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February 27, 2020 | Daily News

ORLANDO, FL -- The Air Force is preparing to defend its fiscal year 2021 budget realignments to Congress, holding classified briefings with lawmakers and staffers ahead of hearings likely to expose the service's proposals to heavy scrutiny.

February 26, 2020 | Daily News

Pentagon leaders appeared before skeptical lawmakers today to pitch them a budget plan that would cut legacy weapons in favor of new technologies -- a tall task given Congress' traditional resistance to ambitious change and the Defense Department's checkered modernization record.

February 25, 2020 | Daily News

The head of U.S. Transportation Command said today the Air Force's budget request should be revised to allow for retention of aerial refueling aircraft slated for divestiture because of ongoing delays to the Boeing-made KC-46 tanker.

February 21, 2020 | Daily News

U.S. Transportation Command says its top unfunded priority is aerial refueling and recommends Congress provide additional funds beyond its regular budget request for the KC-135 and KC-10 aircraft, according to documents obtained by Inside Defense.

February 20, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force is looking to invest more than $1 billion over the next five years and will publish a request for proposals this spring to upgrade a developmental Navy guided missile that's intended to enhance the F-35 fighter jet's performance against anti-access/area-denial defenses.

February 14, 2020 | Daily News

After several years of a shifting funding profile, the Air Force's Next-Generation Air Dominance program’s outyear projection is relatively stable in the service’s fiscal year 2021 budget request.

February 14, 2020 | Daily News

The Government Accountability Office on Wednesday ruled in favor of the Air Force's light-attack aircraft prototyping award decision, which Air Tractor had protested, claiming the service had improperly used its procurement authority.

February 13, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force is considering awarding multiple contracts in fiscal year 2021 for risk-reduction work supporting the effort to build and purchase the president's next emergency command-and-control aircraft.

February 12, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force today confirmed that its $168.9 billion fiscal year 2021 budget request reallocated $21 billion in legacy investment across the future years defense program to fund "future force capabilities."

February 11, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force’s fiscal year 2021 budget proposes a significant scope reduction to a major B-2 upgrade after development problems delayed the program’s initial operational capability target date by two years.

February 11, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force’s fiscal year 2021 budget request doesn't project the service will meet its optimum fighter aircraft procurement rate of 72 aircraft within the next five years, showing a stagnant F-35 buy-rate of 48 aircraft per year and a gradual increase in F-15EX procurement.

February 10, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force's $168.9 billion fiscal year 2021 budget request proposes a $4.1 billion realignment across the future years defense program to fund increases in future air and space dominance capabilities through cuts to legacy bombers and tankers, Block 20 and 30 Global Hawks, Guard and Reserve Component A-10s and planned missile procurements. (UPDATED)

February 10, 2020 | Daily News

The Navy plans to retire four Littoral Combat Ships and one Dock Landing Ship early in fiscal year 2021 as the service seeks to keep up with the new National Defense Strategy.

February 10, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force's $168.9 billion fiscal year 2021 budget request proposes a $4.1 billion realignment across the future years defense program to fund increases in future air and space dominance capabilities through cuts to legacy bombers and tankers, Block 20 and 30 Global Hawks, Guard and Reserve Component A-10s and planned missile procurements.

February 10, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force plans to solicit proposals from industry for a gateway capability that can be added to an E-3 Sentry to enable data sharing between fifth-generation and fourth-generation aircraft.

February 07, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force expects the F-35 program will begin fielding a fix this spring that will address problems with the A-model gun that have caused cracks in the muzzle.

February 06, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force expects to have final approval for its B-52 engine replacement program test strategy by April -- an oversight requirement lawmakers directed in the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act due to concerns the service is imposing too much risk on the program by using mid-tier acquisition authorities to procure the engines.

January 31, 2020 | Daily News

Boeing today reported it incurred $148 million in KC-46 tanker charges in 2019, which the company attributes to "higher manufacturing costs."

January 30, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon's top weapons tester has labeled the F-35 joint program office's Block 4 modernization schedule as "high risk" due to inefficiencies in testing and software releases as well as a backlog of 13 Category 1 deficiencies that he says must be addressed before the program integrates significant new capability.

January 27, 2020 | Daily News

The U.S. government has halted all weapon deliveries to Iraq -- including the Air Force's program supplying Sidewinder missiles, Maverick missiles and other arms for the country's new F-16 fleet -- amid tensions with Iran and paramilitary groups there.

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