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October 13, 2011 | Daily News

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff today questioned the affordability of the Joint Strike Fighter program, telling lawmakers that government belt-tightening is raising uncertainty about the Defense Department's ability to procure all three variants of the F-35 aircraft, one each for the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps.

Gen. Martin Dempsey, the new chair of the Joint Chiefs, told the House Armed Services Committee that the JSF program -- which the Pentagon in April estimated would cost $382 billion to develop and procure -- is creating "fiscal challenges for us."

October 13, 2011 | Daily News

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta today promised to consider a letter signed by multiple lawmakers asking the Defense Department to reconsider a decision to cut back on plans to purchase C-27J Joint Cargo Aircraft.

Panetta made the remark during today's House Armed Services Committee hearing after Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD) asked him about the Oct. 11 letter, signed by 12 lawmakers, which states the C-27J program is the most practical and affordable solution to tactical airlift requirements.

October 11, 2011 | Daily News

The Army plans to end its Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System (EMARSS) spy plane program after it builds four engineering and manufacturing development aircraft, the service's deputy chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Robert Lennox, said today.

At the Association of the U.S. Army's annual conference in Washington, Lennox told reporters the service was in the process of shifting reliance to the Air Force Liberty fleet over time.  The details of this shift have yet to be worked out, he said.

The original plan was to procure 37 C-12 aircraft for the program.

October 07, 2011 | Inside the Army

While the Office of the Secretary of Defense reviews a Senate
committee's proposal to transfer the Air Force's C-12 Liberty spy plane fleet
to the Army to save money, the Army and Air Force secretaries have written
letters to key lawmakers urging them to drop the idea.

October 07, 2011 | Daily News

In one of his first acts as deputy defense secretary, Ashton Carter has established a new senior-level governance body -- the Deputy's Management Action Group -- to guide decisions on critically important issues like the Pentagon's five-year investment plan, force structure, global posture and key capabilities such as space and nuclear deterrence.

October 06, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Defense Department is poised to launch new software-development efforts that could significantly boost the capabilities of the Air Force's F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft.

September 30, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The troubled Marine Corps short-take-off, vertical-landing variant of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will have all of the engineering problems that landed it on a two-year, Pentagon-imposed "probation" earlier this year fixed by February, Marine Corps Deputy Commandant for Aviation Lt. Gen. Terry Robling said last week.
September 30, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Navy and Marine Corps will need about $1.5 billion to extend the service lives of legacy F/A-18A-D Hornets to mitigate a coming strike fighter shortfall, Lt. Gen. Terry Robling, deputy commandant for aviation, told reporters last week.
September 29, 2011 | Daily News

Marine Corps Deputy Commandant for Aviation Lt. Gen. Terry Robling said today he no longer thinks a 2014 fielding is possible for the short-take-off, vertical-landing variant of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

September 29, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

China's defense ministry warned Wednesday that the Obama administration's proposed $5.85 billion arms deal with Taiwan could seriously disrupt U.S.-China strategic ties.

September 27, 2011 | Daily News

The Defense Department last week delivered to Congress a classified report on Taiwan's air defense capabilities, a second installment of an assessment lawmakers requested two years ago to tease out Pentagon recommendations for what steps Taipei might take to bolster its armed forces against Chinese military capabilities.

September 23, 2011 | Inside the Army

The planned
retirement of the C-23 Sherpa from use in the Army National Guard, could create
a gap for homeland defense and support operations, the acting director of the
Army National Guard warned.

September 23, 2011 | Inside the Navy
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- Pratt & Whitney and Lockheed Martin executives told reporters here last week that the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program is entering a critical phase and needs to start ramping up production if cost reductions are to be achieved.
September 23, 2011 | Inside the Navy
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- Lockheed Martin has outfitted two Marine Corps F-35B short-take-off, vertical-landing variants of the Joint Strike Fighter with instrumentation in preparation for 67 vertical landings aboard a ship in the first week of October, Tom Burbage, Lockheed's executive vice president and JSF program manager, said here last week.
September 23, 2011 | Inside the Navy
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- Lockheed Martin is repairing the Marine Corps' Joint Strike Fighters in response to cracks found in their bulkheads during fatigue testing, Tom Burbage, Lockheed's executive vice president and JSF program manager, said last week.
September 21, 2011 | Daily News

Following an announcement of a proposed $5.85 billion deal with Taiwan that includes upgrades to the country's F-16A/B fleet, U.S. officials said future fighter jet sales are under consideration.

"No decisions have been made on selling new F-16C/D aircraft at this time," a senior administration official said today. "It is still under consideration and we are aware of Taiwan's request in this regard."

September 20, 2011 | Daily News

Air Mobility Command is seeing a dramatic rise in the demand for air drops of supplies into theater in the Middle East, even as American forces start to leave Afghanistan, but that increase is putting only a mild strain on the Air Force's cargo fleet, according to AMC's commanding officer.

September 19, 2011 | Daily News

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- Lockheed Martin is repairing the Marine Corps' Joint Strike Fighters in response to cracks found in their bulkheads during fatigue testing, Tom Burbage, Lockheed executive vice president and JSF program manager, said today.

An April report by the Government Accountability Office noted that JSF program officials discovered fatigue cracks in the bulkhead of the F-35B aircraft 10 times sooner than expected, adding that "decisions about potential redesign and remanufacture are still to be determined," according to the report.

September 16, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Senate Appropriations Committee cut nearly $1 billion from the Navy's aircraft procurement budget in its mark of the fiscal year 2012 defense appropriations bill Sept. 15, but left the shipbuilding account nearly intact aside from the addition of another Joint High Speed Vessel. The committee did cut $426 million for one Mobile Landing Platform from the National Defense Sealift Fund, according to the report.
September 16, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Navy hasn't set a new initial operational capability target for the carrier variant of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter because the joint program office is still reviewing the program, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead told Inside the Navy last week.

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