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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.
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.