Christopher J. Castelli

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Daily News | November 5, 2013

The Navy is investigating what caused an MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter to unexpectedly suffer a “hard landing” during a recent test flight in Maryland, according to documents and officials.

Daily News | November 5, 2013

The Defense Department’s evolving budget and strategy will protect investments in emerging capabilities, shrink U.S. forces and DOD’s bureaucracy, rethink the Pentagon’s force-planning construct and confront major readiness challenges, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said today.

The Insider | November 5, 2013

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will lay out six priorities for budget and strategy deliberations in a speech this morning at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, according to a senior defense official.

Daily News | November 4, 2013

The Defense Department will not achieve savings by eliminating its daily Early Bird clip service and has not decided whether security officials elsewhere in government will receive access to its replacement, according to the Pentagon official who directed the change.

Daily News | November 1, 2013

The Marine Corps has taken steps to fix weaknesses in its management of intelligence-related emergency spending following a previously undisclosed internal review, according to a spokesman for the service's intelligence director.

The Insider | November 1, 2013

Israel will buy six V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Thursday night in a speech to the Anti-Defamation League.

Daily News | November 1, 2013

The Navy's MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter completed its first day of flying Thursday at Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, CA.

Daily News | October 30, 2013

Expeditionary operations vital to routine and crisis-response missions worldwide are at risk of becoming ineffective or unsustainable unless the service rethinks how to conduct them in a new review, according to internal guidance from the Navy's top admiral.

Daily News | October 25, 2013

The Marine Corps' strong interest in acquiring an Amphibious Combat Vehicle with high water speed could prompt the service to shelve plans for developing such a system until the technology matures, according to the service's No. 2 uniformed leader.

The Insider | October 18, 2013

The Congressional Budget Office released a report today on the Navy's fiscal year 2014 shipbuilding plan.

Daily News | October 18, 2013

The continuing resolution's limitation on starting new acquisition endeavors will delay the Navy's Afloat Forward Staging Base program, a spokesman for Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale's office said today.

Daily News | October 18, 2013

The Navy plans to pursue a multiyear procurement deal to buy Raytheon-made APY-10 radar systems for P-8A Poseidon aircraft in the fiscal year 2015 budget cycle, according to a government notice.

Daily News | October 16, 2013

The stockpile of unspent funding the Defense Department will carry over from prior fiscal years is billions of dollars smaller than last year's total, raising questions about whether DOD will be able to continue to use unobligated funding to blunt sequestration in FY-14.

The Insider | October 15, 2013

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) took to the Senate floor today to rebuff the White House's swift dismissal of a new House GOP plan that insists on some revisions to the Affordable Care Act as a condition for ending the government shutdown and raising the debt limit.

The Insider | October 10, 2013

The Pentagon has announced Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter will step down on Dec. 4.

Daily News | October 9, 2013

The Defense Department is resuming work on long-term investment plans amid the return of many recently furloughed personnel, focusing once again on gathering key data required for the annual program and budget review.

The Insider | October 8, 2013

Pentagon Press Secretary George Little released a statement Monday night about a meeting Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel held with Defense Department leaders and top service officials regarding the government shutdown.

Daily News | October 7, 2013

A "fast-track" review of Navy cyber defense capabilities that requires high security is getting underway almost two years after the service called for the assessment and a year after the National Academy of Sciences approved the plans.

Daily News | October 6, 2013

The government shutdown has halted the Defense Department's planning for further sequestration and the fiscal year 2015 budget, Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale said on Saturday, but that may change as DOD this week begins recalling about 90 percent of the 350,000 furloughed defense officials by implementing the Pay Our Military Act.

The Insider | October 4, 2013

The government shutdown is temporarily preventing the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1) program from getting off the ground. DARPA today postponed its planned Oct. 7 proposers day for the effort due to "a lapse in federal appropriations."

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