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June 12, 2019 | Daily News

Lawmakers on the House Oversight and Reform national security subcommittee are expressing concern about the number of U.S.-trained Afghan soldiers who go absent without official leave, as described in recent reports by Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John Sopko.

June 11, 2019 | Daily News

Tyndall Air Force Base, FL, will receive $250 million of the operations and maintenance funds allocated to the Air Force in a disaster relief bill President Trump signed into law last week and is looking to begin making awards to rebuild infrastructure damaged in Hurricane Michael.

June 10, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon has made a $34 billion "handshake agreement" with Lockheed Martin for Lot 12 of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, with options for Lots 13 and 14, according to a statement from Defense Department acquisition chief Ellen Lord.

June 07, 2019 | Daily News

The United States is suspending Turkey, a key NATO ally, from the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program for refusing to back out of a deal to procure a Russian-made missile defense system.

June 07, 2019 | Daily News

House lawmakers are concerned the Air Force is misapplying rapid acquisition authorities to a major B-52 re-engining effort and are asking for more insight into the program’s requirements and testing plans.

June 06, 2019 | Daily News

House lawmakers want the Air Force to craft a 30-year tanker force structure vision that lays out future tanker production plans and options to modernize the entire tanker fleet.

June 05, 2019 | Daily News

House lawmakers are proposing significant oversight of the F-35 program and the Air Force's plan to buy new F-15EX aircraft -- calling for more insight into the Joint Strike Fighter's Block 4 effort and recommending the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps develop a joint service cost position for the program.

June 05, 2019 | Daily News

The House Armed Services Committee is supporting the Air Force's plans to accelerate the Low-Cost Attritable Aircraft Technology program for pairing with such manned platforms as the F-35.

June 05, 2019 | Daily News

A renewed focus on readiness in recent years and a directive from former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to maintain 80% mission-capable rates for key fighter aircraft platforms has driven the Air Force to take a closer look at mission capability across its fleet.

May 23, 2019 | Daily News

The Senate Appropriations Committee today proposed legislation that would allocate nearly $1.7 billion in emergency supplemental funding to support recovery efforts at Tyndall Air Force Base, FL, and Offutt AFB, NE.

May 23, 2019 | Daily News

Senate policymakers are showing support for major Air Force investments in their mark of fiscal year 2020 legislation, authorizing 12 additional F-35A Joint Strike Fighter aircraft, validating the service’s request to buy new fourth-generation jets and proposing additional funding for the Advanced Battle Management System and the service’s Light-Attack Aircraft experiment.

May 20, 2019 | Daily News

House defense appropriators are recommending an additional $541 million to the Navy's aircraft procurement budget for three P-8A Poseidons, citing concerns that two Navy Reserve squadrons would otherwise be decommissioned in fiscal year 2023, according to a draft of the FY-20 defense spending bill released by the committee today.

May 20, 2019 | Daily News

House appropriators are concerned the Air Force's fiscal year 2020 budget request doesn't include the resources to adequately grow its fighter fleet, saying in a report accompanying a draft mark of the funding bill the service needs to boost F-35 procurement even as it recapitalizes its fourth-generation fleet.

May 14, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force plans to use an expansive, sole-source KC-46 Pegasus post-production contract, worth up to $5.7 billion over 10 years, to craft and implement a roadmap for future tanker capabilities.

May 10, 2019 | Daily News

The House Appropriations Committee is ratcheting up oversight of the Air Force's effort to house three F-35 Joint Strike Fighter squadrons at Tyndall Air Force Base, FL.

May 10, 2019 | Daily News

Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord said today the agreement to purchase Lot 12 of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter from Lockheed Martin could be complete by July.

May 09, 2019 | Daily News

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is urging the leaders of the House Armed Services Committee and the House Appropriations defense subcommittee to add eight C-130J aircraft above what the Air Force and Navy requested in fiscal year 2020.

May 07, 2019 | Daily News

The Defense Department is requesting congressional authority to award economic order quantity contracts for F-35 production lots 15 through 17 and is still determining whether to pursue a multi-year deal for those aircraft.

May 02, 2019 | Daily News

The head of the Pentagon's cost assessment office and the F-35 program executive officer said today the program isn't likely to meet an Office of the Secretary of Defense target to reduce the A-model jet's cost per flying hour to $25,000 by fiscal year 2025.

April 26, 2019 | Daily News

The focus of the Defense Department inspector general's latest report was whether acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan acted ethically, but the document also offered a rare behind-the-scenes look into acquisition decisions made by the Pentagon's most senior officials.

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