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February 17, 2012 | Inside the Army

The C-27J
cargo aircraft has been a "valuable asset" in meeting Army needs in Afghanistan
during the past year, an aviation brigade commander tells Inside the Army,
as Pentagon leaders plan to ax the program due to budget constraints.

February 16, 2012 | Daily News

The Air Force has launched a five-year effort to develop a package of new improvements for its stealth Raptors, a project substantial enough for the Office of the Secretary of Defense to establish the F-22A Increment 3.2B program as a stand-alone major acquisition that will be retrofitted into the marquee fighter fleet beginning in 2018, according to Pentagon officials.

February 14, 2012 | Daily News

The Pentagon inspector general's newly launched assessment of a fatal F-22A Raptor crash investigation, an appraisal dubbed "fairly routine" by the Air Force's chief, is the first such in-depth review since a 1994 disaster that killed 24 Army paratroopers and injured scores more.

In that case, the IG's scrutiny led the Air Force to reverse its conclusions about who was responsible for the tragedy.

February 14, 2012 | Daily News

The Navy will be "taking risk" by planning toward a fleet of just 30 amphibious ships, one of many areas where the service will have to tighten its belt in the coming years, Rear Adm. Joseph Mulloy, the Navy's deputy assistant secretary of the budget, said today.

February 13, 2012 | Daily News

(Editor's Note: This story has been updated to reflect additional information released by Air Force officials this afternoon.)

The Air Force's fiscal year 2013 budget request recommends moving the procurement of 98 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft out of the current five-year defense plan, buying half as many MQ-9 Reapers as in FY-12, cutting two acquisition programs designed to build partnership capacity and continuing early research on a next-generation bomber to the tune of $6.3 billion over the next five years, two senior service budget officials said this morning.

February 09, 2012 | Daily News

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz said today he remains confident in a report that is drawing scrutiny from the Defense Department inspector general for blaming a fatal F-22A Raptor crash on the pilot despite a malfunction in the aircraft's oxygen-supply system.

"I don't have any doubts about the conclusions of the report," Schwartz told InsideDefense.com today as he left a hotel where he had just given a speech. "It's not a question of blame."

February 09, 2012 | Daily News

The Pentagon has launched a 10-year effort to modernize the B-2 bomber's suite of defensive capabilities to ensure survivability in "evolving anti-access environments" -- a Defense Department euphemism for potential adversaries such as China and Iran -- with a $2 billion program to resolve what the Air Force says is the No. 1 obsolescence issue with the stealth bomber fleet.

February 09, 2012 | Daily News

The Defense Department's developing AirSea Battle concept should provide operational and materiel benefits for the Air Force and Navy across several platforms, such as between the stealthy B-2 and submarine fleets the two services maintain, the Air Force's senior military official said today.

February 09, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

The Defense Department's inspector general has launched an independent assessment of an Air Force report that blamed a fatal F-22A Raptor crash on the pilot despite a malfunction in the aircraft's oxygen-supply system.

February 06, 2012 | Daily News

The Pentagon estimates an additional $482 million is required to pay for cost growth and modifications of aircraft purchased in the Joint Strike Fighter program's fourth early production run, a 14 percent increase above the $3.6 billion cost target for building 32 Joint Strike Fighters, lawmakers said today.

February 06, 2012 | Daily News

The Defense Department committed "acquisition malpractice" by putting the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter into production years before the first test flight, acting Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall said today.

"It should not have been done, but we did it," he said at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

February 03, 2012 | Daily News

The Air Force intends to transfer its entire 42-aircraft MC-12 Liberty fleet to the Air National Guard and pursue a more limited version of its C-130 avionics modernization program, service leaders announced today.

February 02, 2012 | Daily News

The Air Force's top civilian said today that the service remains committed to completing its planned buy of 1,763 Joint Strike Fighters, arguing that any decision to trim the total acquisition objective -- a move that would immediately drive up aircraft unit costs -- is a decision for Pentagon leaders in the next decade.

February 01, 2012 | Daily News

The Air Force plans to eliminate more than 280 aircraft in its inventory, defer or cancel a number of procurement programs and reduce its manpower by nearly 10,000 airmen over the next five years, the service said today in a document released ahead of the fiscal year 2013 budget request.

January 31, 2012 | Daily News

Pentagon top brass have formally reaffirmed a 2009 pact outlining a framework for how the Air Force will provide direct support to the Army for the delivery of time-sensitive, mission-critical equipment, a move designed to "mitigate" the Defense Department's decision to eliminate the C-27J Joint Cargo Aircraft fleet as part of a package of budget-reduction measures.

January 27, 2012 | Inside the Navy
The Marine Corps' short-takeoff, vertical-landing variant of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter likely will require only software adjustments to the aircraft rather than a spoiler to improve the aircraft's handling, according to the program office, dodging what the Pentagon's top testing official said last year would be a "major change" to the aircraft.
January 27, 2012 | Inside the Navy
The Navy will have a contractor conduct a thorough business case analysis for the sustainment of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter which will be completed by the end of the year, according to the JSF joint program executive office.
January 27, 2012 | Inside the Army

Army Chief of
Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno said he signed a memorandum of understanding that
would have Air Force C-130s provide direct air support for the Army's ground
forces rather than C-27Js, an aircraft the service wanted to replace its
retiring C-23 Sherpas.

January 27, 2012 | Daily News

The Air Force has not made a final decision on what to do with its C-27J and Global Hawk Block 30 aircraft, and after axing both programs from its procurement plan the service is almost certain to place them in storage, the chief of staff said today.

January 26, 2012 | Daily News

The Defense Department's $525 billion fiscal year 2013 budget request cuts F-35 Joint Strike Fighter procurement quantities, reduces funding for the Army's Ground Combat Vehicle program because of a delay caused by a contract dispute, and curtails the Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Elevated Netted Sensor System due to concerns about its cost and operational mobility, states a DOD white paper released today.

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