Christopher J. Castelli

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Daily News | January 11, 2013

The Defense Department's network defenses remain vulnerable to advanced attacks in cyberspace that could jeopardize military missions, according to a new assessment from the Pentagon's operational testing chief.

The Insider | January 11, 2013

Air Force Secretary Michael Donley said today that the Defense Department would deploy the Air Force's special operations variant of the V-22 Osprey, known as the CV-22, to Japan -- but his comments, made during a question-and-answer session with reporters, later prompted Pentagon Press Secretary George Little to issue a clarification of the Pentagon's plans.

Daily News | January 10, 2013

A nascent effort to improve the detection of wiring problems that have hindered the readiness of Marine Corps and Air Force V-22 Ospreys could yield substantial savings, according to the program office.

The Insider | January 7, 2013

Former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) would be the first person of enlisted rank to serve as secretary of defense, one of the few secretaries who've been wounded in war and the first Vietnam veteran to lead the Defense Department, President Obama said today when nominating Hagel to succeed Leon Panetta as defense secretary.

Daily News | January 3, 2013

The Pentagon's operational testing chief is counseling the services to alert him if they determine they cannot execute previously approved plans for testing major weapons.

The Insider | January 2, 2013

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta today issued a statement on the two-month delay of sequestration included in this week's fiscal-cliff deal.

Daily News | January 2, 2013

The Defense Department faces significant uncertainty in early 2013 given a two-month deferment of sequestration approved in this week's "fiscal cliff" deal, as well as other factors that could delay the Pentagon's budget process, according to defense sources.

Daily News | December 27, 2012

A classified Defense Department inspector general report scrutinizing the protection of critical information about the Navy's EA-18G Growler electronic-warfare aircraft has prompted the service to counsel its program managers on security requirements.

Daily News | December 19, 2012

A new Commerce Department study on the space industrial base is likely to help the Pentagon make strategic purchasing decisions and achieve cost savings, according to officials conducting the review.

Daily News | December 18, 2012

Elements of Patriot missile defense systems intended to defend Turkey in the event of an attack from Syria began arriving in Turkey this morning, said Namik Tan, the Turkish ambassador to the United States.

Daily News | December 12, 2012

As House and Senate conferees near an agreement on the fiscal year 2013 defense authorization bill, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is making a final push to advocate changes the White House proposed earlier this year for both chambers' versions of the legislation.

The Insider | December 12, 2012

The White House is condemning North Korea’s Dec. 11 missile launch, which defied United Nations Security Council resolutions.

The Insider | December 6, 2012

President Obama intends to nominate Gen. Lloyd Austin as the next commander of U.S. Central Command, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said in a statement.

Daily News | December 6, 2012

Improving the agility of the Defense Department's acquisition system over the next decade is the Pentagon's single biggest economic challenge, according to a DOD official charged with assessing the performance of major weapons programs.

The Insider | December 6, 2012

The Office of the Management and Budget’s new guidance on sequestration directs the Defense Department and other federal agencies to provide more information and analysis needed to update the estimates in the 400-page Sequestration Transparency Act (STA) report that OMB issued in September and to “finalize calculations of the spending reductions that would be required,” according to an OMB spokeswoman.

Daily News | November 15, 2012

Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI), the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said Thursday he hoped the full Senate would take up the fiscal year 2013 defense authorization bill by the next morning with the aim of passing the legislation early next week. But hours later, the Senate announced it would not reconvene until after Thanksgiving.

The Insider | November 15, 2012

U.S. and NATO forces have made little progress eliminating the safe havens that violent extremists have maintained in Pakistan, said Gen. Joseph Dunford, President Obama's nominee to be the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan.

Daily News | November 13, 2012

Defense Department acquisition chief Frank Kendall said today he is “very unhappy” with how long it takes the Pentagon to field weapons and he plans to tackle the problem in DOD's latest push to boost efficiency and productivity in defense spending.

Daily News | November 5, 2012

The Pentagon will begin measuring the productivity of major defense acquisition programs, including the contractors that build big-ticket weapons and military organizations that oversee the purchases, Defense Department acquisition chief Frank Kendall said today.

Daily News | November 1, 2012

The Commerce Department has completed a night-vision industrial base review to inform the White House's export-control reform efforts amid calls from industry to permit more foreign sales of U.S. night-vision systems.

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