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February 02, 2015 | Daily News

The Air Force is requesting $122 billion in a fiscal year 2016 budget request that preserves funding for its top three modernization priorities -- the KC-46 tanker, the Long-Range Strike Bomber and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter -- and reverses some, but not all, of last year's controversial force structure proposals, according to a budget plan submitted to Congress and released to the public Feb. 2.

February 02, 2015 | Daily News

The Air Force is requesting $122 billion in a fiscal year 2016 budget request that preserves funding for its top three modernization priorities -- the KC-46 tanker, the Long-Range Strike Bomber and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter -- and reverses some, but not all, of last year's controversial force structure proposals, according to a budget plan submitted to Congress and released to the public Feb. 2.

February 02, 2015 | Daily News

The Defense Department is requesting $177 billion for weapon systems modernization in fiscal year 2016, which includes $107.7 billion for procurement and $69.8 billion for research, development, test and evaluation, according DOD budget documents released Monday.

January 30, 2015 | Daily News

Debate over the size and shape of the Pentagon's fiscal year 2016 budget will begin in earnest next week, and one of the salient questions surrounding the new DOD spending plan is whether the Obama administration will retain plans to increase weapon system development and procurement spending by roughly $20 billion compared to FY-15 -- spending that would exceed statutory appropriation caps.

January 29, 2015 | Inside the Air Force

Schedule delays and cost overruns have prompted a Pentagon-level, deep-dive review of the Air Force's next-generation Global Positioning System ground architecture, but prime contractor Raytheon said this week that the most significant schedule risk has almost passed.

January 29, 2015 | Inside the Air Force

The Space Fence program office and the Army Corps of Engineers are finalizing a review of prime contractor Lockheed Martin's facility design plan with an eye on breaking ground at the site in Kwajalein Atoll in the February or March time frame.

January 29, 2015 | Daily News

Debate over the size and shape of the Pentagon's fiscal year 2016 budget will begin in earnest next week, and one of the salient questions surrounding the new DOD spending plan is whether the Obama administration will retain plans to increase weapon system development and procurement spending by roughly $20 billion compared to FY-15 -- spending that would exceed statutory appropriation caps.

January 29, 2015 | Daily News

Draft details of the fiscal year 2016 defense budget submission that have begun surfacing show which acquisition programs stand to gain most from the Pentagon's $585 billion request, which ignores the automatic cuts set to be triggered by sequestration, according to a draft briefing from the Defense Department comptroller's office.

January 29, 2015 | Daily News

The Air Force confirmed this week that it has awarded the United Launch Alliance a sole-source contract for the first would-be competitive Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle mission, but a spokesman told Inside the Air Force that the service plans to expand the number of launches open to new providers beyond what it had previously planned.

January 16, 2015 | Daily News

Delays to development of the next-generation Global Positioning System's ground segment could have considerable implications for the entire GPS enterprise, according to the Pentagon's top weapons tester.

January 15, 2015 | Inside the Air Force

The Air Force's Space-Based Infrared System Follow-On study team will brief the Pentagon's acquisition chief in late January on the status of the interim results of its analysis of alternatives, a service spokesman said this week.

January 14, 2015 | Daily News

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said Jan. 14 that the service plans to apply a new cost capability analysis model to four key acquisition programs: the Long-Range Standoff weapon, the Space-Based Infrared System Follow-on, the next-generation trainer, and the Multi-Adaptive Podded System.

January 14, 2015 | Daily News

The U.S. Federal Claims Court this week denied a motion by the United Launch Alliance to dismiss SpaceX's lawsuit against an Air Force contract awarded under the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program.

January 07, 2015 | Daily News

After missing its goal to certify SpaceX as the first new entrant to the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program by the end of 2014, the Air Force is now pushing to complete that process by mid-2015, according to a top service official.

December 24, 2014 | Daily News

Air Force Space Command expects to sign a draft requirements document for the Space-Based Space Surveillance follow-on program by the end of January, according to industry day slides released in December.

December 23, 2014 | Daily News

The Air Force last month reported schedule delays to Congress for two big-ticket space acquisition programs -- Space Based Infrared Systems (SBIRS) High and Family of Beyond Line of Sight Terminals -- incorporating adjustments to the official programs of record.

December 12, 2014 | Daily News

The Air Force anticipates the total cost of Raytheon's next-generation Global Positioning System operational control segment development contract will surpass $1.7 billion, about $100 million above the cost negotiated when the program was restructured this summer.

December 11, 2014 | Inside the Air Force

The Defense Department has spent more than $130 million to store 15 satellites over the past five years and expects to spend approximately $206 million between 2015 and 2019, according to a Government Accountability Office report that recommends the Defense Department develop guidance for satellite storage.

December 10, 2014 | Daily News

The fiscal year 2015 omnibus spending bill released by Congress this week would bridge the Air Force Combat Rescue Helicopter program's $100 million funding gap, add $479 million to buy four additional F-35s, and provide $125 million for an extra competitive space launch, according to a summary of the compromise legislation.

December 09, 2014 | Daily News

As concerns grow about an increasingly contested space environment, the Defense Science Board is launching two studies aimed at exploring new technologies and architectures that increase resilience in military space programs.

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