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Webb blasts Pentagon for impeding flow of information

October 27, 2010 Sen. James Webb, D-Va., criticized the Pentagon Wednesday for dragging its feet on requests for information on a wide range of issues and accused defense officials of demonstrating a "lack of respect" to lawmakers and the media. "There's a lot of slow-rolling going on," Webb said during a breakfast with ...

Webb to stall future Defense nominations over JFCOM

October 26, 2010 Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., Tuesday said he will put a hold on all Pentagon and military nominations until he receives information from the Defense Department on its decision to shutter the Norfolk, Va.-based U.S. Joint Forces Command. In a letter Tuesday to Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Webb accused the Pentagon ...

Justice Department appeals 'don't ask, don't tell' ruling

October 15, 2010 The Justice Department Thursday requested a stay of a federal judge's injunction against enforcement of the "don't ask, don't tell" law that bars homosexual men and women from serving openly in the military. It also filed an appeal with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals challenging the judge's ruling that ...

Senators find contractors too close to Afghan warlords

October 8, 2010 A year-long Senate Armed Services Committee investigation has revealed that a number of private security firms working in Afghanistan under Defense Department contracts have hired Afghan warlords and powerbrokers with links to murder, kidnapping and bribery -- and the Taliban. The investigation, detailed in an 89-page report released Thursday, also ...

GAO denies protest in Air Force tanker contest

October 6, 2010 GAO on Wednesday denied a protest by a company the Air Force tossed out of the competition to manufacture a new fleet of aerial refueling tankers, ensuring that Boeing Co. and the European consortium EADS will be the only bidders for the lucrative contract. After an investigation prompted by U.S. ...

Senator: Don't change date for starting Afghanistan troop withdrawal

October 1, 2010 Senate Armed Services Commmittee Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., Friday called the situation in Afghanistan "very mixed," but stressed the importance of sticking to the July 2011 date to begin withdrawing U.S. forces. During a speech this morning at the Council on Foreign Relations, Levin said the "decisive factor" in winning ...

Navy signs $5.3 billion multiyear F/A-18 aircraft purchase deal

September 29, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In a move the Pentagon estimates will save $600 million, the Navy on Tuesday signed a $5.3 billion multiyear contract with Boeing Co. to buy 124 F/A-18 aircraft between fiscal 2010 and fiscal 2013. The Defense Department announced the contract one day after President Obama signed a bill authorizing the ...

Navy signs $5.3B multiyear F/A-18 aircraft purchase deal

September 29, 2010 In a move the Pentagon estimates will save $600 million, the Navy on Tuesday signed a $5.3 billion multiyear contract with Boeing Co. to buy 124 F/A-18 aircraft between fiscal 2010 and fiscal 2013. The Defense Department announced the contract one day after President Obama signed a bill authorizing the ...

F-35 alternate engine encounters a hitch

September 29, 2010 General Electric and Rolls Royce on Tuesday reported an "anomaly" with one of their test engines for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, but said they do not believe the problem affects other engines being built for the stealthy jet. "All indications are that the cause of the incident is unique ...

General outlines growth plan for Cyber Command

September 23, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The biggest challenge facing the nascent U.S. Cyber Command is growing and training its operational force to defend Defense Department networks from attack, the command's top officer said Thursday. During a hearing before the House Armed Services Committee, Army Gen. Keith Alexander said Cyber Command is hoping to train around ...