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Inside the Air Force - June 22, 2018
  • Rogers: Space Force has congressional support, but legislation not likely until FY-20

    The lawmaker leading efforts within Congress to reorganize the military space enterprise under a separate service told Inside Defense this week that while President Trump's direction to establish a Space Force will give momentum to ongoing efforts, the fiscal year 2019 defense policy bill will not likely authorize the creation of a new military service.

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  • Trump's 'Space Force' announcement could drive DOD, congressional support

    Although it's unclear how the Pentagon will implement President Trump's direction this week to establish a new "Space Force," some Defense Department analysts and former officials say the White House's endorsement of the controversial proposal could diminish resistance within the Defense Department and make room for compromise among House and Senate lawmakers.

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  • Air Force, Navy sustainment team to brief F-35 JPO on software maintenance cost estimates

    Air Force and Navy sustainment officials have been working since December to develop a detailed cost estimate for a plan to establish an organic F-35 Joint Strike Fighter software maintenance capability and will brief the program's sustainment lead in the next few weeks.

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  • AOC catching up on FY-18 spending following continuing resolutions

    The Air Force official overseeing the Air Operations Center Weapon System says the program will be on track by August after this year's funding uncertainties caused a slight spending slowdown.

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  • House appropriators suggest Air Force look into smaller JSTARS recap fleet

    A provision floated by House appropriators could help find a middle ground for lawmakers and Air Force leaders who disagree on the future of the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System recapitalization.

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  • Homes For Helos

    All bases that currently house UH-1N Hueys will receive replacement helicopters over the next decade and a half, the Air Force said June 20. Those locations include intercontinental ballistic missile sites at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, WY; Malmstrom AFB, MT; and Minot AFB, ND; as well as Eglin AFB, FL; Fairchild AFB, WA; Joint Base Andrews, MD; and Kirtland AFB, NM. The service plans to award a contract by the end of September to Sikorsky, Sierra Nevada or a Boeing-Leonardo Helicopter team for 84 aircraft to be delivered from 2020 to 2032.

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  • Lawmakers raise questions about Open Skies recap, want answers on Russia

    House appropriators are pushing to restrict the Air Force's OC-135B Open Skies recapitalization due to concerns about the program's direction.

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  • Pentagon taking new view on excess base capacity

    After declining to seek a base realignment and closure round in its latest budget request, the Pentagon is weighing new approaches to evaluating installations and dealing with excess property, according to a top Defense Department official.

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  • GAO: MDA's reliance on undefinitized contract actions skyrockets

    The Missile Defense Agency's reliance on undefinitized contracts -- which the military uses to authorize companies to begin work on weapons projects before agreeing to final terms -- has increased dramatically over the last five years, according to a congressional audit.

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  • Amazon views DOD as central to burgeoning federal cloud market

    Amazon Web Services, the largest commercial cloud provider in the world, sees the Defense Department as central to a federal sector that's been slow to modernize its IT infrastructure, but has just started to embrace commercial cloud technologies.

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  • GOP's 10-year budget vision shows boost for defense, but cuts OCO

    House Republicans released a 10-year budget blueprint this week -- influenced by the party's anti-deficit contingent -- that delivers mixed news for defense spending and would slash discretionary and entitlement funds.

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