DefenseAlert, June 29, 2015 -- Two defense contracting chief executives late last week pushed back against a Pentagon proposal that would require companies to find Defense Department sponsors to back their independent research and development projects.
DefenseAlert, June 26, 2015 -- The Pentagon was given an "A" grade on Friday by the U.S. Small Business Administration for awarding $53.3 billion in fiscal year 2014 prime contracts to small businesses -- more than half of the federal government's total for FY-14.
DefenseAlert, June 26, 2015 -- A panel of Air Force and Defense Department officials told House authorizers this week that proposed legislation from the Senate Armed Services Committee limiting the department's use of the Russian-made RD-180 engine would eliminate "multiple" opportunities for competitive launch over the next few years, and would eliminate the United Launch Alliance from competition beginning in fiscal year 2018.
DefenseAlert, June 25, 2015 -- The Defense Department, as part of a high-profile annual military exercise in Alaska, demonstrated an innovative use of a large number of small, unmanned aerial vehicles, a precursor to exhibiting micro-UAVs capable of autonomous swarming behaviors and a move designed in part to display military advantage over China and Russia.
Inside the Army, June 29, 2015 -- Defense Secretary Ash Carter is asking a group of outside experts to provide recommendations on how the reserve components have been used in the last two major wars to help decide how to employ them in the future.
DefenseAlert, June 25, 2015 -- Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Joseph Dunford will prioritize funding efforts that facilitate distributed operations in the next budget cycle as well as mitigating risk for Marines operating in Africa and the Pacific.