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Readiness Subcommittee Chair Critical Of Navy's Small Surface Combatant

Inside the Navy, Dec. 22, 2014 -- The chairman of the House Armed Services readiness subcommittee last week voiced criticism of the Navy's proposed small surface combatant, calling for an open competition and a downselect to one shipbuilder after the end of the first block buy of the Littoral Combat Ship.

Boeing, Air Force Targeting KC-46 Program's First Flight By Dec. 28

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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.

Deals Approved To Sell Iraq Nearly $3B In Military Vehicles

DefenseAlert, Dec. 19, 2014 -- The State Department has approved possible foreign military sales of 175 Abrams tanks to Iraq for $2.4 billion, along with 1,000 humvees for $579 million, according to recent announcements from the Defense Security Cooperation Agency.

Pentagon Resists Automatic JROC Consideration Of Ground-Radar Buys

DefenseAlert, Dec. 19, 2014 -- The Defense Department says automatic consideration of future ground radar acquisitions by a high-level joint oversight panel is unnecessary, despite government auditors' suggestions that "potentially duplicative" systems were allowed to proliferate in the services.

Despite Declining Spending, Unconventional Military Suppliers See Room To Grow

DefenseAlert, Dec. 19, 2014 -- Defense contractors continue to look to commercial markets, from private jets to health care technology, to cope with shrinking defense spending.

Guard Director Optimistic About C-130 Upgrade Flexibility, Favors Recap Over Modernization

DefenseAlert, Dec. 19, 2014 -- As the Air Force begins to assess the language in the still-pending fiscal year 2015 defense policy bill, it is looking closely at provisions related to legacy C-130 aircraft upgrades so that it can work to make the platform compliant with changing Federal Aviation Administration requirements, according to the director of the Air National Guard.

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DOD Ended FY-14 With $105.7B In Prior-Year Unobligated Balances

DefenseAlert, Dec. 16, 2014 -- The Defense Department ended fiscal year 2014 with a total of $105.7 billion in unobligated funds from prior years, according to new Pentagon figures. The final total is 26 percent more than the White House Office of Management and Budget forecast in March.
DOCUMENT: FY-14 4th-Quarter Unobligated Balances In Unexpired Accounts Report

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Defense Next 12/19/2014

MUOS-3 Launch

The third Lockheed Martin-built Mobile User Objective System satellite will launch Jan. 20 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket, according to a company statement. On Dec. 18, MUOS-3 was encapsulated into its payload fairing, . . .


CANES Protest

Inside the Navy reported this week that the Government Accountability Office's comptroller general had recently sustained a bid protest filed by CGI Federal Inc. for the Navy's Consolidated Afloat Network Enterprise System: Meanwhile, the Navy will . . .



Cubic Corp. said this week it has bought DTECH LABS for $114.5 million. DTECH specializes in modular networking and baseband communications equipment to U.S. Special Operations Command, the Marine Corps and other agencies and is meant . . .

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