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January 28, 2015

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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

“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

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

January 6, 2015

Lockheed Martin on F-35: No Gun Software Glitch; Sensor Upgrades Expected

An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant Joint Strike Fighter conducts its first arrested landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) on Nov. 3, 2014 at sea in the Pacific Ocean. (Kelly M. Agee/U.S. Navy via Getty Images)

An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant Joint Strike Fighter conducts its first arrested landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) on Nov. 3, 2014 at sea in the Pacific Ocean. (Kelly M. Agee/U.S. Navy via Getty Images)

On Monday we shared some bad news stories about the F-35’s gun and its sensor system. Contractor Lockheed Martin, which had not responded publicly at the time, offered this response: Full story

By Tim Starks Posted at 10:36 a.m.
Navy, Procurement, Technology

January 5, 2015

Navy Procurement, the Asia ‘Pivot’ in the Week Ahead

FALFURRIAS, TX -- The shadow of a helicopter from U.S. Office of Air and Marine passes a U.S. Border Patrol vehicle as agents search for undocumented immigrants in September. (John Moore/Getty Images)

FALFURRIAS, Texas — The shadow of a helicopter from U.S. Office of Air and Marine passes a U.S. Border Patrol vehicle as agents search for undocumented immigrants in September. (John Moore/Getty Images)

Congress returns this week, all-GOP now, just not with any fuss right away; everyone’s still going to be getting settled in with new committees leaders, new lawmakers, all of it. In the meantime, here are the highlights of a slim schedule around town. Full story

December 29, 2014

National Security in the New Year

New Year's Eve numerals arrive in Times Square prior to installation atop One Times Square, at Times Square on Dec. 16. (Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

New Year’s Eve numerals arrive in Times Square prior to installation atop One Times Square, at Times Square on Dec. 16. (Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

There are big changes afoot in 2015: a new Congress, a new Pentagon chief, an evolving battlefield. Here’s a look ahead to some of the developments you can expect, as covered here in 2014 by Five By Five. Full story

December 19, 2014

Five By Five Friday Q&A: Arnold Punaro, NDIA

bio_punaro_hiresRet. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Arnold L. Punaro is the chairman of the National Defense Industrial Association, as well as CEO of the Punaro Group. He’s also a former long-time Hill staffer.

With Congress wrapping up its work this week, Five By Five spoke with him for the industry perspective on what Congress did this year, what it didn’t do and what it might do next. (The interview is edited slightly for clarity and length.) Full story

December 18, 2014

A-10 Goes to War Against ISIS in Iraq, After Winning War in Congress

A U.S. flight technician checks the body of a A-10 Thunderbolt parked on the tarmac at the Namest air force base near Brno where it is taking part in joint NATO military exercises in 2012.  (Radek Mica/AFP/GettyImages)

A U.S. flight technician checks the body of a A-10 Thunderbolt parked on the tarmac at the Namest air force base near Brno where it is taking part in joint NATO military exercises in 2012.
(Radek Mica/AFP/GettyImages)

The A-10 was one of the biggest and most controversial weapons systems on the chopping block in Obama’s budget, and Congress refused to do the chopping last week. Now, the close air support plane commonly known as the Warthog is firing at ISIS in Iraq. Full story

December 17, 2014

Spy Blimp Opens New Front in Security Vs. Privacy Debate

The argument gets tiresome because it’s not necessarily either/or, of course, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t sometimes a conflict: “Security vs. privacy” is back at it with the media getting a peak Wednesday in Maryland at the new spy blimp (technically, aerostat) meant to detect incoming cruise missiles on the East Coast. Full story

December 15, 2014

National Security Work Done, and Still Undone, in Congressional Stretch Run

It’s been an exceptionally hectic stretch run for Congress. For such an unproductive 113th session, a great deal has sped up as the finish line nears, likely this week. Here’s a rundown of what’s happened on the national security and foreign policy fronts, and some of what still hasn’t happened, with links to CQ.com ($) stories. Full story

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