Thursday, July 31, 2014

Air Force 30-Year Strategy Emphasizes Acquisition Agility

The Air Force wants to make its future weapon system procurement strategy more agile and its acquisition programs more adaptable, according to a 30-year strategy rolled out on July 30 by top service leadership.

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Flight Restrictions Kept In Place For F-35 Operational Aircraft

Flight restrictions remain for Joint Strike Fighter operational aircraft until an engine investigation wraps up, but limits have been removed for test aircraft, according to the F-35 joint program office.

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DOD Eyes 'Kinetic Fireball Incendiaries' Payload For New Bunker-Busting Weapon

The Defense Department is laying plans to demonstrate by 2018 a next-generation bunker-busting bomb armed with a new payload – "kinetic fireball incendiaries" -- that could be used to destroy chemical or biological weapons stored in fortified, underground facilities.

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PACOM Announces First Asia Pacific Proliferation Security Exercise

U.S. Pacific Command has announced it will host Fortune Guard 2014, the first-ever multinational Asia Pacific proliferation security exercise, next week.

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PACOM Implements Army 'Pacific Pathways' Concept As Part Of Asia Pivot

U.S. Pacific Command is implementing the Army's "Pacific Pathways" concept as part of the Obama administration's pivot to the Asia Pacific region, according to the PACOM commander.

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Outgoing ACC Commander Talks Up U-2, Plays Down New Unmanned ISR Platform

The outgoing head of Air Combat Command this week questioned the public's "love affair" with unmanned aircraft and talked up the capability of the manned U-2 spy plane, which the Air Force wants to retire.

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Presidential Aircraft Replacement Program Still Set For Fall RFP

The Air Force remains on track to release a request for proposals for the development and production of a new fleet of presidential aircraft before the end of the year, according to a service official.

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Army Acquisition Official Throws Support Behind Vehicle Industrial Base

The Army's top uniformed acquisition official expressed his support for the vehicle industrial base at a recent breakfast, saying the lack of a sustained investment in American manufacturing leaves the United States and its soldiers at risk.

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USMC Redefines Security Cooperation Doctrine Including FID Mission

The Marine Corps is in the process of redefining doctrine on its role regarding security cooperation, which includes discussion about the service's role in the foreign internal defense mission, according to a service spokesman.

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DOT&E Verdict On SM-3 Block IB Awaits Failure Review Board Findings

An ongoing review into why the Pentagon's most advanced Aegis guided missile interceptor failed during a test last fall is holding up a verdict on the operational effectiveness and suitability of Raytheon's Standard Missile-3 Block IB, which is needed before the Defense Department can proceed with full-rate production.

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Stackley: Navy Will Take A 'Third Pass' At LX(R) Analysis Of Alternatives

Although several officials have said a Navy and Marine Corps team has completed an analysis of alternatives for a notional LX(R) program to modernize the services' aging dock landing ships, the Navy's top acquisition official said Friday that the team is looking at a third and possibly a fourth "pass" on the effort.

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Lockheed Delivers First Australian F-35s; Aircraft Bound For Luke AFB

Australia has become the fourth nation in the Joint Strike Fighter program to receive production F-35 fighter jets following a rollout ceremony for the first two aircraft at the JSF final assembly facility in Fort Worth, TX, July 24.

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Defense Business Board: DOD Must Change Acquisition Model To Generate Innovation

Contending that the Pentagon has "inadvertently erected barriers against innovation," an influential advisory panel is calling on the Defense Department to do away with its overly bureaucratic processes for procuring non-platform systems.

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Marines Continue To Develop Cargo UAS Requirements After K-MAX Deployment

The Marine Corps is developing requirements for a future cargo unmanned aerial system platform following the deployment of the K-MAX system in Afghanistan, according to a Navy official.

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Army Acquisition Deputy: Service To Discuss OCO With Lawmakers This Week

Army leaders are heading to Capitol Hill to discuss what portion of the Pentagon's $58.6 billion overseas contingency operations request will end up in the service's base budget, according to the Army's new acquisition deputy.

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OSD Weighing Air Force GBSD Proposals

The Office of the Secretary of Defense is reviewing the Air Force's proposal for how to modernize the ground-based component of the nuclear triad, the results of a recently completed classified Ground Based Strategic Deterrent analysis of alternatives, according to a service spokesman.

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Army Acquisition And Sustainment Reviews Identify Systems To Divest

The Army has identified several systems to unload as a result of a series of joint acquisition and sustainment reviews launched late last year, according to a top general who helps run the effort.

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Boeing Took $272M Second-Quarter Hit On KC-46

Boeing absorbed a $272 million hit on the KC-46 tanker program in the second quarter of 2014 due to unexpected engineering challenges, company officials reported during a July 23 earnings call.

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Marines Look To Past And Future For Ship-To-Shore Ideas

The Marine Corps is weighing multiple options, both new and from the past, to improve its ship-to-shore capabilities in a fiscally austere environment, according to Brig. Gen. William Mullen.

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DOD Acquisition Deputy Recommends Budget Off-Ramps In 'Likely' Case Of Sequestration

The Pentagon's deputy acquisition executive recently told defense industry representatives that Frank Kendall, her boss, thinks full sequestration will be triggered in fiscal year 2016 and has been advising budget programmers to craft "off-ramps" to address looming program cuts.

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