Acquisition marching orders change at Defense

Wednesday - 9/15/2010, 8:40am EDT

WFED's Scott Carr

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  • Top Pentagon officials have laid out 23 new acquisition guidelines they say will hold the annual growth rate for the Defense Department to about one-percent. WFED's Scott Carr reports industry seems to have been given several good reasons go along with them. Click on the audio above to hear his report.

  • The Defense Department may receive less money to spend next fiscal year. The Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee has approved a Pentagon spending bill that cuts DoD's base budget request by more than 8 billion dollars. Included in the cuts is the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet program next fiscal year. Congress Daily reports the panel decided on 32 planes, instead of 43 that the Pentagon had originally requested.

  • Federal prosecutors have charged a Florida couple of selling more than 59,000 counterfeit Chinese computer chips to the Navy. The chips are used in American warships, fighter planes, missiles and antimissile systems. The Washington Post reports, Shannon L. Wren of Treasure Island, Florida and an employee, Stephanie A. McCloskey of Clearwater Beach, were named in a 10-count indictment from a federal grand jury. Wren is owner of VisionTech Components and other companies. He and McCloskey were charged with conspiracy, trafficking in counterfeit goods and mail fraud.

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