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House Committee OKs $579B Defense Budget for FY 2016

The House Appropriations Committee has passed a $578.6 billion defense budget bill that would fund most of the Pentagon’s key weapon programs in fiscal 2016, Defense News reported Tuesday. John Bennett writes the bill, approved by the committee in a voice vote Tuesday following a markup, includes almost $88 billion in …

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Frank Kendall: DoD, Partners Eye Savings With Planned F-35 Block Buy

The Defense Department is planning a three-year block buy of more than 400 Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jets beginning in 2018 as part of efforts to generate cost savings through bulk purchases, Defense News reported Friday. Brian Everstine writes that Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall indicated the international block buy plan would …

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DOE Plans New Contract for Sandia Nat’l Labs Operations

The Energy Department has released a new procurement request for the management and operations of the Sandia National Laboratories before Lockheed Martin‘s contract to run the facility expires in April 2017, Albuquerque Business First reported Friday. Dan Mayfield writes the contract has an estimated annual value of $27 million and follows several extensions to the …

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SASC Includes Super Hornet, F-35 Funds in FY 2016 Defense Bill Markup

The Senate Armed Services Committee has approved its version of a fiscal year 2016 defense spending bill that would fund the acquisition of 12 F/A-18 Super Hornet jets from Boeing and six F-35 planes from Lockheed Martin, Reuters reported Thursday. Andrea Shalal writes the bill would give $1.2 billion to the U.S. Navy for the Super Hornets and …

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GAO: Navy Needs to Balance UCLASS Program Budget, Requirements

The Government Accountability Office has advised the U.S. Navy to review funding and technology resources for the Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance Strike aircraft development program. GAO said Monday the delay of Navy’s UCLASS program was caused by a debate over whether the future carrier-based drone’s primary mission should be surveillance …

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House Armed Services Committee Proposes $604B in 2016 Defense Funds

The House Armed Services Committee has unveiled a policy bill authorizing $515 billion in U.S. Defense Department base budget and another $89.2 billion in overseas war funds for 2016 fiscal year, The Hill newspaper reported Monday. Kristina Wong writes the House’s 2016 National Defense Authorization Act includes provisions to bar …

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