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February 02, 2018 | Daily News

Developing an operationally representative environment to test the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter's Autonomic Logistics Information System could help the program identify and fix problems earlier, according to the Pentagon's director of operational test and evaluation.

February 01, 2018 | Daily News

The lack of a fiscal year 2018 funding appropriation has stalled new military construction contracts at Eielson Air Force Base, AK, that are key to preparing the base to begin receiving F-35s in 2020.

February 01, 2018 | Daily News

The Joint Strike Fighter availability rate holds at a steady 50 percent, but a new report from the Pentagon's top weapons tester reveals an increase in the number jets that cannot fly because maintenance personnel are awaiting replacement parts.

January 26, 2018 | Daily News

The F-35 program office has not purchased another F-35B ground article nearly a year after halting durability testing because the originial test jet was no longer production representative.

January 26, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force is working with the Pentagon's top weapons tester to "reconcile" concerns raised this week that KC-46 electromagnetic pulse testing completed last summer may not have met the conditions of the program's test and evaluation master plan.

January 25, 2018 | Daily News

The Navy will complete the operational evaluation of the America-class amphibious assault ship's ability to support 20 Joint Strike Fighters in fiscal year 2020, according to a new Pentagon report.

January 25, 2018 | Daily News

The Pentagon's new chief weapons tester said in his 2017 report he expects initial operational test of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will likely begin late this year -- a shift from his predecessor's prediction that operational testing could be delayed until 2020.

January 24, 2018 | Daily News

The F-35 joint program office's first stab at a revamped modernization strategy "was not executable" because of a lack of testing resources and a too-optimistic schedule, according to the Pentagon's top weapons tester.

January 18, 2018 | Daily News

The nominee for the long-vacant Air Force acquisition executive role is planning "a very deep-dive" look at the F-35 program, particularly in the area of sustainment.

January 12, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force, about halfway into its E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System upgrade program, wants to bring the platform up to speed with open mission systems standards.

January 11, 2018 | Daily News

The newest version of the F-35 Autonomic Logistics Information System completed formal testing late last year and could be approved for installation at the first operational validation site in late February.

January 08, 2018 | Daily News

The Government Accountability Office recently dismissed Raytheon's formal protest that the Air Force unfairly excluded the company's "Archimedes" wide-area surveillance radar from the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System recapitalization competition.

January 03, 2018 | Daily News

The Pentagon's Strategic Capabilities Office will soon begin accepting proposals for a secretive project to allow semi-autonomous unmanned aircraft systems to team with manned fighter aircraft.

December 22, 2017 | Daily News

The Air Force could request proposals from industry in the second quarter of fiscal year 2018 for a two-step B-52 engine replacement effort, according to a notional schedule released last week.

December 22, 2017 | Daily News

The Air Force says Northrop Grumman hasn't improved the quality or speed of maintenance on E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System jets despite efforts to nudge the company along, although Northrop argues it is taking steps to better its workflow.

December 21, 2017 | Daily News

The Federal Aviation Administration has signed off on one of two key certifications for the Boeing-built KC-46 tanker, the company announced this week.

December 21, 2017 | Daily News

Although the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is not slated to enter full-rate production until the mid-2020s, the Pentagon's deputy secretary of defense wants the program to operate as though it is already producing at full capacity.

December 21, 2017 | Daily News

A new cost estimate on F-35 concurrency reveals a 24 percent drop or a reduction of $400 million over an 11-month period.

December 14, 2017 | Daily News

The Air National Guard's full-time force falls a couple hundred pilots short of where it needs to be, but the Guard is in a unique position to help grow the service's pilot pipeline, according to the head of the National Guard Bureau.

December 14, 2017 | Daily News

The F-35 joint program office confirmed this week that a Defense Acquisition Board slated for early December "did not happen."

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