News reports that House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain,
R-Ariz., will introduce legislation this week to repeal a provision in a law they say allows the unlimited purchase
and use of rocket engines manufactured by a Russian company.
Flight Global reports that Dassault says it will “go step by step” to securing further Rafale orders
from India after prime minister Narendra Modi signed an agreement on 25 January with his French counterpart to purchase 36
of the type.
Despite the recently enacted two-year budget deal that raises the budget caps for
defense, many long-term challenges remain unresolved in DoD’s budget: a looming bow wave of modernization programs,
a dependence on supplemental war funding, higher personnel costs, and increasing demands for readiness funding. CSIS’s
director of defense budget analysis, Todd Harrison, moderated a recent discussion with the DoD comptroller and chief financial officer, Undersecretary of Defense Mike McCord.
On 21 January 2016, the Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center
(AMRDEC) issued a request for information "on small and medium caliber machine guns and cannons applicable to Aviation platforms for vertical lift aircraft
that would enter service in the 2030 timeframe with a service life of 50 years. Specific subsystems of interest include:
weapons, ammunition, mounts, and feed chutes. Industry responses to the RFI are not to exceed 50 pages and are due on
21 March 2016.