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November 23, 2011 | Inside the Navy
A final request for proposals for the P-8A Poseidon's high-altitude torpedo guidance kit could come out this week or next, according to a notice on Federal Business Opportunities and a Naval Sea Systems Command spokesman.
November 18, 2011 | Inside the Army

High-level talks between the Army and the Air Force scheduled for February are expected to include a review of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance programs from both services.

November 18, 2011 | Daily News

The Defense Department has added the Air Force's VC-25A Presidential Aircraft program as well as an unnamed National Security Agency effort to a list of priority military projects permitted to cut ahead of other military and commercial customers for industrial materials and parts.

On Aug. 3, William Lynn -- then the deputy defense secretary -- approved adding the programs to the Defense Department's list of high-priority "DX" rated program, expanding the list from 11 to 13, according to a Pentagon official.

November 17, 2011 | Daily News

The Air Force must set aside $12 billion in its new five-year investment plan for the KC-46A development program -- a down payment on a $51.7 billion program to acquire 179 aircraft -- and prime contractor Boeing has a 12-month window to achieve each of the major schedule milestones set forth in the new acquisition program baseline, according to a Pentagon report.

November 15, 2011 | Daily News

The Pentagon projects Boeing will exceed its cost ceiling to develop KC-46 aerial-refueling tankers by as much as $500 million, or 10 percent, according to a new Defense Department report.

Boeing is required to soak up the additional costs under the terms of its contract with DOD, the report states.

November 15, 2011 | Daily News

Sequestration cuts would hammer the Defense Department's top weapons programs, including the Joint Strike Fighter, the Littoral Combat Ship and the Air Force's new bomber, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told lawmakers today.

November 14, 2011 | Daily News

A group of retired Air Force generals is urging Congress to recapitalize the service's "geriatric" fleets of bombers, tankers, fighter jets and trainer aircraft even in a constrained budget environment, according to a letter sent today to senior members of the House Armed Services Committee.

November 11, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Marines will set a new target date for initial operational capability for the F-35B, the Marine Corps' short-takeoff, vertical-landing variant of the Joint Strike Fighter, once the restructuring of the program is complete and the flight plan is clearer -- unless officials decide not to, according to a new report submitted to Congress Oct. 28.
November 11, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Army has
yet to declare a way ahead for the Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and
Surveillance System after four engineering and manufacturing development
aircraft are built by Boeing, which last week touted its progress to date.

November 10, 2011 | Daily News

A scientific advisory panel tasked by Air Force Secretary Michael Donley to investigate problems with aircrew oxygen-delivery systems, particularly those in the service's marquee F-22A fighter fleet, will not deliver its findings this month as originally planned, according to a service spokesman.

November 09, 2011 | Daily News

The Air Force has launched a new study to explore how the service might conduct intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance against adversaries capable of shooting down aircraft like its unmanned Predator, which over the last decade has emerged as a marquee U.S. weapon system in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

The Air Force Scientific Advisory Board is conducing a study of "Non-traditional ISR for Contested Environments (NICE)" to consider new approaches to generating a high-fidelity ISR picture.

November 04, 2011 | Inside the Navy
PANAMA CITY, FL -- Less than a year after first introducing it to the fleet, the Marine Corps has already used the Harvest Hawk kit on board KC-130J tanker aircraft to fire 74 Hellfire and 13 Griffin missiles at last count while also providing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, a Marine aviation official said here recently.
November 04, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Navy has identified the 150 F/A-18A-D Hornets that will undergo a service life extension program to help mitigate a strike fighter shortfall later this decade, and the SLEPs will begin on those aircraft before the end of the year, a Navy acquisition official told Congress last week.
November 04, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Defense Department is scheduled to complete a "post-assertion review and validation" of the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft acquisition program's financial stewardship on March 31, according to Navy spokesman Lt. Nate Curtis.
October 31, 2011 | Daily News

The Pentagon's acquisition executive has asked Air Force leaders to weigh in on a recommendation from the Defense Department's top weapons tester to delay F-35 pilot training until next fall, a move that would add new cost and delays to the beleaguered Joint Strike Fighter program.

October 28, 2011 | Inside the Army

As the Army
National Guard puts the C-23 Sherpa into retirement, Army Vice Chief of Staff
Gen. Peter Chiarelli last week threw his support behind the acquisition of a
replacement aircraft, the C-27J, which was targeted for a reduction amid budget
pressures.

October 28, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Army
established a fixed-wing aircraft program office at Redstone Arsenal, AL, on
Oct. 28, as mandated by the vice chief of staff following a capability
portfolio review in 2010, according to a service statement.

October 26, 2011 | Daily News

The Pentagon will cut four F-35 jets from its next Joint Strike Fighter order to help finance $771 million in cost overruns incurred during the manufacturing of the program's first 28 stealthy fighters, according to government officials.

The planned buy of 34 aircraft will be trimmed to 30, a reduction of three conventional takeoff and landing variants being built for the Air Force and one aircraft carrier variant being built for the Navy, sources said -- a nearly 12 percent reduction to the planned fifth low-rate production run.

October 26, 2011 | Daily News

(Editor's Note: This story was updated at 3:40 p.m. to include comments made by Lockheed Martin CEO Robert Stevens during his company's quarterly earnings conference call with Wall Street analysts.)

The Pentagon's acquisition executive issued guidance this summer requiring government negotiators to insist that Lockheed Martin shoulder a share of future cost overruns for F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft after the Defense Department absorbed more than $770 million in overruns for the first three production lots, the F-35 program office said today in a statement.

October 18, 2011 | Daily News

ABOARD THE USS WASP (LHD-1) -- As it wraps up the initial round of at-sea testing of the Marine Corps' short-take-off, vertical-landing variant of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the Navy is finding that JSFs do not appear to cause significantly more "downwash" effects on ship decks than the service's legacy AV-8B Harriers.

The Navy sent an F-35B test aircraft to the Wasp (LHD-1) on Oct. 3. Today, service officials were continuing to check off test points through a series of short takeoffs and vertical landings witnessed by reporters flown out to the Wasp.

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