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June 7, 2018

House appropriators want to block the Air Force from retiring more than one E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System jet unless the service continues its earlier plan to recapitalize the fleet.

June 7, 2018

Robins Air Force Base, GA, will build a blue-suit heavy maintenance enterprise for the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System, the second major intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft to try a new sustainment approach there in as many years.

June 6, 2018

The Pentagon should not make a full-rate production decision for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter until all critical deficiencies are rectified, according to a government watchdog.

June 6, 2018

The Government Accountability Office is recommending Congress block funding for F-35 follow-on modernization until the Defense Department details the effort's acquisition program baseline.

June 1, 2018

L3 Technologies and BAE Systems have stopped work on the Air Force's EC-130H Compass Call "cross-deck" program until the service can again obligate funds in two weeks, an Air Force spokeswoman confirmed Thursday.

May 31, 2018

The Defense Department inspector general is concerned the Air Force has not determined the full impact of its decision last year to cut 192 units of a key F-15 electronic warfare capability.

May 25, 2018

The Senate Armed Services Committee's mark of fiscal year 2019 defense policy legislation proposes a slew of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter provisions aimed at bolstering accountability mechanisms, improving the program's sustainment posture and supporting early funding for post-development upgrades.

May 23, 2018

The Air Force has selected Boeing as the aircraft integrator for the B-52 re-engining program, and expects to have an approved acquisition strategy for the effort by September.

May 22, 2018

Beginning in December 2019 the Marine Corps will have a precision-guided munitions training range that supports the Joint Strike Fighter on the East Coast.

May 18, 2018

A top Air Combat Command planning and requirements official said Friday that if the service's experimentation with a potential light-attack acquisition program proves successful, he wouldn't rule out the possibility of future experiments to further boost the service's attack aircraft fleet.

May 18, 2018

Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord certified the Air Force's acquisition strategy for the Compass Call recapitalization program in a May 14 memo to Congress, a Defense Department spokesman confirmed Friday.

May 18, 2018

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson told Senate appropriators this week the cost to base the new B-21 at a location that doesn't currently house bombers will likely be about $450 million per base, which is part of the reason the service plans to assign the aircraft at places that already have much of the infrastructure required to house it.

May 15, 2018

The Air Force estimates its planned multiyear procurement of 52 C-130J variants between fiscal years 2019 and 2023 will save about $572 million compared to an annual procurement approach.

May 15, 2018

Members of the House Armed Services Committee are concerned the Navy's carrier air wing is not configured to support long-range strikes required by the current and future threat and requests the service secretary brief Congress on options that include manned and unmanned capabilities to fulfill the requirement.

May 14, 2018

As new aircraft come online like the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, CH-53K King Stallion and a slew of unmanned aerial systems, the Marine Corps is revising its maintenance qualification standards to make the transition easier for mechanics and other personnel.

May 11, 2018

As the Air Force works with Boeing to assure timely delivery of the first new KC-46 tanker, House policymakers want the service to increase its planned aircraft acceptance rate to more than three new tankers per month.

May 11, 2018

The House Armed Services Committee wants to restrict funding for the Air Force's recapitalization of the two 57-year-old OC-135B aircraft until the Trump administration implements countermeasures to Russia's violations of the 1992 Open Skies Treaty, which allows 34 signatory countries to observe each other's domestic military operations.

May 9, 2018

The Air Force announced Tuesday it will conduct a one-day operational safety review across all of its flying and maintenance wings in response to a recent increase in Class A mishaps within the service.

May 7, 2018

The second phase of the Air Force's light-attack experiment, which begins today, is vetting the logistics, sustainment and weapons integration aspects of a potential new attack fleet, according to the service's deputy chief of staff for strategic plans and programs.

May 4, 2018

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) will include $623 million in his mark of the fiscal year 2019 defense policy bill to keep the Air Force's E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System recapitalization on track, though the service wants to ditch the modernization program in favor of a broader look at advanced battle management systems.