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McCarthy: Futures Command needs access to 'extraordinary people'

Courtney McBride | Feb. 20, 2018

Army senior leaders are nearing key decisions about the composition of the new command tasked with force modernization.

Navy awards five conceptual design contracts for future frigate competition

Lee Hudson | Feb. 16, 2018

The Navy has awarded conceptual design contracts to Austal USA, Fincantieri Marinette Marine, General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, Huntington Ingalls Industries and Lockheed Martin at $14.9 million apiece for the guided missile frigate replacement program, as it readies to later down select to one vendor.

Sea-launched cruise missile could be deployed on surface ships, potentially DDG-1000s

Justin Doubleday | Feb. 16, 2018

The Pentagon is considering deploying a new nuclear-tipped, sea-launched cruise missile on surface ships such as the Zumwalt-class destroyers as well as submarines, according to the head of U.S. Strategic Command.

Navy, OSD set aside different amounts for LCS in FY-19 budget request

Lee Hudson | Feb. 16, 2018

The Navy has budgeted for one Littoral Combat Ship in the fiscal year 2019 budget, generating consternation that the construction plan may be detrimental to the shipbuilding industrial base.

Army eyes $3 billion boost for missile procurement in effort to bolster decisive-action training

Jason Sherman | Feb. 16, 2018

Army leaders are asking Congress to plow $3 billion more than previously forecast into the service's missiles account in fiscal year 2019 -- an increase of nearly 140 percent compared to the FY-19 forecast the Pentagon published last year -- with major increases for the Guided Missile Launch Rocket System, Patriot MSE missile, and modifications of Army Tactical Missile System programs.

The Trump administration Monday unveiled the outlines of a $686 billion budget for the Defense Department in fiscal year 2019 that includes a $20 billion placeholder for military spending increases set as part of the recent two-year budget deal.

Air Force officials say the service is still targeting an annual F-35 production rate of 60 aircraft, but in the near term, the focus is on maintaining a "manageable ramp" in order to avoid undue strain on its production and logistics infrastructure.

The Trump administration's fiscal year 2019 budget request seeks $182.1 billion for the Army -- $148.4 billion in the base budget and $33.7 billion in the Overseas Contingency Operations account.

Navy awards five conceptual design contracts for future frigate competition

The Navy has awarded conceptual design contracts to Austal USA, Fincantieri Marinette Marine, General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, Huntington Ingalls Industries and Lockheed Martin at $14.9 million apiece for the guided missile frigate replacement program, as it readies to later down select to one vendor.

Air Force outlines $7.3 billion five-year plan for future SBIRS architecture

The Air Force's fiscal year 2019 budget offers new details on its plan to recapitalize the Space-Based Infrared System and support future overhead persistent infrared requirements, even as the effort still lacks an approved acquisition strategy.

Navy awards five conceptual design contracts for future frigate competition

The Navy has awarded conceptual design contracts to Austal USA, Fincantieri Marinette Marine, General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, Huntington Ingalls Industries and Lockheed Martin at $14.9 million apiece for the guided missile frigate replacement program, as it readies to later down select to one vendor.

Key Pentagon nominees clear Senate

The Senate last night confirmed several high-level Pentagon nominees, including one official intended to be the Defense Department's new No. 3 and one who will perform the role of chief innovation officer.

Data-to-Decision pieces together technology to create new ops picture

A key experimentation campaign spurred by the Air Superiority 2030 flight plan is helping the Air Force move toward multidomain operations, its lead scientist tells Inside the Air Force.

Marine Corps manpower shift leads to reduction in RQ-21 FY-19 request

The Marine Corps reduced its fiscal year 2019 budget request for RQ-21 Blackjack unmanned aerial systems from four to zero as a result of an internal manpower shift, according to a service spokesman.