Christopher J. Castelli

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Daily News | May 30, 2013

The Defense Department's ongoing Strategic Choices and Management Review could take weeks longer to complete than originally anticipated, according to Pentagon officials.

The Insider | May 30, 2013

Former Rep. Jim Marshall (D-GA) has replaced former Rep. Norm Dicks (D-WA), a newly minted lobbyist, on the independent National Defense Panel that will oversee the Quadrennial Defense Review.

Daily News | May 29, 2013

Facing pushback from the military's top brass about countless budget-cutting drills in a review intended to address the Defense Department's huge fiscal challenges, Pentagon officials recently asked service leaders to develop their own proposed cuts for achieving the savings required by sequestration.

Daily News | May 24, 2013

The Army will delay its annual tactical wheeled vehicle strategy report to Congress by nearly a year due to uncertainty over how the Defense Department's Strategic Choices and Management Review will impact the future of the ground force.

Daily News | May 23, 2013

The Defense Department's upcoming "skunk works" pilot project for acquisition management will significantly streamline milestone decisions for participating programs, Pentagon procurement chief Frank Kendall said today.

Daily News | May 17, 2013

The Defense Department has provided Congress two reprogramming requests totaling $9.6 billion, according to a cover letter sent to Congress today by Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale.

Daily News | May 16, 2013

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program officials want permission from Congress to accelerate the development of multimillion-dollar testing upgrades to better assess the aircraft's vital electronic warfare capabilities and mitigate the risk of costly software delays, according to documents and officials.

Daily News | May 15, 2013

The Army, the Marine Corps and U.S. Special Operations Command remain undecided on whether to jointly establish a permanent strategic landpower office pushed by Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno.

Daily News | May 10, 2013

The United States is likely to fight another war in the next two decades, and victory will be impossible without the use of "capable" American ground forces, argues a new white paper issued by the Army, the Marine Corps and U.S. Special Operations Command.

Daily News | May 8, 2013

The Defense Department's secretive Strategic Choices and Management Review is supported by 18 working groups examining the full spectrum of spending choices that DOD must confront given the looming threat of additional budget cuts, according to military and industry sources familiar with the process.

Daily News | May 8, 2013

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program faces the risk of "several-month delays" in software development that could add pressure to the schedule for building, testing and buying fully capable aircraft, the Defense Department warns in a report to Congress.

Daily News | May 7, 2013

Defense Department officials have made significant headway with the Strategic Choices and Management Review, framing options for DOD's force structure, investments and other spending areas, but in some categories Pentagon leaders are pressing for bolder analysis as the assessment nears its finish line, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said today.

The Insider | May 2, 2013

Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter will discuss the Pentagon's ongoing Strategic Choices and Management Review and the department's efficiencies initiatives at the National Press Club next Tuesday morning (May 7).

Daily News | May 1, 2013

The Defense Department's developmental-testing community must improve the timing, content and quality of the information it provides to Pentagon acquisition executive Frank Kendall and focus more on cybersecurity, according to guidance from the community's acting chief.

Daily News | April 30, 2013

Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has directed officials to develop options for how to cut the size of the headquarters of the military services and the defense agencies by 33 percent, according to officials familiar with the internal guidance.

The Insider | April 30, 2013

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has sent Navy Secretary Ray Mabus a letter seeking answers about the service's 30-year shipbuilding plan.

The Insider | April 26, 2013

Deborah Lee James, Science Applications International Corp.'s executive vice president for communications and government affairs, appears to be the frontrunner to succeed outgoing Air Force Secretary Michael Donley, two former senior service officials tell

Daily News | April 24, 2013

The Defense Department will explore a lean, "skunk works" style management approach in more acquisition programs, one of many initiatives listed in new guidance issued today by Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall.

Daily News | April 23, 2013

Stealthy unmanned systems designed for the undersea domain must operate in the future with less supervision than autonomous military vehicles in the air, on the ground, in space and on the water, the Navy says in its response to a recent Pentagon study on drone technology.

Daily News | April 19, 2013

The Defense Department remains far short of its goal of assigning senior leaders to oversee developmental testing for all big-ticket weapons and information-technology programs, according to a new report to Congress.

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