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December 22, 2010 | Daily News

The Senate and the House today agreed to a modified fiscal year 2011 defense authorization bill that is silent on the issue of funding an alternate engine for the Joint Strike Fighter after the House receded to the Senate position on the F136 program, removing a provision that the White House repeatedly warned would draw a presidential veto.

December 22, 2010 | Daily News

The Pentagon has told Congress it has shifted nearly $300 million within the Air Force budget to free up funds needed to award the much-anticipated KC-X next-generation tanker contract, according to budget documents.

December 21, 2010 | Daily News

The Obama administration will continue to pursue the Joint Strike Fighter alternate engine under a stopgap spending measure that would fund the Pentagon through March 4, electing not to invoke rules set by the White House budget office in September under which the Defense Department could begin to starve the F136 program of money, according to a senator who backs the engine effort.

December 17, 2010 | Inside the Navy
Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA), incoming head of the House Armed Services Committee, threw his weight behind both the Marine Corps version of the Joint Strike Fighter and the F-35's second engine last week.
December 17, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Navy has decided to base 11 operational Marine Corps F-35B Joint Strike Fighter squadrons at two locations on the East Coast and 11 squadrons at two locations on the West Coast, the service announced in two Dec. 15 notices on the Federal Register.
December 16, 2010 | Daily News

The Government Accountability Office is urging the Pentagon to monitor and assess corrective actions stemming from a Defense Department corrosion study of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

The Pentagon's F-35 and F-22 Raptor corrosion study, submitted to Congress in September, “highlights important lessons learned” from the Raptor's corrosion problems and “identifies ongoing corrosion concerns” for both aircraft, as well as implications for other current and future weapon systems, GAO writes in a report released today.

December 16, 2010 | Daily News

The Senate Appropriations Committee's recently completed omnibus appropriations package includes one more short take-off and landing Joint Strike Fighter variant and one more carrier variant than the defense bill the panel proposed earlier this year, as well as one more Littoral Combat Ship.

December 16, 2010 | Daily News

The Pentagon's strong desire to avoid the House's proposed year-long continuing resolution (CR) trumps the department's previous objections to funding the continued development of an alternate engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, according to Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

December 15, 2010 | Daily News

With the Air Force poised to make significant investments in its long-range strike program this fiscal year, lawmakers want assurances that the service will be able to keep the effort on time and on budget, a top House lawmaker said today.

Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon (R-CA), the incoming chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said the service and the Defense Department must assure Congress that the LRS acquisition would not suffer the same pitfalls that have delayed the Air Force's top procurement program, the KC-X aerial tanker.

December 15, 2010 | Daily News

Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon (R-CA), incoming head of the House Armed Services Committee, today threw his weight behind both the Marine Corps version of the Joint Strike Fighter and the F-35's second engine.

December 06, 2010 | Daily News

The Defense Department is poised to continue developing the Joint Strike Fighter alternate engine through the end of next week, according to Pentagon officials.

December 06, 2010 | Daily News

The Army has awarded Boeing an engineering and manufacturing development contract for its Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System, according to a Defense Department notice.

The $88 million firm-fixed-price contract, awarded Nov. 30, encompasses a 24-month EMD phase. The award includes a base effort of four EMD units with an option for additional units, as well as options for six low-rate initial production EMARSS units and interim contractor logistics support.

December 03, 2010 | Inside the Navy
About a week after the Pentagon's acquisition executive said he was unhappy with the Joint Strike Fighter's situation and that he would not "pay more for the airplane," a Pratt & Whitney executive told reporters that a reduction in buys or more delays for the Marine Corps variant could further jeopardize the program's affordability.
December 03, 2010 | Daily News

NEW YORK -- The vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said this week that Defense Department leaders are actively exploring options for eliminating the short-takeoff-and-vertical-landing variant of the Joint Strike Fighter by examining whether an alternative mix of tactics, doctrine and other weapons systems might address requirements the F-35B is designed to meet.

December 03, 2010 | Inside the Army

Army Space
and Missile Defense Command officials continue to pursue plans for a new cargo
airship after defense officials rejected the command's request that the project
be included in the Pentagon's slate of fiscal year 2011 joint capability
technology demonstrations, according to an Army official.

December 02, 2010 | Daily News

NEW YORK -- Air Force officials have found enough money to buy more cargo aircraft and stealthy cruise missiles through the use of more efficient acquisition practices implemented as part of a wider effort to wring billions of dollars from the Pentagon's procurement accounts.

David Van Buren, acting assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, previewed some of the efficiencies service program managers have identified in recent months during a Dec. 1 presentation at an event organized by the investment bank Credit Suisse and Aviation Week.

December 02, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

The Navy will waste hundreds of millions of dollars buying more than 50 unneeded training planes if it remains committed to a procurement goal of 315 aircraft, according to a previously unreleased internal report.

December 01, 2010 | Daily News

NEW YORK -- The Pentagon's acquisition executive today expressed displeasure at the state of the Joint Strike Fighter program in his first public comments on the F-35 following a pre-Thanksgiving Day review of the F-35 by senior Defense Department officials.

“I am not happy with the situation we find ourselves in now,” Ashton Carter, the under secretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, said at a gathering of investors organized by the investment bank Credit Suisse and Aviation Week.

November 30, 2010 | Daily News

Pratt & Whitney this week will deliver the first production F135 engine for the Marine Corps' short take-off, vertical-landing variant of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, a company official said today.

“This week we will deliver the first STOVL engine,” Bennett Croswell, vice-president for the F135 and F119 engine programs, said in a roundtable with reporters. “Again, the STOVL engine is highly common with the [Air Force and Navy variants], so that won't be much of a surprise.”

November 30, 2010 | Daily News

The Pentagon is in discussions with engine maker Pratt & Whitney about the potential for lowering the cost of the company's F135 power plant in the next production lot of Joint Strike Fighters, according to senior industry officials.

Like the F-35 prime contractor Lockheed Martin, Pratt will also be bound to a fixed-price incentive fee contract for low-rate, initial production Lot-4 engines, according to Bennett Croswell, the company's vice president of the F135 program.

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