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March 24, 2021

The Air Force's deputy chief of staff told lawmakers this week the service's rate of Class A aviation mishaps per flight hour is down 47% since 2018 and highlighted efforts within the service to implement safety recommendations from the National Commission on Military Aviation Safety.

March 23, 2021

A nomination hearing today for the admiral tapped to lead the U.S. military in the Asia-Pacific region showcased several emerging debates over the Pentagon's budget, the embattled F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program and the overall approach to countering China.

March 22, 2021

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) said boosting the Pentagon's efforts to drive U.S. technology innovation and combat climate change could help get progressives to back down from calls to cut the defense budget.

March 22, 2021

The Air Force is aiming to restore the nearly $90 million Congress cut from its fiscal year 2021 budget proposal for the Long-Range Standoff Weapon after the service pushed one of its two main contractors out of the program.

March 22, 2021

Congressional auditors have identified 70 projects focused on hypersonic weapons research and development backed by $15 billion through 2024 across the U.S. government, shining light into the breadth and scope of a campaign to field a new class of maneuvering ultra-fast weapons with the potential to shape the balance of power between the U.S. military and other major powers such as China and Russia.

March 19, 2021

Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV), who recently joined the Senate Armed Services Committee, is urging Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to continue funding the Air Force's MQ-9 Reaper production line as he develops the Pentagon's fiscal year 2022 budget proposal.

March 18, 2021

Delays to F-35 Block 4 development drove a $1.9 billion net cost increase between 2019 and 2020, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

March 18, 2021

As the Space Development Agency and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency demonstrate key proliferated low Earth orbit capabilities over the next few years, the Space and Missile Systems Center is working alongside those teams -- both as a partner in technology development and as a connector, seeking opportunities to leverage and operationalize that work within the Space Force.

March 18, 2021

The Defense Department's challenges fielding a jam-resistant GPS signal is driving the Air Force to take precautionary steps to mitigate cost and schedule risks as it delivers the latest variant in the AGM-158B Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile product line.

March 17, 2021

Missile Defense Agency plans to deliver the Long Range Discrimination Radar for operations is delayed again with a new setback pushing the key milestone from June to September, according to U.S. government officials.

March 17, 2021

Congress' decision to significantly reduce the Air Force's fiscal year 2021 budget proposal for the Advanced Battle Management System forced the service to limit the scope of the latest test event in Europe and cancel a major upcoming demonstration with Australia.

March 17, 2021

Top members of the House Appropriations defense subcommittee today voiced support for the Biden administration elevating climate change as a key national security topic and said the Defense Department should make investments to mitigate its vulnerabilities.

March 17, 2021

The F-35 Joint Program Office and Lockheed Martin have created a software-focused integrated review team aimed at helping the program identify and implement agile development and delivery processes that will improve the quality and cadence of future software releases.

March 15, 2021

The Federal Communications Commission this week will vote on an order outlining how a key slice of spectrum currently set aside for military use will be opened to commercial, fifth-generation wireless networks.

March 11, 2021

Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks has announced a new "governance structure" by which she will manage and oversee the Pentagon's ongoing reviews and implement guidance from Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, according to a new memo.

March 10, 2021

A small team at Robins Air Force Base, GA, is working behind the scenes of the military's joint all-domain operations planning and experimentation to come up with new tactics, techniques and procedures that could drastically change the service's approach to battle management.

March 10, 2021

A group of House Armed Services Committee members will develop legislative proposals in the coming months to address critical foreign dependencies in the U.S. defense supply chain.

March 10, 2021

A debate is brewing in Congress and the Pentagon about whether to cut spending on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the most expensive weapon system in U.S. history.

March 9, 2021

The Office of the Secretary of Defense has waived key survivability testing requirements for the F-15EX, approving a test plan the Air Force expects will save $108 million and reduce the testing schedule by at least one year.

March 9, 2021

Lawmakers are preparing to wrestle with a new request from the top U.S. military commander in the Pacific, who is seeking to boost a special fund to counter China by billions of dollars, though it could likely mean cutting other priorities.

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