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March 26, 2020 | Daily News

After notifying industry that it planned to award a sole-source contract to lease advanced training jets in support of a possible new concept of operations for fighter pilot training dubbed Reforge, Air Combat Command confirmed to Inside Defense this week it has opted to open the competition after reviewing industry responses to its notice.

March 26, 2020 | Daily News

A new report from the Heritage Foundation highlights concerns about the Air Force's capacity and readiness shortfalls and suggests the service should shift some funding away from research and development to boost fighter and tanker procurement and reprioritize its F-35 beddown schedule to assure that forward-based, active-duty units receive the jet sooner.

March 23, 2020 | Daily News

As it gears up to fight China in a period of great power competition, the Marine Corps will trim the size of its F-35 Joint Strike Fighter squadrons and cut all tank battalions in the next 10 years.

March 20, 2020 | Daily News

A group of 130 lawmakers is calling on congressional leadership to fund 98 F-35s in the fiscal year 2021 defense spending bill -- 19 more than the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps included in their budget requests and two more than they asked for in their unfunded requirements lists.

March 16, 2020 | Daily News

The Government Accountability Office is calling on the Defense Department to create a strategy for its redesign of the F-35's troubled Autonomic Logistics Information System, and a new report from the watchdog highlights the need for a standardized performance metric to track the system's impact on fleetwide readiness.

March 11, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force is working with Northrop Grumman to determine whether technology developed as part of the canceled B-2 Defensive Management System Modernization program can be used for other Air Force applications.

March 10, 2020 | Daily News

The Navy does not expect to eliminate its shortfall of strike fighter aircraft until 2029 and a senior service official conceded today to lawmakers the gap could widen as a result of attrition before then.

March 09, 2020 | Daily News

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, UT -- As the F-35 program shapes requirements for the program that will replace the Autonomic Logistics Information System, users here are hopeful the new capability will overcome the challenges of ALIS without abandoning the pieces that are working.

March 06, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon recently briefed industry on plans to experiment with sharing electromagnetic spectrum between fifth-generation commercial cellular devices and military aircraft, as Defense Department leaders say they won’t give up DOD's access to mid-band spectrum but are willing to share it.

March 05, 2020 | Daily News

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, UT -- The 309th Software Engineering Group here is working to speed up the activation of the F-35's organic software maintenance depot capability, in part by helping the program transition to the cloud and speed up its mission data file generation processes.

March 04, 2020 | Daily News

House and Senate lawmakers this week questioned Air Force leadership on the service's proposal to retire 44 A-10s in fiscal year 2021, despite language in the FY-17 National Defense Authorization Act that prohibits them from doing so.

March 04, 2020 | Daily News

SAN DIEGO -- The Naval Air Systems Command chief said yesterday the service cannot afford to take as long to develop its sixth-generation fighter aircraft as it did the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

March 03, 2020 | Daily News

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein told lawmakers today he's seen a measurable improvement in Boeing's KC-46 performance since the company's new CEO Dave Calhoun took charge.

March 03, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force is finalizing a classified strategy that will lay out the service's approach to warfighting and security cooperation in alignment with the Trump administration's 2018 National Defense Strategy, officials have confirmed.

February 27, 2020 | Daily News

ORLANDO, FL -- The Air Force is preparing to defend its fiscal year 2021 budget realignments to Congress, holding classified briefings with lawmakers and staffers ahead of hearings likely to expose the service's proposals to heavy scrutiny.

February 26, 2020 | Daily News

Pentagon leaders appeared before skeptical lawmakers today to pitch them a budget plan that would cut legacy weapons in favor of new technologies -- a tall task given Congress' traditional resistance to ambitious change and the Defense Department's checkered modernization record.

February 25, 2020 | Daily News

The head of U.S. Transportation Command said today the Air Force's budget request should be revised to allow for retention of aerial refueling aircraft slated for divestiture because of ongoing delays to the Boeing-made KC-46 tanker.

February 21, 2020 | Daily News

U.S. Transportation Command says its top unfunded priority is aerial refueling and recommends Congress provide additional funds beyond its regular budget request for the KC-135 and KC-10 aircraft, according to documents obtained by Inside Defense.

February 20, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force is looking to invest more than $1 billion over the next five years and will publish a request for proposals this spring to upgrade a developmental Navy guided missile that's intended to enhance the F-35 fighter jet's performance against anti-access/area-denial defenses.

February 14, 2020 | Daily News

After several years of a shifting funding profile, the Air Force's Next-Generation Air Dominance program’s outyear projection is relatively stable in the service’s fiscal year 2021 budget request.