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April 7, 2021

The Defense Department has experienced an increase in ground readiness and a decrease in sea readiness from fiscal year 2017 through FY-19, according to a Government Accountability Office report published Wednesday.

April 1, 2021

The Defense Department this week awarded Lockheed Martin a $7.8 million contract modification to address deficiencies with the F-35's Autonomic Logistics Information System.

April 1, 2021

The general in charge of Air Mobility Command said this week joint wargames and experimentation will play an important role in shaping requirements for a future "family of systems" strategic airlift capability.

March 31, 2021

As some of the Air Force's early Mid-Tier Acquisition programs approach transition points, the service is considering opportunities to increase transparency for those programs and ensure they meet the rapid acquisition pathway criteria.

March 31, 2021

Rear Adm. Gregory Harris said the "family of systems" in the Next-Generation Air Dominance Program will involve a combination of manned and unmanned systems, with the goal "over time" of getting to a 60-40 ratio in favor of unmanned systems.

March 24, 2021

The Air Force's deputy chief of staff told lawmakers this week the service's rate of Class A aviation mishaps per flight hour is down 47% since 2018 and highlighted efforts within the service to implement safety recommendations from the National Commission on Military Aviation Safety.

March 18, 2021

Delays to F-35 Block 4 development drove a $1.9 billion net cost increase between 2019 and 2020, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

March 17, 2021

The F-35 Joint Program Office and Lockheed Martin have created a software-focused integrated review team aimed at helping the program identify and implement agile development and delivery processes that will improve the quality and cadence of future software releases.

March 11, 2021

China is expected by 2025 to introduce as many as 200 operational hypersonic missiles to its force as part of a sweeping modernization program to challenge U.S. dominance in the Asia-Pacific region that also includes growing the People's Liberation Army's fighter and bomber fleets by 56% and 29% respectively while also ratcheting up the size of its maritime surface combatant fleet.

March 10, 2021

A debate is brewing in Congress and the Pentagon about whether to cut spending on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the most expensive weapon system in U.S. history.

March 9, 2021

The Office of the Secretary of Defense has waived key survivability testing requirements for the F-15EX, approving a test plan the Air Force expects will save $108 million and reduce the testing schedule by at least one year.

March 5, 2021

The Pentagon has turned to software engineers at three different universities to conduct an independent technical assessment of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, a move that signals failure of a 2012 recovery plan for the fifth-generation fighter in the wake of a December decision to indefinitely postpone a full-rate production review required no later than this month.

March 5, 2021

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) said today it is time for Congress and the Pentagon to begin a debate to "cut our losses" on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, meaning the most expensive weapons program in U.S. history could be nearing a major inflection point.

March 2, 2021

The head of Air Combat Command would like to move forward with an experiment that could change the way the Air Force trains fighter pilots, but he told reporters last week he needs a more stable funding plan in place beyond fiscal year 2022 to prove out the new concept.

March 1, 2021

The head of Air Combat Command said Friday he isn't confident the F-35 program can meet its target to reduce the F-35A's cost-per-flying-hour to $25,000 by 2025, and said he will meet with program officials and contractors this week to discuss affordability, availability and capability concerns.

February 26, 2021

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Brown is considering several options to replace the service's aging fleet of E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft, including Boeing's E-7 Wedgetail, he told reporters Thursday.

February 26, 2021

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Brown said this week the service will request a similar slate of legacy aircraft retirements in its fiscal year 2022 budget despite pushback from lawmakers last year, telling reporters he's been ramping up congressional engagement to start earlier conversations about the strategy behind the service's force structure proposals.

February 24, 2021

Air Mobility Command is working on a plan to approve the KC-46 for limited operational missions beginning later this year, despite remaining deficiencies that have delayed full mission capability until 2024.

February 24, 2021

The Defense Department and Lockheed Martin have negotiated a significantly smaller scope for a forthcoming performance-based logistics sustainment contract for the F-35, opting for a "bridge" contract the company expects will yield less savings but instill confidence in its performance and set a foundation for a full PBL.

February 19, 2021

The new executive vice president of Lockheed Martin's aeronautics business told reporters today that as the Air Force evaluates the makeup of its tactical aircraft portfolio -- and considers a clean-sheet 4.5-generation fighter to replace the F-16 -- he thinks the three fighter aircraft the company already builds for the service provide a holistic, family-of-systems approach to meet a spectrum of capability needs.

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