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August 07, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force has finalized its Next-Generation Air Dominance acquisition strategy and expects to know by next month whether it will be adopted as part of the Pentagon's fiscal year 2022 budget request.

August 04, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force's new Virtual Test and Training Center is on track to formally stand up next summer -- nearly four years after the service announced its intent to establish a hub for advanced synthetic training that could eventually integrate joint and international partners.

July 30, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force this summer awarded L3Harris Technologies a 10-year, $900 million contract to help the service establish a common aircraft simulator architecture and is now working with the company to implement the initial task order, which focuses on cybersecurity and installing a remote scanning capability at nine locations.

July 22, 2020 | Daily News

As part of its effort to transition to a new logistics information framework, the Operational Data Integrated Network, the F-35 joint program office plans to begin installing hardware this September that can run software from both the legacy and the new systems until ODIN is fully deployed.

July 22, 2020 | Daily News

Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord confirmed today the Defense Contract Management Agency has begun negotiations with F-35 prime contractor Lockheed Martin, seeking compensation from the company for delivering parts designated as not ready for issue.

July 16, 2020 | Daily News

Boeing expects to finish the first phase of flight testing for its KC-46 Remote Vision System 1.5 upgrade effort this week -- a near-term enhancement the company has pitched to the Air Force to iteratively improve the system before a full upgrade is completed.

July 14, 2020 | Daily News

The $23 billion indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity F-15EX contract the Air Force awarded Boeing this week could allow the service to buy up to 200 jets, a service spokesman confirmed today.

July 14, 2020 | Daily News

House appropriators are recommending a $506 million cut to the Next-Generation Air Dominance program in effort to stem the Air Force's fighter aircraft shortfall. (UPDATED)

July 10, 2020 | Daily News

Although the House Appropriations defense subcommittee is recommending full funding for the F-35 Autonomic Logistics Information System, lawmakers are calling out the program office for failing to develop a system that meets requirements and directs the Defense Department to ensure a smooth transition to the replacement capability.

July 07, 2020 | Daily News

The House Appropriations defense subcommittee’s mark of the fiscal year 2021 defense spending bill would fully fund KC-46 tanker procurement, add money to maintain the MQ-9 Reaper production line and support the Space Force’s three requested National Security Space Launch services.

July 02, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force has approved a new, $5.2 billion lifecycle cost estimate for the F-15 Eagle Passive Active Warning Survivability System -- a $2 billion increase that reflects the Air Force's decision to buy 144 additional systems for the new F-15EX even as the program faces significant fielding delays due to an unexpected component redesign.

July 01, 2020 | Daily News

The F-35 program team recently demonstrated a key Distributed Mission Training milestone, connecting the Joint Strike Fighter with the F-22, F-16 and E3 Sentry in a simulated, highly contested environment, prime contractor Lockheed Martin announced today.

June 24, 2020 | Daily News

As the Air Force works to prove out a new concept of operations for fighter pilot training, the service is considering repurposing a portion of its F-22 training fleet for operational and adversary air roles, according to the head of Air Combat Command.

June 24, 2020 | Daily News

A Senate panel is proposing legislation to re-instate -- after a brief hiatus -- the requirement for the Pentagon to produce an annual aviation inventory and funding plan, a move that could provide lawmakers as well as aerospace and defense analysts insight into the U.S. long-term investment plans for the approximately 14,000 aircraft flown by the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps.

June 23, 2020 | Daily News

The House Oversight and Reform Committee is calling on Lockheed Martin to release a slew of documents related to its work on the F-35 Autonomic Logistics Information System and its alleged misuse of Electronic Equipment Logs.

June 23, 2020 | Daily News

The House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee wants to block the Air Force from making its planned KC-135 retirements until after a key upgrade to the KC-46 remote visual system is completed.

June 22, 2020 | Daily News

A House panel is seeking more information from the Pentagon about the Navy's F/A-18 fleet in response to the service's proposal to sundown the production line in fiscal year 2022, but has stopped short of forcing the Defense Department to continue the program.

June 22, 2020 | Daily News

House lawmakers are calling on the Defense Department to provide new details on the status of F-35 software development and modernization plans and directing Pentagon cost estimators to conduct a "non-advocate review" of the Air Force and Navy's Next-Generation Air Dominance programs.

June 18, 2020 | Daily News

The Navy's team assessing physiological episodes in aviators has concluded its investigations into two aircraft fleets, but the admiral in charge says the team’s work will have implications for other military planes as well.

June 11, 2020 | Daily News

The Senate Armed Services Committee’s fiscal year 2021 defense policy bill largely rejects the Air Force's divest-to-invest budget strategy, calling on the service to maintain certain legacy fleets it had wanted to retire and sustain a minimum wartime aircraft capacity level for each of its mission sets.

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