Without clear guidance from the Pentagon, CT’s defense contractors adopt their own coronavirus-fighting policies.
The syphoning of more military funding means the Pentagon has given nearly $10 billion since last year to help pay for a wall between Mexico and the United States.
President Trump may tap money intended for a new pier at the Groton sub base and other military construction to fund his border wall.
Although it would boost defense industry consolidation, there is little overlap between Raytheon and UTC that would pose anti-trust issues for the federal government.
There are also grumblings in Congress about the deal, which would further consolidate the defense industry.
Washington – The U.S. House on Thursday rejected Rep. Joe Courtney’s bid to require the Pentagon to spend an additional $1 billion this year for additional Virginia-class submarines made by Electric Boat, a move strongly opposed by the Defense Department. The Pentagon successfully argued that spending more on the Electric Boat-made subs would siphon off funds from other military priorities.
WASHINGTON — Connecticut’s defense industry would be a likely loser if President Donald Trump moves forward with his intention to raise tariffs on imported aluminum and steel. The main reason — foreign governments could retaliate by purchasing fewer U.S. made planes, helicopters and jet engines.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. House approved a short-term spending bill late Thursday, but the legislation that would avert a government shutdown is expected to face a tough time in the Senate. A shutdown’s impact on Connecticut would depend on how long it lasts.
WASHINGTON — In an unusual alliance with the Trump White House and GOP senate colleagues, Sen. Chris Murphy on Tuesday introduced a “Buy American” bill aimed at helping small American companies, including many in Connecticut, get their fair share of federal government business.
WASHINGTON – A group representing small businesses is suing the Pentagon and Sikorsky for information about the defense contractor’s hiring of small and minority businesses as subcontractors. The Sonoma, Calif.-based American Small Business League says the information it has sought from Sikorsky will show the Pentagon has for decades falsified the volume of subcontracts that have been awarded to small businesses.
WASHINGTON — Taking advantage of President Donald Trump’s proclamation of “Made in America” week, Pratt & Whitney parked its new quieter, more efficient commercial engine on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. “This is a product that is made in America that is exported to other countries,” said Rep. John Larson, D-1st District.
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has given Congress wish lists totaling more than $30 billion in additional weaponry and personnel that could substantially boost the number of F-35s and Sikorsky helicopters purchased this year. These requests are in addition to the $30 billion President Trump has sough in increased funding for the Pentagon this year.
WASHINGTON — The Navy’s plans to boost the number of ships and submarines would cost more than $100 billion a year and pose a challenge to the capacity of the nation’s shipbuilders, especially those building subs like Electric Boat, a new government report said.
WASHINGTON — There’s at least one thing Sen. Chris Murphy, a frequent critic of Donald Trump, sees eye to eye on with the president – the need to close loopholes in laws that requires government agencies to “buy American.” Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order that encourages government agencies to give priority to American companies when awarding contracts.
WASHINGTON — The Navy on Tuesday moved a critical step toward awarding Sikorsky a contract on the first two huge King Stallion helicopters to be built in Connecticut. But the complete rollout of the program, which is expected to cost at least $25 billion, will be slow.