Author Archives: Marc Selinger

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

Air Force To Test New Swarming Cruise Missile On F-16

The Air Force Research Laboratory plans to use an F-16 fighter jet to conduct initial demonstrations of its new Gray Wolf cruise missile, according to Lockheed Martin [LMT], one of two companies recently awarded contracts to develop the weapon. The missile, which will use “networked, collaborative behaviors,” or swarming, to defeat integrated air defense systems, […]

New CR Becomes Law But Draws Sen. McCain’s Ire

President Donald Trump signed into law Dec. 22 a continuing resolution (CR) that will keep the federal government open until Jan. 19 and provide $4.7 billion in emergency funding for ballistic missile defense and Navy ship repairs. The Senate approved the CR (H.R. 1370) by a 66-32 vote late Dec. 21 following similar action in […]

Capitol under clouds

New CR Becomes Law But Draws Sen. McCain’s Ire

President Donald Trump signed into law Dec. 22 a continuing resolution (CR) that will keep the federal government open until Jan. 19 and provide $4.7 billion in emergency funding for ballistic missile defense and Navy ship repairs. The Senate approved the CR (H.R. 1370) by a 66-32 vote late Dec. 21 following similar action in […]

The KC-46 tanker. (Boeing photo)

KC-46A Tanker Receives First Of Two FAA Certifications

The KC-46A Pegasus tanker that Boeing [BA] is developing for the U.S. Air Force has received the first of two airworthiness certifications it must get from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the company announced Dec. 21. The amended type certificate (ATC) verifies that the 767-2C, a KC-46A without the aerial refueling system installed, is safe […]

New CR Includes Billions For Missile Defense, Ship Repairs

The House of Representatives passed a new continuing resolution (CR) late Dec. 21 that would keep the federal government open until Jan. 19 and provide billions of dollars in emergency funding for missile defense and Navy ship repairs. The CR (H.R. 1370), which was headed to the Senate for its consideration, would provide about $4 […]

The USS John S. McCain (DDG-56). Photo: U.S. Navy.

New CR Includes Billions For Missile Defense, Ship Repairs

The House of Representatives passed a new continuing resolution (CR) late Dec. 21 that would keep the federal government open until Jan. 19 and provide billions of dollars in emergency funding for missile defense and Navy ship repairs. The CR (H.R. 1370), which was headed to the Senate for its consideration, would provide about $4 […]

Air Force Awards $2.2 Billion Contract To Support T-6 Trainer

The U.S. Air Force has awarded a five-year contract valued at up to $2.2 billion to JPATS Logistics Services to manage the supply chain for T-6 Texan II training aircraft, the Department of Defense announced Dec. 20. The work by the Florida-based firm will be performed at about 10 Air Force, Navy and Army bases, […]

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.)

Sen. Schumer Resists Placing Defense ‘Anomalies’ In New CR

As lawmakers continued negotiations Dec. 20 on a new continuing resolution (CR), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Democrats would oppose attempts to include “anomalies” that are designed to get around defense spending limits. While the new CR would generally freeze funding at the previous fiscal year’s level and prevent the start of new programs, […]

Senate Leaders Negotiating New Federal Funding Deal

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Dec. 19 that he and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) are trying to reach an agreement to prevent the government from shutting down when the current continuing resolution (CR) that funds federal operations expires in a few days. “Those conversations, I think, will speed up after the […]

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
Photo: U.S. Senate.

Senate Leaders Negotiating New Federal Funding Deal

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Dec. 19 that he and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) are trying to reach an agreement to prevent the government from shutting down when the current continuing resolution (CR) that funds federal operations expires in a few days. “Those conversations, I think, will speed up after the […]