Tackling defense acquisition reform is one of several hot-button defense issues the Pentagon is seeking congressional backing on, in light of sequestration.
The Air Force could lose four or five of the F-35 fighters it requested in the 2014 budget.
South Korea on Tuesday rejected Boeing’s $7.7 billion bid for 60 fighter jets and said it planned to restart the fighter competition.
Boeing’s proposal to sell South Korea 60 F-15 Stealth Eagle fighters was the final bid that out of three that remained, as the other two were tossed for being over budget.
South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said that it would restart the acquisition process because it felt the F-15 did not meet the requirements for the South Korean Air Force.
American Apparel, a Selma, Ala. company that shares the namesake of a trendy clothing manufacturer, has hired a lobby firm to work on uniform procurement, new forms show.
The law firm Montgomery Fazzone & Taylor will be representing the company while it attempts to navigate federal grants policies and score contracts for “procurement of military uniforms,” according to federal documents. It has been providing uniforms to the Defense Department for nearly 30 years, its website says.
Though the registration form only appeared on Friday, the firm began its services on June 1, while congressional deliberations of the FY 2014 defense budget were ongoing.
Sen. John McCain on Wednesday said he’s prepared to fight funding for the new presidential helicopter if he finds the plan “unsatisfactory.”
McCain (R-Ariz.) vowed "to keep very close watch" on how the Navy proceeds with its plans to select a manufacturer to build the new Marine One helicopter.
Final industry bids to build the prototype version of the aircraft, dubbed the VXX, are due Thursday.
"The acquisition system in the Pentagon is broken and the only thing that is going to make [VXX] manageable is very close, careful congressional oversight," McCain told The Hill on Wednesday.
"We can cut off funding if we think [the selection] is unsatisfactory, before it gets into production," McCain added.
Lawmakers fired another two shots at the Pentagon Thursday over the purchase of helicopters from a Russian company that has supplied Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government.
A group of 80 House members sent a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday asking for an explanation of why the Pentagon went forward with purchasing 30 Mi-17 helicopters from Rosoboronexport last month despite a ban on buying arms from the Russian defense firm.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), meanwhile, is requesting a briefing from the Pentagon after an inspector general report warned that the helicopters won’t be sufficiently used by the Afghan military's Special Mission Wing.
A report said the Afghan military isn't capable of maintaining the Mi-17 helicopters bought for them by the U.S.
The second-ranking Senate Democrat pressed military brass on the rising costs of the fighter jet.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has denied a protest by Beechcraft over a $950 million Air Force contract award for planes to the Afghan military.
The GAO ruled against Beechcraft’s protest, finding no wrongdoing of the Air Force’s award to Sierra Nevada Corp. and Embraer to produce light air support aircraft for the Afghanistan’s Air Force.
In March, the Air Force awarded Sierra Nevada and Brazilian contractor Embraer the $427 million contract, with a maximum award of $950 million, to produce 20 A-29 Super Tucano planes.
The House Armed Services Committee fired a shot against a controversial missile defense program on Wednesday after it failed to stop the program from being funded last year.
The committee passed an amendment to the Defense authorization act that would prevent funding to the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) in 2014 and require the Defense Department to wait 120 days before carrying out plans to harvest technology from the system.
The MEADS program has been a long-running fight in Congress that breaks down along parochial lines. It has also been supported in the Appropriations committees while rejected in the Armed Services panel’s authorization bill.