Jason Sherman

Jason Sherman is a reporter for Inside Defense. For more than two decades -- including stints with Defense News and Armed Forces Journal -- he has covered the Pentagon, defense industry, the military budget, weapon system acquisition and defense policy formulation as well as reporting on technology, business, and global arms trade. Jason has traveled to more than 40 countries, studied medieval history at the State University of New York at Buffalo, and lives in Brooklyn.


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Daily News | June 6, 2013

A newly adopted Pentagon cost model has lowered from $2.5 billion to $1.7 billion the estimated price tag to integrate design changes and repair flaws in the first F-35 jets, according to a new Defense Department report that forecasts the average concurrency cost for the first 289 fighter aircraft will be $6 million.

Daily News | June 5, 2013

The Pentagon has provided the most detailed explanation to date of its classified Air-Sea Battle Concept, issuing a paper on the joint-service effort launched in 2009 and led by the Air Force and Navy to deal with threats -- particularly from China or Iran -- that could impair the U.S. military's ability to project power.

Daily News | June 4, 2013

The House Appropriations defense subcommittee wants to rescind $3 billion in funding previously allocated to Pentagon weapons-modernization accounts, cuts that would be imposed as part of a fiscal year 2014 defense spending bill that would also trim the Pentagon's request for new weapons spending by $1.8 billion.

Daily News | May 30, 2013

The White House budget office has directed all department heads to draw up plans for steep spending cuts in fiscal year 2015 by preparing budget proposals that assume 5- and 10-percent reductions to planned spending levels, cuts that if applied to the Pentagon could slash military spending by as much as $54 billion.

Daily News | May 29, 2013

The Defense Department wants Congress to moderate a key provision of the 2009 Weapons System Acquisition Reform Act that mandates a preliminary design review before the Pentagon's acquisition executive can formally initiate a new, big-ticket project.

Daily News | May 28, 2013

The price tag for the collection of weapons programs that comprise the Ballistic Missile Defense System increased by more than $4 billion over the last year, bringing the estimated total cost to develop and acquire the Missile Defense Agency-managed projects to $132 billion, the Pentagon reported to Congress last week.

Daily News | May 23, 2013

The Pentagon is asking Congress to shift $617 million in a reprogramming request that ostensibly would fund higher-priority military intelligence needs, but also includes money for efforts like the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and Ground Based Midcourse Defense programs.

Daily News | May 21, 2013

The Obama administration is moving to end an epic legal battle between the Justice Department and two major defense contractors, seeking congressional authorization to allow the Navy to receive "in-kind" payments in lieu of cash from Boeing and General Dynamics to settle a $1.3 billion dispute over the 1991 termination of the A-12 aircraft program.

Daily News | May 20, 2013

The Pentagon is seeking $6.4 billion in additional weapons procurement spending in fiscal year 2014 as part of a $79.4 billion overseas contingency operations spending request the Obama administration sent to lawmakers on Friday.

Daily News | May 17, 2013

The Pentagon is asking Congress to repeal legislation that requires the Air Force to maintain at least 74 retired KC-135E Stratotankers in case they are needed for Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard or active duty -- a revival the Defense Department argues could cost as much as $5.5 billion.

Daily News | May 15, 2013

The quality of cost estimates prepared by the services for major weapon systems is improving, according to a new report from the Pentagon's top cost estimator.

Daily News | May 14, 2013

The Pentagon is asking Congress for a five-year extension of a pilot program that allows the government to match defense industry investments in the tamper-proof features of critical weapon system components, and aims to facilitate foreign sales and additional revenue for U.S. companies.

Daily News | May 10, 2013

The Pentagon's future spending plans, which could be upended within weeks by a high-level internal review, boost annual weapons procurement spending between by nearly 3 percent above inflation over the next five fiscal years, from $99.3 billion in FY-14 to $114.2 billion in FY-18, according to a newly released Pentagon forecast.

Daily News | May 6, 2013

A new Pentagon report sent to Congress today provides the most detailed government account of capabilities China is developing to thwart U.S. forces -- so-called anti-access, area-denial weapon systems that include two stealth fighter aircraft programs, an unmanned combat air vehicle, anti-satellite capabilities, a ballistic missile defense "umbrella" and cyberwarfare.

Daily News | May 3, 2013

A draft Pentagon "emergency" reprogramming budget request would shift approximately $9 billion among fiscal years 2012 and 2013 accounts to offset wartime spending shortfalls, raiding $4 billion from weapons modernization programs, according to a copy of the document obtained by InsideDefense.com.

Daily News | April 26, 2013

An advisory panel chartered by Army Secretary John McHugh to assess the strategic direction of the service's science and technology efforts concludes in a new report that the service "lacks an S&T strategy and investment plan to meet likely future challenges."

Daily News | April 23, 2013

A new Pentagon assessment of Iran's military power maintains that Iran -- with "sufficient foreign assistance" -- could flight-test by 2015 an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of striking the United States, reiterating a longstanding estimate of the U.S. intelligence community.

Daily News | April 16, 2013

The Marine Corps plans to declare the F-35B ready for initial operations as soon as July 2015, the service's top general told lawmakers today -- a new target date that roughly tracks with delays in the Joint Strike Fighter program following the addition of two years to the aircraft's development schedule last year.

Daily News | March 28, 2013

In a new report, congressional auditors have disclosed just how much the Navy has scaled back its Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) program, slashing the estimated cost of the planned acquisition from $15.1 billion to $5.7 billion -- a 62 percent reduction in the size of the winner-take-all prize set to be awarded as soon as next month to either Lockheed Martin, Raytheon or Northrop Grumman.

Daily News | March 27, 2013

The Defense Department believes the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a leftist guerrilla organization, has obtained surface-to-air missiles, which could upset the balance of power between the insurgent group and the Colombian military as they attempt to negotiate a peace accord, according to defense officials and analysts.

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