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August 20, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Marine Corps will finally deploy its Harvest Hawk kit to Afghanistan in September for use on KC-130J aircraft after another delay due to difficulty incorporating the weapon on the aircraft, an official and a Marine spokesman told Inside the Navy recently.
August 20, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Marine Corps' response to apocalyptic flooding in Pakistan is not putting a strain on other operations in the region yet, but the number of helicopters being used in the relief operation is eventually going to boost the service's reset bill down the road, according to the director of operations at Marine Corps headquarters.
August 19, 2010 | Daily News

The Defense Department this week provided Congress an initial report on its cost, schedule and performance projections for an $8 billion Air Force effort to recapitalize the service's fleet of HC/MC-130 aircraft.

On Aug. 17, the Pentagon released a statutorily required update on its major acquisition programs that included a Selected Acquisition Report on the HC/MC-130 Recapitalization program, which on April 12 was cleared by DOD's acquisition executive to proceed into low-rate initial production -- the green light to proceed with procurement toward a goal of 74 new aircraft.

August 18, 2010 | Daily News

The Defense Department has adjusted its $1.6 trillion portfolio of major weapon systems being developed and acquired, formally ushering in 11 new programs and completing paperwork on four major efforts whose procurement runs are complete or nearly finished.

August 13, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army plans to conduct a large-scale demonstration at the end of fiscal year 2011 to prove interoperability between its fleets of manned and unmanned aviation assets, according to a service official.

August 13, 2010 | Inside the Navy
A recent report on the P-3C Orion maritime surveillance aircraft submitted to Congress by Navy acquisition chief Sean Stackley paints a bleak picture of an aging aircraft that is unable to meet the high demand placed on it and faces increasing risk of catastrophic failures during operations.
August 13, 2010 | Inside the Navy
After months of frustration with what a senior Marine official termed a "stubborn" airplane, the first Marine Corps F-35 Joint Strike Fighter test aircraft, BF-1, is finally getting back on track with testing, an official said in an interview with Inside the Navy Aug. 6.
August 13, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Marine Corps is looking to permanently base an additional 51 aircraft in Hawaii, a move that would consolidate its Marine Air Ground Task Force training capabilities, according to a July 29 notice in the Federal Register. The Hawaii MAGTF is currently missing elements of air combat ability, and the move is intended to fill in these holes.
August 12, 2010 | Daily News

The Pentagon will siphon nearly $2 billion away from other accounts to execute the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program over the next five years, in accordance with changes Defense Secretary Robert Gates directed to the program in December, according to budget documents.

August 12, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

A Dutch daily newspaper has reported the Netherlands' likely new prime minister no longer supports F-35 Joint Strike Fighter procurement beyond buying a second test aircraft, but the story remains unconfirmed.

August 06, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army is mulling reducing the number of RC-12 Guardrail aircraft it will upgrade to the RC-12X model, citing the impending fielding of the Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System as one reason for the cutback, according to a service official.

August 06, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Navy's projection of a 100-aircraft shortfall in the latter half of this decade is not a problem for the Marine Corps, with operations to continue as normal even if the gap can't be made up, according to Lt. Gen. George Trautman, deputy commandant for aviation.
August 03, 2010 | Daily News

The Pentagon notified Congress today of a potential $3.5 billion sale of 18 F-16 Block 50/52 fighters to Oman, a deal that would more than double the size of the country's fleet and extend production of Lockheed Martin's F-16 -- an aircraft flown by two dozen foreign militaries -- until the summer of 2014, according to a company spokeswoman.

July 30, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army has equipped more than 50 percent of its aviation fleet with automated maintenance monitoring technology under a new fleet management strategy set to outfit every aerial system in the service, according to Army officials.

July 30, 2010 | Inside the Navy
Difficulties with the first Marine Corps F-35B Joint Strike Fighter short-take-off, vertical-landing test aircraft have placed the variant 16 percent behind schedule in meeting test points so far this year, but there is "no doubt" the program will be able to catch up, Lt. Gen. George Trautman, deputy commandant for aviation, told Inside the Navy last week.
July 30, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Navy took delivery of the first E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning aircraft that will be used for training in preparation of the platform's operational evaluation in 2012, and the program hopes to equip it with in-flight refueling in the mid- to late-2010s, Capt. Shane Gahagan, the program manager, told Inside the Navy July 30.
July 29, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

The Lockheed Martin division that builds the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, which for years has broken key Pentagon management rules, will be scrutinized again in March by defense officials seeking improvement in the company's management score.

July 29, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

The Defense Department's big push for efficiencies will shape the costly SSBN(X) nuclear ballistic missile submarine program and future blocks of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, according to Pentagon industrial policy chief Brett Lambert.

July 28, 2010 | Daily News

A blue-ribbon advisory panel -- dominated by Defense Secretary Robert Gates' appointees -- will recommend the Pentagon adopt dual-source competition for the duration of a weapon system's production run, a finding that could undermine the Obama administration's case for terminating funding for the Joint Strike Fighter alternate engine in the fiscal year 2011 budget.

July 27, 2010 | Daily News

The House Appropriations defense subcommittee has voted to include funding for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter alternate engine program, continuing the game of chicken between Capitol Hill and the White House, which has threatened to veto any legislation that includes money for the propulsion effort.

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