Tag Archives: Defense & National Security

Report: Navy Acquisition Lead Sean Stackley to Head F-35 Procurement

Sean Stackley, the Navy‘s acquisition chief, will succeed Air Force Secretary Michael Donley as the government’s senior acquisition executive on the F-35 program, Reuters reports. Andrea Shalal-Esa reports this move will happen when Air Force Maj. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, currently deputy F-35 program manager, succeeds Navy Vice Adm. David Venlet …

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Report: Ashton Carter Memo Says Not to Assume Sequestration Will Happen

Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has told military departments and acquisition personnel to operate under current policy without assuming sequestration cuts will occur, according to an internal memo obtained by Bloomberg. According to Tony Capaccio’s report, Carter wrote the Pentagon leadership team does not want personnel, programs and activities to …

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Rear Adm. Randolph Mahr Named F-35 Program Deputy Director

Navy Rear Adm. Randolph Mahr has been appointed deputy director of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, within the office of the defense under secretary for acquisitions, technology and logistics. A Monday Defense Department release said he currently serves as commander of the Naval Air Warfare Center‘s aircraft division and …

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French Gen. Jean-Paul Palomeros New NATO Transformation Command Leader

French air force Gen. Jean-Paul Palomeros formally assumed leadership Friday of NATO’s command responsible for leading military transformation of alliance forces. The alliance said in a release he succeeded Stephane Abrial, another French air force general, as head of Supreme Allied Command Transformation during a handover ceremony in Norfolk, Va. …

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Ashton Carter Pays Visit to F-16 Intl School

Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter visited the 162nd Fighter Wing at Tucson International Airport Wednesday as part of his travel itinerary in the region, American Forces Press Service reports. According to the story by Air Force Lt. Col. Christine Rhodes, Carter met with students and exchange pilots in an international …

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China Commissions 1st Aircraft Carrier

China has formally commissioned the country’s first aircraft carrier called Liaoning, according to a Bloomberg report. This move comes less than a month after pictures surfaced of a new stealth fighter, reportedly the country’s second radar-evading plane. Citing a Chinese Defense Ministry statement, Bloomberg reports the country wants the new …

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Robert Hale: Contract Cancellation Fees Minimal Under Sequestration

Defense Department Comptroller Robert Hale does not see the Pentagon having to pay large cancellation fees on contracts if cuts under sequestration affect fiscal year 2013 funds, Reuters reports. He told members of the House Armed Services Committee Thursday most contracts signed before Jan. 2, 2013 — the start date …

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Obama Nominates Frederick Vollrath Pentagon Force, Readiness Lead

President Barack Obama has nominated Frederick Vollrath for promotion to assistant defense secretary for readiness and force management, the Defense Department announced Thursday. Since March 26, Vollrath has performed those duties as principal deputy assistant secretary for readiness and force management. He oversees policy regarding civilian and military personnel, force …

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