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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.

September 14, 2010 | Daily News

(Editor's Note: This story has been updated to correct the total amount of fiscal year 2011 defense spending approved by the Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee. The subcommittee originally issued an incorrect number. )

The Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee announced today that it would not allocate any funds for the Joint Strike Fighter alternate engine, laying the groundwork for tensions between the House and Senate over the fiscal year 2011 defense bill. The House Appropriations subcommittee allotted $450 million for the alternate engine in July.

September 13, 2010 | Daily News

In a bid to shoot down a set of legislative provisions that could limit fiscal year 2011 Joint Strike Fighter procurement funding by nearly 30 percent, Defense Secretary Robert Gates last week sent key senators a letter explaining why he believes the House version of the FY-11 defense authorization bill would render the program "essentially unexecutable."

September 13, 2010 | Daily News

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- The Air Force is bracing for a slate of fiscal year 2011 budget cuts that correspond with top-down Pentagon guidance, Air Force Secretary Michael Donley said today.

The service has implemented fiscal guidance from Defense Secretary Robert Gates into its internal six-year investment plan, the FY-11 program objective memorandum.

September 09, 2010 | Daily News

The top Pentagon official overseeing the defense of the United States believes light-attack aircraft could play a beneficial role in the homeland defense mission.

To that end, Adm. James Winnefeld, the commander of U.S. Northern Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command, is contemplating creating a requirement for such an aircraft. The four-star believes the aircraft, when paired with higher-flying, faster aircraft such as the F-16 fighter, could fill critical capability gaps in the Air Sovereignty Alert mission conducted by the Air National Guard.

September 08, 2010 | Daily News

The test flight program for the Marine Corps' Joint Strike Fighter variant faces challenges in getting back on schedule as officials contend with operating limitations that require grounding the aircraft in common weather conditions including steady wind, wet tarmacs and nearby lightning, according to Pentagon officials and documents.

September 03, 2010 | Inside the Navy
Naval Air Systems Command is contemplating allocating funding in fiscal year 2011 for aircraft propulsion and power-related technology that monitors engine health, improves power availability, expands the options for alternative fuels and shrinks its aircraft's environmental footprint.
August 27, 2010 | Inside the Navy
As the Navy and Boeing celebrate the one millionth flight hour for the T-45 Goshawk jet trainer aircraft, the program is in the midst of an effort to increase the projected service life of the aircraft by about 50 percent, officials said last week.
August 26, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

A leading Dutch news agency reported this week that political negotiators in The Hague have agreed that the new government of the Netherlands should cut defense spending by 300 million euros ($380 million) and remain in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program.

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.

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