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July 22, 2020

Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord confirmed today the Defense Contract Management Agency has begun negotiations with F-35 prime contractor Lockheed Martin, seeking compensation from the company for delivering parts designated as not ready for issue.

July 16, 2020

Boeing expects to finish the first phase of flight testing for its KC-46 Remote Vision System 1.5 upgrade effort this week -- a near-term enhancement the company has pitched to the Air Force to iteratively improve the system before a full upgrade is completed.

July 14, 2020

The $23 billion indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity F-15EX contract the Air Force awarded Boeing this week could allow the service to buy up to 200 jets, a service spokesman confirmed today.

July 14, 2020

House appropriators are recommending a $506 million cut to the Next-Generation Air Dominance program in effort to stem the Air Force's fighter aircraft shortfall. (UPDATED)

July 10, 2020

Although the House Appropriations defense subcommittee is recommending full funding for the F-35 Autonomic Logistics Information System, lawmakers are calling out the program office for failing to develop a system that meets requirements and directs the Defense Department to ensure a smooth transition to the replacement capability.

July 7, 2020

The House Appropriations defense subcommittee’s mark of the fiscal year 2021 defense spending bill would fully fund KC-46 tanker procurement, add money to maintain the MQ-9 Reaper production line and support the Space Force’s three requested National Security Space Launch services.

July 2, 2020

The Air Force has approved a new, $5.2 billion lifecycle cost estimate for the F-15 Eagle Passive Active Warning Survivability System -- a $2 billion increase that reflects the Air Force's decision to buy 144 additional systems for the new F-15EX even as the program faces significant fielding delays due to an unexpected component redesign.

July 1, 2020

The F-35 program team recently demonstrated a key Distributed Mission Training milestone, connecting the Joint Strike Fighter with the F-22, F-16 and E3 Sentry in a simulated, highly contested environment, prime contractor Lockheed Martin announced today.

June 24, 2020

As the Air Force works to prove out a new concept of operations for fighter pilot training, the service is considering repurposing a portion of its F-22 training fleet for operational and adversary air roles, according to the head of Air Combat Command.

June 24, 2020

A Senate panel is proposing legislation to re-instate -- after a brief hiatus -- the requirement for the Pentagon to produce an annual aviation inventory and funding plan, a move that could provide lawmakers as well as aerospace and defense analysts insight into the U.S. long-term investment plans for the approximately 14,000 aircraft flown by the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps.

June 23, 2020

The House Oversight and Reform Committee is calling on Lockheed Martin to release a slew of documents related to its work on the F-35 Autonomic Logistics Information System and its alleged misuse of Electronic Equipment Logs.

June 23, 2020

The House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee wants to block the Air Force from making its planned KC-135 retirements until after a key upgrade to the KC-46 remote visual system is completed.

June 22, 2020

A House panel is seeking more information from the Pentagon about the Navy's F/A-18 fleet in response to the service's proposal to sundown the production line in fiscal year 2022, but has stopped short of forcing the Defense Department to continue the program.

June 22, 2020

House lawmakers are calling on the Defense Department to provide new details on the status of F-35 software development and modernization plans and directing Pentagon cost estimators to conduct a "non-advocate review" of the Air Force and Navy's Next-Generation Air Dominance programs.

June 18, 2020

The Navy's team assessing physiological episodes in aviators has concluded its investigations into two aircraft fleets, but the admiral in charge says the team’s work will have implications for other military planes as well.

June 11, 2020

The Senate Armed Services Committee’s fiscal year 2021 defense policy bill largely rejects the Air Force's divest-to-invest budget strategy, calling on the service to maintain certain legacy fleets it had wanted to retire and sustain a minimum wartime aircraft capacity level for each of its mission sets.

June 11, 2020

The Senate Armed Services Committee voted 25-2 Wednesday evening to approve its version of the fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill, including billions of dollars in new U.S. military investments focused on deterring China in the Indo-Pacific region.

June 10, 2020

The Air Force will release a request for proposals in the coming months for the Stand-in Attack Weapon -- an upgraded version of a developmental Navy guided missile that's intended to enhance the F-35's ability to defeat anti-access/area-denial defenses.

June 9, 2020

The Next-Generation Air Dominance program office is aiming to complete its acquisition strategy by the end of this summer and is working now to better understand the potential life-cycle cost of the digital century series model as compared to that of legacy aircraft.

June 8, 2020

The Air Force will delay the completion of operational testing for the KC-46 airborne refueling tanker until after Boeing upgrades the aircraft's Remote Vision System -- a slowdown that will push a full-rate production decision from this September to late fiscal year 2024.

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