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February 07, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force's acquisition chief acknowledged the new Advanced Battle Management System has had a slow start and pledged to speed up the process once the new architect joins next month.

February 07, 2019 | Daily News

Although the Air Force has made significant progress reducing a gap in aircraft maintainers, a new report from the Government Accountability Office found the service continues to face a shortage of experienced personnel and lacks a strategy to retain its current workforce.

February 05, 2019 | Daily News

A new Pentagon mobility study maintains previous fleet-size estimates, its unclassified summary offering almost no insight into the Air Force's plan to grow by 14 tanker squadrons and three strategic airlift squadrons over the next 10 years.

February 04, 2019 | Daily News

The Defense Department's fiscal year 2020 budget request will offer details on the Air Force's path forward for its light-attack aircraft program, after the service announced last month it has delayed plans to launch a formal competition for the effort.

February 02, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force's top uniformed acquisition officer said today he's confident the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter can meet the Pentagon's 80-percent mission-capable rate target, despite a recent report from the director of operational test and evaluation showing fleetwide availability is less than 60 percent.

February 02, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force has chosen someone to serve as the 'architect' who will oversee the new acquisition approach to the Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS), according to a senior Air Force official.

February 02, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon's top weapons tester considers the F-35's new Block 4 modernization plan "high risk" and is calling for a more robust assessment of the cost to test and continuously modernize software.

February 01, 2019 | Daily News

The Defense Department is making plans to award Lockheed Martin a new contract to re-architect the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter's troubled Autononomic Logistics Information System.

February 01, 2019 | Daily News

The Navy awarded its latest P-8A Poseidon Lot 10 contract three months early to ensure a $60 million budget shortfall did not slow down the production line.

February 01, 2019 | Daily News

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan believes the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has "a lot of opportunity for more performance."

January 25, 2019 | Daily News

EVERETT, WA -- As the Air Force and Boeing today marked the delivery of the first two KC-46 tankers, the service confirmed the program will likely be three years late on a key contractual milestone.

January 24, 2019 | Daily News

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has participated in two tests that examine whether its sensor and interceptor delivery capabilities can be integrated with missile defense, Missile Defense Agency Director Lt. Gen. Sam Greaves revealed Wednesday. He said the F-35 will participate in more tests in the future.

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.

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