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November 21, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force as soon as January plans to begin initial modification of the first of two commercial Boeing 747-8 jumbo jets slated for the $5.3 billion next Air Force One program, dubbed the VC-25B, a major event in the high-profile effort to demonstrate initial flight in late 2021.

November 21, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force's strategic development planning and experimentation office says it's exploring the possibility of a small proof-of-concept effort to examine the feasibility of a "palletized munitions" concept.

November 18, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon has stood up a Joint Independent Assessment Team to assess F-35 prime contractor Lockheed Martin’s proposal for a five-year, fixed-price sustainment contract -- the first of its kind for the program.

November 18, 2019 | Daily News

The three variants of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter are "breaking more often" and "taking longer to fix," according to the Pentagon's top weapons tester.

November 14, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon has stood up a Joint Independent Assessment Team to assess F-35 prime contractor Lockheed Martin’s proposal for a five-year, fixed-price sustainment contract -- the first of its kind for the program.

November 13, 2019 | Daily News

The F-35 joint program office plans to “coalesce” by next September four lines of effort aimed at improving the jet’s troubled Autonomic Logistics Information System and is crafting a detailed plan for how to implement the redesigned ALIS.

November 11, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon is finalizing an assessment on how to best integrate the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter into the ballistic missile defense system after the aircraft tracked a pair of interceptors during a key test earlier this year, according to a Missile Defense Agency official.

November 08, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force expects to complete fleetwide retrofits to the KC-46 tanker’s cargo locking system by March 2020, the program office confirmed this week.

November 08, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force will test whether an F-22 and F-35 can communicate via a secure data link during a demonstration that’s expected to occur in December, according to a senior official.

November 05, 2019 | Daily News

The total value of the Air Force's foreign military sales in fiscal year 2019 was $17 billion, about 53% more than the $11.1 billion in aircraft and weaponry the service sold to other countries the previous year, according to an Air Force security assistance official.

October 29, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force's Pilot Training Next program -- intended to establish an accelerated student curriculum by leveraging biometric data and artificial intelligence -- has begun executing a new partnership with NASA ahead of the program’s third iteration, set to begin in January.

October 29, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon is updating the F-35's acquisition program baseline, acquisition chief Ellen Lord confirmed today, after announcing earlier this month that milestone C and a full-rate production decision would likely be delayed more than a year due to problems integrating the jet into a new Joint Simulation Environment.

October 29, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon has finalized a $34 billion contract with F-35 prime contractor Lockheed Martin to buy 478 jets across the next three low-rate initial production lots.

October 25, 2019 | Daily News

The recently revealed schedule deferral and cost increase to the B61-12 warhead life extension program are not affecting the production schedule of its tailkit assembly effort, which will deliver its first flyable units in January, well within the established time frame.

October 23, 2019 | Daily News

General Dynamics has about $1 billion in sales under protest, the company's chief executive said today.

October 22, 2019 | Daily News

As Lockheed Martin works to replace Turkish suppliers on the F-35 program, the company's associated risk is covered by the U.S. government, according to the contractor's chief executive.

October 18, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon confirmed today the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter full-rate production decision, which was expected in December, could be delayed by 13 months due to delays in integrating the Joint Simulation Environment.

October 09, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force plans to conduct a system requirements review of Boeing's fix to the KC-46 remote vision system in November and begin testing the upgraded system within the next six weeks, a service spokesman told Inside Defense this week.

October 02, 2019 | Daily News

U.S. Transportation Command has begun work on a follow-up to last year's mobility capability requirements study that will have a broader scope than the 2019 analysis and will consider what forces are needed to support the National Defense Strategy.

September 27, 2019 | Daily News

The head of Air Force Air Combat Command told reporters recently that the Air Force's plan to apply a "Century Series" concept to the Next-Generation Air Dominance program is not a change of course, but instead aligns well with studies the service has been conducting over the last few years.

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