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Inside the Air Force - 01/25/2013

JSF Deputy PEO Optimistic LRIP 6, 7 Contract Will Be Finished By Summer

Senior officials from the Joint Strike Fighter program office and lead F-35 contractor Lockheed Martin said this week they expect to have a definitized contract in place for the aircraft's sixth and seventh production lots by the summer, which would represent a major improvement over the year-long negotiations required for Lot 5.929 words

Air Force To Finish Alaska Environmental Impact Statement By October

An environmental study that would determine whether the Air Force can relocate a fleet of F-16 fighter jets from one side of Alaska to the other should be complete by the end of October.1010 words

Exelis And AFRL Exploring Smaller, Cheaper GPS Navigation Payload

Satellite payload developer ITT Exelis is working with the Air Force Research Lab to shrink the size of the Global Positioning System's navigation payload -- an effort to make it more efficient to manufacture and launch.679 words

USAF Starts First F-35 Student Class, Considers Follow-On Training Plans

The Air Force and prime contractor Lockheed Martin have launched the first official class of F-35A student pilots through their flight training program at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, a long-awaited milestone for the Joint Strike Fighter program.1089 words

Political Capital

The new ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee wants Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to delay the delivery of 20 F-16 fighter jets to Egypt. Ranking Member Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) made the request in a Dec. 17 letter to Clinton but waited until Jan. 22, after he was officially announced as the committee's incoming ranking member, to tout the letter in a press release. "Until Egypt is able to establish a democratic parliament and ensure stability in the country, the delivery of F-16s to Egypt should be postponed for further review," he said.96 words

Consolidated Launch Range RFP Slips, Now Expected This Quarter

Air Force officials plan to release a long-awaited request for proposals for a multibillion-dollar launch range support contract this quarter, despite receiving full approval for their acquisition strategy as far back as September.419 words

Flight Management System To Blame For C-130J Block 7.0 Delays

Air Force officials have identified an upgrade to the C-130J fleet's flight management system as the driver behind continuous delays on the delivery of the aircraft's Block Upgrade 7.0, but the service has still not defined operational testing plans set to occur this fiscal year.

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USAF Works On Streamlining FMS Process in 2013, Looks For Efficiencies

The Air Force is looking to wring efficiencies out of its foreign military sales enterprise -- which accounted for more than $130 billion last year -- during 2013, a major step toward refining and improving the service's fiscal interactions with other countries, according to a senior official.766 words

Air Force Issues Report On Test And Training Range Priorities, Challenges

As the Air Force works to keep its test and training ranges viable over the next decade and beyond, service officials are working to prioritize and develop a plan to address the challenges that impact this critical infrastructure, according to a report the service issued to Congress earlier this month.637 words

Oklahoma Moves Forward With Plan To Create Statewide UAS Network

Oklahoma state officials are in the process of establishing a network of test sites and linking them via unmanned aerial system (UAS) air corridors that could be used by the military services and the Department of Homeland Security.829 words

Air Force Preparing Training Plan For Future Cyber Workforce Growth

The Air Force is working closely with Defense Department leadership and U.S. Cyber Command to plan for a potential influx of 1,000 new cyber employees between fiscal years 2014 and 2016.313 words

New Weather Satellite Work Moves Forward, More Awards Expected

The Air Force is moving ahead on its development of a follow-on weather satellite, despite an announcement last month that the program was short on funds.434 words

USAF Works To Address Avionics Software Deficiencies In MQ-9 Reaper

Air Force officials are in the process of executing a program plan to improve MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft and push them toward the end of their development testing phase.542 words

3DELRR Program Wraps Up Requirements Review With Trio Of Contractors

Air Force officials recently completed system requirements and functional reviews with all three contractors participating in the development of the Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar, according to the 3DELRR program office.579 words

DOD Testing Chief: F-35 Failing To Achieve Predicted Reliability

The F-35 program's recent grounding of its Marine Corps variant due to a fuel-line failure comes amid continuing concern in the Pentagon and on Capitol Hill about the reliability of all three versions of the fighter jet.590 words

Congress Eyes Kendall's Decision To Issue Waivers For GPS OCX

Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall has waived two requirements to enable the Air Force's next-generation Global Positioning System control capability to enter its engineering and manufacturing development phase, a move that is drawing scrutiny on Capitol Hill.699 words

Advisory Panel: DOD Should Name Lead Agency For SATCOM Procurement

The Pentagon should designate a single office to procure all satellite communications assets and services, according to a Defense Business Board task force. 585 words

DOT&E: Info Assurance Program Still Suffers From Aggressive Schedule

The Pentagon's top weapons tester contends that a critical enabling technology for information assurance continues to struggle with an "overly aggressive" test schedule, but the Defense Department disagrees with the assessment.1354 words

Congress 'Disappointed' With Microelectronics Strategy, Wants Revision

The Defense Department must revise and resubmit its microelectronics strategy in light of congressional concerns that the recent report lacks enough details, especially about photonics, according to a congressional source.906 words

F-35B Grounding To Last Several Weeks As Investigation Progresses

The Marine Corps variant of the Joint Strike Fighter is likely to remain grounded for "several weeks" until program officials are confident they have explained and corrected an issue with the F-35B's fueldraulic system, according to a senior program official. 325 words

Air Force Readies Final Stage Of 3DELRR Program Competition

The Air Force is readying the final stage of a winner-take-all competition for a $2.1 billion radar program, briefing contenders Raytheon, Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin on a recently published draft solicitation for the balance of the acquisition. 580 words

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