With the expectation of flat budgets over the next several years, each of the military services believes they’ll need to divest themselves of at least some programs to fund their modernization plans. That’s challenging, however, when old systems have Congressional constituencies and new ones don’t.
The basic requirement of weapons systems is to fire when you pull the trigger, and that’s actually a tall order given the complexity of today’s military systems.
For the military, the constant insertion of new technologies into weapons and other systems is important to maintaining a competitive edge.
Senior Bloomberg Government reporter Travis Tritten has done some digging into the specifics of the Space Force, he explained on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The Defense Department’s most sophisticated weapons systems are basically moving, networked computer systems, making them vulnerable to cyber attacks.
John Snoderly, learning director of engineering at the Defense Acquisition University in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, explained why open systems are critical to weapons system interoperability.
Army secretary says some of more than 800 programs will likely end or shrink.
From fighters to carriers to submarines, the Navy wants to network its weapons systems so their warfighting capability is greater than the sum of its parts. That task falls to Rear Adm. Michael Manazir, who was appointed just last week as the deputy chief of naval operations for warfare systems. Before that, he was director of the Navy’s Air Warfare Division. Manazir spoke on Federal Drive with Tom Temin to Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu at the Sea Air Space expo at the Gaylord National Convention Center, in National Harbor, Maryland.
The Government Accountability Office wants DoD to declare the update of the F-35 a separate acquisition program for transparency and accountability reasons. Michael Sullivan, GAO’s Director for Defense Weapons System Acquisitions detailed that rationale on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
On this week’s edition of Bgov’s Capital Impact show, host Allen Scott looks at the Air Force’s budget problems and the effect of sequestration on weapons systems.