Defense Contracting

U.S. Defense Firms Hiring Thousands Amid Record Unemployment  

Pentagon spending on missiles, satellites, and nuclear weapons fuels a production boom, as firms fight off commercial aerospace downturn.

The Air Force’s Secret Space Plane Is Part of A Plan to One Day Shoot Microwaves to Earth

The experiment would be part of a long history of testing microwaves for power transmission.

Navy Picks Wisconsin’s Fincantieri Marinette Marine to Build New Frigate

Awarded months ahead of schedule, the contract further solidifies the shipbuilder’s U.S. foothold.

Global Defense Spending Decline Expected As Nations Deal with Coronavirus 

Experts see domestic projects taking priority over national security in the coming years.

Lockheed Martin Expects Coronavirus to Delay F-35 Deliveries

Although the company still forecasts an increase in sales, the delays could cost $375 million.

Pentagon Urges Mexico to Reopen COVID-Closed Factories That Supply U.S. Weapon Makers

A surprising number of America’s defense manufacturers rely on parts made south of the border.

GovExec Daily: Oversight and the JEDI Contract

Frank Konkel joins the podcast to explain the Pentagon IG report on the huge defense cloud contract.

Pentagon Orders 60 Machines that Disinfect Desperately Needed N95 Masks

Each Battelle-made machine can clean up to 80,000 masks per day, allowing healthcare workers treating coronavirus patients to reuse them up to 20 times.

Pentagon Delays Budget Deadline to Help Staff Work from Home

Service officials had complained that a June 1 deadline was preventing them from implementing coronavirus-related social-distancing guidelines.

The Army’s Next Attack-Reconnaissance Helicopter Is Coming Into Focus

Bell Textron and Sikorsky will build test models as the service seeks a replacement for the Kiowa and some Apache missions.

As Stocks Sink, Pentagon Fears Foreigners Will Buy Control of US Defense Firms

The coronavirus pandemic has made vetting foreign investment more important than ever, officials say.

GovExec Daily: The Air Force Brings 500,000 Coronavirus Test Swabs Back From Italy

Marcus Weisberger joins the podcast to explain a story of a special delivery aboard a C-17 cargo plane

F-35 Factories In Italy, Japan Are Reopening After Closing for Coronavirus

An assembly plant in Japan is already open and another in Italy is expected to reopen on Wednesday.

F-35 Factory in Japan Shuts Down Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

An F-35 plant in Italy has also been affected by virus-related restrictions.

Acting Navy Secretary: We Need More than 355 Ships, and That’s Not Even Counting Robot Vessels

The Navy needs more human-crewed ships…and more unmanned vessels, than previously thought.

Lawmakers Fire Back at Trump’s Plan to Divert Military Funds to Border Wall

But the bipartisan team of Smith and Thornberry have attracted few other GOPers to the effort.

The Iraq War Has Cost the U.S. Nearly $2 Trillion

The Pentagon has spent more than $800 billion on military operations in Iraq. But that doesn't include money needed to care for veterans, rebuild the country or pay interest on war debt.