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April 17, 2019 | Daily News

Two California lawmakers said this week they’re concerned the Pentagon’s plan to create a new Space Development Agency duplicates the Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center and could “undermine” the organization’s "proven track record."

April 16, 2019 | Daily News

Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan has directed Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord to begin planning for alternative supply options for Turkish-made F-35 Joint Strike Fighter parts in the event Turkey remains suspended from the program or is expelled for its purchase of the Russian S-400 missile defense system, according to a defense official.

April 16, 2019 | Daily News

The F-35 joint program office estimates its Block 4 plan will cost $10.5 billion over eight years, plus an additional $2.8 billion to modify 441 jets to the new configuration.

April 16, 2019 | Daily News

Defense industry advocates say they are waiting for the Pentagon to implement more than 150 acquisition reform measures passed into law several years ago, and they hope new legislation being drafted by House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Mac Thornberry (R-TX) will do something to break up the bureaucratic logjam.

April 15, 2019 | Daily News

The chief of the Air Force's weapons portfolio is surveying industry options for a Next-Generation Aerial Target that mimics adversaries' newer technology.

April 15, 2019 | Daily News

The head of the Air Force's National Security Space Launch enterprise says he's confident there are “multiple providers” that can meet the requirements to support its Launch Services Procurement strategy.

April 12, 2019 | Daily News

The Defense Department is in the midst of a new six-month independent cost estimate of the Air Force's Ground Based Strategic Deterrent program, a multibillion dollar effort to replace the service's Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles.

April 11, 2019 | Daily News

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- Air Force acquisition chief Will Roper will meet with senior leaders next week to discuss the importance of a standalone $623 million reprogramming request for the Next-Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared program -- one of the service’s top space modernization efforts.

April 10, 2019 | Daily News

Gen. John Hyten, head of U.S. Strategic Command and the presumptive next vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has singled out the fledgling Space Sensor Layer project as a modernization priority in a letter to lawmakers, a move that comes as fissures are showing among Pentagon leaders about the best approach to developing a new low-earth orbit constellation.

April 10, 2019 | Daily News

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- The head of the new Space Development Agency said this week he plans to spend the next five months refining the architecture for a new proliferated low-earth orbit constellation and will issue initial requests for information to industry as soon as this summer.

April 10, 2019 | Daily News

Congress recently approved the Pentagon’s request to shift $600 million from Pakistan security support to the Air Force and Marine Corps so the two services can begin fixing bases damaged during hurricanes.

April 09, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force team tasked with supporting the stand-up of a Space Force has crafted an initial work plan that lays out a five-year roadmap to transition to a new military space service.

April 09, 2019 | Daily News

The unit cost of the F-35A could go as low as $75 million in Lot 14 of low-rate initial production if the program can improve supply chain and production line performance, the head of the program recently told Inside Defense.

April 08, 2019 | Daily News

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- As some in Congress put pressure on the Air Force to slow down its acquisition plan for the second phase of a major launch vehicle development and procurement competition, executives from Northrop Grumman and United Launch Alliance said today they support the service's plan to release a request for proposals this month and award future launches to two competitors next spring.

April 08, 2019 | Daily News

Congress recently approved the Pentagon’s request to shift $600 million from Pakistan security support to the Air Force and Marine Corps so the two services can begin fixing bases damaged during hurricanes.

April 04, 2019 | Daily News

The Defense Department is anticipating enhanced cybersecurity requirements for contractors working on critical technologies will be published by the National Institute for Standards and Technology in approximately 60 days, according to a DOD official.

April 04, 2019 | Daily News

The Joint Strike Fighter is on track to meet its 80 percent mission-capable rate requirement by the end of 2019, according to the F-35 program executive officer.

April 04, 2019 | Daily News

The Missile Defense Agency has pushed back plans for a new Pacific Radar by two years -- delaying all key milestones for a new sensor needed to plug holes in the U.S. military's ability to track projected future North Korean long-range rockets during the midcourse of flight -- while also trimming planned five-year spending on the project from $1 billion to $764 million.

April 04, 2019 | Daily News

If Turkey were removed from the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter supply chain, the program office expects there would be a slowdown of parts to the three production lines within three months time, resulting in between 50 and 75 aircraft being delivered late over a two-year period.

April 04, 2019 | Daily News

As Pentagon leaders move forward with plans to stand up a new Space Development Agency, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson continues to air her concerns with the new organization, telling lawmakers this week she worries the agency will be too detached from the warfighter and could impede ongoing work to develop a proliferated low earth orbit satellite constellation.

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