Christopher J. Castelli

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Daily News | March 14, 2008

Pentagon acquisition executive John Young said today the White House has decided to proceed with both increments of the VH-71 presidential helicopter program despite huge cost increases and other complications.

Daily News | March 11, 2008

The sudden resignation of U.S. Central Command chief Adm. William Fallon may have been the result of White House pressure due to his perceived opposition to the administration's policy on Iran, a senior House Democrat speculated today.

Daily News | March 7, 2008

The House Armed Services Committee's roles-and-missions panel today released a report urging the Pentagon to overcome the "tyranny of optimism" that has repeatedly led defense officials to underestimate challenges when developing and acquiring new weapon systems.

Daily News | February 26, 2008

Recognizing that military strength alone will not provide security, defense officials want to bolster U.S. "soft power" and expand the interagency manning approach envisioned for the new U.S. Africa Command to all the major combatant commands worldwide.

Daily News | January 29, 2008

The Pentagon this week announced 10 new joint capability technology demonstration projects aimed at developing unmanned vehicles, communications gear and other equipment for special operations troops and the armed services.

Daily News | January 28, 2008

Adm. Timothy Keating is having a tough time persuading China to provide him with phone numbers for Chinese officials, a step he sees as vital for improving Sino-U.S. relations.

Daily News | December 21, 2007

The Pentagon has quietly told the Navy to spend millions more on existing presidential helicopters so they can continue flying amid troubles in the development of the next-generation aircraft.

Daily News | October 22, 2007

Major weapons programs including the Navy's Littoral Combat Ship, the Army's Future Combat System vehicles and the Air Force's F-22A fighter face the prospect of big cuts in the fiscal 2008 defense appropriations bill, but the Pentagon is asking Congress for leniency.

Daily News | October 18, 2007

Defense Secretary Robert Gates today shot down Marine Commandant Gen. James Conway's proposal to shift Marines from Iraq to Afghanistan, which would leave the Army to handle operations in Iraq.

Daily News | October 15, 2007

A new U.S. maritime strategy advocates tighter integration of the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard; more cooperation with foreign fleets; and better tracking of "dangerously anonymous" oceanic shipments of cargo and people, according to an advance copy reviewed by Inside the Pentagon.

Daily News | October 12, 2007

The Pentagon is asking the House and Senate not to cut funding for the Littoral Combat Ship and other key naval programs in the fiscal year 2008 defense authorization bill.

Daily News | October 8, 2007

After serving as Navy acquisition executive for two years -- the latter dominated by a crisis in a key shipbuilding program -- Delores Etter is resigning, according to sources in the department and the defense industry.

Daily News | October 5, 2007

The Army must rethink its future airlift concept for transporting Future Combat System vehicles because the plan is too expensive, risky and difficult, according to the Pentagon's Defense Science Board.

Daily News | September 11, 2007

The Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee today approved its $459.3 billion fiscal year 2008 defense appropriations bill, including a proposal to rescind funding for the second of two Littoral Combat Ships that General Dynamics is developing.

Daily News | August 2, 2007

The Pentagon's top acquisition officials have issued strong warnings in recent weeks about significant cost growth in Defense Department weapons programs, prompting a new initiative to contain the number of changes to requirements and system specifications pushed by program managers.

Daily News | July 12, 2007

Marine Corps officials are tackling a handful of key V-22 Osprey maintenance problems as they prepare to deploy the tiltrotor to Iraq this fall, according to an internal service bulletin obtained by

Daily News | June 18, 2007

The Marine Corps says its MV-22 Osprey has achieved initial operational capability (IOC), meaning both the aircraft and the first combat squadron are ready to fly military missions.

Daily News | March 28, 2007

The production of new VH-71 presidential helicopters will not be moved overseas, Navy Secretary Donald Winter said today.

Daily News | March 22, 2007

In what would be a dramatic change, the Pentagon may have all of the new VH-71 presidential helicopters built overseas, dropping plans to build of most of them in the United States, has learned.

Daily News | March 21, 2007

Frustrated by schedule delays and cost increases, the Army has directed Bell Helicopter Textron to stop work on the Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter, giving the company a final chance to save a program potentially worth $4.1 billion.

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