap ahead” that would, among other things, cut in half the number of times the weapon jammed – a criterion the Army has not made clear… Keep reading →

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Army Kills New Carbine, Preempting Congress; Industry Groans, ‘Not Again!’

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


“Everybody loses, go home”: That’s what the US Army told the six gunmakers competing to build a new Individual Carbine to replace the widely used M4, itself a derivative of the venerable M16. Of course, it would have helped if the Army had told the competitors the right kind of ammo to fire (more on… Keep reading →

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HASC Rejects Base Closure, F-35 Restrictions During NDAA Markup

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


[updated with final results] CAPITOL HILL: Bipartisan majorities in the House Armed Services Committee have steamrollered proposals to slow down the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and to permit the Pentagon to plan for base closures, but reformers at least made a respectable run at the windmill during markup of fiscal year 2014 National Defense Authorization… Keep reading →

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Army Plays Shell Game With Unfinished Apache Helicopters: Put The Transmission In, And Pull It Out Again

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: The Army’s problem with its new Apache helicopters isn’t as bad as we thought when we first wrote about it last week. It’s worse. We knew that Northstar Aerospace, the subcontractor making the transmissions for lead contractor Boeing, had fallen behind on building that crucial component. We knew at least seven of the latest… Keep reading →

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BRAC Is Back & Sequester’s Here To Stay: Understanding Hagel & HASC

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: Congress seems increasingly resigned to sequestration cuts and base closures, ideas which once met fierce rejection on Capitol Hill. That’s the counterintuitive takeaway from Chuck Hagel’s first hearing as Defense Secretary on the 2014 budget request, one largely overtaken by events. The weary notes that legislators struck on the budget probably had something to… Keep reading →

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