As it prepares for the launch of its third Global Positioning System IIF satellite this October, prime contractor Boeing is continuing to produce GPS IIF satellites at a rapid rate that will likely result in all 12 space vehicles being manufactured before the Air Force launches even half of those already completed.
The Air Force's new corrosion executive -- a position recently moved into the service's acquisition directorate -- hopes a recently released strategic plan will give the Air Force a more complete picture of what it will take to reduce the service's $5 billion annual corrosion prevention and control bill.
The Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile can now be fielded and operated on the F-15E Strike Eagle fighter jet, according to Lockheed Martin's program director.
The Defense Department is weighing a proposal to move ahead with plans to modernize the Air Force One fleet, a potential new acquisition program that -- if approved by Pentagon leaders -- aims to provide the president in 2023 with new aircraft to replace the modified Boeing jumbo jets that since 1990 have served as a flying White House and military command center.
Lt. Gen. Christopher Miller, the Air Force's deputy chief of
staff for strategic plans and programs, might find his forthcoming visit to
Capitol Hill an uncomfortable one. Miller will testify before the House Armed
Services readiness subcommittee Thursday about the Air Force's proposed
aircraft reductions alongside Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R), the co-chair of the
anti-reductions Council of Governors, and Maj. Gen. Timothy Lowenberg.
Lowenberg commands National Guard units in Washington State, whose governor,
Democrat Christine Gregoire, is Branstad's Council of Governors co-chair.85 words
Lockheed Martin is anticipating that the Air Force will make a final decision on the company's KC-46 tanker aircrew training system proposal within the next three months.
The Air Force, in the Defense Department's omnibus reprogramming request submitted to Congress late last month, has asked for permission to increase funding for a dual satellite launch capability while pulling money from an account meant to certify new launch service providers to compete with the United Launch Alliance.
Force, as part of a multibillion-dollar Pentagon omnibus reprogramming action,
says it has found $57 million in savings based on a decision to alter the force
structure for its legacy C-130 cargo aircraft fleet starting in fiscal year
The Air Force is asking for an infusion of funding into its UH-1N helicopter modification account to upgrade the legacy chopper, a response to the service's decision to terminate a planned recapitalization effort.
The Air Force will likely base the bulk of its KC-46 tanker aircrew training systems in the United States and use former KC-135 tanker locations as the basing options for that system, according to a vice president for Lockheed Martin.
Air Force officials at the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, GA, are preparing a formal solicitation to procure up to 361 new armor plating kits for the service's aging fleet of C-130Hs to better defend those aircraft against anti-aircraft weapons.
The Air Force has moved to make its Deployable Radar Approach Control acquisition more compatible with commercial-off-the-shelf technology in an effort to meet fiscal year 2012 funding restrictions, according to the D-RAPCON program manager.
Department has issued new guidance designed to improve industry's compliance
with DOD rules for tracking the cost and schedule of major weapons programs.365 words
authorizers believe that the National Security Agency should not have developed
its own cloud computing database and want to prohibit other Defense Department
components from using it -- unless the Pentagon's chief information officer
certifies there are no viable commercial open source databases with the same
security features.807 words
Lockheed Martin is working through a technology demonstration for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency that could lead to an opportunity for the Navy to purchase a revised version of the Air Force's extended range variant of the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile.
Logistics Agency has accelerated its audit-readiness deadline to fiscal year
2015 -- two years earlier than a congressionally mandated timetable.634 words