(Staff writer) In light of a number of high-profile hazing cases, the Navy has created a new office under the chief of naval personnel to track alleged incidents in the fleet.
(Staff writer) WASHINGTON — A half-trillion-dollar cut to planned Pentagon spending will be triggered the instant Thursday becomes Friday on the East Coast.
(The Associated Press) FORT MEADE, Md. — Bradley Manning, the Army private arrested in the biggest leak of classified material in U.S. history, pleaded guilty Thursday to charges that could send him to prison for 20 years, saying he was trying to expose the American military’s “bloodlust” and disregard for human life in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Winner(click to view full) The USA needs a plane that can provide effective precision close air support and JTAC training, and costs about $1,000 per flight hour to operate – instead of the $15,000+ they’re paying now to use advanced jet fighters at 10% of their capabilities. Countries on the front lines of the war’s battles needed a plane that small or new air forces can field within a reasonable time, and use effectively. If these 2 needs are filled by the same aircraft, everything becomes easier for US allies and commanders. One would think that this would have been obvious around October 2001, but it took until 2008 for this understanding to even gain momentum within the Pentagon. A series of intra-service, political, and legal fights have ensured that these capabilities won’t arrive before 2015 at the earliest, and won’t arrive for the USAF at all…
(Staff writer) Fleet Forces Command said Thursday it wants as many as 14 littoral combat ships to call Mayport, Fla., home by 2020 — confirming a basing plan that’s been in place for nearly three years.
Somewhere, overthe rainbow…(click to view full) Nuclear reactors save a lot of diesel fuel on huge ships like aircraft carriers, but there’s a catch. Mid-way through the ship’s 50-year life, the nuclear reactor needs to be refueled. The resulting “Refueling and Complex OverHaul” (RCOH) is a long, complex, potentially hazardous, and very expensive process, which also includes widespread upgrades throughout the ship. Anyone who has ever done home renovations knows that the opportunity to make upgrades can be nearly irresistible in these situations. In truth, this stage in the carrier’s life is an excellent time for that kind of work. …
The US Air Force awarded again its $427M contract (with a $950M maximum) for light air support (LAS) aircraft for the Afghan forces to the team which had already won last year, before the Company Now Known as Beechcraft contested the acquisition and the Air Force cancelled the award. USAF | American Forces Press Service | Embraer | Defense News. After having run a series of articles heavily criticizing big-ticket US weapon systems, Bloomberg puts procurement in perspective: it’s personnel costs driven by healthcare that have really jacked up spending at the Pentagon through the past decade. In comparison, jeremiads about acquisition, while justified, are decades old. Defense departments across industrialized countries are facing at a smaller scale the same tightening demographic and fiscal constraints faced by these nations as a whole…
() BALTIMORE — The Navy on Wednesday identified two sailors who perished during routine diving operations at a test pond at an Army site in Maryland.
(Staff writer) The Defense Department would seek approval to shift money around within its accounts, launch new projects and increase production rates of procurement programs if Congress does not pass a 2013 defense appropriation bill.
() Navy leadership announced the following assignments and two-star promotions today.