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Inside the Air Force - April 20, 2018
  • Compass Call recap schedule threatened by Pentagon reporting delay

    The EC-130H recapitalization program faces delays as Congress awaits the Pentagon's assurance that the Air Force properly chose the next Compass Call aircraft, the service's military deputy for acquisition told Inside the Air Force this week.

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  • Raytheon giving OSD detailed OCX data during agile software development

    COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- As Raytheon continues to implement agile software tenets into the next-generation GPS OCX development program, the company is working to provide more detailed performance metrics to Air Force and Pentagon leadership.

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  • USAF sensor suppliers look to next generation of ISR capabilities

    Two of the Air Force's main sensor providers are focusing on autonomy, on-board processing, wide-area imagery and more as the service lays out its vision of a distributed data-collection environment where capability matters more than which aircraft a sensor flies on.

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  • Lockheed preparing for survey at likely site of second Space Fence radar

    COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- Space Fence prime contractor Lockheed Martin is preparing to start a site survey in June for the second radar location that would bring the space-observing radar system to full operational capability.

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  • B-21 Progress

    Northrop Grumman delivered its first set of software for the B-21 bomber and is working on the second, Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch, the Air Force's military deputy for acquisition, told lawmakers this week. "We've now completed a first software drop to go through the process and we've got software out that we're looking at now," Bunch said at an April 18 Senate Armed Services air-land subcommittee hearing. "We continue to have regular meetings with them and measure the progress, give regular updates to senior leaders, but right now I'm very happy with how the program is progressing. . . . It's falling within the parameters of what we estimated the cost would be."

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  • Lockheed may be only bidder for GPS III Follow-On

    COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- Incumbent Lockheed Martin is the only company to confirm its bid to develop the next generation of GPS III satellites, potentially forcing the Air Force to launch a sole-source acquisition for what was supposed to be a rigorous competition between at least three providers.

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  • Air Force taps Lockheed to lead new long-range, hypersonic weapon

    The Air Force has established a nearly $1 billion program to prototype a long-range, air-launched, hypersonic strike weapon and Lockheed Martin elbowed away two other competitors to win the project, the service revealed this week.

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  • GAO highlights Boeing's efforts to mitigate KC-46 testing delays

    A Government Accountability Office report released this week offers some insight into Boeing's efforts to mitigate further KC-46 delivery delays and highlights discrepancies between the company's predictions and those of the Air Force.

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  • Playing catch: Dynetics wins contract to demo UAV recovery on C-130

    Dynetics will prove whether it can launch and recover four small unmanned aerial vehicles from a C-130 in 30 minutes during phase three of the Pentagon's Gremlins program, beating out General Atomics for a $32.5 million contract this week.

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  • Experts: New nukes need same threat protections as conventional missiles

    As the Air Force continues development of the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent and Long-Range Standoff Weapon, a new report from the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments questions whether the next-generation nuclear missiles will be able to stand up to rapidly evolving threats of the 21st century.

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  • Hyten: U.S. must mature conventional hypersonic capabilities

    COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- The head of U.S. Strategic Command said this week he would like to see the Defense Department work more aggressively to develop and test conventional hypersonic weapons.

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  • Services provide feedback to Lord on the future of the F-35 JPO structure

    The Marine Corps along with the Air Force and Navy is providing feedback to the Pentagon acquisition executive on the future F-35 joint program office management structure, according to an official.

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  • Air Force to reorganize SMC, establish new office to speed up acquisition

    COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- The Air Force this week announced a major restructure to its space acquisition enterprise as well as the creation of a new office that will oversee efforts to change the way the service acquires space capabilities.

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  • F-35 study says Pentagon could eliminate JPO by 2035

    A new Pentagon study recommends a notional implementation plan to transition the F-35 program from its current joint program office management structure to one with two program management offices that report to separate service acquisition executives by 2035 -- an attempt to improve the program's performance and efficiency as it moves to the post-development phase.

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  • Rapid development team for autonomy digs into PED algorithms, teaming

    Data processing, exploitation and dissemination research will be fast-tracked by a new rapid development team at the Air Force Research Laboratory that calls itself a special-operations team for autonomy.

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  • Air Force again crafting new acquisition baseline estimate for JDAM

    The Air Force is updating its acquisition baseline for Boeing's Joint Direct Attack Munition program for the third time after it again overran expected procurement costs, according to a December 2017 Selected Acquisition Report recently obtained by Inside the Air Force.

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  • Nominee: PACOM can't execute 75 percent of its ISR requirements

    The nominee to be the next head of U.S. Pacific Command estimates the organization's Hawaii-based headquarters has 25 percent of the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capability it requires, an appraisal that points to a significant shortfall but also a marked improvement compared to an assessment PACOM offered a year ago.

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  • MDA ranks new technology over East Coast interceptor site, director says

    Iran does not present a sufficient enough threat to the United States to warrant investing billions of dollars in an East Coast missile defense site, according to the head of the Missile Defense Agency, who said he would prefer any additional funding Congress might provide be directed into the U.S. military's sensor network to improve threat detection and tracking.

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  • Griffin: U.S. forces 'under threat today' from China's hypersonic missile

    China's advances in developing a non-nuclear, hypersonic boost-glide missile are placing U.S. military forces in the Pacific region "under threat today," the Pentagon's top technology official claimed while calling for a renewed focus by the Defense Department to develop both an offensive hypersonic strike capability and a defensive capability against such ultra-fast missiles.

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