Christopher J. Castelli

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The Insider | October 29, 2012

With the federal government closed today due to Hurricane Sandy, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s scheduled speech tonight in downtown Washington has been postponed, according to a Defense Department statement issued last night.

Daily News | October 25, 2012

Uncertainty surrounding U.S. defense-spending levels in fiscal year 2013 and beyond is preventing the Pentagon from making key decisions about long-term strategy and investments, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said today.

Daily News | October 23, 2012

Despite pressure from Congress and within the Defense Department to reduce excess capacity, the Army's top general in Europe opposes closing and realigning more U.S. military bases on the continent.

Daily News | October 17, 2012

The Navy wants the Standard Missile-3 Block IIB missile to be much more capable than previous variants and is willing to expand the design options to include modifications to existing missile-launching systems and the use of liquid propellants, the service has told the Missile Defense Agency.

The Insider | October 17, 2012

Pentagon Press Secretary George Little today announced a temporary change in the leadership of the Defense Department's personnel and readiness directorate.

The Insider | October 16, 2012

Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter arrived in Kuwait today on the first stop of a week-long visit to meet with national leaders and thank military personnel serving within the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said this afternoon in a statement.

Daily News | October 12, 2012

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency is reducing the foreign military sales administrative surcharge that other countries pay when buying U.S. weapons.

Daily News | October 11, 2012

Mitt Romney would boost the Navy's annual shipbuilding rate to 15 vessels during his first term if elected to the White House, the Republican presidential candidate's advisers asserted today, but they did not explain how exactly a Romney administration would achieve the goal.

The Insider | October 10, 2012

BAE Systems and EADS today announced the termination of their merger talks. In a joint statement, the companies argued the proposed merger was “based on a sound industrial logic and represented an opportunity to create a combination from two strong and successful companies greater than the sum of the parts.”

Daily News | October 9, 2012

The Pentagon and State Department are proceeding with multimillion-dollar plans to provide  counterterrorism assistance to multiple countries through the new Global Security Contingency Fund, but further consultation with Congress will be needed before implementation, according to defense and diplomatic officials.

Daily News | October 3, 2012

The Defense Department's growing military capacity, investments in new warfighting capabilities and other measures show that the Pentagon will uphold its increased security commitments in the Asia-Pacific region, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said today.

The Insider | October 3, 2012

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta receives a briefing this morning on Iran from the Defense Policy Board, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter revealed this morning before launching into a speech on the Asia-Pacific region.

Daily News | October 3, 2012

The V-22 Osprey program is moving ahead with plans to contract with Bell Helicopter Textron and Boeing for non-recurring engineering work needed to install long-overdue cockpit voice recorders on the Defense Department's fleet of tiltrotor aircraft.

Daily News | September 28, 2012

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey's new vision for the U.S. military of 2020 carries with it significant risks, including the possibility that new communications capabilities deemed essential might be vulnerable to enemy action or too costly or complex to build in the first place.

The Insider | September 28, 2012

The Pentagon today published its new Capstone Concept for Joint Operations, signed by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey.

The Insider | September 20, 2012

Echoing comments made yesterday on Capitol Hill by Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said this morning that delaying sequestration would be preferable to permitting its implementation.

Daily News | September 19, 2012

The Defense Department will review major weapons programs with slower-than-normal spending rates to ensure effective acquisition practices while shifting money as needed to meet its top priorities, according to new internal guidance.

The Insider | September 19, 2012

The Defense Department announced overnight that it had reached an agreement with the Japanese government that will permit the V-22 Osprey to commence flight operations in Japan.

The Insider | September 19, 2012

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta met today with China's Vice President and Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission Xi Jinping, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said in a statement released this morning.

The Insider | September 18, 2012

The Center for Strategic and International Studies today issued its annual report on contractor spending by the Defense Department.

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