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December 11, 2018 | Daily News

A new Congressional Budget Office report estimates the unit cost of a new fighter jet to replace the F-22 and F-15 C/D at about $300 million and projects the Air Force's yearly procurement spending on the new aircraft will peak in 2030 at about $9 billion in 2018 dollars.

December 10, 2018 | Daily News

Defense experts in Washington say Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' vision may conflict with Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson's recent remarks that the service can't continue its current level of effort in the Middle East while properly executing the National Defense Strategy, but that greater funding and new programs could bridge the apparent divide between their perspectives.

December 06, 2018 | Daily News

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, CA -- High-altitude intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft -- particularly Lockheed Martin’s U-2 Dragon Lady -- can serve as a bridge to the next generation of reconnaissance aircraft by acting as a test truck for new sensors, according to the commander of the 9th Reconnaissance Wing here.

December 06, 2018 | Daily News

The Defense Department is contemplating a new program to allow private companies to provide aerial refueling services to military aircraft, an effort that would relieve the strain on up to 30,000 hours of unmet annual tanker needs and give defense contractors a linchpin operational role in the U.S. military's unique ability to project power around the world.

December 06, 2018 | Daily News

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, CA -- As tensions flared between the United States and North Korea over nuclear proliferation last year, the 9th Reconnaissance Wing saw an opportunity to ask: Are we ready to go to war somewhere new?

December 06, 2018 | Daily News

Lockheed Martin expects to deliver a key F-35 simulator capability in mid-2019 that will allow pilots to connect with other aircraft and with partner jets in a virtual environment.

December 06, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force is working with the airline industry to determine whether it can install sensors in its fighter aircraft to detect key fatigue and maintenance issues -- a technology that could reduce the time it takes to diagnose and repair aircraft.

December 04, 2018 | Daily News

Airbus, eyeing a growing need for aerial refueling service by the U.S. military, is teaming up with Lockheed Martin to offer the Pentagon the A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport as a fee-for-service aircraft and potential purchase -- a third attempt by the European company over the last decade to win a piece of the Air Force tanker business in a move that could squeeze Boeing.

December 04, 2018 | Daily News

As the Defense Department continues to craft a long-term sustainment plan for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the joint program office is looking to partner with industry to better understand the sustainment risks involving sub-tier suppliers.

December 01, 2018 | Daily News

SIMI VALLEY, CA -- The Air Force is awaiting industry’s response to a second draft request for proposals as the service finalizes its acquisition strategy for a light-attack aircraft, the Air Force’s military deputy for acquisition told Inside Defense.

December 01, 2018 | Daily News

SIMI VALLEY, CA -- The Air Force is awaiting industry’s response to a second draft request for proposals as the service finalizes its acquisition strategy for a light-attack aircraft, the Air Force’s military deputy for acquisition told Inside Defense.

November 29, 2018 | Daily News

The former leader of the F-35 joint program office said Thursday that while he thinks the program's decision to transition to a continuous software development and delivery framework for Block 4 modernization was a good one, he has some concern about how that capability will be integrated across the fleet.

November 29, 2018 | Daily News

The former leader of the F-35 joint program office said Thursday that while he thinks the program's decision to transition to a continuous software development and delivery framework for Block 4 modernization was a good one, he has some concern about how that capability will be integrated across the fleet.

November 22, 2018 | Daily News

The F-22 program office has developed a "recovery plan" to meet Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' mandate that the fifth-generation fighter achieve an 80 percent mission-capable rate by the end of fiscal year 2019.

November 21, 2018 | Daily News

The F-22 program's use of Section 804 rapid prototyping authority has led the program office to restructure two key upgrade efforts into an iterative, two-phased software delivery plan aimed at fielding more capability at a faster pace.

November 14, 2018 | Daily News

Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen Wilson said today the service will need to reprogram funds in fiscal year 2019 to meet near-term readiness goals.

November 07, 2018 | Daily News

As Pentagon officials reckon with a potential requirement for additional strategic airlift to execute the new National Defense Strategy, a blueprint for action was mapped out in policy reviews to support capping C-17 production in 2015, including a potential $7 billion tab to restart the C-17 line, upgrading C-5s in the bone yard to grow the fleet and increased reliance on civilian cargo haulers.

November 06, 2018 | Daily News

As Pentagon officials reckon with a potential requirement for additional strategic airlift to execute the new National Defense Strategy, a blueprint for action was mapped out in policy reviews to support capping C-17 production in 2015, including a potential $7 billion tab to restart the C-17 line, upgrading C-5s in the bone yard to grow the fleet and increased reliance on civilian cargo haulers.

November 01, 2018 | Daily News

ST. GEORGE, UT -- As the Air Force prepares to release a request for proposals for a next-generation ejection seat to meet new safety and performance requirements, the service is working with two leading seatmakers to reduce risk before the competition starts.

October 30, 2018 | Daily News

The Navy expects the next update to the F-35's logistics information system in "mid-2019" to enable it to connect to its legacy information technology systems, according to a service spokeswoman.

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