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March 15, 2011 | Daily News

An influential federal auditor says the Defense Department's recent efforts to restructure the Joint Strike Fighter program -- including slowing production rates and bolstering the testing regime -- "should lead to more achievable and predictable outcomes" but warns the program is "not out of the woods yet."

March 15, 2011 | Daily News

The generator that failed during a recent flight test of an F-35 "stopped working completely" during flight, Vice Adm. David Venlet, Joint Strike Fighter program executive officer, told reporters following a hearing on Capitol Hill today.

The program suspended test flights on March 10, a day after a dual generator failure and oil leak at Edwards Air Force Base, CA, involving a system development and demonstration aircraft dubbed AF-4 that featured a newer generator.

March 14, 2011 | Daily News

(Editor's Note: This article has been updated to include new information from the Navy and Marine Corps.)

The Marine Corps has signed an agreement with the Navy to buy aircraft-carrier variants of the Joint Strike Fighter, a decision that effectively updates a 2003 commitment by the two services to integrate their tactical air forces and dashes the vision held by some senior Marines of a pure fleet of short-takeoff-and-landing variants of the F-35, service officials announced today.

March 11, 2011 | Inside the Navy
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead said last week that he has been impressed by the performance of the F-35C carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter as the Navy waits for the JSF program to complete a review so that the service can set a new initial operational capability target for the aircraft.
March 09, 2011 | Daily News

The commandant of the Marine Corps said today that he is open to scaling back the requirements of the F-35B, his service's variant of the Joint Strike Fighter, but stressed that the service is not seriously considering that option.

“One of the reasons to have the leadership of the Marine Corps involved is that down the road there may be something that we have to look at and say, 'OK, is this as important as that?'” Gen. James Amos told InsideDefense.com.

March 08, 2011 | Daily News

The Marine Corps will buy carrier variants of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, a reversal of the position the service has held for years that it wanted to operate an all jump-jet F-35 fleet off of both amphibious ships and aircraft carriers, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos told the Senate Armed Services Committee today.

March 08, 2011 | Daily News

Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos told a Senate committee today that in a few weeks he will give Defense Secretary Robert Gates a set of metrics that, if followed, may get the Joint Strike Fighter's vertical lift version off probation earlier than the two-year mark set by Gates in January.

Amos told the committee the program is on "a good glide slope" regarding the aircraft's weight, an issue that has plagued the F-35B's development. "I'm optimistic," about the program's future, he said.

March 04, 2011 | Daily News

The Pentagon's top lawyer asserts the Defense Department's legislative affairs shop did not break the law last month when it provided undated, unsigned "information" papers about the Joint Strike Fighter alternate engine to new House members in advance of a key vote on whether to end funding for the program.

March 04, 2011 | Daily News

Characterizing the winning bid as a "low-ball" bid, EADS officials will not protest the Pentagon's decision to award Boeing a $3.5 billion contract for the first phase of the Air Force's $30 billion-plus KC-X next-generation tanker program.

March 03, 2011 | Daily News

Rep. Jo Bonner (R-AL), a member of the powerful House Appropriations defense subcommittee, is pressing the Pentagon to provide assurances that Boeing will be required to deliver a new fleet of aerial refueling aircraft for the low price that last week knocked EADS North America from the $35 billion competition, denying hundreds of potential new jobs for Bonner's Alabama district.

March 03, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

Pentagon acquisition chief Ashton Carter has directed the Air Force to fully fund the multibillion-dollar KC-X tanker program in the fiscal year 2013 budget process and prepare key plans concerning the program's cost, testing and systems engineering.

March 01, 2011 | Daily News

The unit cost of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will rise by as much as $5 million in the coming years due to the Pentagon's decision to delay the purchase of some aircraft as well as the likelihood that foreign military sales partners will follow suit, according to Air Force Maj. Gen. C.D. Moore, JSF deputy program executive officer.

“We're expecting some ramp refinements,” Moore said today at a Credit Suisse conference in Arlington, VA. “They [FMS partners] may be looking for an adjustment of possibly pushing planes right.

March 01, 2011 | Daily News

The carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter will be the first Navy version of the F-35 to achieve initial operational capability, a service official said today.

February 25, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Navy will lose about $1.3 billion in Joint Strike Fighter funding over the future years defense plan due to the Defense Department's decision to defer buying 124 aircraft, according to a Navy spokeswoman, despite the Pentagon's assertion earlier this year that the money would go back to the services.
February 25, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Navy has its eye on extending the service lives of F/A-18E/F Super Hornets all the way out to 12,000 hours, far beyond the 9,000 hours the service is currently working toward, according to fiscal year 2012 budget justification documents.
February 24, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon is killing a program that sought to create a vehicle for special operations capable of both flying through the air and submerging underwater.

February 18, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The two-year "probation" period for the F-35B variant of the Joint Strike Fighter was designed to give the program time to resolve and test out engineering changes without creating a retrofit problem, the head of Navy acquisition said last week.
February 18, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Navy decided to buy seven additional P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft through fiscal year 2016 to add "flexibility and stability" to the program, according to a Navy spokeswoman.
February 18, 2011 | Inside the Navy
In his first public comments since taking over as program executive officer of the Joint Strike Fighter program last year, Vice. Adm. David Venlet last week said the program is adding more than 1,800 test flights to its schedule and pulling in production aircraft to help bear the testing load in a bid to get the troubled program back on track.
February 18, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Navy is reevaluating its approach to maintenance and could move away from relying on contractors for those services in order to address concerns about total ownership costs for a wide range of new platforms, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead said last week.