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October 07, 2010 | Daily News

While the Pentagon imposes a review of the schedule for the jump-jet version of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter amid debate over the feasibility of a December 2012 fielding date, the service's deputy commandant for aviation stressed today that the larger goal of initial deployment in 2014 remains on track -- and is more important overall.

October 06, 2010 | Daily News

The Government Accountability Office today upheld the Air Force's decision to disqualify a small U.S. defense company and its Ukrainian partner from the $35 billion KC-X next-generation tanker competition.

The Air Force notified U.S. Aerospace on July 22 that it would not consider its proposal because it was received five minutes after the July 9, 2 p.m. deadline. The company -- which partnered with aircraft manufacturer Antonov -- claimed its messenger was “intentionally delayed” and given “incorrect directions” to the building where the proposal was due.

September 30, 2010 | Daily News

The incoming Dutch coalition government plans to cut defense spending by 600 million euros ($816 million) and limit Joint Strike Fighter procurement to a second test aircraft during its four-year term.

The Conservative Liberals (VVD) and the Christian Democrats (CDA) -- who plan to form a right-wing government with support from the anti-Islam Party for Freedom (PVV) -- today released a “Liberty and Responsibility” coalition agreement along with a financial annex.

September 30, 2010 | Daily News

A key effort to modernize the Air Force's B-2 bomber faces a two-year setback if language proposed by the Senate Armed Services Committee is made law, according to the Air Force.

September 28, 2010 | Daily News

The Navy has awarded a $5.3 billion contract modification to Boeing for a multiyear deal for 124 F/A-18E/F Super Hornets and EA-18G Growlers, the sea service announced today.

The long-expected contract will last through May 2015 and will save the government an estimated $600 million on the aircraft, a Naval Air Systems Command statement said. The buy, which breaks out to 66 Super Hornets and 58 Growlers, will cover the remainder of the Navy's planned purchase of 515 Super Hornets and 114 Growlers by the end of fiscal year 2013, according to the statement.

September 28, 2010 | Daily News

General Electric and Rolls-Royce are trying to determine what caused an "abnormality" that damaged a Joint Strike Fighter engine during testing last week, according to company officials.

The incident occurred three hours into a mechanical check-out on Sept. 23 at a GE facility in Evendale, OH. At the time, the endurance engine was “at near maximum fan speed,” according to G.E. spokesman Rick Kennedy. “All indications are that the cause of the incident is unique to this engine, and the other test engines are continuing to run,” he said in an e-mail today.

September 27, 2010 | Daily News

The Air Force will be forced to trim nearly $4.1 billion from its fiscal year 2011 budget request if recommendations made by a powerful House defense subcommittee are made law.

Members of the House Appropriations defense subcommittee are looking to cut a total of $3.1 billion from the Air Force's procurement and research and development accounts -- $2.3 billion in procurement and $900 million in R&D --  in the upcoming fiscal year, according to a draft version of the panel's recommendations.

September 27, 2010 | Daily News

The House Appropriations defense subcommittee wants to terminate the most advanced variant of the Air Force's Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system and has slashed $1.2 billion from previously appropriated modernization programs, some of which have not adhered to full-funding financial regulations, according to previously unreported details of the panel's new military spending proposal.

September 27, 2010 | Daily News

The House Appropriations defense subcommittee has added nine F/A-18E/F Super Hornets to mitigate a projected strike fighter shortfall and inserted funding for a Mobile Landing Platform to bump shipbuilding procurement to 10 vessels, according to a draft report on the panel's mark of the fiscal year 2011 defense spending bill.

The committee increased procurement of Super Hornets from 22 to 31 aircraft in the bill, which the panel passed in July. InsideDefense.com obtained a copy of the bill report late last week. The full committee has not considered the bill yet.

September 24, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Marine Corps could absorb a possible delay in the Joint Strike Fighter initial operational capability by rearranging its existing F/A-18 contingent, the president's nominee for commandant of the Marine Corps told lawmakers today.
September 24, 2010 | Daily News

The Defense Department has notified Congress of a potential $4.2 billion sale of F-16s and munitions to Iraq, a deal that could extend production of the Lockheed Martin-built aircraft through the summer of 2014.

September 23, 2010 | Daily News

Britain's defense ministry is wading into the domestic political battle over the fate of the F-35 alternate engine, challenging the wisdom of the Obama administration's bid to kill the F136 engine program despite widespread support in Congress.

The United Kingdom has invested $2 billion in the Joint Strike Fighter's development and is the first foreign partner to commit to purchasing the aircraft.

September 23, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

A Navy advisory panel is slated today to unveil its recommendations on the status and the future of the naval research and development enterprise after uncovering various problems in a review that has spanned months.

September 23, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

Senate appropriators are declining to approve $85.6 million the Pentagon requested for special operations forces to lease intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft until there is a review of the acquisition strategy.

September 22, 2010 | Daily News

The Defense Department and Joint Strike Fighter prime contractor Lockheed Martin have hammered out an agreement for a new batch of F-35 aircraft, concluding months of negotiations during which the U.S. government sought to reallocate the balance of risk between the Pentagon and contractor for development of the new fighter aircraft.

September 21, 2010 | Daily News

The Marine Corps could absorb a delay to its Joint Strike Fighter initial operational capability date by tweaking its  F/A-18 plans, the president's nominee for commandant of the Marine Corps told lawmakers today.

Gen. James Amos told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the Marines began an effort about seven years ago to extend the lives of its existing planes by calculating the types and amount of strain they have been under and reassigning them accordingly.

September 21, 2010 | Daily News

Gen. James Amos, President Obama's pick to be the next Marine Corps commandant, told lawmakers today the service could abide a delay in fielding the short-take-off-and-landing variant of the Joint Strike Fighter but stressed the Marine Corps is holding fast to its long-standing desire to field an F-35B squadron as soon as December 2012.

September 16, 2010 | Daily News

Pillorying the Pentagon for lacking "budget discipline," a Senate defense panel has voted to redirect $8 billion in the Defense Department's fiscal year 2011 budget request because it believes funding requested by DOD for key programs, including the Joint Strike Fighter, has not been "adequately justified."

The Senate Appropriations Committee, in its report on the fiscal year 2011 defense bill, says JSF is “perhaps” the “most disturbing” example of a military program with budget management problems.

September 15, 2010 | Daily News

The development of an alternate Joint Strike Fighter engine may require less time and money than the Pentagon projects, according to the Government Accountability Office.

September 14, 2010 | Daily News

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- The Air Force's latest attempt to develop a long-range strike capability will feature a mix of legacy and next-generation technologies that will be able to address myriad threat scenarios while keeping the effort cost-effective, according to the service's top uniformed official.