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October 10, 2018 | Daily News

Deputy Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan said a new aircraft readiness directive ordering the Air Force and the Navy to achieve 80 percent readiness rates for four key tactical fighter jets by the end of this fiscal year will help the Pentagon prove to Congress it is effectively spending a recent funding boost and make the case that further relief from statutory budget caps is warranted.

October 09, 2018 | Daily News

Aviation ground mishaps are heading “in the wrong direction” for the Navy, according to the commander of the service’s air forces.

October 05, 2018 | Daily News

A new report commissioned by the White House highlights concerns that next-generation aircraft development programs could face workforce shortages, noting that insufficient, inconsistent research and development investment has made it harder for the major aircraft developers to maintain an innovative edge.

October 05, 2018 | Daily News

Aviation ground mishaps are heading “in the wrong direction” for the Navy, according to the commander of the service’s air forces.

October 05, 2018 | Daily News

With the support of the Defense Department's senior leadership, the Navy is in "phase zero" of implementing a new aircraft sustainment system that will eventually be rolled out across its fleet readiness centers and maintenance depots, according to the service's top aviation officer.

October 02, 2018 | Daily News

The head of the F-35 joint program office expects the Pentagon to approve an updated Block 4 modernization strategy later this month.

October 01, 2018 | Daily News

The F-35 program executive officer will meet with the Pentagon acquisition chief Tuesday to review the effort's operational test readiness and sign off on a plan to begin the key testing slate in mid-November.

September 28, 2018 | Daily News

Georgia's Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex is ramping up its ability to service all Lockheed Martin C-130s by fiscal year 2022, including installing new propellers onto Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps variants, the Air Force Sustainment Center commander told lawmakers Friday.

September 28, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force announced a contract with Boeing this week that includes options to buy up to 475 new trainers -- 124 more than the current requirement -- in a deal the service says will provide flexibility to buy jets at a faster pace and potentially higher quantities.

September 28, 2018 | Daily News

The Defense Department has reached an $11.5 billion deal with Lockheed Martin to buy 141 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters in the 11th low-rate initial production lot.

September 27, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force awarded a Boeing-Saab team a $9.2 billion contract today to build the next-generation T-X training jet -- the company's third major defense contract in the last two months.

September 27, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force thinks it can cut between two and five years off the time line to re-engine the B-52 by using digital and virtual prototyping technology.

September 27, 2018 | Daily News

After several years of working with engine-makers to test and prototype adaptive engine technologies, the Air Force is starting to take steps to field some of those capabilities -- building a roadmap for legacy system upgrades and awarding two major contracts to begin risk-reduction for a next-generation adaptive engine.

September 20, 2018 | Daily News

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- The Air Force analysis that concludes 386 operational squadrons -- nearly 25 percent more than it currently has -- are required to execute the 2018 National Defense Strategy at low to moderate risk is driven in part by an assumption that the service needs to be prepared to simultaneously perform a handful of major tasks and missions, according to a senior service official.

September 20, 2018 | Daily News

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- The Air Force has extended its analysis of alternatives exploring next-generation air dominance capabilities, which was supposed to be completed this summer, and top acquisition officials told reporters this week the service is moving away from "a single addition" and more toward a portfolio of capabilities.

September 19, 2018 | Daily News

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- The Air Force’s budding light-attack aircraft acquisition program looks set to use Section 804 authorities to bring the new fleet on quickly, Air Combat Command chief Gen. Mike Holmes told reporters Wednesday.

September 18, 2018 | Daily News

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- A U.S. Transportation Command-led mobility and capability requirements study has been delayed until later this year as the Pentagon works to incorporate additional threat-based planning data into the scope of the review.

September 17, 2018 | Daily News

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson announced today the service will grow its total number of operational squadrons from 312 to 386 -- a 25 percent increase it plans to implement between fiscal years 2025 and 2030.

September 15, 2018 | Daily News

Congressional appropriators this week agreed to put $100 million toward the early stages of the Air Force’s O/A-X light-attack aircraft procurement program, after the Senate proposed three times as much money but the House offered none.

September 15, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force announced this week a number of efforts to address an uptick in unexplained physiological events experienced by training pilots, including a redesign of the T-6 onboard oxygen-generating system and adoption of new maintenance procedures.

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