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Army To Annually Review 20 Areas Found In New Capabilities Analysis

Inside the Army, Dec. 1, 2014 -- Starting early next year, the Army will begin annual reviews of the 20 focus areas identified as part of a wide-ranging analysis of capabilities that followed the release of the Army's latest operating concept, a service official said.

General Atomics Wants To Speed Up Block 50 Predator GCS Rollout

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The National Press Club has awarded its 2014 Newsletter Journalism Award to Inside the Army Associate Editor Jen Judson for her article that broke the news on the Army's plan to divest its Kiowa helicopters and instead use Apache helicopters that would be taken from the National Guard. Read the story and all of our award-winning coverage from prior years.

Leidos Could Clinch Key Deal For NATO Missile-Shield Work

DefenseAlert, Nov. 26, 2014 -- U.S. government-services contractor Leidos is in final negotiations with NATO over a deal to help build the alliance's ballistic missile defense shield, according to industry sources.

G4S Government Solutions Becomes Centerra Group In New Deal

DefenseAlert, Nov. 26, 2014 -- Following its sale to private-equity firm Alvarez & Marsal Capital Partners this week, security contractor G4S Government Solutions will be renamed Centerra Group and begin seeking acquisitions to bolster its size and scope of work.

Work Grabs The Reins Of Analysis Effort Pivotal To Strategy, Budget Decisions

DefenseAlert, Nov. 25, 2014 -- The Pentagon's No. 2 official, acting on the recommendation of the service vice chiefs, is asserting a new leadership role over an internal Defense Department analysis process that forms a linchpin for nearly all high-level deliberations on defense strategy, weapon system programming and budget matters, force sizing and capability development.
DOCUMENT: Work Memo On The SSA Process (FOUO)

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Pentagon's New Innovation 'Offset' Strategy To Shape Programs, Plans And Budgets

DefenseAlert, Nov. 17, 2014 -- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has formally launched an ambitious and long-expected innovation investment strategy intended to shape the future of the Pentagon for years to come.
DOCUMENT: DOD's Defense Innovation Initiative Memo

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Defense Next 11/26/2014

Presidential Plan Pending

Although a request for proposals had been expected as early as this month, the Air Force confirmed this week that it is still deciding on the most appropriate acquisition strategy to replace its two VC-25 . . .


Back To Work

Following the Thanksgiving holiday break, the Senate Armed Services Committee will quickly get back into the swing of things with a hearing on Tuesday, Dec. 2. Lawmakers will consider the nominations of Robert Scher to be . . .



United Technologies announced this morning that Louis Chenevert, the company's chairman and chief executive, has retired and it has named Gregory Hayes, UTC's chief financial officer, chief executive and president. Hayes has worked at United Technologies . . .

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