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Maintenance staff inspect one of the 10 Luke AFB F-35s sent to Nellis AFB for a training deployment, April 15, 2015. Photo: U.S. Air Force.

F-35 Follow-On Development Contract Slips To June 2019

The U.S. Department of Defense plans to award a major follow-on development contract for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter in June 2019, about 10 months later than previously planned, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The slippage will give the F-35 program more time to finish its original, often-delayed development […]

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

Senate Cancels Traditional August Recess To Ease Work Backlog

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced June 5 that his chamber will skip the traditional August congressional recess to work through a pile of appropriations bills and presidential nominations. “I think we have enough work to do for the American people that we should be here during these weeks,” McConnell told reporters.  McConnell attributed the […]

Senate Cancels Traditional August Recess To Ease Work Backlog

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced June 5 that his chamber will skip the traditional August congressional recess to work through a pile of appropriations bills and presidential nominations. “I think we have enough work to do for the American people that we should be here during these weeks,” McConnell told reporters.  McConnell attributed the […]

Air Force One is currently a Boeing 747-200B. Photo: White House.

Air Force Nixes Controversial Contract To Replace Air Force One Refrigerators

The U.S. Air Force, which faced congressional skepticism over a $24-million sole-source contract to replace the refrigerators on the Air Force One presidential jets, has decided to scrap the deal. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson told Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.) in a May 29 letter that the service and White House Military Office have agreed […]

Orbital's Minotaur IV launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Aug. 26, 2017, carrying the ORS-5 space-tracing satellite. Photo: Orbital ATK.

Air Force Studying Alternatives To Troubled ORS-6 Satellite

The U.S. Air Force has scrubbed the launch of a weather demonstration satellite, citing unspecified “technical issues” with the spacecraft’s bus. The Air Force’s Space Rapid Capabilities Office (Space RCO), formerly the Operationally Responsive Space (ORS) office, had planned to launch the ORS-6 satellite on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in February. The mission would […]

Defense Watch: SBIRS, Griffin Testimony, Cyber Threat, New CG Commandant

Missile Warning. The Air Force, which recently decided to pursue a more defendable successor to its missile-warning Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) satellites, continues to explore what the new spacecraft will look like, according to Gen. John “Jay” Raymond, head of Air Force Space Command. But how the Air Force will make the Next-Generation Overhead […]

Senate Panel Votes To Block F-35 Transfers To Turkey

The Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) has approved a proposal to block the transfer of F-35s to Turkey and ultimately end that country’s participation in the U.S.-led fighter jet program. The measure, an amendment to the fiscal year 2019 defense authorization bill, would keep the transfer prohibition in place until the Department of Defense gives Congress a […]

UK Nears Completion Of First Defense Space Strategy

The United Kingdom is drafting its first defense space strategy and intends to unveil it this summer, citing growing threats to its space operations. The strategy, which Gavin Williamson, the UK’s defense secretary, recently announced at the first-ever UK defense space conference in London, “will set out plans to protect UK operations against emerging space-based […]

The UK's Royal Air Force recently launched its first small satellite, Carbonite-2. (Credit: SSTL-Beaucroft-Photography)

UK Nears Completion Of First Defense Space Strategy

The United Kingdom is drafting its first defense space strategy and intends to unveil it this summer, citing growing threats to its space operations. The strategy, which Gavin Williamson, the UK’s defense secretary, recently announced at the first-ever UK defense space conference in London, “will set out plans to protect UK operations against emerging space-based […]

The U.S. Air Force's A-10. Photo: Air Force.

Air Force To Award Contract For New A-10 Wings Next Spring

The U.S. Air Force, which recently launched a competition to replace the wings on some of its aging A-10 Thunderbolt II close-air-support aircraft, plans to pick a winning bidder and award a contract in spring 2019, a service spokeswoman said May 30. The Air Force released a request for proposals May 25, setting an Aug. […]