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January 23, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force's effort to help allies modernize their militaries is facing a new set of challenges -- higher demand for fourth-generation fighter jets and segregated air and missile defense systems.

January 23, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force could expand its recent $442 million contract to Raytheon to develop force element terminals for the Family of Beyond-Line-of-Sight Terminals program if the service secures funding for a validated objective requirement to install the systems on its tanker fleet.

January 22, 2020 | Daily News

The F-35 joint program office announced this week it will release the first hardware for its new fleet diagnostics and health management system later this calendar year and expects the capability to be fully operational by December 2022.

January 22, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force has identified 28 different emerging technologies it's developing for the Advanced Battle Management System to enable operations across integrated platforms in the air, land, sea, cyber and space domains.

January 21, 2020 | Daily News

As the new Space Development Agency continues to map its strategy for a missile tracking and detection layer, it is working closely with the Missile Defense Agency to determine which organization will be responsible for which capabilities.

January 21, 2020 | Daily News

The air control wing that flies the E-8 Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System fleet will now be able to use a top-secret communications network to exchange intelligence information at higher classification levels.

January 21, 2020 | Daily News

Nearly a year after it was created, the Space Development Agency is today beginning its work in earnest by asking industry to propose a wide range of "good enough" systems, technologies and capabilities that "enable leap-ahead improvements" that can be rapidly put on orbit in two-year tranches beginning in fiscal year 2022 in order to begin fleshing out a new National Defense Space Architecture.

January 21, 2020 | Daily News

Army and Navy leaders took the Pentagon's internal spending debate public last week as they discussed a variety of stresses on their respective budgets, following new orders from Defense Secretary Mark Esper mandating aggressive "clean sheet" reviews for next year.

January 17, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon's No. 2 military official today issued a stinging rebuke of Defense Department deliberations over developing a new satellite urgently needed to track -- among other things -- adversary hypersonic weapons.

January 17, 2020 | Daily News

The Defense Department owes lawmakers a report next year on how to integrate Navy and Army space capabilities into the new Space Force, but the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says the department needs to move faster.

January 17, 2020 | Daily News

AFWERX -- an organization striving to create a "culture of innovation" in the Air Force -- now has the authority to award contracts, setting up the young team for closer partnerships with industry and academia.

January 17, 2020 | Daily News

The analysis of alternatives for the Air Force's Advanced Battle Management System is still underway and expected to be completed early this year, Capt. Cara Bousie, a service spokeswoman, told Inside Defense in an email Thursday.

January 16, 2020 | Daily News

Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman are eyeing a second chance to compete for new Air Force radar business after the service pulled the plug on Raytheon's contract to develop a new long-range radar, with all three companies saying they plan to explore the follow-on "SpeedDealer" requirement and solicitation.

January 16, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon will hear a briefing Friday on Lockheed Martin's proposal for a five-year, fixed-price performance-based logistics sustainment contract for the F-35 -- a deal that could set the stage for a future multiyear sustainment deal.

January 15, 2020 | Daily News

Lockheed Martin has nabbed a lead role in another hypersonic weapons program, winning the sole contract for the third phase of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Operational Fires program -- a project launched in 2018 to develop and demonstrate a new surface-to-surface precision fires weapon that ground forces can use to penetrate sophisticated enemy air defenses.

January 15, 2020 | Daily News

The Government Accountability Office has noticed the Defense Department's increased emphasis on accelerating its notoriously slow acquisition system, but the watchdog agency is concerned weapon system reliability might be sacrificed at the expense of speed.

January 14, 2020 | Daily News

F-35 Program Executive Officer Lt. Gen. Eric Fick has recommended a new acquisition program baseline for the Joint Strike Fighter following a testing delay that will push a full-rate production decision to late 2020.

January 14, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force has finished initial operational testing and evaluation of the B61-12 nuclear bomb's new guided tailkit assembly using F-15E and B-2 aircraft.

January 14, 2020 | Daily News

Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord said today Boeing should be "very forthcoming" with the Defense Department as the company's new chief executive pledges to "rebuild trust" amid alarming reports of efforts to mislead federal regulators about the troubled 737 MAX aircraft.

January 14, 2020 | Daily News

Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord provided new details today on the U.S. effort to field counter-drone technology, saying the military is working with foreign allies to test and evaluate a variety of potential systems.

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