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Army touts off-the-shelf helicopter purchases

October 26, 2010 The Army's program manager for utility helicopters extolled the new UH-72A Lakotas now going into active Army and Army National Guard units, saying the government is benefiting significantly from the adoption of a commercially developed aircraft. The maker of the Lakota, EADS North America, is hoping that benefit will give ...

GI bill, sagging economy boost military recruiting

October 13, 2010 After another highly successful year of meeting their personnel requirements and attracting exceptionally high quality young men and women, the military's top recruiting officials acknowledged Tuesday that the high unemployment rate was a factor, but praised the post-9/11 GI bill educational benefit as an important draw. Clifford Stanley, undersecretary of ...

Military space programs at risk, experts say

September 28, 2010 U.S. national security space capabilities, so critical to deployed combat forces and national missile defense, and the supporting industrial base are at a dangerous "tipping point" and need focused leadership and long-term stability in programs and budgets to avoid a crisis, a panel of administration officials and defense space experts ...

Pentagon official seeks support for contracting initiatives

September 16, 2010 The Pentagon's top acquisition executive told an Air Force audience Wednesday that implementing the set of sweeping acquisition reforms was essential because without them, the nation could not give the troops the capabilities they need as defense budgets get tighter. And to the Air Force officers and industry representatives in ...

Industry chief welcomes Defense acquisition reforms

September 15, 2010 The head of the Aerospace Industry Association on Wednesday enthusiastically welcomed the package of acquisition reform initiatives announced Tuesday by Defense Secretary Robert Gates and offered suggestions for additional changes to improve efficiency and save billions of dollars. While noting industry concern with some of the proposed changes, AIA President ...

EADS says tanker's flight test should help contract bid

September 14, 2010 As the long overdue competition for the new Air Force tanker moves through what should be the final stages, the chairman of the North American unit of the European aerospace firm EADS, Ralph Crosby, insisted Tuesday that the real value of its Airbus A330-based refueling aircraft was not being given ...

Nuclear program has Air Force both worried and hopeful

September 14, 2010 The commander of the U.S. Strategic Command expressed concern on Monday over several aspects of nuclear deterrent capabilities but praised the Nuclear Posture Review and the administration's fiscal 2011 budget that requested a substantial funding increase to upgrade nuclear weapons facilities and modernize and sustain the weapons stockpile. Air Force ...

Air Force secretary: 'Make hard choices now'

September 13, 2010 Acknowledging the prospect of leaner defense budgets and Pentagon pressure for greater efficiency, Air Force Secretary Michael Donley Monday emphasized improvements in the service's procurement process, more realistic requirements for new systems and more streamlined organizations and command structures. Donley also described a process for developing a new long-range strike ...

Commander cites concern over aging F-16s

September 9, 2010 The commander responsible for preventing the use of hijacked aircraft to repeat the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, said Thursday he is concerned about the aging of the Air National Guard F-16 fighters that conduct most of the domestic air defense missions. Navy Adm. James Winnefeld, commander of the U.S. ...

NATO chief affirms Afghan transition plan

September 7, 2010 NATO's top official Tuesday expressed confidence that U.S.-led military forces will succeed against the Taliban in Afghanistan and agreed with President Obama's view that the coalition could begin a "gradual transition" to Afghan security forces next summer. But NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen insisted that the pace of transition ...