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February 21, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force has delayed a key milestone for its $2.7 billion, E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System Block 40/45 upgrade program stemming from shortfalls identified during testing and delays in delivering new hardware by prime contractor Boeing.

February 19, 2019 | Daily News

SAN DIEGO -- The F-35 Joint Program Office is planning to award up to 20 software development and sustainment contracts for "immediate" requirements to small businesses and startups later this year, according to the program executive officer.

February 15, 2019 | Daily News

The Navy is starting to see benefits from a new aviation sustainment system in the form of reducing the time it takes to conduct various maintenance activities, one of the service's top aviators said.

February 14, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force has established a $9.9 billion price tag for its new Advanced Pilot Training program, the Boeing-led project -- also dubbed T-X -- to recapitalize the aging fleet of T-38C aircraft used to train fighter and bomber pilots.

February 07, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force's acquisition chief acknowledged the new Advanced Battle Management System has had a slow start and pledged to speed up the process once the new architect joins next month.

February 07, 2019 | Daily News

Although the Air Force has made significant progress reducing a gap in aircraft maintainers, a new report from the Government Accountability Office found the service continues to face a shortage of experienced personnel and lacks a strategy to retain its current workforce.

February 05, 2019 | Daily News

A new Pentagon mobility study maintains previous fleet-size estimates, its unclassified summary offering almost no insight into the Air Force's plan to grow by 14 tanker squadrons and three strategic airlift squadrons over the next 10 years.

February 04, 2019 | Daily News

The Defense Department's fiscal year 2020 budget request will offer details on the Air Force's path forward for its light-attack aircraft program, after the service announced last month it has delayed plans to launch a formal competition for the effort.

February 02, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force's top uniformed acquisition officer said today he's confident the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter can meet the Pentagon's 80-percent mission-capable rate target, despite a recent report from the director of operational test and evaluation showing fleetwide availability is less than 60 percent.

February 02, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force has chosen someone to serve as the 'architect' who will oversee the new acquisition approach to the Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS), according to a senior Air Force official.

February 02, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon's top weapons tester considers the F-35's new Block 4 modernization plan "high risk" and is calling for a more robust assessment of the cost to test and continuously modernize software.

February 01, 2019 | Daily News

The Defense Department is making plans to award Lockheed Martin a new contract to re-architect the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter's troubled Autononomic Logistics Information System.

February 01, 2019 | Daily News

The Navy awarded its latest P-8A Poseidon Lot 10 contract three months early to ensure a $60 million budget shortfall did not slow down the production line.

February 01, 2019 | Daily News

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan believes the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has "a lot of opportunity for more performance."

January 25, 2019 | Daily News

EVERETT, WA -- As the Air Force and Boeing today marked the delivery of the first two KC-46 tankers, the service confirmed the program will likely be three years late on a key contractual milestone.

January 24, 2019 | Daily News

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has participated in two tests that examine whether its sensor and interceptor delivery capabilities can be integrated with missile defense, Missile Defense Agency Director Lt. Gen. Sam Greaves revealed Wednesday. He said the F-35 will participate in more tests in the future.

January 18, 2019 | Daily News

After delaying the start of an official competition for an off-the-shelf light-attack aircraft, the under secretary of the Air Force confirmed today the service would continue an experimentation campaign and perhaps broaden its pool of aircraft contenders.

January 17, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force has achieved critical design review for a major upgrade to the B-2 bomber's defensive management system.

January 11, 2019 | Daily News

The Council on Environmental Quality has approved an Air Force request for an interim beddown of its F-22 Formal Training Unit at Eglin Air Force Base, FL -- a move the service said was necessary after damage from Hurricane Michael displaced the unit.

January 10, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force announced today it has accepted delivery of the Boeing-made KC-46 tanker, but says it has "mechanisms in place" -- including an option to withhold up to $1.5 billion from the company's contract -- to ensure Boeing completes fixes to the remote vision system that were identified during developmental testing.

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