Jacobs To Buy PA Consulting For Advanced Tech Services

By Michael Bruno Nov 30, 2020
Jacobs Engineering Group has announced its second acquisition in as many weeks that aims to boost the government services provider’s profile in providing advanced technologies of keen interest to national security and other agencies.
Budget, Policy & Operations

What Do Pentagon Leaders Aim To Achieve Before Inauguration Day?

By Jen DiMascio Nov 30, 2020
Ask the Editors: Pentagon’s Ellen Lord says she is focused on protecting the supply chain and helping the acquisition system adapt.
Budget, Policy & Operations

The Weekly Debrief: Invisible C-130s And The Future Of AFSOC

By Steve Trimble Nov 30, 2020
A new head of Air Force Special Operations Command is calling for a "ruthless" divestment of certain functions in order to finance a major restructuring to prepare for conflict with a great power.
Budget, Policy & Operations

Opinion: Decision Time for Space-Based Solar Power

James Vedda and Karen Jones Nov 30, 2020
The U.S. should be at the forefront of high-capacity power-beaming to lead the technology rather than be dependent on others for it.

U.S.-European Satellite To Keep Watch On Rising Seas

By Irene Klotz Nov 27, 2020
Measurements of ocean heights provide real-time indication of Earth’s changing climate.

Moon Mission Lays Groundwork For Chinese Manned Landing

By Bradley Perrett Nov 26, 2020
In bringing back samples, Chang’e 5 will demonstrate technology that China will need for sending people to the Moon.

Democrat Says Unveiling Of USAF C-130J Base Locations Politicized

By Lee Hudson Nov 25, 2020
The U.S. Air Force has selected four locations to become home for the C-130J, but a key Democrat on Capitol Hill is condemning the announcement as politicized because one of the bases is located in Georgia where there will be a double runoff election for the U.S. Senate in January.
Budget, Policy & Operations

Security Concerns Arise As Citiking Appeals Eclipse Sale To AML Global

By Molly McMillin Nov 25, 2020
Chinese-backed Citiking International is appealing a judge’s approval of the sale of One Aviation’s Eclipse aircraft assets to AML Global Eclipse in a bankruptcy proceeding.
Aircraft & Propulsion

TransDigm Buys Cobham For $1B, Plans To Sell Esterline Defense

By Michael Bruno Nov 24, 2020
TransDigm Group will buy Cobham Aero Connectivity of Marlow, UK, a provider of highly engineered antennas and radios, for $965 million in cash.
Budget, Policy & Operations

U.S. Air Force Formally Establishes ABMS Program Executive Office

By Lee Hudson Nov 24, 2020
The U.S. Air Force has created an “integrating” program executive office for the Advanced Battle Management System that will be nestled under the Rapid Capabilities Office, the service acquisition executive says.
Budget, Policy & Operations

Pilot Error Caused Fatal North Sea F-15 Crash, Safety Board Says

By Tony Osborne Nov 24, 2020
A U.S. Air Force F-15 pilot died last summer after losing spatial orientation during air-to-air exercises over the North Sea, an air force safety board has concluded.
Budget, Policy & Operations

Biden Names Picks For National Security, Foreign Policy Teams

By Lee Hudson Nov 24, 2020
President-elect Joe Biden has announced members of his national security and foreign policy teams, including Tony Blinken, who he intends to nominate as secretary of state.
Budget, Policy & Operations

U.S. Army Will Combine Africa, Europe Commands

By Lee Hudson Nov 23, 2020
The U.S. Army plans to consolidate Army Europe and Army Africa into a single, four-star-led, service-component command.
Budget, Policy & Operations

Strategy Will Shape UK’s Defense Space Outlook

By Tony Osborne Nov 23, 2020
Britain is stepping up space surveillance capabilities with a focus on attributing nefarious activity.

U.S. Space Force To Seek Significant Funding Hike—Official

By Lee Hudson Nov 20, 2020
The U.S. Space Force will request a significant funding increase in its fiscal 2022 budget proposal, according to the head of the Space and Missile Systems Center.
Budget, Policy & Operations

European Defense Needs More Coordination, Review Says

By Tony Osborne Nov 20, 2020
Defragmented and diverse types of equipment in European inventories are holding up cooperation for modernization, the European Defense Agency has reported. 
Budget, Policy & Operations

What To Expect From Biden’s Pentagon

By Jen DiMascio Nov 20, 2020
From nuclear security to acquisition policy and global alliances, these are the issues President-elect Joe Biden will face.
Budget, Policy & Operations

UK To Boost Tempest, Form Space Command In Spending Uptick

By Tony Osborne Nov 19, 2020
The UK is to develop a Space Command and continue to pursue the development of a Future Combat Air System called Tempest as part of a dramatic uptick in defense spending.
Budget, Policy & Operations

Raytheon Engineer Imprisoned For Taking Laptop To China

By Steve Trimble Nov 18, 2020
Wei Sun, 49, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Arizona under a plea agreement to one felony count of violating the Arms Export Control Act (AECA).
Budget, Policy & Operations

DOD Will Launch Trusted Capital Marketplace Next Month

By Lee Hudson Nov 18, 2020
The head of Pentagon acquisition and sustainment is focusing on several priorities during the Trump administration’s final days in office, including the creation of a trusted capital marketplace, strengthening the defense industrial base and working with Capitol Hill on purchasing software differently.
Budget, Policy & Operations

Airborne Launch System For GBSD Enters Development

By Steve Trimble Nov 18, 2020
Collins has started developing the critical communications suite for possible replacement fleet for airborne nuclear command-and-control.
Missile Defense & Weapons

House Lawmaker Fears Georgia Runoff Will Hinder Defense Policy Bill

By Lee Hudson Nov 17, 2020
House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) is concerned the two U.S. Senate election runoffs in Georgia and “political calculations” over renaming military bases honoring Confederate leaders will hinder signing the fiscal 2021 defense policy bill into law.
Budget, Policy & Operations

U.S. SDA Space Sensor Layers Hit First Legal, Budgetary Obstacles

By Steve Trimble Nov 17, 2020
The Space Development Agency faces new obstacles to deploying new satellite constellations on time.
Sensors & Electronic Warfare

Opinion: Why U.S. Defense Stocks Are Lagging The Market

By Byron Callan Nov 17, 2020
The opportunity for other areas of the economy to grow are more numerous as the world emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Budget, Policy & Operations

UK Should Make Big Investments In Space, Consortium Says

By Tony Osborne Nov 16, 2020
A consortium of British space companies is calling on the UK government to make key investments in space capabilities as an initiative to boost and shape the UK’s future economy.