Inside the Pentagon, July 31, 2014 -- In response to a congressional request for help on acquisition reform efforts, industry leaders are calling for a greater focus on how commercial items are procured, along with enhanced industry involvement in the process and workforce development.
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DefenseAlert, July 30, 2014 -- The Air Force wants to make its future weapon system procurement strategy more agile and its acquisition programs more adaptable, according to a 30-year strategy rolled out on July 30 by top service leadership.
DOCUMENT: Air Force 'Call To The Future' 30-Year Strategy
DefenseAlert, July 30, 2014 -- Flight restrictions remain for Joint Strike Fighter operational aircraft until an engine investigation wraps up, but limits have been removed for test aircraft, according to the F-35 joint program office.
DefenseAlert, July 30, 2014 -- The Defense Department is laying plans to demonstrate by 2018 a next-generation bunker-busting bomb armed with a new payload – "kinetic fireball incendiaries" -- that could be used to destroy chemical or biological weapons stored in fortified, underground facilities.
DOCUMENT: Air Force Draft RFP For HAMMER Munition
DefenseAlert, July 24, 2014 -- The Marine Corps is developing requirements for a future cargo unmanned aerial system platform following the deployment of the K-MAX system in Afghanistan, according to a Navy official.DefenseAlert: Daily News
- PACOM Announces First Asia Pacific Proliferation Security Exercise
- PACOM Implements Army 'Pacific Pathways' Concept As Part Of Asia Pivot
- Outgoing ACC Commander Talks Up U-2, Plays Down New Unmanned ISR Platform
- Presidential Aircraft Replacement Program Still Set For Fall RFP
- Army Acquisition Official Throws Support Behind Vehicle Industrial Base
DefenseAlert, July 23, 2014 -- The Pentagon's deputy acquisition executive recently told defense industry representatives that Frank Kendall, her boss, thinks full sequestration will be triggered in fiscal year 2016 and has been advising budget programmers to craft "off-ramps" to address looming program cuts.
News on a proposed incendiary bunker-buster bomb, the Joint Strike Fighter program, manned vs unmanned platforms and more.
The Office of Management and Budget recently issued a memo outlining "the administration's multi-agency science and technology priorities for formulating [fiscal year] 2016 Budget submissions." Among those priorities are: Advanced manufacturing and industries of the future. The . . .07/29/2014
The Defense Department recently issued an updated joint doctrine document on special operations. Among the changes, the new doctrine document: * Expands the discussion of special operations joint task force, to include the addition of a vignette . . .07/29/2014
After being postponed three times due to ground system errors and bad weather, Air Force Space Command-4 launched on July 28 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL. The Delta IV carrying AFSPC-4's three space situational . . .