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March 21, 2017 |

F-35 prime contractor Lockheed Martin is still aiming to complete the Joint Strike Fighter program's development phase by the end of the year, telling reporters this week that key milestones this summer will offer a good indicator of whether it is executing to its aggressive testing schedule.

March 17, 2017 |

The Air Force on Friday released a series of documents detailing its plans for a light-attack aircraft experiment this summer that could field a rapid acquisition program to buy around 300 light-attack jets to supplement the service's fighter fleet.

March 16, 2017 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force is beginning to explore its options for replacing the unarmed aircraft used to fly nuclear supervision missions under the Open Skies Treaty, expecting that the OC-135B will be in service for 80 years.

March 16, 2017 | Inside the Air Force

A degraded B-52 radar could have implications for the performance of the Air-Launched Cruise Missile, the Air Force told Congress in a recent report explaining its reasons for pursuing a non-developmental replacement for the aging radar system.

March 16, 2017 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force's top uniformed acquisition officer indicated this week that the service and White House seem to have reached an agreement on Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization requirements, and an executive steering group is meeting this week to chart the program's next steps.

March 16, 2017 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force's effort to replace the EC-130H Compass Call platform is moving forward after the Government Accountability Office dismissed a formal bid protest by Bombardier March 10.

March 16, 2017 |

The Air Force is seeking an immediate and dramatic increase in funding for its Next-Generation Air Dominance program, suggesting plans for a new penetrating counterair capability -- also referred to as a sixth-generation fighter -- are poised to accelerate if Congress can provide an additional $147 million in fiscal year 2017 above the $20 million the service originally requested.

March 16, 2017 |

The Air Force plans to release a formal invitation to industry this week to participate in a light-attack experiment to showcase low-cost capability that could supplement the service's fighter jet capacity.

March 15, 2017 |

The Trump administration has been vocal about its plans for a larger Army and a bigger Navy fleet, but has remained relatively quiet about its plans for Air Force modernization, leaving analysts wondering what that will mean for the Air Force in the fiscal year 2018 budget.

March 14, 2017 |

The Air Force has conducted not one, but two, preliminary design reviews of its planned new bomber, the B-21 Raider, an unorthodox level of scrutiny for a new major weapon system that included one assessment during the technology development phase that concluded in 2015 and one recently as part of the engineering and manufacturing development phase of the new program.

March 14, 2017 |

The chief executive of Leonardo DRS says the competition to provide the Air Force’s next-generation trainer showcases the increased globalization of the defense industry.

March 10, 2017 | Inside the Navy

Navy and Air Force officials are analyzing a potential joint program or common airframes to replace their aging E-6B Mercury command-and-control aircraft, according to top officers.

March 09, 2017 |

The Air Force, which once argued a need for a maximum of 100 new bombers, has formally inverted its B-21 requirement, adopting 100 aircraft as the “minimum” number of state-of-the-art, long-range strike bombers the service now needs -- a move that could set the stage to grow the $80 billion, Northrop Grumman-led project.

March 08, 2017 |

The Air Force and Boeing have agreed on a new acquisition program baseline schedule for the KC-46 tanker that moves the start of initial operational test and evaluation from May 2016 to November 2017 and pushes a full-rate production decision back more than two years from June 2017 to August 2019.

March 07, 2017 |

The Pentagon is concerned with the ability of the aerospace sector to sustain the unique design and manufacturing skills needed to ensure future U.S. military combat aircraft can be both designed and produced, according to a report by the Defense Department office charged with monitoring the defense industrial base.

March 03, 2017 | Inside the Navy

Faced with increased demand, the Marine Corps said the service is considering turning to industry to help maintain legacy F/A-18 Hornets, according to a service official.

March 03, 2017 |

ORLANDO, FL -- Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein told reporters Friday he will green-light an experiment this week to explore and test light-attack aircraft this summer at Holloman Air Force Base, NM.

March 03, 2017 |

House and Senate appropriators plan to cut about $158 million from the Joint Strike Fighter's Block 4 follow-on modernization program -- calling the funds "early to need" -- despite warnings from the Air Force that funding reductions would slow critical early development.

March 02, 2017 |

The Joint Strike Fighter program office, overseeing the Pentagon's $397 billion F-35 acquisition, provided Congress "insufficient justification and incomplete information in an untimely manner," according to House and Senate lawmakers, who soften their rebuke by adding $1.2 billion to the Defense Department's fiscal year 2017 budget request for 11 additional aircraft.

February 24, 2017 |

Outgoing Air Combat Command chief Gen. Herbert Carlisle on Friday reiterated his position that the Air Force should ramp up its F-35A buy rate to 60 jets per year as soon as possible, despite calls from others within the service to maintain the planned rate through fiscal year 2022.

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