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February 13, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force is considering awarding multiple contracts in fiscal year 2021 for risk-reduction work supporting the effort to build and purchase the president's next emergency command-and-control aircraft.

February 12, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force today confirmed that its $168.9 billion fiscal year 2021 budget request reallocated $21 billion in legacy investment across the future years defense program to fund "future force capabilities."

February 11, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force’s fiscal year 2021 budget proposes a significant scope reduction to a major B-2 upgrade after development problems delayed the program’s initial operational capability target date by two years.

February 11, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force’s fiscal year 2021 budget request doesn't project the service will meet its optimum fighter aircraft procurement rate of 72 aircraft within the next five years, showing a stagnant F-35 buy-rate of 48 aircraft per year and a gradual increase in F-15EX procurement.

February 10, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force's $168.9 billion fiscal year 2021 budget request proposes a $4.1 billion realignment across the future years defense program to fund increases in future air and space dominance capabilities through cuts to legacy bombers and tankers, Block 20 and 30 Global Hawks, Guard and Reserve Component A-10s and planned missile procurements. (UPDATED)

February 10, 2020 | Daily News

The Navy plans to retire four Littoral Combat Ships and one Dock Landing Ship early in fiscal year 2021 as the service seeks to keep up with the new National Defense Strategy.

February 10, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force's $168.9 billion fiscal year 2021 budget request proposes a $4.1 billion realignment across the future years defense program to fund increases in future air and space dominance capabilities through cuts to legacy bombers and tankers, Block 20 and 30 Global Hawks, Guard and Reserve Component A-10s and planned missile procurements.

February 10, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force plans to solicit proposals from industry for a gateway capability that can be added to an E-3 Sentry to enable data sharing between fifth-generation and fourth-generation aircraft.

February 07, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force expects the F-35 program will begin fielding a fix this spring that will address problems with the A-model gun that have caused cracks in the muzzle.

February 06, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force expects to have final approval for its B-52 engine replacement program test strategy by April -- an oversight requirement lawmakers directed in the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act due to concerns the service is imposing too much risk on the program by using mid-tier acquisition authorities to procure the engines.

January 31, 2020 | Daily News

Boeing today reported it incurred $148 million in KC-46 tanker charges in 2019, which the company attributes to "higher manufacturing costs."

January 30, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon's top weapons tester has labeled the F-35 joint program office's Block 4 modernization schedule as "high risk" due to inefficiencies in testing and software releases as well as a backlog of 13 Category 1 deficiencies that he says must be addressed before the program integrates significant new capability.

January 27, 2020 | Daily News

The U.S. government has halted all weapon deliveries to Iraq -- including the Air Force's program supplying Sidewinder missiles, Maverick missiles and other arms for the country's new F-16 fleet -- amid tensions with Iran and paramilitary groups there.

January 23, 2020 | Daily News

Setbacks in the Air Force's program to ready the B-2 bomber to fight in contested environments triggered a new Selected Acquisition Report for the project, generating a previously unreported October assessment on the consequences of an 18-month, key software delivery delay that is forecast to push initial operations of the modernized bomber from 2022 to 2024.

January 23, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force's effort to help allies modernize their militaries is facing a new set of challenges -- higher demand for fourth-generation fighter jets and segregated air and missile defense systems.

January 23, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force could expand its recent $442 million contract to Raytheon to develop force element terminals for the Family of Beyond-Line-of-Sight Terminals program if the service secures funding for a validated objective requirement to install the systems on its tanker fleet.

January 22, 2020 | Daily News

The F-35 joint program office announced this week it will release the first hardware for its new fleet diagnostics and health management system later this calendar year and expects the capability to be fully operational by December 2022.

January 16, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon will hear a briefing Friday on Lockheed Martin's proposal for a five-year, fixed-price performance-based logistics sustainment contract for the F-35 -- a deal that could set the stage for a future multiyear sustainment deal.

January 15, 2020 | Daily News

Silicon Valley firm C3.ai said a recent $95 million deal with the Defense Department to use its "predictive maintenance" software could be widely applied across DOD's aircraft fleets.

January 15, 2020 | Daily News

The Government Accountability Office has noticed the Defense Department's increased emphasis on accelerating its notoriously slow acquisition system, but the watchdog agency is concerned weapon system reliability might be sacrificed at the expense of speed.

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