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November 17, 2017 | Daily News

Congress is backtracking on earlier language that would have blocked the Air Force from retiring Lockheed Martin's U-2 Dragon Lady and Northrop Grumman's RQ-4 Global Hawk before 2024.

November 17, 2017 | Daily News

Lawmakers scolded the Air Force but pared back restrictions on the service's program to move EC-130H Compass Call equipment to a new aircraft in the final version of the fiscal year 2018 defense policy bill, which the House and Senate passed this week.

November 17, 2017 | Daily News

The program executive officer for the Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization program confirmed to Inside the Air Force this week his team is identifying ways to cut down on the fleet's certification process and is considering other options for saving time and money.

November 16, 2017 | Daily News

The Air Force will hold an industry day next month to discuss its acquisition strategy to replace the B-52's TF33 engine with a commercial variant -- appearing to rule out the option of an engine upgrade.

November 16, 2017 | Daily News

House and Senate lawmakers have proposed legislation to set the size of the Air Force's current fighter aircraft fleet as a floor, blocking the service from unilaterally retiring any fighter or attack aircraft through 2022.

November 16, 2017 | Daily News

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program expects to meet with Pentagon leadership in early December for approval of a new plan that will allow it to continuously develop software capabilities following completion of the post-system development and demonstration phase.

November 14, 2017 | Daily News

The Navy stood up a "Rhino Readiness Recovery" team to address readiness issues within the strike fighter community, according to the service's air boss.

November 13, 2017 | Daily News

The reconciled version of the fiscal year 2018 defense policy bill directs the Air Force to report its analysis of why the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System recapitalization program should be changed or canceled and its impact on the military, if the service plots a new direction for that effort in the FY-19 budget request.

November 10, 2017 | Daily News

Lockheed Martin announced this week it has delivered 10 F-35 full mission simulators to four international partners and plans to deliver another 16 systems to non-U.S. customers in 2018.

October 30, 2017 | Daily News

The Marine Corps has requested an external study on F-35 sustainment cost because of a breakdown in communication between the service and the program office, according to a Government Accountability Office official.

October 27, 2017 | Daily News

Joint Strike Fighter test pilots have recommended a new set of strap-in procedures when operating the carrier variant to reduce bounce in the cockpit, according to the F-35 program office.

October 27, 2017 | Daily News

Parts reliability and data rights are creating significant obstacles to Joint Strike Fighter sustainment, the Government Accountability Office writes in a new report.

October 27, 2017 | Daily News

Parts reliability and data rights are creating significant obstacles to Joint Strike Fighter sustainment, the Government Accountability Office writes in a new report.

October 26, 2017 | Daily News

Defense analysts say the Air Force's reconsideration of what should follow the legacy E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System is driven by the strategy and budget concerns of a new slate of Pentagon leaders, who worry key command-and-control aircraft could be shot down by advanced foreign adversaries.

October 25, 2017 | Daily News

Sierra Nevada Corp. and Embraer Defense and Security announced Wednesday they will build six more A-29 Super Tucanos for Afghanistan's fledgling Air Force, bringing the fleet to a total of 26 jets.

October 24, 2017 | Daily News

The Air Force's new under secretary said this week he applauds the F-35 joint program office's new plan to incorporate agile software development into its follow-on modernization strategy, noting it will help lay the foundation for the service's approach to future fighter capability development.

October 23, 2017 | Daily News

The Air Force is awaiting further guidance from the Office of the Secretary of Defense on how many retired pilots the service can recall as instructor pilots and staff officers and for how long, following an executive order signed by President Trump Oct. 20.

October 23, 2017 | Daily News

The Defense Department will begin its deep-dive review of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter's cost this month, planning meetings with principal contractors Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and BAE in the coming weeks.

October 17, 2017 | Daily News

The Air Force's military deputy for acquisition said today the service may have to request additional funding from Congress to pursue a light-attack combat demonstration, saying he's not sure it is feasible for the service to find the money internally.

October 16, 2017 | Daily News

The Navy refuses to equip the P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft with intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance sensors the Air Force flight tested on the RQ-4 Global Hawk because of size, weight and power constrictions.

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