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August 24, 2011 | Daily News

A key Republican senator is urging Ashton Carter, the Obama administration's deputy defense secretary-nominee, to "step up" his defense of the Joint Strike Fighter, suggesting that Carter's role in recent Pentagon decisions to restructure the program demonstrates "a lack of commitment to the success" of the F-35.

August 19, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The F-35 joint program office will resume test flights of the Joint Strike Fighter, Joe DellaVedova, JSF spokesman, said in an Aug. 18 statement.
August 18, 2011 | Daily News

The F-35 joint program office will resume test flights of the Joint Strike Fighter, Joe DellaVedova, JSF spokesman, said in a statement today.

The JSF program suspended both air and ground operations of the aircraft on Aug. 10 after one of the Air Force variants had an engine power failure. However, both the government and contractor engineering teams “determined the program could resume developmental test flight operations while the investigations continues,” DellaVedova said.

August 17, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The nascent Afghan air force will come to rely on a key aircraft program provided by the United States to provide security to the Afghan population, a primary factor in winning the counterinsurgency fight now being carried out by Afghan and NATO forces, according to a senior U.S. commander.

August 17, 2011 | Daily News

The suspension of Joint Strike Fighter flight testing is likely to be lifted by the end of this week, the program’s test director at Edwards Air Force Base, CA, told Inside the Air Force last night.

Lt. Col. Hank Griffiths, the director of F-35 integrated test flight and the commander of the 461st flight test squadron at Edwards AFB, told ITAF in an Aug. 16 interview that he believes Joint Strike Fighters will be back in the air in the next several days, ending a grounding that has stretched to two full weeks.

August 10, 2011 | Daily News

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter joint program office resumed ground operations of its test fleet today, a week after suspending all operations after one of the fighters experienced engine problems.

"The F-35 joint program office authorized a return to ground operations for the F-35 development test (DT) aircraft today," JSF spokesman Joe DellaVedova said in a statement today. "This is the first step in returning the F-35 fleet to full flight operations."

August 09, 2011 | Daily News

The Pentagon's No. 2 official has mapped out for lawmakers the legal consequences for terminating the Joint Strike Fighter program, a move that would force the U.S. government to pay liability penalties on multiple contracts and require disentangling from agreements with international partners.

August 08, 2011 | Daily News

The Pentagon today awarded a $535 million contract for advance procurement of the sixth lot of low-rate initial production F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft as the current fleet of test aircraft remained grounded following an engine failure last week.

August 04, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The process used to award a multimillion-dollar contract for five E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft helped generate nearly five percent in per-unit-cost savings, earning praise from top Pentagon brass for meeting "should cost" targets.

August 03, 2011 | Daily News

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program office has grounded all aircraft after a test jet experienced a power failure yesterday during a "standard ground maintenance engine run" at Edwards Air Force Base in California, the program office announced today.

July 29, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Marine Corps could bring its troubled short-take-off, vertical-landing variant of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter out of its two-year probation less than a year into it pending successful tests aboard the amphibious ship Wasp (LHD-1) later this year, Commandant Gen. James Amos said at a conference in Washington July 27.
July 29, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Navy has unveiled a plan to move two fighter-attack aircraft squadrons from the East Coast to the West Coast in response to a need for a greater presence in the Pacific, and the service will upgrade five additional F/A-18 West Coast squadrons to the newer E/F designation, according to a July 26 draft environmental impact statement.
July 27, 2011 | Daily News

The troubled Marine Corps short-take-off, vertical-landing variant of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is "pretty close" to ending its two-year probation early, Marine Commandant Gen. James Amos said at a conference today.

"I think it's important that it gets out [from under probation], and I think we're probably pretty close right now to qualifying for getting out," Amos said during a conference on amphibious operations in Washington.

July 27, 2011 | Daily News

The Pentagon is expecting a "downward trend" in price negotiations with Lockheed Martin on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, according to a senior DOD official.

July 27, 2011 | Daily News

The Navy has concluded negotiations with Northrop Grumman on the E-2D Hawkeye program, reaching an agreement praised today by Defense Department director of pricing Shay Assad.

“They've just completed negotiations, it's not yet public, the contract hasn't been signed,” Assad told reporters at a breakfast in Washington. “They did a nice job.”

Assad previously praised the program for doing a “marvelous” job meeting “should-cost” affordability targets -- a key part of Pentagon acquisition chief Ashton Carter's better buying power initiative.

July 27, 2011 | Daily News

The Joint Strike Fighter's very low-observable qualities are testing well so far, but ensuring that the program can consistently produce the plane's stealth capabilities without requiring modifications to each F-35 will be a key performance parameter going forward, according to the program's deputy executive officer.

July 22, 2011 | Inside the Army

A new Army intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance
aircraft program is proceeding full steam ahead, according to the service's
product manager, while program officials keep an eye on a Senate Armed Services
Committee proposal to transfer an Air Force aircraft to meet the Army's
requirement.

July 21, 2011 | Daily News

With the second production F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft delivered this month, the program is preparing to ramp up training of pilots and maintainers in earnest this fall, Marine Corps Col. Arthur Tomassetti, vice commander of the joint 33rd Fighter Wing, told reporters in a teleconference call today.

July 20, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Joint
Strike Fighter program contains dozens of the "most vulnerable" types of microchips
-- more than half of which are manufactured in China and Taiwan, a source with
knowledge of the Pentagon's supply chain told Inside the Pentagon.

July 15, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The chairman of the House Armed Services readiness subcommittee last week took two Navy officials to task for not properly funding ship and aircraft maintenance and readiness demanded by combatant commanders, but the officials argued that they had limited resources to work with and noted that COCOMs frequently ask for more than the Navy can deliver.

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