Christopher J. Castelli

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The Insider | October 24, 2008

If Barack Obama wins the White House, don't be surprised if he puts a strong emphasis on preventing bioterrorism. Richard Danzig, one of Obama's key advisers, is deeply interested in the subject.

Daily News | October 3, 2008

Pentagon acquisition chief John Young admits he is upset with Bell Helicopter Textron for failing to make the Marine Corps' UH-1Y utility helicopter more maneuverable, but he accuses operational testers of overstating the problem.

Daily News | October 3, 2008

Pentagon acquisition chief John Young says the Defense Department is mulling whether it is worth incurring huge costs to slightly boost the resolution quality of the images gleaned from the Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle's sensors.

The Insider | September 25, 2008

Some Pentagon officials might stick around for the transition to the next administration, but don't expect Pentagon Comptroller Tina Jonas to be among them.

Daily News | September 24, 2008

Congress wants the White House's intelligence directorate to provide annual updates of the 2007 National Intelligence Estimate on Iran's nuclear intentions and capabilities, beginning early next year.

Daily News | September 24, 2008

Capitol Hill is pressing the Navy to carefully review, and perhaps even reboot, the troubled program to develop new White House helicopters.

Daily News | September 10, 2008

A new team of defense officials is scrambling to create investment and management plans to prevent nuclear weapons or devices from being used against the United States or its allies, Inside the Pentagon has learned.

Daily News | August 5, 2008

Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the Manitowoc Marine Group (MMG), which is building the first Littoral Combat Ship for Lockheed Martin.

Daily News | July 24, 2008

The Navy is publicly acknowledging its controversial decision to curtail the Zumwalt-class DDG-1000 destroyer program and resume building Arleigh Burke-class DDG-51 destroyers, nearly two weeks after Inside the Navy disclosed the plan.

Daily News | July 24, 2008

The Pentagon is pressing military acquisition officials to keep centralized records of defense contract terminations to avoid the embarrassment of repeatedly doing business with bad contractors.

Daily News | July 22, 2008

After meeting early this morning with Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England, Navy leaders are moving ahead with plans to curtail the multibillion-dollar DDG-1000 destroyer program.

Daily News | July 10, 2008

The Army's Future Combat System, as currently structured, remains affordable and faces no major changes in the fiscal year 2010 program objective memorandum aside from a funding boost to support the new focus on infantry brigades, Army Secretary Pete Geren said today.

Daily News | June 17, 2008

Presidential contenders Sens. Barack Obama (D-IL) and John McCain (R-AZ) generally agree on the urgent need to bolster efforts to prevent catastrophic nuclear terrorism, the goal of working toward a world free of nuclear weapons and U.S. plans to base missile defenses in Europe, advisers to both camps say.

Daily News | June 10, 2008

The Pentagon's top officer said today the Defense Department will soon begin training Pakistan's Frontier Corps to secure the border with Afghanistan, where the globe's most dangerous militants are thought to be hiding.

Daily News | May 29, 2008

The Pentagon sent Congress two reprogramming requests on Tuesday seeking permission to shift a total of $9.7 billion to the Army and defense-wide accounts by borrowing funds from other service accounts.

Daily News | May 29, 2008

Defense officials are determining what kind of military equipment and logistics support -- particularly airlift -- will be needed for U.S. Africa Command, according to Vice Adm. Robert Moeller, the nascent organization's deputy commander.

Daily News | May 8, 2008

Defense Secretary Robert Gates today defended a Pentagon proposal to provide military aid to Panama despite objections from lawmakers who note Panama has no military.

Daily News | May 7, 2008

In the twilight of the Bush administration, the White House has officially tapped a Senate Armed Services Committee staffer for the job of Navy acquisition czar.

Daily News | April 18, 2008

The Defense Department is asking managers of its biggest acquisition programs to sign pacts committing them to stay on the job and meet cost, schedule and performance goals.

Daily News | March 28, 2008

The Navy today awarded a five-year, $10.4 billion contract to Bell Helicopter Textron and Boeing for the manufacture and delivery of 167 V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft.

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