Tag Archives: weapons

House Appropriations Committee OKs $570B FY 2015 Defense Budget

House appropriators have approved a bill that authorizes a $491 billion base budget and $79.4 billion in overseas contingency funds for the next fiscal year, Defense News reported Tuesday. John Bennett writes that the legislation includes $63.4 billion to finance weapon research and development projects, a $370 million increase from …

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Russia Outlines Six-Year Aerospace Defense Modernization Plan

Russia’s defense ministry plans to restructure the military’s aerospace defense forces organization VKO and develop new weapons against airborne threats by 2020 under a $55 billion modernization program, Defense News reported Sunday. Jaroslaw Adamowski writes that Maj. Gen. Sergei Yagolnikov, a Russian military spokesperson, says thge reorganized unit will have …

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Frank Kendall: Military Could Use Weapons Cost Oversight Framework for IT Projects

Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall said Wednesday that the military should consider applying the Nunn-McCurdy oversight law used for weapons programs to information technology projects, FCW reported Wednesday. Sean Lyngaas writes that Kendall testified about IT procurement at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Wednesday. “When we have a program …

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Navy Requests Info on Surface Vessels and Combat Systems

The U.S. Navy is soliciting ideas for future designs of small surface vessels and tactical components such as weapons and radars, Defense News reported Wednesday. Christopher Cavas writes the Navy has issued two requests for information as it weighs options for the existing Littoral Combat Ship program. “We’re looking for …

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Lawmakers Ask Industry Groups to Offer Defense Procurement Recommendations

Senate and House armed services committee leaders have enlisted nine trade groups to review the Pentagon’s weapons acquisition system and make recommendations to streamline the process, National Defense Magazine reported Sunday. Sandra Erwin writes that armed services committees from both chambers of Congress also asked those industry associations to specify …

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35 Countries Ink Intl Nuclear Security Pact

Thirty-five out of 53 states participating in a summit in the Netherlands have reached an agreement to secure their nuclear materials in a move to create international nuclear standards, Global Security Newswire reported Tuesday. Sebastian Sprenger writes the U.S., Netherlands and South Korea jointly unveiled the project and led the signing …

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Report: Japan to Lift Ban on Arms Sales

The Japanese government is planning to rescind the country’s ban on weapons exports in a move aimed at building up its military clout, Agence France-Presse reported Wednesday. Citing a Kyodo News report, AFP writes Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet is set to decide on a draft document in March that …

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CBO Pegs Nuclear Weapon Program Costs at $355B Through 2023

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the Obama administration will need $355 billion between fiscal years 2014 and 2013 to manage the country’s arsenal of nuclear weapons. That figure is intended to reflect the costs of operating and maintaining current systems as well as plans by the departments of Energy …

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