National Defense Week news 5/15: 1st female combatant commander, Carter revamps DIUx

This week’s news headlines on National Defense Week:

The first woman to be selected as a combatant commander, Air Force Gen. Lori Robinson, is sworn in as Commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command (Associated Press,

The Senate Armed Services Committee wants to eliminate the job of DoD acquisition chief Frank Kendall (Defense News)

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter revamps his Defense Innovation Unit experimental operation in Silicon Valley (Washington Post)

Lockheed Martin is named the top defense contractor for 2015 (Washington Examiner)

Lockheed’s F-35 gets a major – and a critical – software upgrade (Flightglobal)

The Navy gets a new director of the air warfare division and a new deputy chief of naval operations for warfare systems (

Other top defense news of the week:

House committee unveils $575 billion defense appropriations bill (The Hill)

Air Force to develop apps that will last 100 years (C4ISR & Networks)

Lawmakers to stage hearing aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Norfolk Naval Station (Stars & Stripes)

Kendall Warns Sen. McCain, Gen. Milley On Acquisition Reform (Breaking Defense)

Senators back smaller military pay raise for 2017, setting up legislative fight (Military Times)

Next-gen medical records, simpler Tricare top new health chief’s to-do’s (Military Times)

Army shrinks to smallest level since before World War II (Army Times)

Shaping the Fleet of the Future (Defense News)

New 30-year shipbuilding plan falls short of Navy goal (Politico)

Female Marine rifleman, machine gunner headed to the infantry (Marine Corps Times)

Neller: Marines Need To Shift Training Now To Prepare For Naval Info-Warfare Battle (USNI News)

Kendall Drops Legislative Merger Restriction Push (Defense News)

Air Force Will Announce B-21 Name at AFA in September (Defense News)

Special Operations Command Breaks Down Buying Barriers (Defense News)


Senate panel rejects Pentagon’s call to shut military bases (Stars & Stripes)

Photo: Defense Secretary Ash Carter hands the U.S. Northern Command flag to Air Force Gen. Lori J. Robinson during a change-of-command ceremony at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., May 13, 2016. Carter presided as Robinson took command of North American Aerospace Defense Command and Northcom from Navy Adm. Bill Gortney. DoD photo by Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz

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