New York (AirGuideBusiness - Aerospace & Defense News - Defense North America) Jul 10, 2011
William Lynn announces resignation from Pentagon William J. Lynn announced that he will leave his role as deputy secretary of defense as soon as Defense Secretary Leon Panetta chooses his replacement. Panetta is expected to announce Lynn's successor in late summer or early fall. Defense officials said Lynn is leaving to spend more time with family, although some officials say he struggled to find his place in the Pentagon since starting the position in 2009. Jul 8, 2011
Pentagon asks Congress to shift $920 million On the heels of a request to shift $5 billion throughout its department, the Department of Defense is now asking Congress for permission to move $920 million for intelligence efforts. The Pentagon wants to use the funds for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance programs. The request includes funding for the installation of a Fire Scout ground control system on a ship, as well as funds for Scan Eagle drones. Jul 8, 2011
Survey: U.S., allies plan to cut military spending Military spending by the U.S. and its allies is set to drop significantly by 2015, according to a survey by the Council on Foreign Relations. "The U.S. and its allies retain a dominant share, but it declines dramatically," said Paul Swartz, the report's co-author. The survey found that the group's combined share of military spending will drop from 77% of world spending in 2005 to 66% in 2015. Jul 8, 2011
Navy stands up against LCS program critics The Navy rejected suggestions that its Littoral Combat Ship program was a failure, after receiving a critical letter from Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif. Hunter alleges that the program lacks oversight and is just a way for the Navy to appease Congress. "We at Navy have faced and overcome the program's past cost and schedule challenges," Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus wrote in his response letter to Hunter. Jul 8, 2011
Defense cuts are source of disagreement for GOP members GOP members are having a hard time agreeing on defense spending cuts as the government seeks to reduce its $14.3 trillion national debt. While some members say the cuts will negatively affect national security, others say they are necessary to eliminate national debt without increasing taxes. A GOP congressional aide said Rep. Buck McKeon, R-Calif., chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, "is deeply concerned about any defense cuts made during...