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June 14, 2012 | Daily News

The Defense Department should draft contingency plans for the Joint Strike Fighter program that anticipate lower annual funding levels and account for how reduced spending will impact the aircraft's cost and the program's development and procurement schedule, according to the Government Accountability Office.

June 13, 2012 | Daily News

The Air Force plans to divvy up fiscal year 2012 funding for the B-2 Extremely High Frequency Satellite Communications Increment 2 program, which the Pentagon terminated in February, between efforts to mature new radar technology for the stealth bomber and the development of Boeing's Massive Ordnance Penetrator bomb.

June 12, 2012 | Daily News

Sierra Nevada Corp., which was awarded an Air Force contract to build aircraft for the Afghan military and then had the contract revoked, filed a lawsuit with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims today seeking reinstatement of that contract.

June 12, 2012 | Daily News

The Defense Department plans to open a portion of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program to competition, a move that will allow for consideration of new subsystem suppliers in the Pentagon's largest acquisition effort as soon as fiscal year 2013, according to a government report.

June 08, 2012 | Inside the Army

Senate
authorizers want the Army to develop a plan for its manned airborne
intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft that addresses what
platforms should be kept or eliminated and which could be shared with the other
services, according to a report accompanying the Senate Armed Services
Committee's fiscal year 2013 defense authorization bill.

June 06, 2012 | Daily News

The Defense Department has launched a mobility capabilities assessment of whether the Pentagon's planned cargo aircraft and cargo ship inventories are sufficient to execute the Obama administration's new defense strategy through 2018, an undertaking that could spell changes to the military's transportation fleet.

May 23, 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
could affect a deal signed earlier this year between the Navy and the sole
builder of U.S. aircraft carriers.

May 18, 2012 | Inside the Navy
The House Appropriations Committee added 11 F/A-18E/F Super Hornets to the fiscal year 2013 defense appropriations bill in its mark-up last week, arguing in a report accompanying the mark that extending the service lives of legacy Hornets is overall not a cost-effective way to deal with the Navy's strike fighter gap.
May 18, 2012 | Inside the Army

The Obama administration has objected to legislation that would halt the retirement of the Army's C-23 Sherpa fleet, stating the delayed divestment of the aircraft would cost $345 million, according to a May 15 statement of administration policy.

May 17, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

The Defense Department's systems engineering experts expect more delays in the development of complex software essential for the operation of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, according to a previously unreported Pentagon assessment provided to lawmakers.

May 16, 2012 | Daily News

The Air Force does not have the resources or the need to buy the F-35B, the short-takeoff-and-vertical-landing version of the Joint Strike Fighter developed for the Marine Corps, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz said today.

In past years, Air Force leaders have sometimes said that the service -- which is committed to purchasing the F-35A conventional variant -- might benefit from the acquisition of a few F-35Bs for certain missions.

May 11, 2012 | Inside the Navy
The House Armed Services added a variety of measures to its mark of the fiscal year 2013 defense authorization act on May 9, ranging from barring the military from starting another round of Base Realignment and Closure to demanding an initial operational capability date for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program.
May 11, 2012 | Inside the Navy
The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye program is in the midst of initial operational test and evaluation that will wrap up this summer in advance of a full-rate production decision later this year, a top Navy acquisition official told Congress last week.
May 08, 2012 | Daily News

The service chiefs will settle on new initial operational capability targets for each F-35 Joint Strike Fighter variant when the program finalizes its development plan around September, the program head told reporters today.

May 07, 2012 | Daily News

(Editor's Note: This story has been updated to include legislative language from the House Appropriations defense subcommittee mark-up of the fiscal year 2013 defense appropriations bill released this afternoon.)

The House Armed Services Committee, which last month recommended providing the Air Force with more than $250 million in unrequested funds to keep the Global Hawk Block 30 program operating, released legislative language today that would keep the C-27J Spartan airlift fleet alive as well.

May 04, 2012 | Inside the Navy
The Navy has readied about three-quarters of the service's larger aircraft for new countermeasures systems designed to combat missile attacks, a retrofit effort the service hopes to complete in two years, the program manager told Inside the Navy last week.
May 04, 2012 | Inside the Army

After several months of delays for the Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle's first flight test, the inflated airship has yet to take to the skies, according to Army Space and Missile Defense Command spokesman John Cummings.

May 03, 2012 | Daily News

The Defense Department this week announced a potential $10 billion sale of 42 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft to Japan, a deal furthered by formal assurances made by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz to his Japanese counterpart in January that the Air Force is committed to the stealth fighter.

April 27, 2012 | Inside the Navy
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- While the Navy plans to place the P-8A Poseidon aircraft in a traditional anti-submarine warfare role, the aircraft could be effectively used as the P-3C Orion is today as an over-land surveillance aircraft, the program manager said here.
April 27, 2012 | Inside the Navy
The House Armed Services tactical air and land forces subcommittee granted the Navy's request for a V-22 Osprey multiyear deal and an extension in the F/A-18E/F and EA-18G multiyear contract in its mark of the fiscal year 2013 defense authorization bill, according to materials released last week.

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