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August 16, 2019

This month, the Air Force began limited flight operations to support airfield assessments at Air Base 201 in Niger, where the service is building infrastructure, including a runway, to support regional counterterrorism missions.

August 14, 2019

The Navy disagrees with the House Appropriations Committee's choice to rescind fiscal year 2019 advanced procurement funding for the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter, arguing the move would set back the service's timeline for standing up the Marine Corps' second squadron of F-35Cs.

August 13, 2019

An investigation by the Pentagon's internal watchdog found NATO's efforts to train Afghan forces for airdrops and airstrikes have failed to meet certain deadlines and objectives.

August 8, 2019

The unit cost of a new F-15 self-protection capability has spiked more than 24% above its original estimate due to a decision to reduce the overall quantity and subsequent delays to hardware delivery and test jet modifications -- triggering a Nunn-McCurdy cost breach.

August 7, 2019

In the wake of a congressional proposal to cut the Air Force’s fiscal year 2020 Next-Generation Air Dominance funding in half, service officials say they may need to do a better job of explaining the "family-of-systems" concept.

August 5, 2019

The Presidential Aircraft Replacement program will cost $5.2 billion, the Pentagon revealed last week, roughly $500 million more than the $4.6 billion Air Force estimate for the pair of new highly modified Boeing 747-8s presented to Congress in March -- and a year after President Trump claimed White House negotiations saved more than $1.4 billion on the VC-25B development contract.

August 2, 2019

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program costs grew in the first quarter of fiscal year 2019, according to a new selected acquisition report, which reflects a $25 billion increase in base year 2012 dollars, driven largely by a refined Block 4 cost estimate and new sustainment cost projections.

August 1, 2019

The Air Force is in the midst of source selection for an effort aimed at developing a common, open architecture of aircraft simulators that could set the foundation for a future common simulation environment.

July 24, 2019

The B-21 Raider is expected to have its first flight in December 2021, according to Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen Wilson.

July 23, 2019

Lockheed Martin has already taken actions to address Turkey's suspension from the F-35 program and expects limited "future production or sustainment impact," the contractor's chief executive said today.

July 22, 2019

The Air Force is looking for contractors that can deliver initial spares, aircraft kits and long-lead items to support a program that modernizes aging equipment on the E-3 battle management platform.

July 17, 2019

The Pentagon's chief weapons buyer says it will cost between $500 million and $600 million to relocate the supply chain for more than 900 F-35 Joint Strike Fighter parts out of Turkey after the country's expulsion from the program.

July 16, 2019

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is not expected to meet the military's goal of 80% mission-capable rates by the end of fiscal year 2019 because of supply shortages, the president's nominee to be defense secretary told Senate lawmakers today, despite confidence from military officials earlier this year.

July 11, 2019

The Pentagon is asking for approval from Congress to reprogram $206 million to support alternate sourcing for foreign-made F-35 parts -- a move that appears to be driven by Turkey's likely departure from the program.

July 10, 2019

As part of a scathing review of the House's proposed fiscal year 2020 defense policy bill, the White House Office of Management and Budget told House lawmakers this week a proposed $500 million cut to the Next-Generation Air Dominance program would delay the program by three years.

July 3, 2019

A group of Republican House lawmakers is proposing an amendment to the fiscal year 2020 defense policy bill that would give U.S. Special Operations Command the authority to buy new light-attack aircraft, even as the Air Force lengthens its own experimentation campaign to identify the airframe that best meets U.S. and partner requirements.

July 3, 2019

The Air Force testing community is evaluating alternatives for creating a new integrated developmental and operational testing organization and will likely present those options to service leadership within the next few months.

July 1, 2019

The Pentagon is hosting a demonstration of simulated, close-range combat exercises featuring autonomous aircraft controlled by artificial intelligence, as part of a larger effort to increase warfighters’ trust in machines.

June 27, 2019

Tyndall Air Force Base, FL -- ravaged by Hurricane Michael last fall -- has been allocated $700 million of the $1 billion in military construction funds contained in a disaster relief supplemental bill President Donald Trump signed into law earlier this month, according to a service spokesman.

June 26, 2019

DAYTON, OH -- The Air Force’s program executive officer for fighters and bombers told reporters last week the service is in the process of rebaselining the B-2 Defensive Management System Modernization effort -- a $3 billion overhaul aimed at improving the bomber’s survivability.