DefenseAlert, April 17, 2015 -- A recently completed Navy airborne electronic-attack force-structure study could -- if endorsed by the Joint Staff and blessed by the Office of the Secretary of Defense -- build the case for buying as many as 30 additional Boeing-built EA-18G Growlers in fiscal year 2017 in order for the Navy to fully support both the joint force and partner nations during operations in contested, anti-access environments.
DefenseAlert, April 17, 2015 -- The Defense Department needs better modeling and simulation products when it comes to electronic warfare, according to the Pentagon's acting research and engineering chief.
DefenseAlert, April 17, 2015 -- The head of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program expects the $400 billion fighter jet program to lift itself out of the concurrency “rut” by about 2017 or 2018 as the number of aircraft and engine faults discovered during developmental testing continues to decline.
DefenseAlert, April 17, 2015 -- A small Michigan company is poised to enter the Marine Corps' next-generation amphibious vehicle program as one of five potential competitors for a multibillion-dollar contract, according to a Marine Corps official.
DefenseAlert, April 14, 2015 -- The Navy plans to test the X-47B unmanned carrier system-demonstrator air-to-air refueling capability on April 15 before the system is retired, according to a service official.
Inside the Army, April 20, 2015 -- The Army plans to move AH-64 Apaches and other gear to Alaska in the next few years, but is waiting on a Northern Command-led study on military operations in the Arctic before proceeding, according to a top Army operations official.
DefenseAlert, April 14, 2015 -- The Pentagon's top weapons buyer has declared current Air Force and Navy strategic forces modernization plans unaffordable, unless the Defense Department can secure an additional $10 billion to $12 billion annually beginning in 2021, a monumental bill confounding DOD leaders who aim to begin budgeting for a new bomber and submarine in the fiscal year 2017 budget that is now being drafted.