Acquisition

We Need $10B to Pay Contractors’ Coronavirus Expenses, Pentagon Tells Congress

It’s the first time a defense official has put a specific price tag on DoD’s COVID relief efforts.

US Defense Firms Hiring Thousands Amid Record Unemployment  

Pentagon spending on missiles, satellites, and nuclear weapons fuels a production boom, as firms fight off commercial aerospace downturn.

Navy Picks Wisconsin’s Fincantieri Marinette Marine to Build New Frigate

Awarded months ahead of schedule, the contract further solidifies the shipbuilder’s U.S. foothold.

Lockheed Martin Expects Coronavirus to Delay F-35 Deliveries

Although the company still forecasts an increase in sales, the delays could cost $375 million.

Pentagon Urges Mexico to Reopen COVID-Closed Factories That Supply US Weapon Makers

A surprising number of America’s defense manufacturers rely on parts made south of the border.

Pentagon Orders 60 Machines that Disinfect Desperately Needed N95 Masks

Each Battelle-made machine can clean up to 80,000 masks per day, allowing healthcare workers treating coronavirus patients to reuse them up to 20 times.

US Navy Speeds Weapon Buys To Keep Small Suppliers Afloat Amid Coronavirus

The service has already accelerated deals for anti-air missiles and submarine-hunting planes.

Pentagon Bracing for Weapon-Delivery Delays Due to Coronavirus

Navy says it will “work out” the virus’ impact on projects with companies.

Key Defense Supplier Hit by Ransomware

The hackers also allegedly stole sensitive documents from Visser Precision, which makes parts for Lockheed, Boeing, and SpaceX.

Sailors Work to Bring the USS Ford to Life — and Fix Its Remaining Glitches

The $13 billion carrier hosted five types of aircraft — and about 100 very busy elevator technicians — on a key voyage off the Virginia coast.

A Call to Inaction on Defense Acquisition Law

The best thing Congress could do for a while is stop passing new legislation.

US Army Cancels $45B Armored Vehicle Contest That Drew One Bid

The service now plans to reboot its effort to replace the Bradley Fighting Vehicle, but with different bidding parameters.

Just One Bidder Is Vying for Two Pentagon Programs Worth $130 Billion

The defense acquisition chief is looking into the Army’s disqualification of a second bidder to replace Bradley armored vehicles.

The Army’s Next Attack Helicopter Could Look Like This

Bell’s new 360 Invictus is the latest entrant hoping to fill the Army’s vertical-lift gap — and it’s remote-controlled.

The Air Force's Kessel Run Is the John Travolta of Defense Acquisitions

Right now, the much-hyped software-development office is doing fine work. Let’s remember that when the inevitable backlash arrives.

US Air Force to Shift Billions of Dollars to Network Its Weapons

The clock is ticking on Gen. David Goldfein’s signature project.