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January 18, 2019 | Daily News

After delaying the start of an official competition for an off-the-shelf light-attack aircraft, the under secretary of the Air Force confirmed today the service would continue an experimentation campaign and perhaps broaden its pool of aircraft contenders.

January 17, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force has achieved critical design review for a major upgrade to the B-2 bomber's defensive management system.

January 11, 2019 | Daily News

The Council on Environmental Quality has approved an Air Force request for an interim beddown of its F-22 Formal Training Unit at Eglin Air Force Base, FL -- a move the service said was necessary after damage from Hurricane Michael displaced the unit.

January 10, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force announced today it has accepted delivery of the Boeing-made KC-46 tanker, but says it has "mechanisms in place" -- including an option to withhold up to $1.5 billion from the company's contract -- to ensure Boeing completes fixes to the remote vision system that were identified during developmental testing.

January 10, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon needs to cut about 43 percent of the annual cost to sustain the F-35A by 2036 in order to meet sustainment affordability goals, according to a new report to Congress.

January 09, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force sent Congress an update last month on the progress of programs approved for Section 804 authority, and included specific "guardrails" that will trigger congressional notification if the program isn't performing as planned.

December 31, 2018 | Daily News

U.S. Air Forces Europe won't have the equipment for its first rapidly deployable air base until the early 2020s -- at least two fiscal years after the service thought it would own five such kits, according to a new report by the Pentagon's inspector general.

December 27, 2018 | Daily News

An Air Force team is crafting a study on live, virtual and constructive training concepts meant to inform near-term budget and strategy around how to improve training for fifth-generation aircraft.

December 19, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force has yet to reveal much detail on how it will achieve its vision to grow from 312 operational squadrons to 386, but a series of wargaming and planning efforts slated to begin next year should help the service understand its options for addressing near- and long-term threats.

December 18, 2018 | Daily News

The Navy is on track to achieve 341 mission-capable F/A-18 fighter jets by October 2019, Navy Secretary Richard Spencer recently confirmed.

December 13, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman a potential $450 million deal to modernize the Defense Department's inventory of mobile air-defense threat simulators to prepare pilots -- including operators of the fledgling F-35 Joint Strike Fighter fleet -- to recognize and counter advanced enemy missile and artillery threats.

December 13, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force is working with the F-35 joint program office and prime contractor Lockheed Martin to apply agile software development techniques used by the Kessel Run Experimentation Lab to the troubled Autonomic Logistics Information System.

December 13, 2018 | Daily News

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, CA -- The commander of the 9th Maintenance Squadron wants to piggyback on the Defense Innovation Unit's artificial-intelligence work to improve sustainment for Lockheed Martin's U-2.

December 13, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force will consider whether its maintenance crew at Robins Air Force Base, GA, can eventually replace Northrop Grumman as the depot provider for the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System.

December 11, 2018 | Daily News

A new Congressional Budget Office report estimates the unit cost of a new fighter jet to replace the F-22 and F-15 C/D at about $300 million and projects the Air Force's yearly procurement spending on the new aircraft will peak in 2030 at about $9 billion in 2018 dollars.

December 10, 2018 | Daily News

Defense experts in Washington say Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' vision may conflict with Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson's recent remarks that the service can't continue its current level of effort in the Middle East while properly executing the National Defense Strategy, but that greater funding and new programs could bridge the apparent divide between their perspectives.

December 06, 2018 | Daily News

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, CA -- High-altitude intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft -- particularly Lockheed Martin’s U-2 Dragon Lady -- can serve as a bridge to the next generation of reconnaissance aircraft by acting as a test truck for new sensors, according to the commander of the 9th Reconnaissance Wing here.

December 06, 2018 | Daily News

The Defense Department is contemplating a new program to allow private companies to provide aerial refueling services to military aircraft, an effort that would relieve the strain on up to 30,000 hours of unmet annual tanker needs and give defense contractors a linchpin operational role in the U.S. military's unique ability to project power around the world.

December 06, 2018 | Daily News

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, CA -- As tensions flared between the United States and North Korea over nuclear proliferation last year, the 9th Reconnaissance Wing saw an opportunity to ask: Are we ready to go to war somewhere new?

December 06, 2018 | Daily News

Lockheed Martin expects to deliver a key F-35 simulator capability in mid-2019 that will allow pilots to connect with other aircraft and with partner jets in a virtual environment.

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