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February 18, 2015

Congress Could Block Armed Drone Sales, But Probably Just Situationally

In this handout released by the U.S. Navy courtesy of Northrop Grumman, the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator lands after completing the first launch of an unmanned aerial vehicle from an aircraft carrier in, 2013 at Naval Air Staion Patuxent River, Md. ( U.S. Navy/Northrop Grumman via Getty Images)

In this handout released by the U.S. Navy courtesy of Northrop Grumman, the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator lands after completing the first launch of an unmanned aerial vehicle from an aircraft carrier in, 2013 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. ( U.S. Navy/Northrop Grumman via Getty Images)

Congress is more likely to block individual armed drone sales deals overseas than to block a new policy announced Tuesday allowing expanded exports overall. (CQ.com story for subscribers) Full story

February 12, 2015

Ashton Carter Might Be Great Pentagon Pick, and It Might Not Matter

Senate Armed Services Committee

Carter testifies during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Feb. 4. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

I’ve written a CQ Analysis piece about the job Ashton B. Carter has ahead of him as Defense chief, and how he fits into the role, assuming he’s confirmed Thursday by the full Senate as expected.

The gist: He’s probably the right man for the job, but at the wrong time. Full story

February 4, 2015

Ashton Carter Backs U.S. Arms for Ukraine

Carter, left, at a meeting with Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island, the top Democrat on Senate Armed Services on Jan. 22. (Tom Williams, CQ Roll Call)

Carter, left, at a meeting with Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island, the top Democrat on Senate Armed Services on Jan. 22. (Tom Williams, CQ Roll Call)

The Obama administration has already begun taking under serious consideration providing weapons to Ukraine amid its conflict with Russia. A prospective new member of Obama’s cabinet, Defense secretary nominee Ashton Carter, sounds like a man set to push them further in that direction. Full story

Lawmakers Vow to Speed Weapons to Jordan

From left: King Abdullah II of Jordan, Sen. John Boozman ,R-Ark., committee chairman Thad Cochran, R-Miss, and ranking member Barbara A. Mikulski ,D-Md., wait for a meeting with the Senate Appropriations Committee on Feb. 3. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

From left: King Abdullah II of Jordan, Sen. John Boozman ,R-Ark., committee chairman Thad Cochran, R-Miss, and ranking member Barbara A. Mikulski ,D-Md., wait for a meeting with the Senate Appropriations Committee on Feb. 3. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

The video purportedly depicting a Jordanian pilot being burned to death by the Islamic State group has key lawmakers saying they will press legislation, if necessary, to speed weapons to Jordan. Full story

February 2, 2015

Obama Budget Day Highlights: DOD, VA, Intel, State, DHS

(Donald Rumsfeld, CQ Roll Call file photo)

(Donald Rumsfeld, CQ Roll Call file photo)

Here are your highlights for President Barack Obama‘s fiscal 2016 budget proposal for defense, security and foreign policy. This is the opening bid. Expect a lot of debate and reaction from the GOP-controlled Congress in the weeks and months to come. Full story

January 30, 2015

Pentagon Hardware Budget Fights: Fiscal 2016 Forecast, Fiscal 2015 Review

We’ve seen enough of the fiscal 2016 budget plan for the Pentagon from the Obama administration to get a sense of where it comes down on some of the biggest-ticket hardware. Let’s review some of last year’s biggest fights, and where they might go this year. Full story

Top Defense Contractors Still Making Money, Mostly

An Indian Navy Boeing P-8I Poseidon anti-submarine warfare and maritime patrol aircraft (C) flies in formation with Indian Navy MiG-29K carrier-capable multirole fighter aircraft during a flypast for the country's Republic Day Parade in New Delhi on Jan. 26. (Tengku Bahar/AFP/Getty Images)

An Indian Navy Boeing P-8I Poseidon anti-submarine warfare and maritime patrol aircraft (C) flies in formation with Indian Navy MiG-29K carrier-capable multirole fighter aircraft during a flypast for the country’s Republic Day Parade in New Delhi on Jan. 26. (Tengku Bahar/AFP/Getty Images)

With year-end and fourth-quarter reports out for all the major defense contractors, it’s a mixed bag on how well they’re doing. Ultimately, they’re not doing so bad for what was supposed to be an era of decline. Full story

By Tim Starks Posted at 8:18 a.m.
Budget, Procurement

January 27, 2015

Iraq/Afghanistan, Drone Contractors Penalized for Alleged Misbehavior

A man walks past Composite Engineering Inc.'s BQM-167A, a remote controlled aerial target used for air-to-air tests,  at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) annual show in Washington, D.C. in 2011. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

A man walks past Composite Engineering Inc.’s BQM-167A, a remote controlled aerial target used for air-to-air tests, at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) annual show in Washington, D.C. in 2011. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

A pair of national security contractors are taking some serious financial heat from the federal government over some alleged misbehavior. Full story

January 26, 2015

Assessing the United States-India Defense Agreements

Obama stands for the U.S. National Anthem during the official welcome ceremony for his arrival at the Presidential Palace in the Indian capital New Delhi on Jan. 25. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Obama stands for the U.S. National Anthem during the official welcome ceremony for his arrival at the Presidential Palace in the Indian capital New Delhi on Jan. 25. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

The United States-India defense agreements announced over the weekend as part of President Obama‘s trip are already being hailed as a big deal. Full story

Acquisition Overhaul, Benghazi, Bobby Three Sticks in the Week Ahead

Mueller (aka "Bobby Three Sticks); Director of National Intelligence James Clapper; and CIA Director Brennan testify at a House Intelligence hearing in 2013. ( Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call)

Mueller (aka “Bobby Three Sticks”); Director of National Intelligence James Clapper; and CIA Director Brennan testify at a House Intelligence hearing in 2013. ( Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call)

Busy, busy week. Full story

January 23, 2015

Friday Five By Five Q&A: Michael Kugelman on the Obama India Trip

michael-KugelmanThis weekend, President Obama leaves for a major trip to India, following on new Indian President Narendra Modi‘s successful trip to the United States.

Michael Kugelman is the senior program associate for South and Southeast Asia at the Woodrow Wilson Center. He spoke with Five By Five about the defense and security implications of the Obama India trip. Full story

January 16, 2015

Weekly Recap: Mac Thornberry, Cybersecurity, Butt Bomb

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“American Sniper” is getting Oscar love and some scrutiny. Here at Five By Five this week, we scrutinized all the subjects in the headline and more. Let’s review what we wrote about, and what slipped through the cracks. Full story

January 14, 2015

Moving on From the A-10 and B-2

A stealth bomber flies over the parade route during the 124th Rose Parade on Jan, 1, 2013 in Pasadena, Calif. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

A stealth bomber flies over the parade route during the 124th Rose Parade on Jan. 1, 2013 in Pasadena, Calif. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Tuesday offered its share of news from the Pentagon about its aircraft plans; a spokesman said that the Defense Department still plans to seek retirement of the A-10, and current Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the B-2 bomber needed to be replaced sooner rather than later. Full story

By Tim Starks Posted at 10:15 a.m.
Air Force, Procurement

January 9, 2015

Weekly Recap: F-35, Ashton Carter, Republican Presidential Candidates

It was a week of Batman references, Yoda and ray guns at Five By Five, yet also a week of grown-up things, like the military budget. Full story

January 7, 2015

Navy Official on Needs: Fewer Acquisition Regulations, More Cyber Capabilities

A U.S. Navy Seahawk helicopter flies above an Indonesian navy helicopter Bell-420 (on the ground) as Indonesian military chief General Moeldoko (unseen) visits during search and transfer operations for bodies of passengers of ill-fated AirAsia flight QZ8501 in Pangkalan Bun on Jan. 6. (Adek Berry/AFP/Getty Images)

A U.S. Navy Seahawk helicopter flies above an Indonesian navy helicopter Bell-420 (on the ground) as Indonesian military chief General Moeldoko (unseen) visits during search and transfer operations for bodies of passengers of ill-fated AirAsia flight QZ8501 in Pangkalan Bun on Jan. 6. (Adek Berry/AFP/Getty Images)

The Navy’s top acquisition and R&D official on Wednesday outlined his needs, which included: no new acquisition regulations from Congress, and, in fact, fewer; more spending on cyber and electronic warfare and offensive surface warfare; and the end of the across-the-board cuts of sequestration (what Defense official doesn’t say that one in every speech?). Full story

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