WASHINGTON, May 15 (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force’s
acquisition chief said on Friday he expects the Air Force to
announce the winner of a hard-fought competition to build a new
long-range strike bomber in one to two months.
Northrop Grumman Corp, maker of the B-2 bomber, is
competing against a team of Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin
Corp to build 80 to 100 new LRS-B aircraft for the Air
Force at a fixed price of no more than $550 million each.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force expects to complete a reevaluation of bids to build a $1 billion long-range radar system in about three months, after Raytheon Co lost a legal bid to halt the review, the top Air Force acquisition official said Friday.
Assistant Secretary William LaPlante told reporters that the Air Force would clarify the technology readiness level required for one aspect of the new radar and ask all three bidders to resubmit their proposals.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S.-supplied missile shield to protect Gulf nations against Iranian attacks will take years to complete, requiring a step-up in regional trust, more U.S. sales of sensitive weapons, and intensive U.S. training to avoid mishaps in the volatile region.
A renewed joint commitment to build the regional defense system was one of the few firm outcomes of Thursday’s Camp David summit between President Barack Obama and Gulf allies, which were seeking fresh U.S. defense pledges ahead of a possible nuclear deal they fear will empower arch-rival Iran.
WASHINGTON, May 14 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate Armed
Services Committee on Thursday approved a
2016 defense policy bill that maps out a series of acquisition
reforms and adds funding for big weapons programs like Boeing
Co’s F/A-18 Super Hornets and Lockheed Martin Corp’s
F-35 fighter jet.
Committee Chairman John McCain, an Arizona Republican, told
reporters the committee trimmed $10 billion in “excess and
unnecessary funding” from the Pentagon’s proposed budget,
including $460 million removed from Air Force funding request
for a new long-range strike bomber, to fund the extra weapons.
WASHINGTON, May 13 (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force on
Wednesday kicked off its first major satellite launch
competition in over a decade, issuing a draft request for
proposals for the launch of a next-generation Global Positioning
Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center said the contract
to be awarded after the competition would include launch vehicle
production, mission integration and launch operations.
ANNAPOLIS (Reuters) – U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus on
Wednesday announced a doubling of paid maternity leave and other
sweeping changes aimed at creating a more flexible and healthy
work environment, and convincing more women to stay in the Navy
“The goal is to have a far more flexible career path (and)
to be more family-friendly,” Mabus told reporters after a speech
outlining the initiative at the U.S. Naval Academy.
WASHINGTON, May 13 (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Armed Services
Committee Chairman John McCain on Wednesday rejected a request
by U.S. officials for changes in federal law to let the two
largest U.S. arms makers use more Russian rocket engines to
compete for military satellite launches against privately held
McCain’s comments reflect frustration among some lawmakers
about the Pentagon’s failure to halt purchases of the RD-180
Russian engines after Russia’s annexation of Crimea.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force on Wednesday said
it would re-evaluate bids received in a $1 billion long-range
radar competition after a federal court dismissed a Raytheon Co
lawsuit that sought to halt a fresh look at the bidders
of its losing rivals Northrop Grumman Corp and Lockheed
“The court’s ruling … frees us to continue moving toward
acquiring the much-needed new radar system. We will immediately
reenter source selection to reevaluate bids,” said Air Force
spokesman Justin Oakes.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter and the nation’s spy chief this week urged a key Senate committee to amend federal law to allow a joint venture of the two largest U.S. arms makers to use more Russian RD-180 rocket engines.
Carter and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper urged Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, in a letter dated May 11, to change the law so the Pentagon can retain “assured access to space”. This is a legal requirement that mandates availability of two satellite launch vehicles so the U.S. military can always get satellites into space, even if one of the rockets is grounded due to a catastrophic failure.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and its allies in the Gulf will discuss ways to expedite weapons sales during high-level meetings in Washington this week, followed by a likely trip to the region by a team of U.S. arms sales experts, U.S. and Gulf officials said on Tuesday.
Streamlining and accelerating sales of critical weapons will be a key topic during the summit, which is aimed at boosting security cooperation with Gulf Cooperation Council members.