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May 02, 2019 | Daily News

The head of the Pentagon's cost assessment office and the F-35 program executive officer said today the program isn't likely to meet an Office of the Secretary of Defense target to reduce the A-model jet's cost per flying hour to $25,000 by fiscal year 2025.

April 26, 2019 | Daily News

The focus of the Defense Department inspector general's latest report was whether acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan acted ethically, but the document also offered a rare behind-the-scenes look into acquisition decisions made by the Pentagon's most senior officials.

April 25, 2019 | Daily News

A new Government Accountability Office report claims that the F-35 program's faulty planning and allocation of spare parts has contributed to an inability to meet warfighter requirements, and offers eight recommendations to improve the program's supply chain management.

April 25, 2019 | Daily News

The first task under a new $14.3 billion bomber modernization and sustainment contract awarded to Boeing earlier this month will study integration options for a new advanced extremely high frequency nuclear command-and-control channel.

April 24, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon has officially stopped producing an annual aviation inventory and funding plan which had been sent to Congress after delivery of the president's budget for nearly a decade, denying defense aviation wonks a key resource in scrutinizing the U.S. military's long-term investment about the approximately 14,000 aircraft flown and operated by the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps.

April 24, 2019 | Daily News

The Defense Department is requesting a $141 million funding shift to ensure the Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization program stays on schedule for delivery by 2024, according to a document obtained by Inside Defense.

April 23, 2019 | Daily News

An Air Force effort to expedite aviator training using next-generation technology has expanded in its second iteration to include remotely piloted aircraft and a partnership with NASA, according to the program's lead.

April 17, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force's chief of Global Strike Command has approved a plan to inspect the B-1B Lancer aircraft yesterday, following a stand down last month.

April 16, 2019 | Daily News

Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan has directed Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord to begin planning for alternative supply options for Turkish-made F-35 Joint Strike Fighter parts in the event Turkey remains suspended from the program or is expelled for its purchase of the Russian S-400 missile defense system, according to a defense official.

April 16, 2019 | Daily News

The F-35 joint program office estimates its Block 4 plan will cost $10.5 billion over eight years, plus an additional $2.8 billion to modify 441 jets to the new configuration.

April 09, 2019 | Daily News

The unit cost of the F-35A could go as low as $75 million in Lot 14 of low-rate initial production if the program can improve supply chain and production line performance, the head of the program recently told Inside Defense.

April 04, 2019 | Daily News

The Joint Strike Fighter is on track to meet its 80 percent mission-capable rate requirement by the end of 2019, according to the F-35 program executive officer.

April 04, 2019 | Daily News

If Turkey were removed from the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter supply chain, the program office expects there would be a slowdown of parts to the three production lines within three months time, resulting in between 50 and 75 aircraft being delivered late over a two-year period.

April 03, 2019 | Daily News

The Navy in August will begin retrofitting a new cabin-pressure altimeter on more than 1,000 F/A-18 Hornets and Super Hornets, one of several modifications intended to prevent physiological episodes in pilots.

April 03, 2019 | Daily News

Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA) yesterday bemoaned the lack of a disaster relief supplemental bill and said one must be passed within the next eight days before Congress adjourns for its Easter recess.

March 28, 2019 | Daily News

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford told lawmakers this week the estimated cost to sustain the F-15EX is about "50 percent less" than that of the fifth-generation F-35 -- a difference that is driving the Pentagon’s proposal to buy more fourth-generation aircraft in its fiscal year 2020 budget.

March 27, 2019 | Daily News

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said today the service has halted 61 building renovation and maintenance programs this year to pay for storm damage repairs at Tyndall Air Force Base. Wilson's comments came one day after a supplemental spending bill was introduced in Congress that will provide $400 million toward those repairs.

March 25, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force has sent Congress a $2.7 billion unfunded priorities list for fiscal year 2020, the bulk of which would be used to procure additional KC-46 tankers and F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, according to a document obtained by Inside Defense.

March 22, 2019 | Daily News

A Defense Department official who briefed reporters at the Pentagon today said acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan did not play a direct role in the decision to buy Boeing's F-15EX, citing an ethics agreement that barred Shanahan from doing so.

March 21, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force’s fiscal year 2020 budget request for the Next-Generation Air Dominance program is $3.8 billion less between FY-20 and FY-23 than what the service forecast last year, due to a "decision to defer development of specific classified technologies and refocus resources."