Acquisition

Aides Recall How Ash Carter Changed Pentagon’s Weapons Buying

Over decades, the physicist-turned-defense leader worked to speed up and streamline arms procurement.

Ukraine: Russia’s Draft, Setbacks Mean It’s Time for More Advanced Weapons

Kyiv’s winter wishlist includes long-range artillery, armored Humvees, kamikaze drones, and more.

USAF to Unveil B-21 Stealth Bomber in December

The strategic bomber has been developed in near-total secrecy at Northrop Grumman's plant in Palmdale, California.

Defense Firms Sound Inflation Alarm as Congress Mulls 2023 Budget

One trade association says Pentagon would lose $110 billion in buying power.

Get to Know the Middle Tier of Awesome…Er, Acquisition

Speeding good ideas into reality through rapid prototyping and fielding is awesome. Don’t let disbelievers muck it up.

The Pentagon’s Plan to Buy Weapons Software Faster

The DOD’s dedicated software acquisition pathway is nearly two years old, and is already being used by a few dozen programs.

HIMARS’ Hidden Superpower and Other Acquisition Lessons from Ukraine

With no U.S. troops on the ground, acquisition professionals are the operators making the difference.

Faster Attacks Have Cyber Command Looking to Add All-Too-Scarce Experts

“I think the only way that I'm going to be able to do that in the near term is to grow the workforce myself,” command official says.

Pass the CHIPS Act

Two former senior defense and intelligence leaders lay out the case for Congressional action to help the U.S. semiconductor industry.

The Pentagon Gets the Better Part of a Trillion Dollars a Year. Why Isn’t That Enough?

The budgeting process has calcified, with huge sums going to the priorities of yesteryear.

At UK Airshow, Defense Execs Warn of Inflation, Supply Chains, and Worker Shortages 

The Biden administration needs to invest in apprentice schools, CEO of top aerospace and defense firm says. 

Major Pentagon IT Projects Lack Plans to Secure Networks, Supply Chains: GAO

Watchdog also noted cost increases among most of the Defense Department's top 25 IT efforts.

More Reality Checks Could Help Keep DOD Programs on Time and Budget, GAO Says

The Pentagon has long espoused “knowledge-based acquisition,” but doesn’t insist on it.

How the Pentagon Plans to Manage Inflation in Contracts

Contracting officers are told to "be mindful" of rising costs but to "limit the scope" of adjustment clauses.

Pentagon Seeks to Update U.S. Weapons Stocks Depleted by Ukraine Donations

Defense Department's top acquisitions exec says Ukraine war is changing the way the U.S. thinks about stockpiles.

Don’t Overinflate the Pentagon Budget

There are plenty of perennial problems draining the military’s coffers that need attention.