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July 19, 2010

The Defense Department has delayed by three months a high-level Pentagon review of whether the Navy's P-8A program is ready to proceed into the production and deployment phase of acquisition, a pivotal juncture for the $32 billion program that will replace the Navy's venerable P-3 turboprops with a fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft modified to hunt submarines and, if necessary, fight surface ships.

July 15, 2010

The Air Force will temporarily preserve all tooling for the F-22A Raptor until it determines which tools to retain for long-term sustainment of the Raptor fleet and which to dispose of once production halts, according to documents reviewed by Inside the Pentagon.

July 13, 2010

(Clarification: Lockheed officials have said their opening offer for JSF aircraft during Lot 4 negotiations was 20 percent below the cost estimate prepared by the director of the Pentagon's cost estimates and program evaluation (CAPE) office. The original version of this story stated a specific figure within that CAPE estimate. This story has been updated accordingly.)

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