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April 03, 2018 | Daily News

The estimated cost for the Pentagon's major weapon system acquisition portfolio grew by $177 billion, or more than 10 percent, over the last year, swelling from $1.7 trillion to $1.9 trillion.

April 03, 2018 | Daily News

The Pentagon will establish service-run program offices for the Joint Strike Fighter -- a departure from the current construct, which centralizes all F-35 program management within one office that reports to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Inside Defense has learned.

April 03, 2018 | Daily News

The Pentagon will establish service-run program offices for the Joint Strike Fighter -- a departure from the current construct, which centralizes all F-35 program management within one office that reports to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Inside Defense has learned.

March 29, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force has identified 32 testing upgrades at risk of delays due to resource shortfalls at the Air Force Test Center.

March 29, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force's formal report to congressional defense committees on its new plan for replacing the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System offers more insight on how it views the roles of the MQ-9 Reaper, RQ-4 Block 40 and other assets in a future battle management network.

March 29, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force would like F-35 sustainment costs to be comparable with those of legacy fighter aircraft, and Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein told reporters today the service is working closely with prime contractor Lockheed Martin and the Office of the Secretary of Defense to achieve the service's cost targets.

March 23, 2018 | Daily News

The omnibus appropriations bill passed by the House and Senate calls for reports to be delivered later this year about two major Navy programs.

March 23, 2018 | Daily News

Congress is proposing several Air Force aircraft quantity increases in the fiscal year 2018 omnibus spending bill it released this week, including close to $1.2 billion to buy 11 new C-130J, MC-130J and HC-130J aircraft.

March 23, 2018 | Daily News

As the Air Force and Boeing work toward the first KC-46 tanker deliveries later this year, the service expects a full-rate production decision will slip past the current estimate of May 2020.

March 23, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force is studying whether Lockheed Martin's U-2 can fly until 2100, about five decades longer than its current expected service life, according to Susan Thornton, director for information dominance programs in the service's acquisition branch.

March 22, 2018 | Daily News

The Defense Department is exploring a potential new mission for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter: ballistic missile defense, according to a senior DOD official. The move could leverage sensors on the planned fleet of 2,456 new stealthy aircraft the U.S. military plans to buy in the coming decades to help detect and track enemy launches.

March 16, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force will continue fleshing out a path to add lasers to mobility aircraft after considering demonstrating a laser weapon on a range of those platforms last year, one of the service's research chiefs said this week.

March 16, 2018 | Daily News

The head of Air Force Materiel Command said this week she counts the service's ongoing light-attack experimentation effort as a success, but that the challenge will be in readying its acquisition enterprise to rapidly procure the aircraft.

March 15, 2018 | Daily News

The Defense Department has commenced a sweeping new mobility study, an assessment that aims to consider the precise number of aerial refueling tankers, cargo aircraft and supply ships needed to support the Trump administration's National Defense Strategy and drive any related new investment decisions in the military's fiscal year 2020 spending plan.

March 15, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force plans to retire a fourth E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System in fiscal year 2021, after its latest budget request revealed a plan to retire three of the 16-aircraft fleet in FY-19.

March 15, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force expects to adjust its plans to begin retiring KC-10s in fiscal year 2019 due to forecasted delays in the delivery of the first KC-46 tankers.

March 14, 2018 | Daily News

The general in charge of Air Force Materiel Command told reporters Wednesday the service is working closely with the F-35 joint program office and prime contractor Lockheed Martin to stand up an organic software depot capability as soon as possible, but discussions around intellectual property have been delaying that process.

March 05, 2018 | Daily News

The Navy is asking Congress for permission to negotiate a $3.5 billion contract with Northrop Grumman to buy E2-D Advance Hawkeye aircraft in a multiyear deal that would bundle two dozen of the airborne surveillance, detection and tracking systems as part of a block buy the service says would net savings of $336 million.

March 02, 2018 | Daily News

The Navy is proposing a new three-year, consolidated contract to buy F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft, a $3.7 billion deal that locks in orders through 2021, as a hedge against the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter taking longer than planned to be fielded.

March 02, 2018 | Daily News

Air Force Special Operations Command patched software problems discovered with the AC-130J Ghostrider's 30 mm gun, which were described in the director of operational test and evaluation's latest annual report, according to the head of AFSOC.

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