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July 08, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Navy has announced that it intends to negotiate a sole source order with Northrop Grumman to begin initial work on an in-flight refueling probe for the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning aircraft, according to a June 30 notice on Federal Business Opportunities.
July 06, 2011 | Daily News

(Editor's Note: This story was updated at 5:30 p.m. to reflect a portion of the reprogramming overlooked in the original version -- the Pentagon's request to shift $66.3 million from the F-22A program into the JSF program.)

Cost growth in the Joint Strike Fighter program could soak up $85 million appropriated as incentive fees for prime contractor Lockheed Martin and $112 million in cost savings freed up earlier this year by three other aircraft programs, according to Defense Department budget documents.

July 05, 2011 | Daily News

The Defense Department is asking Congress to shift $6 billion in fiscal year 2011 to support higher priorities and unfunded requirements, including the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program's cost increases and new initiatives for communications, vehicles and aircraft.

July 01, 2011 | Inside the Army

Senate Armed Services Committee members want the Air Force to
transfer its MC-12 "Liberty" spy planes to the Army in the hopes that the
aircraft would obviate the need for a separate, expensive fleet of similar
aircraft the Army plans to buy, according to the panel's recently released
report accompanying the fiscal year 2012 defense authorization bill.

July 01, 2011 | Inside the Navy
With the Imminent Fury program finished, U.S. Central Command has moved on and drafted a concept of operations for a possible successor known as "Combat Dragon II," a program that could not only provide an agile, light-attack strike aircraft to warfighters but also drastically reduce fuel convoys in Afghanistan, according to a portion of the CONOPS reviewed by Inside the Navy.
July 01, 2011 | Inside the Navy
Senate authorizers opted to cut nine F/A-18E/F Super Hornets from the fiscal year 2012 defense authorization bill to offset the nine aircraft purchased in the FY-11 Defense Appropriations Act, arguing in the report released late last month accompanying the bill that the extra aircraft aren't needed.
June 30, 2011 | Daily News

A Senate panel has rejected the Air Force's push to retire aging C-5 transport planes, questioning the Defense Department's assertion that the current fleet of 316 strategic airlifters exceeds peak demand for rapid, long-haul transit. A senior general said this month that the retention of the fleet will cost the service $1.27 billion -- 65 percent more than the Pentagon reported in March.

June 30, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

Senate authorizers have proposed cutting the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's $3 billion budget request by $150 million, griping the agency has been focused on overly ambitious initiatives and has failed to fully flesh out programs.

June 30, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

Senate authorizers are pressing the Pentagon to ensure the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is reliable in battle and resistant to costly corrosion.

June 28, 2011 | Daily News

Eight senators with a vested interest in the Air National Guard's C-27J program have told Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz and Air National Guard Bureau Chief Gen. Craig McKinley that the Guard's C-27J basing program might be "unworkable."

June 27, 2011 | Daily News

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) says the Joint Strike Fighter program "cannot be allowed to drain resources" from other Pentagon modernization needs over the next 25 years, pledging to "renew" efforts to constrain F-35 costs in the wake of a failed bid for legislation to terminate the program if cost growth continues unchecked.

McCain, the ranking member on the Senate Armed Services Committee, signaled his commitment to focus on the F-35 program in comments included in the panel's report accompanying its mark of the fiscal year 2012 defense authorization bill.

June 23, 2011 | Daily News

The Defense Department grounded test variants of the Navy's Joint Strike Fighter aircraft earlier this week after identifying a software glitch that could direct the wings to begin folding while in flight, as they are designed to do when being stored on an aircraft carrier, according to government and industry sources.

The flight stand-down, which affected all three of the carrier-variant JSF aircraft in the Pentagon's fledgling F-35 fleet, ended today, Navy spokesman Victor Chen told InsideDefense.com.

June 23, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

Senators are seeking new, legal ways to apply downward pressure on the cost of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program's current contract, Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI) told reporters Tuesday.

June 22, 2011 | Daily News

As part of a major series of upgrades at Air Force Global Strike Command, the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile force recently received a new propulsion system, and more than half of the B-2 stealth bomber fleet has been outfitted with an improved radar, the command'ss top general said today.

June 21, 2011 | Daily News

Senators are seeking new, legal ways to apply downward pressure on the cost of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program's current contract, Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI) told reporters today.

Senators might consider such options when the full chamber takes up the fiscal year 2012 defense authorization bill, Levin said.

June 17, 2011 | Inside the Navy
It will cost the Navy $60.8 million per aircraft to extend 150 F/A-18A-D Hornets an additional 1,400 hours of service life in order to mitigate a projected strike fighter shortfall, according to a report submitted to Congress. In contrast, the Navy estimates it would cost $116.4 million for an extra 1,400 hours by buying F/A-18E/F Super Hornets instead, although those aircraft would not have to be scrapped after the 1,400 hours are up.
June 17, 2011 | Daily News

The Defense Department, at the request of the British government, is working to arrange a permanent swap of Joint Strike Fighter aircraft between the transatlantic allies in a cost-neutral deal that would give Washington one short-takeoff-and-vertical-landing JSF purchased by U.K. taxpayers in exchange for an aircraft-carrier JSF variant the Navy plans to buy.

June 17, 2011 | Daily News

The Senate Armed Services Committee's version of the fiscal year 2012 defense authorization bill would require Lockheed Martin, the Joint Strike Fighter's prime contractor, to absorb 100 percent of all cost overruns on the production lot now under negotiation.

June 16, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Navy's E-2D Hawkeye program is poised to conclude contract negotiations with Northrop Grumman that will further implement a new Defense Department initiative that challenges programs to come in under budget, according to program manager Capt. Shane Gahagan.

June 10, 2011 | Daily News

The House Appropriations Committee wants to boost the amount of research and development funding for the Air Force's next-generation bomber by $100 million above the Defense Department's request, according to documents reviewed by InsideDefense.com.

In its fiscal year 2012 budget request submitted to Congress in February, DOD asked for $197 million in research, development, test and evaluation funds for the new bomber aircraft, but the committee has chosen to bump that amount to $297 million in FY-12, the documents state.