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July 19, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force needs to reorganize its Lockheed Martin F-22 enterprise and increase pilot training to properly address high-end threats, the Government Accountability Office says in a report published Thursday.

July 19, 2018 | Daily News

Defense Department officials are asking Congress to let the Air Force shift more than $536 million of its base-budget funds to higher priorities in fiscal year 2018, largely for research and development efforts, according to an omnibus reprogramming request signed by the Pentagon comptroller July 11.

July 18, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force this week awarded Boeing a $3.9 billion firm, fixed-price contract to formally launch the Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization program's engineering and manufacturing development phase, which was hailed as a win by the White House after months of hashing out a cost estimate.

July 18, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force this week awarded Boeing a $3.9 billion firm, fixed-price contract to formally launch the Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization program's engineering and manufacturing development phase, which was hailed as a win by the White House after months of hashing out a cost estimate.

July 16, 2018 | Daily News

Boeing and the Air Force wrapped up a slate of KC-46 tanker flight tests July 6, clearing another hurdle ahead of the first aircraft's planned delivery in late October.

July 13, 2018 | Daily News

The F-35 Joint Operational Test Team conducted an eight-day run of F-35 and A-10 comparison tests this week -- a much-anticipated, congressionally directed test event meant to highlight the strengths and weaknesses of each aircraft in various scenarios.

July 12, 2018 | Daily News

Air Force operators will now receive the first EC-37B Compass Call in 2023, not 2022 as the service expected earlier this year, a BAE Systems spokesman said this week.

July 12, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force has approved a new service cost position for the B-2 Defensive Management System Modernization effort, projecting a $300 million increase to the program's cost.

July 12, 2018 | Daily News

Some Air Force units are latching onto an experiment run by Air Education and Training Command aimed at tailoring and accelerating the pilot-education process, as squadrons start to adapt the software and hardware to their own needs.

July 04, 2018 | Daily News

A Defense Acquisition Board scheduled in June to review the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter's follow-on development plan has been delayed as the program office continues to gather cost and time line data for the effort.

July 03, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force has canceled the flying portion of the second phase of its light-attack experiment at Holloman Air Force Base, NM, after an A-29 Super Tucano crashed during a June 22 experimentation flight that killed the jet's pilot.

July 03, 2018 | Daily News

A new acquisition strategy and baseline for the E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System Block 40/45 upgrade program will be completed later this summer, an Air Force spokesman recently told Inside Defense.

July 02, 2018 | Daily News

Following a year where the Navy and Marine Corps have both faced congressional scrutiny for aviation mishaps, the Navy is developing a four-part initiative to improve mishap reporting and better utilize data collected.

June 29, 2018 | Daily News

Lawmakers disagree over how strongly they should push the Air Force to buy light-attack aircraft in fiscal year 2019, as the appropriations and authorization committees vary widely on how much money to offer the service for a new fleet.

June 28, 2018 | Daily News

U.S. Special Operations Command is refining development plans for its AC-130J Ghostrider laser demonstration and expects to award two subsystem manufacturing contracts by the end of September, a command official told Inside Defense.

June 28, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force's light-attack experiment is suspended until further notice as service officials determine whether they gleaned enough data from flight tests to end the effort early, following a fatal A-29 crash last week at White Sands Missile Range, NM.

June 28, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force's recent announcement that its KC-46 delivery schedule was aligned with prime contractor Boeing's came after the two parties agreed on a slate of schedule mitigation efforts, Inside Defense has learned.

June 26, 2018 | Daily News

The Defense Department's recent $660 million award to Lockheed Martin to support an F-35 economic order quantity buy will yield less than half of what the program expected in cost savings, according to a letter obtained this week by Inside Defense.

June 25, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force expects to conduct a critical design review of the new B-21 bomber before the end of the year, according to the director of the service's rapid capabilities office.

June 23, 2018 | Daily News

In response to congressional inquiries, the Air Force has drawn up options for buying fewer than 17 aircraft under the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System recapitalization program, according to the service's military deputy for acquisition.

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