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February 15, 2011 | Daily News

The Navy heavily boosted Fire Scout buys, added seven P-8As to the future years defense plan and made the expected additions and subtractions to its F/A-18E/F Super Hornet procurement and Joint Strike Fighter buys, according to the president's fiscal year 2012 budget proposal rolled out today.

February 14, 2011 | Daily News

The Air Force has moved $3.4 billion gathered through operating efficiencies in the fiscal year 2012 budget over to enhance funding for several initiatives including F-15 radar modernization, the block purchase of space launch vehicles and the purchase of MQ-9 Reapers, according to a top service official.

February 10, 2011 | Daily News

The U.S. intelligence community was not caught off guard by last month's first flight of China's J-20 stealth fighter and has concluded that the aircraft program -- which has been described in initial reports as a fifth-generation platform -- faces numerous hurdles before reaching its “full potential,” Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told Congress today.

February 09, 2011 | Daily News

The long-range, stealthy bomber the Air Force plans to develop should be designed with hard points so it can carry weapons or other equipment externally if need be, according to Paul Kaminski, the head of the Defense Science Board and a former Pentagon acquisition chief.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced last month that the Air Force will make a major investment in a new long-range, nuclear-capable penetrating bomber. This aircraft, which will have the option of being remotely piloted, will be part of a joint portfolio of conventional deep-strike capabilities, he said.

February 09, 2011 | Daily News

The Pentagon's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program's recent cost and schedule troubles stem from years of trying to do too much too soon in the program, according to Defense Science Board chief Paul Kaminski.

February 04, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Navy is working toward a goal of extending 150 legacy F/A-18A-D Hornets to 10,000 hours, according to Capt. Mark Darrah, F/A-18 program manager.
February 04, 2011 | Inside the Navy
As an EA-18G Growler squadron undergoes its first deployment in Iraq, the program is "making adjustments" and fine-tuning aspects such as supply levels as the fleet gets used to a new airframe operating as the Navy's airborne jammer, according to Capt. Mark Darrah, the program manager.
February 04, 2011 | Daily News

The Air Force may tap its modernization accounts to finance $5.8 billion in must-pay bills in fiscal year 2011 in the event Congress does not pass a defense appropriations bill and brace for other consequences that include severely disrupting planned MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft production and possibly grounding some of its F-15E fleet, according to senior service officials.

February 02, 2011 | Daily News

Navy and Marine Corps efforts to plow savings from efficiencies into investment accounts will permit the purchase of additional aircraft and eliminate the services' strike fighter shortfall, add $400 million to accelerate by three years the procurement of the Marine Personnel Carrier and a nearly $500 million boost to radio and small arms accounts, according to Navy Under Secretary Robert Work.

January 28, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Navy wants to run its aircraft and ships on 100 percent biofuel but cannot because the fuel is not a proper detergent for the engines, a problem the service wants industry's help in solving, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said during a Jan. 25 clean energy conference in Washington.
January 27, 2011 | Daily News

Delivering another major blow to the Air Force's star-crossed KC-X tanker program, a bipartisan group of seven senators has called for the Pentagon's inspector general to investigate the service's inadvertent release of bid evaluation to rival contractors last year.

An IG investigation could delay the selection of a winner in the $35 billion competition, which could come as soon as next month, though many believe March is more realistic. DOD IG investigations froze source-selection activities during the service's now-defunct Combat Search-and-Rescue Helicopter program.

January 27, 2011 | Daily News

Few new details about the Air Force's inadvertent disclosure of KC-X evaluation data to rival contractors emerged today during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the snafu.

The hearing essentially gave supporters of Boeing and EADS -- the two bidders in the $35 billion competition -- a chance to debate a number of political issues surrounding the contract, and not the Nov. 22, 2010, incident in which the Air Force mistakenly shipped disks containing information about its evaluation of each offeror's aircraft to the wrong parties.

January 26, 2011 | Daily News

Pentagon acquisition chief Ashton Carter today praised U.S. fighter aircraft competing to win a multibillion-dollar contract in India, adding he will soon make his first visit there as under secretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics.

Noting that India's Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) competition for 126 aircraft -- worth more than $10 billion -- is under way, Carter said advocates of the two U.S. candidates -- the F-16 and the F/A-18E/F -- have already made their case.

January 25, 2011 | Daily News

The Pentagon has cut $6.9 billion from F-35 Joint Strike Fighter procurement accounts over the next five years after deciding to push 124 aircraft outside the future years defense plan while it works to put the program back on track, according to the joint program office.

January 21, 2011 | Inside the Navy
NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, MD -- The continuing resolution Congress passed last month that funds the government at fiscal year 2010 levels has the potential to jeopardize the in-service date of the P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft, an issue the program is currently examining, the program manager told Inside the Navy last week.
January 21, 2011 | Inside the Navy
NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, MD -- The Navy has dug out of the operational hole that was created when the service grounded a quarter of the P-3C Orion maritime surveillance aircraft fleet in December 2007, according to Capt. Mike Moran, P-8A Poseidon program manager.
January 21, 2011 | Inside the Navy
NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, MD -- The Navy will release a request for proposals for the anti-submarine weapon guidance platform slated for the P-8A Poseidon "in the next month or so," and the system's initial operational capability is now slated for 2016, according to Capt. Mike Moran, P-8 program manager.
January 21, 2011 | Inside the Navy
NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, MD -- The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning aircraft program is 99 percent complete with testing its radar, and the program plans to take the aircraft onto a carrier in February, the program manager said last week.
January 21, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The $4.6 billion the Pentagon will use to fund system development and demonstration for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to its completion in 2016 will come entirely from the savings the Defense Department realized by removing 124 airplanes from the future years defense plan, according to the JSF joint program office.
January 14, 2011 | Inside the Navy
Like amphibious ships, the CVN-78 Gerald Ford-class aircraft carrier is also facing difficulties integrating the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, which are slated to serve on carrier decks for decades, according to the Defense Department's Operational Test and Evaluation annual report for fiscal year 2010.