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.

Raytheon on Hook for Millions on New Smart Bomb’s Cost Overruns

bloomberg.com — Raytheon Co. may have to pay millions of dollars to cover part of a 28 percent cost overrun on development of the most sophisticated smart bomb planned for the new F-35 jet and 11 other U.S. military aircraft.

Lockheed’s F-35 Still Falls Short, Pentagon’s Chief Tester Says

bloomberg.com — A week after the Air Force declared its version of Lockheed Martin Corp.'s F-35 jet ready for limited combat operations, the Pentagon's top tester warned that the U.S. military's costliest weapons program is still riddled with deficiencies.

Air Force Ballistic Missile Upgrade Said to Be Stalled Over Cost

bloomberg.com — The U.S. Air Force's program to develop and field a new intercontinental ballistic missile to replace aging Minuteman III weapons is stalled over Pentagon concerns the service underestimated the cost by billions of dollars, according to a defense official familiar with the program.

Pentagon Approves Giving Boeing First KC-46 Production Contracts

bloomberg.com — The Air Force won permission from Pentagon officials to sign two production contracts with Boeing Co. for the first 19 KC-46 tankers, deals valued at a combined $2.8 billion. The approval came after a meeting of the Pentagon's Defense Acquisition Board headed by Frank Kendall, the Defense Department's top weapons buyer.

Alarmed Anti-Trump Republicans Sped Up Foreign Policy Letter

bloomberg.com — Plans to publish a letter by 50 former Republican national security officials criticizing Donald Trump were accelerated after a series of comments by the candidate in July sent alarm through much of the party's foreign policy establishment. Former State Department legal adviser John Bellinger III, who served under President George W.

Iran Improving Cyber Abilities Since Nuclear Deal, Pentagon Says

bloomberg.com — Iran has gradually improved its offensive cyber abilities and developed more advanced ballistic missiles since signing an accord last year to curb its nuclear program, the U.S. Defense Department said. The Islamic Republic now has a "substantial inventory of missiles capable of reaching targets throughout the region, including U.S.

Lockheed’s F-35 Deals Barred Until Air Force Vouches for Fixes

bloomberg.com — As negotiations drag on over Lockheed Martin Corp.'s biggest U.S. contracts yet to build F-35 jets, one potential impediment hasn't attracted public attention: a congressional requirement that the Air Force secretary certify the fighter will be in top shape within two years.

Singapore Puts Off Decision on Whether to Buy Lockheed’s F-35

bloomberg.com — Singapore has put on hold a decision to buy as many as 12 of Lockheed Martin Corp.'s F-35 jets, according to information from the Pentagon's program office. The island nation's permanent secretary of defense development informed the U.S.

Drone Attack Policy Released by U.S. Government After Lawsuit

bloomberg.com — The Obama administration released a redacted version of its 2013 policy guidance that spells out the interagency review process for determining whether a suspected terrorist should be targeted in an overseas drone strike. The guidance described a process for directing a strike against a "high value target" only if there was "near-certainty" of the target's identity and no civilians would be killed.

U.S. Withholds $300 Million From Pakistan Over Terrorism Fight

bloomberg.com — The U.S. withheld $300 million of military aid to Pakistan after Defense Secretary Ash Carter found he couldn't certify that enough action had been taken against the Haqqani Network insurgent group, the latest dispute straining relations between the two nations.
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Aug 24, 2016

USS NITZE TRIED 12 TIMES TO RAISE IRANIANS BY RADIO, as vessels approached during Strait of Hormuz incident, defense official says

Aug 24, 2016

USS Nitze fired flares, blared whistle as at least two IRGC fast vessels approached before they broke off, official says;

Aug 24, 2016

DDG USS Nitze in Strait of Hormuz yesterday buzzed by4 IRGC fast vessels w/n 300 yards, defense official says

Aug 24, 2016

Raytheon on Hook for Millions on New Smart Bomb’s Cost Overruns  http://bloom.bg/2bhn2B3  via @business

Aug 24, 2016

A memo reveals the scale of concerns over the military's next generation of fighter jets  http://bloom.bg/2bfvQTx  via @business

Aug 23, 2016

@BGOV breaks news of Aug.9 DoD tester memo to AF--OSD warning that achieving full F-35 capability during SDD phase "at substantial risk"

Aug 16, 2016

Trump says Prez Obama founded ISIL but his mil adviser x-LTG Flynn told CNN ``Declassified'' Abu Musab al-Zarqawi ``is the father'' of ISIL

Aug 16, 2016

ICBM cost issues being mulled: Air Force Ballistic Missile Upgrade Said to Be Stalled Over Cost  http://bloom.bg/2buOIjw  via @markets

Aug 13, 2016

Pentagon Approves Giving Boeing First KC-46 Production Contracts  http://bloom.bg/2bmBtBn  via @technology

Aug 12, 2016

Pentagon Approves Giving Boeing First KC-46 Production Contracts  http://bloom.bg/2bmBtBn  via @technology


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