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.

Bahrain’s Lockheed F-16 Purchase Said to Come With U.S. Strings

bloomberg.com — The Obama administration has told Congress it won't complete approval for Bahrain to buy as many as 19 F-16 fighter jets from Lockheed Martin Corp. and upgrades for older ones for almost $4 billion until the Gulf ally demonstrates progress on human rights, according to people familiar with the issue.

Pentagon Opens Review of Costliest Carrier Over Navy Objections

bloomberg.com — The Pentagon will start a review next month of the U.S. Navy's costliest warship after resolving Navy objections to the inquiry aimed at determining why the aircraft carrier has faced years of delay. Frank Kendall, the under secretary of defense for acquisition, ordered the review of the $12.9 billion USS Gerald R.

Fighter Jet Sales to Gulf Allies Backed by U.S. After a Wait

bloomberg.com — The U.S. has approved the long-stalled sale of fighter jets by Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp. to Persian Gulf allies in deals valued at as much as $20 billion, according to people familiar with the decision. The sales to Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait can go ahead unless they are rejected by the U.S.

U.S. to Try Again on Missile Defenses as N. Korea Threat Grows

bloomberg.com — The Pentagon's next test of its ground-based system to destroy missiles aimed at the U.S. is tentatively scheduled for the first quarter of 2017, providing the new president evidence of whether the troubled program could stop the nuclear weapons North Korea threatens to launch.

McCain, Reed Target $29 Billion Littoral Ship for More Changes

bloomberg.com — The Senate's two top defense policy lawmakers want the U.S. Navy to make additional major changes to the service's troubled $29 billion Littoral Combat Ship program or risk losing their support for future purchases.

Air Force Grounds ‘Combat Ready’ F-35s Over Coolant Line Flaws

bloomberg.com — Seven weeks after the Air Force declared its first F-35 jets combat ready, 10 of the aircraft aren't flying after service mechanics discovered "peeling and crumbling" insulation wrapped around lines that carry liquid to cool combat systems and computers. The poor insulation is suspected on 57 aircraft, including 42 on Lockheed Martin Corp.'s production line.

New GPS Satellite’s Delivery Slips Again Over Untested Component

bloomberg.com — The U.S. Air Force's first new GPS satellite, already 28 months late, missed its most recent delivery date last month and won't be shipped until at least December because a subcontractor to Lockheed Martin Corp. failed to conduct testing on a key part years ago.

Afghanistan’s Corruption Corrodes Efforts by U.S., Watchdog Says

bloomberg.com — Fifteen years and more than 2,200 combat deaths after the American invasion of Afghanistan, its government and economy suffer from endemic corruption that foils progress, according to the U.S. watchdog who monitors spending there. "Corruption undermined the U.S.

U.S. Navy Moves to Simplify Littoral Ship Operations Amid Flaws

bloomberg.com — Confronted with equipment breakdowns and harried crews, the U.S. Navy is moving to simply and stabilize operations of its troubled Littoral Combat Ship. In its effort to revamp the $29 billion program, the service will use the first four ships for more extensive testing, reduce the rotation of crew members and de-emphasize the swapping of missions and equipment that was supposed to be a hallmark of the vessels.

Trump’s Pentagon Plan Would Add More Troops, Ships Than Planned

bloomberg.com — Donald Trump is proposing an Army as big as the one President George W. Bush sent into Iraq and Afghanistan and a Navy with dozens more ships than the service is aiming for. The Republican presidential nominee detailed his plans for the military for the first time in a speech Wednesday in Philadelphia.
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Sep 30, 2016

Rare conditions on sale worth nearly $4b- Bahrain’s Lockheed F-16 Buy Said to Come With U.S. Strings  http://bloom.bg/2dxhDaS  via @bpolitics

Sep 29, 2016

The Pentagon wants to know why it's taken so long for this aircraft carrier to be built  http://bloom.bg/2cXQ71a  via @business

Sep 28, 2016

@business: US notifies Hill of potential $20b sale -- up to 72 F-15s for Qatar up to 32 F/A-18E/Fs for Kuwait and up to 19 F-16s for Bahrain

Sep 28, 2016

@BGOV breaks news -- @StateDept has notified Hill this afternoon US has ok'd sale of jets to Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain; Now Congress reviews

Sep 25, 2016

For new Prez: U.S. will next test its missile defense system in early 2017 as N. Korea threat grows  http://bloom.bg/2cUDOof  via @business

Sep 23, 2016

nbc's Jim Mik feted at DoD in press room..saying "let them eat...Cake '' https://t.co/eFx1UeP5gl

Sep 19, 2016

B-21 Name was announced by Lt. Col. (ret.) Richard Cole, 101, a member of World War II’s “Doolittle Raiders” and copilot of Jimmy Doolittle

Sep 19, 2016

Bomber name read at AFA convention By 1942 Tokyo Raider Jimmy Doolittle's co-pilot

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