Defense

Special Ops $350M Training Competition Details Out

Special Ops $350M Training Competition Details Out

Companies going after the U.S. Special Operations Force $350 million training contract known as SOF RAPTOR IV received more details about the work they’re pursuing in a Sept. 7 Army announcement.

Can Pentagon Bridge Artificial Intelligence’s ‘Valley of Death’?

With a $2 billion investment in artificial intelligence research and development from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Pentagon signaled its commitment to outspend the U.S.’s international rivals in an effort to maintain its technological advantage.

F-35 Jets for Turkey Held Back in Compromise Pentagon Bill

Congress is taking the unusual step of trying to block the transfer of Lockheed Martin Corp.’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighters to Turkey, even though the country is a NATO ally and a partner in building the jet.

Congress’ most recent move comes as part of the 2019 Pentagon spending bill that both chambers are expected to consider later this month. Transfers of the F-35 would be held back under a compromise struck on the spending bill for the next fiscal year, according to Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas).

Air Force Yanks Bomb Contract From Firm Tied to Russian Oligarch

The Air Force plans to scrap a contract worth hundreds of millions of dollars to make bunker-busting bombs amid lawmaker complaints it had been given to a foreign-owned company with ties to a U.S-sanctioned Russian oligarch.

GSA Planning New Governmentwide Contract for Unmanned Vehicles

The General Services Administration is considering creating a governmentwide contracting vehicle for services related to manned and unmanned systems, potentially consolidating billions of dollars annually that now flow through hundreds of contracts.

Five Ways Futures Command Could Alter IT Acquisition

The Army’s new Futures Command will rely on information technology to achieve its mission, and that could open up opportunities for IT contractors in Austin, Texas, and across the U.S.

McCain Recalled As ‘Unrelenting’ Pentagon Watchdog, Reformer

No one in the modern era has had more influence on how the Defense Department purchases weapons — or how the agency keeps watch over those multibillion-dollar programs — than Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who died Aug. 25 after a battle with brain cancer.

Air Force Space Command Supplier Oversight Flawed: IG Report (1)

Space Command failed to ensure contractors for missile launch warning satellites avoided defective or counterfeit components, Pentagon’s inspector general says in report.

Science Board Advises Fighting War Without End in Cyberspace

The Defense Science Board released the executive summary of its report, “Cyber as a Strategic Capability.” The summary promotes the idea that the military’s efforts in cyberspace must be integrated with the other agencies of the U.S. government as well as the private sector.

A Closer Look at the Pentagon’s $2 Billion a Year OTA Pipeline

The U.S. Department of Defense has 150 active “other transaction” agreements, or OTAs, on its books, which combined have generated $5.8 billion in spending to date, according to a Bloomberg Government analysis