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Boeing and Lockheed have both responded to complaints by President-elect Donald Trump over the cost of signature airplane projects. But what does this say about how contracting much less Defense policy will operate under the Trump administration? For some answers, Federal Drive with Tom Temin turns to Todd Harrison, director of defense budget analytics at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
After a six year decline in spending, budgets have begun to bounce back in 2016, and contract spending is expected to follow that upturn shortly after as the trend continues into 2017.
If there's a trade policy gap between the two candidates at all, it's hard to see through the crack.
The Air Force has increased Boeing's contract to replenish its inventory of guidance kits that convert unguided "dumb bombs" into smart munitions.
DoD's top procurement official said the laws keeping government officials from moving to the private sector are too stringent.
DoD is asking stakeholders for their input on a rule that would raise the barrier for independent research and development funds.
Companies like Boeing must deal with a regulatory environment, the compliance to which is a major corporate function in itself.
Defense companies have spent a low percentage of their own funds on research and development, creating what some say is an innovation problem.
Northrop Grumman is celebrating a huge win in the Long Range Strike Bomber competition and Boeing is considering a protest of the final decision. Jim Hasik, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, told In Depth with Francis Rose there are still a lot of questions to answer about how much the planes will cost and how fast the Air Force really needs them.
The Defense Department has professed a belief in open systems architectures for years, but has had trouble translating its stated policy preferences into acquisition outcomes. A program to modernize the military's helicopters aims to change that
Three individuals parties were implicated in a bribery/kickback scheme involving Boeing military aircraft parts.
NASA has chosen two contractors to build new capsules and ferry astronauts to the International Space Station. The larger of the two awards, $4.2 billion, went to Boeing. The first launch is scheduled for 2017. Chris Ferguson is the director of Crew and Mission Systems for Boeing's Commercial Crew program. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on the contract and the next steps for the project.
Improving acquisition compliance and ethics may involve less rulemaking and more culture shaping according to panelists at the National Contract Management Association's World Congress conference. At the conference, agency leaders discussed the need to streamline and pursue innovative approaches to federal acquisition policies.
The much-anticipated Airbus A350 flew for the first time on Friday, launching a new air race between the European plane maker and Boeing for long-haul wide-body aircraft.