Air Force General to Take over JSF Program
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The Pentagon quietly announced that Air Force Maj. Gen. Christopher C. Bogdan (bio) will be replacing Vice Adm. David J. Venlet as head of the Joint Strike Fighter program. AOL Defense hints at friction between Venlet and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. Bogdan served as Venlet’s deputy and, before that, as head of the Air Force’s KC-46 tanker program, FlightGlobal reports.
Sequestration counterpunch: Bloomberg says that the defense industry’s doom predictions about sequestration clash with the size of their profits and optimism about future sales. And CNN opines that defense cuts won’t hurt that much. BAE Systems doesn’t agree, according to Defense News, and Mantech took a hit as well, Washington Technology reports.
House and Senate leaders pitch weeks of committee work on defense and security budgets in favor of a six-month continuing resolution deal, Politico reports. Then they rushed for the exits, The Hill reports. AOL Defense quotes Sen. Graham talking about abandoning his no new taxes pledge to support defense spending. Rep. Andrews had a streak of honesty, according to US News, and suggested raising the social security age and cutting the nation’s nuclear arsenal to bolster defense. Meanwhile, the Defense Appropriations Bill preserves aircraft and ships the military doesn’t want, Wired reports.
Boeing Insitu’s military Integrator drone makes its first flight, FlightGlobal reports.
Costs for the Navy’s legacy intranet mount as NGEN delays continue (paywall), Inside Defense reports.
Congress’ cybersecurity bill fails in the Senate, CNN reports.