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June 25, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon's chief technology officer has tapped David Honey, a senior Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency official, to temporarily head the Strategic Capabilities Office. The move appears to pave the way for folding the SCO into DARPA despite the concerns raised by combatant commanders and lawmakers.

June 25, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force decided last month to terminate the Extended Range Weapon program -- a fiscal year 2019 new-start and rapid prototyping effort with a $632 million baseline cost -- following disagreements during contract negotiations, according to a service spokeswoman.

June 25, 2019 | Daily News

DAYTON, OH -- The Air Force is discontinuing development of the Gray Wolf cruise missile program in favor of a new, collaborative effort featuring swarming munitions called Golden Horde, according to the service's weapons portfolio chief.

June 24, 2019 | Daily News

DAYTON, OH -- The Air Force Research Laboratory's propulsion directorate has identified three candidate programs that could become the first to benefit from technology being matured through the Adaptive Engine Transition Program.

June 21, 2019 | Daily News

DAYTON, OH -- The Pentagon is holding to its F-35A sustainment target cost of $25,000 per flying hour by fiscal year 2025, despite multiple internal assessments that argue the goal is not achievable.

June 21, 2019 | Daily News

The House and Senate Armed Services committees have approved legislation that would require a review of the Pentagon's use of fixed-price contracts.

June 20, 2019 | Daily News

DAYTON, OH -- The Air Force, in a joint program with the Army and Navy, is partnering with Lockheed Martin to develop the AIM-260 Joint Advanced Tactical Missile for fighter jets to keep pace with the Chinese PL-15 air-to-air missile, according to the chief of the Air Force’s weapons portfolio.

June 20, 2019 | Daily News

Dayton, OH -- The cost assessment and program evaluation office has completed an independent cost estimate for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent, the Air Force's replacement to the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile system.

June 20, 2019 | Daily News

DAYTON, OH -- The Air Force is looking to use results from the Advanced Battle Management System analysis of alternatives, expected this year, to influence the fiscal year 2021 budget cycle, according to the service's lead combat commander.

June 20, 2019 | Daily News

The Navy unmanned aircraft shot down by Iran was evidently a 2011 legacy Global Hawk transferred from the Air Force, not one of the Navy's new MQ-4C Triton aircraft derived from the Global Hawk design but optimized for maritime missions.

June 20, 2019 | Daily News

As the KC-46 continues to move through operational testing this summer, the Air Force is working closely with prime contractor Boeing to develop plans to address two key tanker deficiencies.

June 20, 2019 | Daily News

DAYTON, OHIO -- The Air Force's XQ-58A Valkyrie and Skyborg unmanned aerial vehicle capabilities are among the service's first vanguard programs, a new concept introduced in the 2030 Science and Technology Strategy, according to the chief of Air Combat Command.

June 20, 2019 | Daily News

As the KC-46 continues to move through operational test this summer, the service is working closely with prime contractor Boeing to develop plans to address two key tanker deficiencies.

June 19, 2019 | Daily News

DAYTON, OH -- The head of Air Combat Command said today he hopes to have a strategy for drawing additional airframes into the light-attack experimentation effort by this fall to inform fiscal year 2021 budget planning.

June 19, 2019 | Daily News

President Trump has said he will "most likely" nominate Army Secretary Mark Esper to take over permanently for acting Defense Secretary Pat Shananan, whose nomination collapsed this week amid media reports of past violent incidents involving his family.

June 19, 2019 | Daily News

Gen. Paul Selva, the second-highest-ranking U.S. military officer, weighed in on a controversial proposal to fold the Strategic Capabilities Office into the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, arguing combatant commands are concerned the change would add a layer of bureaucracy and impede a pipeline now effectively fostering new ideas and rapid delivery of innovative combat capabilities.

June 18, 2019 | Daily News

Gen. Paul Selva, the second-highest-ranking U.S. military officer, weighed in on a controversial proposal to fold the Strategic Capabilities Office into the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, arguing combatant commands are concerned the change would add a layer of bureaucracy and impede a pipeline now effectively fostering new ideas and rapid delivery of innovative combat capabilities.

June 18, 2019 | Daily News

The Defense Department inspector general found that the F-35 joint program office provided insufficient oversight of prime contractor Lockheed Martin’s spare parts delivery and aircraft availability data and awarded millions of dollars in incentive fees based on "inflated and unverified data," according to a new report.

June 17, 2019 | Daily News

The Senate Armed Services Committee is putting increased pressure on the Air Force's plans to modernize its intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities.

June 17, 2019 | Daily News

House and Senate lawmakers disagree on how the Air Force should proceed with competition for future national security space launches, as shown by newly released Senate policy language.

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