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Navy secretary announces special review team for contracts

April 12, 2011 Alarmed by a bribery and kickback scandal involving a Navy contract, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said on Monday he has created a special review team to find ways to prevent future frauds. Addressing the Navy League's annual Sea-Air-Space exposition at the National Harbor convention center, Mabus repeated the warning he ...

United States has to look to others for help in space

February 17, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The United States can't afford all the national security space assets it needs, so the military must work with the commercial sector, other government agencies and other nations, including Russia, three top Pentagon leaders on space policy said on Wednesday. That cooperation and steps to help preserve the space industrial ...

United States has to look to others for help in space

February 17, 2011 The United States can't afford all the national security space assets it needs, so the military must work with the commercial sector, other government agencies and other nations, including Russia, three top Pentagon leaders on space policy said on Wednesday. That cooperation and steps to help preserve the space industrial ...

Air Force chief tells industry to brace for budget cuts

February 10, 2011 The Air Force's top officer told an audience of defense industry representatives on Wednesday that with the emerging budget crunch they must produce the capabilities they contract for and deliver them on time. But Gen. Norton Schwartz, the Air Force chief of staff, said the services also will have to ...

Air Force general: Aging tankers wasting fuel

February 8, 2011 The general leading the U.S. Transportation Command said on Monday he needed the Air Force's much-delayed new tanker "yesterday," to make operations more efficient and save millions of gallons of fuel by reducing the load the airborne gas stations have to carry back to base. In describing the vast daily ...

Demand for unmanned systems meeting new fiscal reality

February 4, 2011 The military's demand for unmanned systems-air, ground and maritime-is soaring, but so is the cost of the increasingly sophisticated drones. Those factors, and the prospect of tightening defense budgets, is leading a long line of officials involved in unmanned programs to urge their industry suppliers to help them reduce the ...

Navy admiral urges diligence in fight against pirates

January 27, 2011 The U.S. Navy admiral responsible for countering the pirates operating from Somalia said Wednesday that the expanding threat should be addressed with the same rigor applied to counterterrorism. That's particularly true when it comes to tracing the millions of dollars being paid to ransom captured sailors. Vice Adm. Mark Fox ...

Marine general sees some good in Gates' reductions

January 13, 2011 The Marine Corps' top general Thursday disputed the widely held view that the Marines took the biggest hit in Defense Secretary Robert Gates' latest round of "efficiencies," saying there was "a lot of good" in those actions. Gen. James Amos, the Marine Corps commandant, said he had recommended the cancellation ...

Seapower subcommittee chair pushes for more Defense spending

January 13, 2011 The chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower Subcommittee told a Navy audience Wednesday that despite the concerns over the budget deficit, the nation was not spending enough on defense. They could start cutting in other areas of government spending that he said were not necessary, and maybe not even ...

Northrop sees rising demand for Global Hawks

December 8, 2010 Northrop Grumman officials on Wednesday described a year of progress and ambitious plans for their high-flying, long-endurance Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle program, including possible additional foreign sales that would add to the more than 150 aircraft already built or under contract. The officials said 2010 was the year "Global ...