Canceled "Future Combat System" Springs to Life With a New Name — But the Same Old Contractors

May 26, 2010 by · Comment
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The Army has begun the process of buying a new armored troop transport. The last attempt the Future Combat System (FCS) was canceled by…

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Canceled "Future Combat System" Springs to Life With a New Name — But the Same Old Contractors

May 26, 2010 by · Comment
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The Army has begun the process of buying a new armored troop transport. The last attempt the Future Combat System (FCS) was canceled by President Obama’s administration. This contract has…

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JSF Cost Increases May Imperil the Fighter Program — and Lockheed

May 25, 2010 by · Comment
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Lockheed Martin (LMT) and the U.S. Government are trying to negotiate the latest production contract for the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). This…

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JSF Cost Increases May Imperil the Fighter Program — and Lockheed

May 25, 2010 by · Comment
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Lockheed Martin (LMT) and the U.S. Government are trying to negotiate the latest production contract for the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). This is against the background of reported cost and…

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Colleges and Universities Reap an Earmark Bonanza, Thanks to Congress

May 20, 2010 by · Comment
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Congress has long done earmarks where money is added to the budget for a specific company or task. Universities often receive these as well. A proposed earmark reform to ban for-profit entities…

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Colleges and Universities Reap an Earmark Bonanza, Thanks to Congress

May 20, 2010 by · Comment
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Congress has long done earmarks where money is added to the budget for a specific company or task. Universities often receive these as well. A…

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KC-X Aerial Tanker Contract Starting To Become A Farce

May 20, 2010 by · Comment
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Boeing (BA) has now said that they are considering not bidding on the Air Force’s new aerial tanker program. They expressed concern about…

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KC-X Aerial Tanker Contract Starting To Become A Farce

May 20, 2010 by · Comment
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Boeing (BA) has now said that they are considering not bidding on the Air Force’s new aerial tanker program. They expressed concern about the fixed price contract and EADS’ subsidies. The…

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Small Businesses Are Starting to Organize Against Federal "Insourcing" of Contractor Jobs

May 12, 2010 by · Comment
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One of the Obama Administration’s acquisition reform initiative is to reduce contractor jobs and where appropriate replace them with civil servants. This “insourcing” is now starting to face…

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Small Businesses Are Starting to Organize Against Federal "Insourcing" of Contractor Jobs

May 11, 2010 by · Comment
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One of the Obama Administration’s acquisition reform initiative is to reduce contractor jobs and where appropriate replace them with civil…

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Shoe Drops For Aetna As Government Decides, No Tricare For You

May 7, 2010 by · Comment
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Last year the government awarded several new TRICARE management contracts. TRICARE is the military HMO basically and two of these awards were protested. Both protests were upheld. Aetna due to…

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Shoe Drops For Aetna As Government Decides, No Tricare For You

May 6, 2010 by · Comment
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Last year the government awarded several new TRICARE management contracts. TRICARE is the military HMO basically and two of these awards were…

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The UAV Market Is Good for Northrop, But Expanding Drone Missions Poses Challenges

May 6, 2010 by · Comment
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Northrop Grumman’s most recent results were buoyed by the sale of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. The continue investment of the U.S. military in these systems will aid companies like Northrop and…

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The UAV Market Is Good for Northrop, But Expanding Drone Missions Poses Challenges

May 5, 2010 by · 1 Comment
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Northrop Grumman’s most recent results were buoyed by the sale of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. The continue investment of the U.S. military…

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Buy American or Else: The Downside of Domestic-Source Rules in Procurement

May 4, 2010 by · Comment
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Nine men were arrested and charged with importing Chinese magnesium and selling it to the Defense Department as anti-missile flares. This violates U.S. laws and regulations about using U.S….

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Buy American or Else: The Downside of Domestic-Source Rules in Procurement

May 4, 2010 by · 1 Comment
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Nine men were arrested and charged with importing Chinese magnesium and selling it to the Defense Department as anti-missile flares. This…

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The Road To Hell In Defense Procurement Reform Is Paved With Good Intentions

May 1, 2010 by · Comment
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Congress continues to make attempts to try and “reform” defense acquisition with the goal of doing things cheaper. Part of this…

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The Road To Hell In Defense Procurement Reform Is Paved With Good Intentions

April 30, 2010 by · Comment
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Congress continues to make attempts to try and “reform” defense acquisition with the goal of doing things cheaper. Part of this latest bill rest on the assumption that the U.S. is under budgetary…

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U.S. Sends Mixed Messages on Military Procurement

April 29, 2010 by · Comment
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While parts of the U.S. legislative branch, unions and some in the media work to protect defense spending from the encroachment of overseas firms the Department of Defense has begun to try and…

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U.S. Sends Mixed Messages on Military Procurement

April 29, 2010 by · Comment
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While parts of the U.S. legislative branch, unions and some in the media work to protect defense spending from the encroachment of overseas…

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Why Military Healthcare Costs Are Rising Twice as Fast as the Nation’s

April 28, 2010 by · 1 Comment
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The portion of the U.S. defense budget used to pay for the military health care keeps increasing. It has been doing so at a rate twice as high as…

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Why Military Healthcare Costs Are Rising Twice as Fast as the Nation’s

April 28, 2010 by · Comment
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The portion of the U.S. defense budget used to pay for the military health care keeps increasing. It has been doing so at a rate twice as high as health care inflation overall. Something must be…

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Tale of Two Companies: Lockheed and Boeing Face Similar Struggles

April 27, 2010 by · Comment
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Boeing (BA) and Lockheed Martin (LMT) reported quarterly earnings last week. They companies felt the bite of the tax changes from the new health…

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Tale of Two Companies: Lockheed and Boeing Face Similar Struggles

April 27, 2010 by · Comment
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Boeing (BA) and Lockheed Martin (LMT) reported quarterly earnings last week. They companies felt the bite of the tax changes from the new health care reform law and also saw declines in revenues…

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How the Alaska Exception Challenges Federal Contracting Orthodoxy

April 23, 2010 by · Comment
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The fight among Senators about the special treatment Alaskan Native American owned corporations took another turn as Alaska’s Senators object to new rules requiring written justification for sole…

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