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Washington D.C.
Pentagon Correspondent — Bloomberg News
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I came to Washington in March 1977 as an intern for investigative columnist Jack Anderson and stayed. Started covering defense for Bloomberg in late 1997.

U.S. Marines Declare Lockheed’s F-35B Ready for Limited Combat

bloomberg.com — The Marine Corps declared its version of Lockheed Martin Corp.'s F-35 fighter ready for limited combat operations, a milestone for the Pentagon's costliest weapons program. "The F-35B's ability to conduct operations from expeditionary airstrips or sea-based carriers provides our nation with its first fifth-generation strike fighter, which will transform the way we fight and win," General Joseph Dunford, the Marine Corps commandant, said Friday in an e-mailed statement.

U.S. Marines Said to Declare F-35B Ready for Limited Combat Duty

bloomberg.com — The Marine Corps has declared its version of Lockheed Martin Corp.'s F-35 fighter ready for limited combat operations, a milestone for the Pentagon's costliest weapons program, according to three people familiar with the decision. General Joseph Dunford, the Marine Corps commandant, made the decision, according to the people, who asked not to be identified in advance of an announcement expected on Friday afternoon.

Leidos, Cerner Win Pentagon’s $9 Billion Health-Records Deal

bloomberg.com — A team led by Leidos Holdings Inc. won a competition to create an electronic health-records system for the Pentagon valued at as much as $9 billion through 2033. Cerner Corp. and Accenture Plc are also part of the winning group, announced by the Defense Department on Wednesday in an e-mailed statement.
Jul 29, 2015

A $9 billion missed chance for $IBM: bloom.bg/1ShKtsW Leidos, Cerner, Accenture with the win: bloom.bg/1ShKtsW

Lockheed F-35’s Reliability Found Wanting in Shipboard Testing

bloomberg.com — The Marine Corps' version of Lockheed Martin Corp.'s F-35 fighter demonstrated poor reliability in a 12-day exercise at sea, according to the U.S. military's top testing officer. Six F-35Bs, the most complex version of the Pentagon's costliest weapons system, were available for flights only half of the time needed, Michael Gilmore, the Defense Department's director of operational testing, said in a memo obtained by Bloomberg News.
Jul 28, 2015

#F-35 Lockheed F-35’s Reliability Found Wanting in Shipboard Testing bloom.bg/1OzcPZE via @business

Jul 28, 2015

Marine Corps’ version of F-35 fighter demonstrated poor reliability in 12-day exercise at sea, Bloomberg reports: ow.ly/QcpfI

Boeing Faces Eight-Month Delay on $3 Billion Tanker Contracts

bloomberg.com — Boeing Co. may have to wait an extra eight months for $3 billion in contracts on its KC-46 tanker because of delays caused by flaws in the refueling plane's wiring and parts for its fuel system, according to the U.S. Air Force.
Jul 21, 2015

More KC-46 woe Boeing needs to overcome: Boeing Faces Eight-Month Delay on $3 Billion Tanker Contracts bloom.bg/1RN9DQ2 via @business

Jul 21, 2015

Boeing facing an eight-month delay on $3 billion tanker contracts: bloomberg.com/news/articles/…

Industry Know-How on Hard Targets Sought by U.S. Amid Iran Deal

bloomberg.com — The U.S. Air Force is seeking help from private industry to improve techniques for locating and analyzing "hard and deeply buried" targets, a description that fits some of Iran's nuclear facilities.
Jul 21, 2015

Out today from AF on FedBizOps: Industry Know-How on Hard Targets Sought by U.S. Amid Iran Deal bloom.bg/1CNBd9k via @bpolitics

Jul 21, 2015

Air Force seeking industry helpw/techniques for locating & analyzing “hard and deeply buried” targets. Via Bloomberg: ow.ly/PTPsq

Jul 21, 2015

RT @CommonCenser: Air Force seeking industry helpw/techniques for locating & analyzing “hard and deeply buried” targets. Via Bloomberg: htt…

Jul 23, 2015

Improving bunker busters: Industry Know-How on Hard Targets Sought by U.S. Amid Iran Deal bloom.bg/1CNBd9k via @bpolitics

Software Flaws on Marine F-35s No Bar to Combat, Pentagon Says

bloomberg.com — Five years after the first F-35s were supposed to be declared combat-ready, the Pentagon's top weapons buyer says the fighter jet's operating software is ready to go "with some minor workarounds" that need to be remedied later.
Jul 16, 2015

F-35B on path to IOC maybe next week: Software Flaws on Marine F-35s No Bar to Combat, Pentagon Says bloom.bg/1O8Zve8 via @business

Jul 17, 2015

Costly Software Flaws on Marine F-35s No Bar to Combat, Pentagon Says bloom.bg/1CGm3Cs via @business

Jul 17, 2015

DOD's top weapons buyer says F-35s operating software ready to go “with some minor workarounds." Via Bloomberg: ow.ly/PI9zb

How Iran Arms Embargo Became Key Sticking Point in Vienna Talks

bloomberg.com — A dispute over whether to lift an international embargo against selling conventional weapons to Iran threatens to derail negotiations over its nuclear program. Iran and Russia are pressing to lift the embargo, first imposed in 2007 under a United Nations Security Council resolution, as part of any agreement to curb Tehran's nuclear program.
Jul 10, 2015

If negotiations with Iran fail, it'll be because of Russia. @davidlerman2 explains. bloomberg.com/politics/artic…

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U.S. Offers Billions in Arms to Ease Mideast’s Iran Anxiety

bloomberg.com — An agreement to curb Iran's nuclear program could create a bonanza for U.S. defense contractors who already are benefiting as the Obama administration tries to assuage Israeli and Gulf Arab concerns by cutting deals for more than $6 billion in military hardware.
Jul 09, 2015

Because nothing "eases anxiety" in the Middle East like billions of dollars in new weapons bloomberg.com/news/articles/…

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Iran Would Exploit U.S. Pullback From Mideast, Says Nominee to Head Joint Chiefs

bloomberg.com — The nominee to serve as the next top U.S. military officer is warning that any reduction in the American military presence in the Middle East could "leave space" for Iran to create a "compliant, Shia-dominated" Iraq. "U.S.
Jul 09, 2015

RT @ACapaccio: Dunford To Tell SASC: Iran Would Exploit U.S. Pullback From Mideast, Says Nominee to Head Joint Chiefs bloom.bg/1CpN50y via @bpolitics

Jul 09, 2015

Dunford on #ISIS campaign: “Militarily we are making moderate progress.” Story in @bpolitics: bloom.bg/1CpN50y

Jul 09, 2015

#Iran Would Exploit U.S. Pullback From Mideast, Says Nominee to Head Joint Chiefs bloom.bg/1CpN50y via @bpolitics

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Jul 31, 2015

DoD"s Frank Kendall says F-35B IOC shows program ``is on track to deliver essential'' capabilities n reminder ``we still have work ahead''

Jul 31, 2015

F-35B does ``offensive and defensive counter air, air interdiction, assault support escort and armed reconnaissance,'' Gen.Joe Dunford says

Jul 31, 2015

Our take on widely expected IOC: U.S. Marines Declare F-35B Ready for Limited Combat Duty bloom.bg/1haS5wI via @business

Jul 31, 2015

Marine Corps notifying Hill then a 1 pm release that F-35B has an initial operational capability

Jul 30, 2015

C'est la vie -- French denial buried: Top French security adviser contradicts Kerry on Iran deal. @joshrogin bv.ms/1DcBToH via @BV

Jul 29, 2015

@BGOV breaks: DoD reviews Lockheed-Sikorsky merger To Sub-tier Firm Level; review will include impact of even larger No. 1 LMT on industry

Jul 29, 2015

Leidos $4.3b contract first phase of overall $9b, 18-year total program. DoD revised earlier $11b life-cycle cost downward

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