Category Archives: Budget Industry

Lockheed Martin to Buy Sikorsky, Including Navy's MH-60 Line, For $9 Billion

Lockheed Martin to Buy Sikorsky, Including Navy’s MH-60 Line, For $9 Billion

Lockheed Martin will buy Sikorsky later this year, giving the company full control over the MH-60R and S lines. Lockheed Martin photo.

Lockheed Martin will buy Sikorsky later this year, giving the company full control over the MH-60R and S lines. Lockheed Martin photo.

This post has been updated to include comments from Lockheed Martin regarding how the acquisition of Sikorsky will affect the Navy’s MH-60 program.

Lockheed Martin announced it will acquire Sikorsky Aircraft from United Technologies Corp for $9 billion, inheriting both military and commercial rotary-wing aircraft lines, including the Navy’s MH-60 Seahawk. Read More

Analysis: Growing The Philippines South China Sea Outpost

Analysis: Growing The Philippines South China Sea Outpost

An undated photo of BRP Sierra Madre, grounded on the Second Thomas Shoal in the Spratley Islands

An undated photo of BRP Sierra Madre, grounded on the Second Thomas Shoal in the Spratley Islands

The Philippines government has begun efforts to reinforce the tiny outpost of BRP Sierra Madre, a dilapidated World War II-era landing ship deliberately beached on Second Thomas Shoal in 1999. Due in no small part to extensive media coverage, the vessel is a well-known symbol of the ongoing territorial dispute over the mineral- and resource-rich Spratleys Island group. Read More

USS Porter Leaves Black Sea, Rota Destroyer USS Ross Returns From 4 Month Patrol

USS Porter Leaves Black Sea, Rota Destroyer USS Ross Returns From 4 Month Patrol

USS Porter (DDG-78), left, and the Romanian naval ship ROS Marcellariu (265), right, transit through the Black Sea during a passing exercise on July 14, 2015. US Navy Photo

USS Porter (DDG-78), left, and the Romanian naval ship ROS Marcellariu (265), right, transit through the Black Sea during a passing exercise on July 14, 2015. US Navy Photo

The guided missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG-78) left the Black Sea after a series of exercises as part of the U.S. and NATO’s ongoing presence mission in the region while forward deployed destroyer USS Ross (DDG-71) has completed a four-month European patrol. Read More

Pentagon Asks Congress to Reverse Decision to Add 12 Super Hornets for Navy

Pentagon Asks Congress to Reverse Decision to Add 12 Super Hornets for Navy

An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Kestrels of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 137 launches at sunset from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) on July 10, 2015. US Navy photo.

An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Kestrels of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 137 launches at sunset from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) on July 10, 2015. US Navy photo.

The Office of the Secretary of Defense has asked Congress to remove the dozen Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornets lawmakers added to the defense authorization bills, hoping that $1.15 billion could pay for other priorities. Read More

Delays in Zumwalt Destroyer Program Hamper Production of DDG-51s at Bath Iron Works

Delays in Zumwalt Destroyer Program Hamper Production of DDG-51s at Bath Iron Works

Guided missile destroyer Zumwalt pier-side at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works on Oct. 9, 2014. US Navy Photo

Guided missile destroyer Zumwalt pier-side at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works on Oct. 9, 2014. US Navy Photo

Delays in the construction of the first two of three next-generation Zumwalt-class (DDG-1000) guided missile destroyers at the General Dynamics Bath Iron Works shipyard are partially to blame for slowing work on two Arleigh Burke (DDG-51) destroyers being built at the Maine yard, USNI News has learned. Read More

Pentagon Policy Chief Christine Wormuth Outlines Ongoing U.S. Security Challenges

Pentagon Policy Chief Christine Wormuth Outlines Ongoing U.S. Security Challenges

Under Secretary of Defense for Policy on July 13, 2015 at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. CSIS Screengrab

Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Christine Wormuth on July 13, 2015 at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. CSIS Screengrab

While the American public’s attention—when it focuses on Afghanistan—is centered on the withdrawal of U.S. forces and the uptick of terrorist attacks in Kabul and Khost, the Pentagon’s top policy chief says the Taliban are “definitely taking more hits than they did in 2014.” Read More