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August 23, 2012 | Daily News

Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos told reporters at the Pentagon today that he is meeting with the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program office less frequently than last year because the most pressing issues for the program have been solved.

August 22, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

The Defense Department plans to sign a $1.2 billion deal with Australia to jointly develop new capabilities for P-8A Poseidon aircraft in response to evolving threats.

August 10, 2012 | Inside the Army

Army
officials have declined to say what led to an apparent change of heart about
the Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance Surveillance System, raising
questions as to who advocated for the construction of two additional aircraft
under the already-canceled program.

August 03, 2012 | Inside the Army

Senate
Appropriations Committee members last week moved to honor an Army request for
increasing the fiscal year 2013 budget of the Enhanced Medium Altitude
Reconnaissance and Surveillance System, recommending an additional $70.6
million for the program, according to a report on the panel's FY-13
defense-spending bill.

August 03, 2012 | Daily News

A key congressional committee has voted against a Pentagon proposal to begin funding F-35 modernization in fiscal year 2013 and directed the Joint Strike Fighter program office to compile a report on a range of issues of concern to lawmakers.

August 02, 2012 | Daily News

The Air Force this fall will seek Pentagon permission to launch a major acquisition program to replace its aging fleet of T-38 aircraft after fiscal belt-tightening last year prompted the service to delay its plans for fielding a replacement trainer aircraft from 2017 to 2020.

August 02, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

A new deal to
include Israeli-made electronic warfare equipment on F-35 Joint Strike Fighters
that the country plans to buy is part of a U.S. effort to ensure Israel retains
its military edge in the region, according to a senior State Department
official.

August 01, 2012 | Daily News

Air Force officials confirmed this afternoon that the service's F-35A Pilot Training Center will be housed at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona, a decision that was widely expected but required a drawn-out environmental evaluation before it could be formally announced.

July 31, 2012 | Daily News

Air Force officials believe they have identified a valve on the "G Suit" worn by F-22 pilots that has contributed to breathing problems for some, contending that the "vast majority" of the 11 most recent unexplained incidents in the aircraft can be attributed to the valve.

July 30, 2012 | Daily News

The Pentagon has set aside a proposal to further expand its small fleet of Air Force EC-130H Compass Call aircraft as part of the fiscal year 2014 spending proposal, citing the planned drawdown of forces from Afghanistan, budget constrains and the time needed to convert a cargo plane into an electronic warfare platform.

July 27, 2012 | Daily News

A new deal to include Israeli-made electronic warfare equipment on F-35 Joint Strike Fighters that the country plans to buy is part of a U.S. effort to ensure Israel retains its military edge in the region, according to a senior State Department official.

July 24, 2012 | Daily News

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has approved the deployment of a squadron of F-22 Raptors to Japan and will soon do away with some of the restrictions on flying the aircraft, though altitude limits and other restrictions will remain in place for the time being.

July 12, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

The Defense Department is weighing a proposal to move ahead with plans to modernize the Air Force One fleet, a potential new acquisition program that -- if OK'd by Pentagon leaders -- aims to provide the president in 2023 with new aircraft to replace the modified Boeing jumbo jets that since 1990 have served as a flying White House and military command center.

July 12, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon's advanced research arm intends to award a sole-source contract to Lockheed Martin to provide an initial baseline flight test for a new program designed to develop, mature and test technologies that travel faster than 20 times the speed of sound.

July 05, 2012 | Daily News

The Defense Department is weighing a proposal to move ahead with plans to modernize the Air Force One fleet, a potential new acquisition program that -- if OK'd by Pentagon leaders -- aims to provide the president in 2023 with new aircraft to replace the modified Boeing jumbo jets that since 1990 have served as a flying White House and military command center.

June 29, 2012 | Daily News

The Navy next week will begin reviewing industry proposals for a potential F/A-18E/F Super Hornet replacement, setting in motion the U.S. military's first formal consideration of a sixth-generation fighter aircraft.

June 28, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

The United
Kingdom's recent decision to buy the F-35B short-takeoff-and-vertical-landing
variant of the Joint Strike Fighter rather than the aircraft-carrier variant
has scuttled a multimillion-dollar deal signed earlier this year between the
Navy and the sole builder of U.S. aircraft carriers.

June 26, 2012 | Daily News

The Defense Department has more than doubled the amount of progress payments being withheld from F-35 Joint Strike Fighter prime contractor Lockheed Martin due to deficient business systems.

June 22, 2012 | Daily News

House Armed Services Committee members Randy Forbes (R-VA) and Todd Akin (R-MO) today wrote to Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert to express concerns about how the Obama administration's strategic pivot to the Pacific region may affect the Navy's carrier air wing construct.

June 21, 2012 | Daily News

The Pentagon has advised Congress that the Air Force has not adopted any engineering change proposals to the KC-46A tanker program that exceed $5 million, a sign that the Defense Department to date has discouraged design alterations that could allow Boeing to offset an estimated $500 million in liabilities the Chicago-based firm faces in executing the tanker-development contract.

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