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U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross (Photo courtesy of Commerce Department)

Commerce Department Gearing Up For New Role In Space Situational Awareness

The U.S. Commerce Department, which the Trump administration recently tapped to replace the Department of Defense in providing space object tracking information to industry, expects to finish taking over its new role in about a year, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said June 22. Commerce plans to send “initial delegations” to Vandenberg Air Force Base in […]

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.). (Photo courtesy of congressman's office)

Space Force Could Be Authorized In FY 2020 Defense Bill, Lawmaker Says

Legislation to implement President Donald Trump’s proposed Space Force will likely be considered as part of the fiscal year 2020 defense authorization bill that Congress will take up next year, a key House member said June 21. Two congressionally mandated reports that the Department of Defense owes Congress later this year will guide lawmakers as […]

Space Force Could Be Authorized In FY 2020 Defense Bill, Lawmaker Says

Legislation to implement President Donald Trump’s proposed Space Force will likely be considered as part of the fiscal year 2020 defense authorization bill that Congress will take up next year, a key House member said June 21. Two congressionally mandated reports that the Department of Defense owes Congress later this year will guide lawmakers as […]

A U.S. Air Force F-16. Photo: Air Force.

Air Force Replacing Defective Fan Blades In Fighter Engines

The U.S. Air Force discovered a fan blade defect in Pratt & Whitney’s F100-PW-229 fighter-jet engine while investigating a mishap, according to service officials. “Once they tore into the root cause [of the mishap], they noticed that there was a defect with the actual blades in the engine,” said Maj. Gen. John Rauch, commander of […]

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House Nears Debate On FY 2019 Defense Appropriations Bill

The full U.S. House of Representatives is expected to take up its version of the fiscal year 2019 defense appropriations bill the week of June 25-29. The debate on the $674.6-billion measure will likely occur June 27, according to a spokeswoman for the House Appropriations Committee (HAC).  The House Rules Committee has set a deadline […]

House Nears Debate On FY 2019 Defense Appropriations Bill

The full U.S. House of Representatives is expected to take up its version of the fiscal year 2019 defense appropriations bill the week of June 25-29. The debate on the $674.6-billion measure will likely occur June 27, according to a spokeswoman for the House Appropriations Committee (HAC).  The House Rules Committee has set a deadline […]

Modified 767 jetliners are turned into tankers at a Boeing plant in Everett, Wash. (Photo by Marc Selinger/Defense Daily)

Air Force Says It Expects To Receive First Boeing KC-46A Tanker In October

The U.S. Air Force announced June 20 that it has reached an agreement with Boeing [BA] on a revised delivery schedule that calls for the service to start receiving its first 18 KC-46A Pegasus tankers this fall. Under the agreement, which was months in the making, Boeing will hand over the first refueling jet in October and the remaining […]

A B-1 releasing a JASSM. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

Air Force To Resume Flying B-1 Bombers

The U.S. Air Force’s B-1B Lancers, which have been grounded since June 7, will return to flight this week, the service announced June 19. Air Force Global Strike Command said the “safety stand-down” gave it time to evaluate an undisclosed “issue” with ejection-seat components on the supersonic bomber.  “We have high confidence that the fleet’s […]