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Air Force’s OCX Gapfiller Upgrade Months Behind Delivery Schedule

As the Air Force and its industry partners prepare for the launch of the first GPS III satellite next week, an upgrade meant to help operators use legacy ground systems to control the new advanced systems is still several months behind delivery schedule, officials said Dec. 14. The service’s GPS Next-Generation Operational Control Segment (GPS […]

Peters to Become Top Democrat on Senate Homeland Security Committee

Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) has been selected to become the new ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee in the next Congress, Democratic leadership announced Dec. 13. Peters, who also serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) will take over for Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), who lost her reelection race […]

Manchin, Jones, Duckworth to Fill Vacant Democrat Seats on SASC

The Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) will include Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) and Doug Jones (D-Ala.) when it convenes for the 116th Congress in January. Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)’s office released the list of new committee assignments for his party Dec. 12. Republican assignments and all subcommittee assignments have not […]

Smith: Readiness Funding Will Not Be Cut in FY ’20 Defense Budget

Despite plans to take a hard look at the Defense Department’s forthcoming fiscal year 2020 budget request, the House Armed Services Committee’s (HASC) incoming chairman will ensure that readiness funding is safeguarded to mitigate aviation mishaps and other incidents. Military readiness is “one thing that I will not look to cut, … absolutely not,” Rep. […]

Air Force Takes Over DoD Commercial SATCOM Services From DISA

Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) has assumed responsibility for procuring the Pentagon’s commercial satellite communications, a role that has until now been handled by the Defense Information Systems Agency. With the Dec. 12 transfer of responsibility, AFSPC now oversees the acquisition of nearly all military and commercial SATCOM assets for the Defense Department, the command […]

Air Force’s Lt. Gen. Bunch Nominated to Lead Materiel Command

The White House has nominated Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch, the Air Force’s current military deputy for acquisition, to be promoted to general and to lead Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, pending Senate confirmation. The nomination was received by the Senate Dec. 11, according to the Congressional Record. Bunch would […]

CBO Report: Cost to Replace Air Force Fleet to Top $26 Billion in 2033

The cost to replace the Air Force’s aging aircraft fleet and build new advanced jets is only expected to rise over the next three decades, averaging between $15 billion and $23 billion through 2040, according to a new Congressional Budget Office report. The CBO report, titled “The Cost of Replacing Today’s Air Force Fleet” and […]

First GPS III Satellite Packed Up in Payload Fairing for Scheduled Dec. 18 Launch

The Air Force’s first GPS III space vehicle (SV01) last week has been enclosed within its payload fairing in anticipation of a mid-December launch date. “Vespucci,” as the satellite is known, was encapsulated within a SpaceX-made payload fairing Dec. 7 at Astrotech Space Operations in California, the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center said […]

Air Force’s B-21 Bomber Passes Critical Design Review

The Air Force successfully held a critical design review for the weapon system of its next-generation nuclear-capable bomber, completing a multi-faceted technical review that further paves the way for manufacturing and flight tests. The B-21 weapon system critical design review (CDR) took place Nov. 28-30, the service said in a Dec. 10 release. The B-21 […]

Pentagon’s FY ‘20 Budget Request to Be Revealed Feb. 4

The Pentagon will unveil its fiscal year 2020 presidential budget (PB) request Feb. 4, the department’s chief military spokesman said Dec. 10. Whether the topline will be $700 billion or $750 billion remains to be seen. Army Col. Robert Manning declined to comment on recent reports that President Trump is now considering submitting a $750 […]