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.

Harris Corp Radios Don’t Meet U.S. Army’s Needs, Tester Says

bloomberg.com — The Army should consider not buying a new Harris Corp vehicle radio designed to improve and increase the transmission of voice, video and data with command posts because it "did not meet commanders' operational needs," according to the Pentagon's top weapons tester. The Army disagreed.

U.K. Urges U.S. to Complete Approval for Lockheed F-35 Jets

bloomberg.com — The U.K. is pressing the Pentagon to wrap up negotiations over the next two contracts for the largest purchase of Lockheed Martin Corp. F-35 aircraft to date, a potential $15 billion deal, British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said.

Navy’s $12.9 Billion Carrier Isn’t Ready for Warfare, Memo Says

bloomberg.com — The U.S. Navy's newest aircraft carrier isn't ready for warfare. The $12.9 billion USS Gerald R. Ford -- the most expensive warship ever built -- may struggle to launch and recover aircraft, mount a defense and move munitions, according to the Pentagon's top weapons tester.

Raytheon Cleared for Likely $2.6 Billion in New Missile Orders

bloomberg.com — After a series of setbacks, Raytheon Co. cleared two hurdles needed to receive a new contract and likely full-production approval this year of a top missile interceptor for which the Pentagon wants to spend as much as $2.6 billion.

Lockheed’s F-35 Could Be Deployed for Combat This Year If Needed

bloomberg.com — Lockheed Martin Corp.'s next-generation F-35 jet could be deployed on combat missions this year if requested by regional commanders, according to the U.S. general responsible for declaring the system war-ready. "The minute I declare initial operational capability, if the combatant commander calls me up and says they needed F-35s, I would send them," General Herb 'Hawk' Carlisle, head of the Air Combat Command, told reporters Wednesday after a congressional hearing.

Navy’s $12.9 Billion Carrier Falls Further Behind Schedule

bloomberg.com — The USS Gerald R. Ford -- the Navy's newest aircraft carrier and the costliest U.S. warship at $12.9 billion -- won't be delivered until at least November, more than two years late. "During the ongoing testing of developmental systems" on the carrier built by Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc., "first-of-class issues are continuing to be resolved," according to a Navy statement provided Tuesday to Bloomberg News.

Stalled U.S. Fighter Sales to Gulf Allies Prompt House Scrutiny

bloomberg.com — Three House lawmakers in charge of spending legislation for national security agencies are requesting a briefing by July 14 on why the White House hasn't approved the sale of as many as 81 fighter aircraft to three key Persian Gulf allies.

Armed Drones Used by Islamic State Posing New Threat in Iraq

bloomberg.com — Islamic State fighters are posing a growing threat to U.S. and Iraqi forces by deploying small commercial drones armed with improvised explosives devices or spy cameras that can evade detection, according to the Pentagon. The threat led the Defense Department office charged with monitoring and countering improvised explosive devices to ask that Congress approve shifting $20 million to provide seed money for a counter-drone effort.

Raytheon’s GPS III Ground Network Triggers Review on Costs

bloomberg.com — The U.S. Air Force said development costs for Raytheon Co.'s network of ground stations for the newest Global Positioning System satellites are expected to increase more than 25 percent over current estimates, triggering a legal requirement to review whether the program should be canceled.

Pentagon Budget Caps Will Return to Confront Clinton or Trump

bloomberg.com — The return of budget caps and the potential for automatic across-the-board spending cuts through 2021 pose the No. 1 defense fiscal challenge for the the next president and defense secretary, according to Pentagon Comptroller Mike McCord. "There is no deal on the books, so you are starting with a clean sheet of paper" that "overshadows their whole first term," McCord said in an interview.
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Jul 25, 2016

@BGOV reports DoD's Defense Acqusition Board is scheduled Aug. 12 to review whether @BoeingDefense KC-46 tanker can proceed into production

Jul 25, 2016

Army radio doubts: Harris Corp Radios Don’t Meet U.S. Army’s Needs, Tester Says  http://bloom.bg/2a3OL4P  via @technology

Jul 20, 2016

`London Calling': U.K. Urges U.S. to Complete Approval for Lockheed F-35 Jets  http://bloom.bg/29O20FJ  via @business

Jul 20, 2016

More CVN-78 questions: Navy’s $12.9 Billion Carrier Isn’t Ready for Warfare, Memo Says  http://bloom.bg/2atfKX0  via @technology

Jul 18, 2016

BGOV breaks:Coalition jets dropped 3,167 munitions in June on Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria, U.S. says -- 2nd highest in campaign

Jul 15, 2016

AF says on record that counter ISIL ops have not stopped at Incirlik

Jul 14, 2016

NSA-CyberCom hed Adm. Mike Rogers set off a frenzy after NPC speech as he left w guests scrambling to grab custom-baked cookies w NSA logo


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