Congressional investigators say the Pentagon violated the law when it swapped five Taliban leaders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held prisoner in Afghanistan for five years.
The US Air Force is officially looking into a replacement for the Russian-made RD-180 rocket engine.
Lockheed Martin met with 90 key suppliers last week to brainstorm ways to lower the long-term cost of operating and maintaining the F-35 fighter jets from the Pentagon’s current forecast of $1.02 trillion through 2065.
The US Navy’s effort to develop and install a new shipboard tactical electronic network took a major leap forward Aug. 20 with the selection of five commercial teams to fill the fleet’s needs for the next eight years.
Boeing has completed a key review of its design for a new commercial venture to fly astronauts to the International Space Station, making it the only one of four rival bidders to finish the NASA work on time, company officials said Aug. 21.
The Defense Information Systems Agency is considering consolidating contracts as means to increase efficiencies and save money, particularly with the possibility of another round of sequestration bearing down on them for fiscal 2016.
Lockheed Martin has moved forward with a major milestone on its F-16V upgrade, the company announced this week.
Harris Corp. has been awarded a $450 million contract by the Defense Information Systems Agency.
Services contractor CACI reported its fourth quarter revenue was down 1 percent compared with the same quarter in 2013, although contract awards were up 24 percent.
Northrop Grumman has won an $8.8 million U.S. Navy contract to repair and upgrade explosive ordnance disposal robots.
The United Launch Alliance received a pair of RD-180 rocket engines this week, the first delivery since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine kicked off a national debate about the use of the Russian-made engines for national security launches.
Deliveries are a bit delayed. Taiwan is set to take delivery of 6 more AH-64E Apache attack helicopters in late August, which would bring their fleet to 23.
Indonesia and the United States are expected to sign an agreement soon to facilitate the Indonesian Army’s enhanced operation of on-order Boeing AH-64E Apache attack helicopters.
Design work on a new jet fighter called the TF-X (X standing for experimental) as part of Turkey’s ambitious strategy of indigenizing arms procurement has now been completed, but the project may not receive a green light to progress any further.
The Hungarian Ministry of Defense has signed a deal with European missile producer MBDA to upgrade the Mistral 2 short-range surface-to-air missile systems operated by the country’s armed forces.
The United States and India could work together on projects involving Big Data, cognitive sciences and other defense technologies, according to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.
Two Russian-built rocket engines arrived in the United States Aug. 20 aboard a giant Antonov cargo plane despite fears that tensions between the United States and Russia could disrupt the supply of engines needed to launch U.S. satellites into space.
Raytheon is developing a laser that could be used to shoot down some unmanned vehicles.
Northrop Grumman has unveiled its vertical-launch, horizontal-landing reusable booster design for the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency’s XS-1 experimental space plane program.
U.S. SPAWAR in San Diego, Calif., issues 5 multiple-award contracts for CANES’ production phase, allowing the winners to compete for up to $2.53 billion in awards over an 8-year ordering period.
Rapid innovations in information technology and changes in the geopolitical environment – including events such as the conflict in the Gaza Strip and the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – all point to the military’s need for large amounts of quickly digestible data.
The Navy has awarded contracts to two companies to mature the technology associated with tactical network targeting.
When the Defense Department wanted to make Microsoft products available to multiple organizations, it settled on a joint enterprise license agreement to do it.
The Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation has been awarded a $30.4 million contract modification to produce 12 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters for the Saudi Arabia National Guard by the end of August 2017, the US Department of Defense announced Aug. 19.
U.S. defense company Northrop Grumman is in talks about selling its high-altitude surveillance drones in Europe, with Britain, Germany and Norway seen as the likeliest customers, a top executive said Aug. 20.
Germany’s Rheinmetall announced Aug. 15 that it had been awarded a contract to supply the Hellenic Armed Forces with 120 mm ammunition for its Leopard 2 tanks.
Some of India’s biggest companies are pouring billions of dollars into manufacturing guns, ships and tanks for the country’s military, buoyed by the new government’s commitment to upgrade its armed forces using domestic factories.
Thales Australia has disclosed it is developing a new family of high-lethality small arms ammunition, including a 5.56 mm round that the company says outperforms 7.62 mm ammunition at all ranges.
Flight restrictions on Lockheed Martin’s F-35 are hampering the Pentagon’s ability to conduct the software tests the plane must pass before it can be declared combat-ready by next July, according to the Pentagon’s weapons-testing office.
As the Pentagon works to analyze and repair widespread cracks in its F-16D fleet, it is recommending that partner nations closely inspect their F-16B and D models.
The US Army has been saying for a decade that once the last American soldier leaves Afghanistan, the service will need at least two to three years of additional supplemental funding to reset and modernize.
For years, Korean War veteran Betty Perkins-Carpenter kept old wartime photos in envelopes in a file cabinet, but now those pictures are part of a project which aims to connect veterans and their families with snapshots taken during the conflict.
Advocacy groups filed a lawsuit here this week challenging the Department of Veterans Affairs on its new policy denying benefits to same-sex spouses who live in states that do not recognize gay marriage.
In the summer of 1989 NASA’s Voyager 2 became the first, and to date only, spacecraft to visit the planet Neptune. During the brief flyby of the planet on Aug. 25 the probe returned images of its natural satellite Triton, a giant moon bigger even than the dwarf planet Pluto.
Europe has launched the next two satellites in the Galileo network – its version of the American Global Positioning System. The spacecraft – model numbers five and six – went up on a Soyuz rocket from French Guiana.
NASA’s Curiosity rover on Mars has had its drill out again. The robot turned the tool in a flat slab of rock dubbed ‘Bonanza King,” but it looks as though the operation failed to complete as planned.
Astronomers may have discovered the signature of one of the universe’s earliest stars. Theoretical models predict that some of the very first stars were hundreds of times larger than the sun.
A system that allows the exterior of aircraft to “feel” damage or injury in a way similar to human skin is in development by BAE Systems.
China recently conducted the second flight test of a new, ultra-high-speed missile that is part of what analysts say is Beijing’s global system of attack weapons capable of striking the United States with nuclear warheads.
Although the Department of Defense has established high hurdles for initiating new weapons programs, every once in a while an effort slips through the process that seems doomed to failure from the start. The Navy’s Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike system is such a program.