The Army will keep control of its unmanned aerial vehicle program under the current version of a military appropriations bill moving through Congress. The Air Force has asked the DOD to give it "executive agency" over the program.
Lockheed Martin is facing challenges as it seeks growth in new areas. The Navy recently demanded tougher contract terms for a new warship, and the Coast Guard has taken away some work from a joint venture between Lockheed and Northrop Grumman. A Lockheed spokesman says the company is successfully performing 3,000 contracts. "While we are disappointed with issues that have occurred on a few of our prime programs, we understand that we are in the business of developing complex systems," he says.