Pentagon Procurement

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Libyans inspect the wreckage of a US F15 fighter jet after it crashed in an open field in the village of Bu Mariem, east of Benghazi, eastern Libya, Tuesday, March 22, 2011, with both crew ejecting safely. The U.S. Africa Command said both crew members were safe after what was believed to be a mechanical failure of the Air Force F-15. The aircraft, based out of Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, was flying out of Italy's Aviano Air Base in support of Operation Odyssey Dawn.(AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)
Libyans inspect the wreckage of a US F15 fighter jet after it crashed in an open field in the village of Bu Mariem, east of Benghazi, eastern Libya, Tuesday, March 22, 2011, with both crew ejecting safely. The U.S. Africa Command said both crew members were safe after what was believed to be a mechanical failure of the Air Force F-15. The aircraft, based out of Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, was flying out of Italy's Aviano Air Base in support of Operation Odyssey Dawn.(AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

WASHINGTON -- Stretched thin by two wars, the U.S. military is spending upward of $1 billion in an international assault to destroy Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's air defenses and save rebels from likely defeat, according to analysts and a rough calculation of the military operation so far.


Internal oversight of Defense Logistics Agency activity falls short.


Pentagon Procurement Headlines

AP News in Brief (AP, March 20, 2011; 6:19 PM)

Pentagon overpaid oilman millions, audit finds (Post, March 18, 2011; 2:38 PM)

Senate to send 3-week funding bill to Obama (AP, March 17, 2011; 3:18 AM)

Tricare target of Pentagon cuts as health care projected to reach $65B (Post, March 16, 2011; 10:31 AM)

Tricare target of Pentagon cuts as health care projected to reach $65B (Post, March 15, 2011; 12:58 PM)

Now 'good enough' wins the defense contract (Post, March 13, 2011; 11:44 PM)

Pentagon cancer research budget comes under scrutiny (Post, March 12, 2011; 2:44 PM)

U.S. defense leaders warn of no-fly-zone risks (Post, March 2, 2011; 12:18 AM)

Boeing wins $35 billion contract to supply new aerial refueling tankers (Post, February 25, 2011; 12:42 AM)

Boeing wins $35 billion contract to supply new aerial refueling tankers (Post, February 24, 2011; 9:46 PM)

Marines' amphibious vehicle program could end under House budget plan (Post, February 20, 2011; 11:34 PM)

The GOP's defense budget mystery (By George F. Will, February 13, 2011)

Defense officials warn of crisis unless Congress approves 2011 funding bill (Post, February 12, 2011; 9:48 PM)

Gates says Pentagon faces spending 'crisis,' blames Congress for potential cuts (Post, January 27, 2011; 5:40 PM)

Lawmakers grill Pentagon officials on defense spending cuts (Post, January 26, 2011; 7:56 PM)

Ike was right: Defense spending must be cut (By David Ignatius, January 26, 2011)

U.S. troop rollbacks may not stave off calls for more Pengaton cuts (Post, January 9, 2011; 6:53 PM)

Gates wants to drop $14 billion Marine landing-craft program (Post, January 5, 2011; 10:54 PM)

U.S.-funded infrastructure deteriorates once under Afghan control, report says (Post, January 4, 2011; 12:19 AM)

Senate panel ban on stock for appointees but not itself seen as double standard (Post, December 18, 2010; 5:12 PM)

Consensus is forming on what steps to take in cutting the deficit (Post, November 22, 2010; 12:47 AM)

National intelligence director says budget will be moved from Pentagon control (Post, November 2, 2010; 8:55 PM)

Auditors: Is US overselling diplomacy in Iraq? (AP, November 2, 2010; 6:59 PM)

Pentagon plans $60 billion weapons sale to Saudi Arabia (Post, October 21, 2010; 12:58 AM)

Britain announces major military cutbacks (Post, October 19, 2010; 6:00 PM)

Pentagon cuts are just a preview of what's to come (Post, October 4, 2010; 10:58 PM)

For many with stake in Alaska native corporations, promise of better life remains unfulfilled (Post, September 30, 2010; 10:53 AM)

Good intentions aside, should the Pentagon fund cancer research? (Post, September 27, 2010; 7:53 PM)

Is freedom's price too high for the right? (By Danielle Pletka and Thomas Donnelly, September 24, 2010)

Gates starts outlining cuts to save $100 billion for defense (Post, September 14, 2010; 3:25 PM)

Defense cuts could slow D.C. economy for years (Post, September 11, 2010; 3:29 AM)

One-quarter of Lockheed Martin executives take buyout offer (Post, September 9, 2010; 3:21 AM)

One-quarter of Lockheed Martin executives take buyout offer (Post, September 8, 2010; 10:24 PM)

Veterans groups and lawmakers suggest that VA take over Arlington Cemetery:  OTHER CEMETERIES IN AGENCY'S CARE
Army's oversight under fire in Congress
(Post, August 23, 2010)

Gates's lonely battle to rationalize the Pentagon:  Gates's battle to rationalize the Pentagon (Post, August 16, 2010)

State Dept. faces skyrocketing costs as it prepares to expand role in Iraq:  Waning resources could endanger security gains, lawmakers are told (Post, August 11, 2010)

Defense secretary's planned cuts upset investors and defense contractors:  Gates's planned cuts spook investors and companies (Post, August 11, 2010)

U.S. commander stresses importance of funding Iraq security forces (Post, August 10, 2010; 11:58 AM)

Pentagon to cut thousands of jobs, defense secretary says:  CONTRACTORS FACE CUTS
Gates also targets Joint Forces Command
(Post, August 10, 2010)

Virginia stands to feel the most pain from defense cuts (Post, August 10, 2010)

Navy poised to pick builder of new Littoral Combat Ship this summer:  After years of setbacks, Pentagon close to picking contractor for lighter, cheaper combat vessels (Post, August 4, 2010)

Navy poised to pick builder of new Littoral Combat Ship this summer (Post, August 3, 2010; 3:55 PM)

Lockheed wins $9 billion deal to supply fighter jets to Canada:  Order lifts prospects for F-35 program stunted by delays (Post, July 17, 2010)

In war-funding vote, Democrats cast doubts on Obama's Afghan policy (Post, July 2, 2010; 2:11 AM)

Pentagon looks for 100 billion in cost savings:  Savings to be sought on weapons systems, contractor services (Post, June 29, 2010)

U.S. military criticized for purchase of Russian copters for Afghan air corps:  Lawmakers balk at Pentagon's purchases for Afghan air corps (Post, June 19, 2010)

NATO allies poised to slash military budgets; Gates urges other cost savings:  Military spending will be slashed; Gates urges other cost savings (Post, June 9, 2010)

Gates: Cuts in Pentagon bureaucracy needed to help maintain military force:  National debt, economy cited He says cuts needed to pay for fighting force (Post, May 9, 2010)

Pentagon asking Congress to hold back on generous increases in troop pay:  Warnings of fiscal calamity Congress insists military compensation is sacrosanct (Post, May 8, 2010)

Pentagon asking Congress to hold back on generous increases in troop pay:  WARNINGS OF FISCAL CALAMITY
Congress insists military compensation is sacrosanct
(Post, May 8, 2010)

Pentagon planning more oversight of war-zone contractors (Post, April 20, 2010)

GAO analyst says cost overruns, delays continue to plague F-35 program (Post, March 12, 2010)

Northrop halts pursuit of tanker contract:  Decision expected to pave way for Boeing deal (Post, March 9, 2010)

Obama 2011 budget request: Defense Department (Post, February 1, 2010; 12:17 PM)

Draft Defense Department budget avoids weapons cuts, adds aircraft:  Plan boosts aircraft in heavy use in wars in Iraq, Afghanistan (Post, January 30, 2010)

Lockheed Martin to cut 1,200 jobs as Pentagon work slows:  2 UNITS MERGING; LESS DEFENSE WORK
Company took 'a major hit' with F-22 cut, analyst says
(Post, January 7, 2010)

Pentagon contract saves jobs at Wisconsin truckmaker Oshkosh Corp.:  Midwest truckmaker beats out heavyweights in some major military deals (Post, December 19, 2009)

Army contractor in Iraq is warned to cut workforce:  KBR could face penalties, Pentagon auditors warn (Post, November 3, 2009)

Audit finds that Iraq contractor overcharged for repair parts (Post, October 30, 2009)

Washington Sketch: Defense spending bill is exercise in waste on want-not (By Dana Milbank, October 29, 2009)

Shelving of Missile Defense Reflected Military's Concerns:  Cost, Speed of Response Were Issues (Post, September 21, 2009)

Obama Defends Afghanistan Policy Before Veterans (Post, August 18, 2009)

A $191 Million Question:  How a relationship between an Army official and a private contractor led to allegations of collusion and impropriety (Post, August 7, 2009)

Despite Obama's Objections, House Appropriators Seem Intent on Earmarks (Post, July 30, 2009)

Senate Votes to End Production of Controversial F-22 Fighter (Post, July 22, 2009)

High-Priced F-22 Fighter Has Major Shortcomings:  F-22's Maintenance Demands Growing (Post, July 10, 2009)

At General Dynamics, Chief Leaves a Legacy Of Nailing the Numbers (Post, June 22, 2009)

Demise of Helicopter Program Means Hundreds of Jobs Lost in Owego, N.Y.:  Demise of Helicopter Program Means Hundreds of Jobs Lost in Struggling N.Y. Area (Post, June 21, 2009)

Senate Approves War Funding Bill After Obama Presses Democrats (Post, June 19, 2009)

Obama's Pentagon Budget: Not Enough for Defense (By Michael O'Hanlon, June 10, 2009)

Lower Oil Prices Lead Iraqi Security Forces to Cut Payrolls, Halt Key Purchases (Post, May 20, 2009)

Pentagon's Gates Keeps Single-Minded Focus on Dual Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan:  Defense Secretary Is Reorienting the Military to Meet U.S. Troops' Needs Now (Post, May 15, 2009)

White House Proposes Cuts in Military Recruiting Budget:  Obama Plan Would Spend 11% Less (Post, May 11, 2009)

Pentagon Budget Devotes More To Afghanistan War Than to Iraq (Post, May 8, 2009)

Senate Approves Bill to Overhaul Defense Procurement (Post, May 8, 2009)

Democrats Assail Obama's Hit List:  Lawmakers Vow to Protect Pet Programs (Post, May 8, 2009)

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