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January 23, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force's effort to help allies modernize their militaries is facing a new set of challenges -- higher demand for fourth-generation fighter jets and segregated air and missile defense systems.

January 23, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force could expand its recent $442 million contract to Raytheon to develop force element terminals for the Family of Beyond-Line-of-Sight Terminals program if the service secures funding for a validated objective requirement to install the systems on its tanker fleet.

January 22, 2020 | Daily News

The F-35 joint program office announced this week it will release the first hardware for its new fleet diagnostics and health management system later this calendar year and expects the capability to be fully operational by December 2022.

January 16, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon will hear a briefing Friday on Lockheed Martin's proposal for a five-year, fixed-price performance-based logistics sustainment contract for the F-35 -- a deal that could set the stage for a future multiyear sustainment deal.

January 15, 2020 | Daily News

Silicon Valley firm C3.ai said a recent $95 million deal with the Defense Department to use its "predictive maintenance" software could be widely applied across DOD's aircraft fleets.

January 15, 2020 | Daily News

The Government Accountability Office has noticed the Defense Department's increased emphasis on accelerating its notoriously slow acquisition system, but the watchdog agency is concerned weapon system reliability might be sacrificed at the expense of speed.

January 14, 2020 | Daily News

F-35 Program Executive Officer Lt. Gen. Eric Fick has recommended a new acquisition program baseline for the Joint Strike Fighter following a testing delay that will push a full-rate production decision to late 2020.

January 14, 2020 | Daily News

Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord said today Boeing should be "very forthcoming" with the Defense Department as the company's new chief executive pledges to "rebuild trust" amid alarming reports of efforts to mislead federal regulators about the troubled 737 MAX aircraft.

January 10, 2020 | Daily News

The Professional Services Council and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce are seeking to bolster a case filed by Boeing over markings intended to protect the company's technical data.

December 17, 2019 | Daily News

Congressional appropriators claim the Air Force is making a habit of transferring large sums of Overseas Contingency Operations flying hour funding to pay for other OCO needs, writing in a report accompanying their compromise fiscal year 2020 defense spending bill that the service has shifted nearly $1.3 billion in the last two years.

December 10, 2019 | Daily News

Defense policy language released this week directs the Air Force to work with U.S. Special Operations Command to determine how both organizations can take advantage of continued light-attack aircraft experimentation.

December 10, 2019 | Daily News

Lawmakers are proposing a slew of F-35 oversight provisions as part of a defense policy bill released Monday by conference committee members, including requirements for sustainment cost and readiness details, reporting on the Block 4 modernization process and insight into efforts to rearchitect the Joint Strike Fighter's Autonomic Logistics Information System.

December 09, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force is finishing up an acquisition plan for a new beyond-line-of-sight receiver that allows aerial and ground-based nuclear platforms to accept "emergency action messages" from the president.

December 05, 2019 | Daily News

F-35 prime contractor Lockheed Martin hopes to begin deliveries next spring of a Distributed Mission Training capability that will allow Air Force aircraft to connect in virtual environments.

December 03, 2019 | Daily News

The F-35 joint program office is preparing to award Amazon a sole-source contract to support its "digital transformation" and incorporate a more agile, secure and rapid software development approach.

November 27, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force confirmed this week it has an approved acquisition strategy for the F-15EX program and is on track to release a request for proposals in December.

November 26, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force confirmed this week it has an approved acquisition strategy for the F-15EX program and is on track to release a request for proposals in December.

November 21, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force as soon as January plans to begin initial modification of the first of two commercial Boeing 747-8 jumbo jets slated for the $5.3 billion next Air Force One program, dubbed the VC-25B, a major event in the high-profile effort to demonstrate initial flight in late 2021.

November 21, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force's strategic development planning and experimentation office says it's exploring the possibility of a small proof-of-concept effort to examine the feasibility of a "palletized munitions" concept.

November 18, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon has stood up a Joint Independent Assessment Team to assess F-35 prime contractor Lockheed Martin’s proposal for a five-year, fixed-price sustainment contract -- the first of its kind for the program.

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