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New budget review draws skepticism from those who once hunted for DOD savings

Tony Bertuca | Aug. 19, 2019

Defense Secretary Mark Esper has ordered a review of a $116 billion Defense Department account outside the purview of the military services, stoking concern that officials will search for savings in civilian-led corners of the Pentagon already picked clean by previous efficiency initiatives.

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Jaspreet Gill | August 19, 2019

The Army is planning to field the first capability of the Distributed Common Ground System to 500 battalions by next spring.

Jaspreet Gill | August 19, 2019

The Army has started fielding software from the Electronic Warfare Planning Management Tool and is implementing user feedback while the system is in production.

Sara Sirota | August 19, 2019

The first delivery in the foreign military sale of 12 A-29 Super Tucano aircraft to Nigeria is not expected until May 2021, one year later than initially scheduled.

Mallory Shelbourne | August 16, 2019

The Navy is establishing a new position dedicated to cybersecurity and information management following a critical review earlier this year of the service’s cyber practices, according to a top official.

Sara Sirota | August 16, 2019

This month, the Air Force began limited flight operations to support airfield assessments at Air Base 201 in Niger, where the service is building infrastructure, including a runway, to support regional counterterrorism missions.

A House-proposed cut to the Pentagon's fiscal year 2020 request for the Conventional Prompt Strike program -- the U.S. military's marquee hypersonic strike project -- would knock both the Army and Navy off schedule from current plans to deploy variants of the new ultra-fast, boost-glide weapon in 2023 and 2025 respectively.

The Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center wants to triple the funding ceiling for the Space Enterprise Consortium -- bringing the total value to $1.5 billion and giving more Defense Department space programs access to a growing pool of traditional and non-traditional vendors.

The Army may be getting ahead of itself in creating new cyber and electronic warfare units for multidomain operations without properly assessing risk, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

$20M congressional cut could trigger up to $43M in fees for Columbia sub program

The Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine program is at risk of incurring up to $43 million in contract cancellation fees if Congress slashes $20 million in requested funding for missile tube production.

Army to field first capability of Distributed Common Ground System

The Army is planning to field the first capability of the Distributed Common Ground System to 500 battalions by next spring.

Norquist: New review of all defense functions will 'begin immediately and move forward aggressively'

Defense Secretary Mark Esper has directed a "comprehensive zero-based review" of all defense functions and activities, beginning with a kickoff meeting on Saturday, according to a new memo.

House cuts could limit LUSV concept design contracts from seven to five awards

The concept design phase for a new unmanned surface vessel may be limited from seven contract awards to five if Congress maintains a proposed $20 million cut to the program in the fiscal year 2020 defense spending bill, according to an undated document newly obtained by Inside Defense.

New budget review draws skepticism from those who once hunted for DOD savings

Defense Secretary Mark Esper has ordered a review of a $116 billion Defense Department account outside the purview of the military services, stoking concern that officials will search for savings in civilian-led corners of the Pentagon already picked clean by previous efficiency initiatives.