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May 17, 2019 | Daily News

Sikorsky's Combat Rescue Helicopter -- the Air Force's replacement to its legacy Pave Hawk fleet -- achieved its first flight today at a company facility in West Palm Beach, FL.

May 17, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force anticipates releasing a request for proposals in July to launch the engineering and manufacturing development phase of the nuclear triad’s intercontinental ballistic missile replacement program.

May 17, 2019 | Daily News

An effort is underway in the Air Force to shift data analytics from restricted and disaggregated projects to a shared ecosystem with potential implications for the way the service makes decisions about investments, training, logistics and finances.

May 16, 2019 | Daily News

House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Mac Thornberry (R-TX) has drafted a defense acquisition reform bill that would fence Pentagon funding until the department begins implementing reform measures already on the books.

May 16, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force has started a rapid-prototyping project to develop a new guided-missile interceptor designed to be fired from fighter aircraft to chase down and destroy enemy intercontinental ballistic missiles immediately after launch during the boost phase of flight, a capability that -- if it works -- could deliver a powerful new layer to the Ballistic Missile Defense System.

May 15, 2019 | Daily News

The Defense Department is laying the groundwork for a fiscal year 2021 budget request that would prop up its base budget by plowing $65 billion previously forecast as war spending into routine appropriation accounts, including nearly $20 billion for weapons investment, repeating a central strategy of the Trump administration's FY-20 budget request.

May 15, 2019 | Daily News

A senior Pentagon acquisition official told Congress today the "sickening business practices" of contractor TransDigm Group have led the Defense Department to take new steps to mitigate alleged price gouging, including creating a watchlist of companies that refuse to provide cost data.

May 14, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force plans to use an expansive, sole-source KC-46 Pegasus post-production contract, worth up to $5.7 billion over 10 years, to craft and implement a roadmap for future tanker capabilities.

May 14, 2019 | Daily News

The House Appropriations defense subcommittee's draft fiscal year 2020 defense spending bill proposes continued study and refinement of the Defense Department's plan to establish a Space Force and puts a hold on funding for a new Space Development Agency until the Air Force offers more details on the organization's mission.

May 14, 2019 | Daily News

The Democrat-led House Appropriations defense subcommittee, still smarting from the Pentagon's recent unilateral budget transfers to build barriers on the U.S.-Mexico border, has drafted a bill that would reduce and restrict the Pentagon’s future ability to reprogram funds.

May 13, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon intends to transfer $1.5 billion from several areas, including weapons acquisition programs, to construct new barriers on the U.S.-Mexico border, according to a recent reprogramming notification sent to Congress.

May 10, 2019 | Daily News

The Defense Department is looking to enhance information sharing on counter-unmanned aerial system solutions by holding monthly meetings between combatant commanders and service representatives in Pentagon headquarters, with a current emphasis on Afghanistan and Iraq.

May 10, 2019 | Daily News

The House Appropriations Committee is ratcheting up oversight of the Air Force's effort to house three F-35 Joint Strike Fighter squadrons at Tyndall Air Force Base, FL.

May 10, 2019 | Daily News

Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord said today the agreement to purchase Lot 12 of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter from Lockheed Martin could be complete by July.

May 09, 2019 | Daily News

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is urging the leaders of the House Armed Services Committee and the House Appropriations defense subcommittee to add eight C-130J aircraft above what the Air Force and Navy requested in fiscal year 2020.

May 08, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon is asking Congress to loosen restrictions on some large acquisition programs by reducing the amount of data required to make determinations of "price reasonableness."

May 08, 2019 | Daily News

A new report from the Congressional Budget Office estimates the Pentagon's proposal to create a new Space Force could cost between $820 million and $1.3 billion annually to manage and operate and require $1.1 billion to $3 billion in one-time startup costs.

May 08, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force Research Laboratory's new microwave weapon for counter-unmanned aerial system operations was delivered Monday for testing, which is expected to begin next week.

May 08, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon is proposing legislative language that would exclude the new U.S. Space Command from manpower cost restrictions for fiscal years 2020 and 2021 to give the Defense Department the funding margin it needs to stand up the new combatant command.

May 08, 2019 | Daily News

Last week, the Air Force opened an advanced technology and training center in Pittsburgh that focuses on condition-based maintenance, automation, robotics and artificial intelligence.

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