July 23, 2018

25% Cut to DoD Support Agencies Proposed

25% cut to DoD

Thornberry’s proposed 25% cut to DoD would impact “fourth estate” agencies supported by 200,000 civilians and 600,000 contractors, at a cost of more than $100 billion per year.

US & UK Accuse Russia of Global Cyber Attacks

global cyber attacks

The US and UK blame Russia for coordinated cyber attacks on internet devices across the globe. White House says the US is “going to push back.”

New Presidential Helicopter Fleet on Schedule

Presidential Helicopter Fleet

Sikorsky is four years into its $1.2 billion contract to replace the president’s helicopter fleet with its VH-92A in 2019.

DoD to Decentralize F-35 Program

F-35

The letter to the Pentagon announcing plans to decentralize the F35 program office came from the newly reconfigured office of the undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment. Each service running its own program is a more traditional model.

Navy Wants More Powerful Warships

Navy Wants More Powerful Warships

The Navy is asking for proposals for multi-mission warships that would be more heavily armed — and slower — than the littoral combat ships. These new ships would be capable of shooting down airplanes, attacking other ships, and countering submarines.

DoD Wants 5% Cut on Next Batch of F-35s

F-35 top test pilot UK

The latest cut in the cost of the standard F-35 will bring the cost of the standard version of the jet strike fighter below $80 million.

DoD Blocked LCS Cost Overruns from GAO Report

LCS cost overruns

A week before the FY17 DoD budget — upped to $584 billion — is expected to finally reach the House floor, a congressional audit reports cost overruns in the controversial Littoral Combat Ship program were classified and kept out of an earlier Government Accountability Office report.

White House Threatens Veto of Senate Defense Bill

Despite a bipartisan agreement, the White House objects to what it regards as too much tinkering in the Senate defense policy bill.

Firms to Pay $13B in Whistleblower Suit

Two firms will pony up $13 billion to settle whistleblower allegations of overbilling.

Computer Science Degrees Lack Security Courses

The nation’s top colleges for computer science don’t require cybersecurity courses for graduation.