Archive: Air Force

Final Defense Bills Prod Pentagon On Industrial Base Impacts

By Emelie Rutherford Lawmakers are putting pressure on the Pentagon to consider the potential impact on U.S. jobs when awarding contracts for large acquisition programs. Lawmakers critical of the Air Force’s now-canceled contract award for aerial refueling tankers to a Northrop Grumman [NOC]-European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co. (EADS) team argued the service should have […]

First C-27J Delivered On Time, On Budget To Joint Program Office

L-3 Communications [LLL] last week said it presented the first C-27J Joint Cargo Aircraft (JCA) to the Army-Air Force joint program office on schedule and on budget. This was the first of a planned 78 aircraft, contractor said. The L-3 team comprised of Finmeccanica’s Alenia North America and Boeing [BA] won the contract that is […]

Final Defense Appropriations Bill, Murtha Suggest Dual Buy For Tanker

By Emelie Rutherford The defense spending bill nearing final passage calls for the Pentagon to consider a dual buy for the aerial refueling tanker contract, a setup the House’s lead defense appropriator predicted is necessary but the Pentagon and lawmakers supporting bidder Boeing [BA] oppose. The explanatory statement accompanying the continuing resolution (CR)–catch-all legislation including the […]

Army, Air Force Ready To Complete UAV Concept of Operations

By Ann Roosevelt As soon as today, a meeting between the leaders of the Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) and Air Combat Command (ACC) could resolve a concept of operations for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in joint operations, according to a top Army general. "We concluded there are some unique requirements in both the […]

House Sends Final Defense Approps, Authorization Bills To Senate

By Emelie Rutherford The House passed yesterday the final compromise versions of fiscal year 2009 defense appropriations and authorization legislation–which call for continuing DDG-1000 destroyer production while potentially reviving the DDG-51 program, extending the F-22 jet fighter line with the blessing of the next president, and cutting the White House’s funding request for missile defense […]

CNO Establishes Navy Nuclear Weapon Senior Leaders Council

By Geoff Fein Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead has signed out a memo establishing a new Navy Nuclear Weapon Senior Leaders Council to strengthen the ties among the major nuclear weapons functions in the Navy. The Director, Navy Staff (DNS) has been designated as the primary flag officer responsible for coordinating all Office […]

Gates: Pentagon Weighed Changing Tanker Competition Shortly Before Axing It

By Emelie Rutherford Defense Secretary Robert Gates said before halting the heated Air Force tanker competition two weeks ago Pentagon officials considered, but decided against, altering the selection process to choose the "best deal for the taxpayer." Gates told Senate authorizers yesterday that he is "very disappointed" he and other Pentagon officials were led on […]

Lightly Amended Senate Defense Authorization Bill Heads To Conference

By Emelie Rutherford The Senate’s Wednesday night passage of a sparsely amended defense authorization bill kicked into high gear House-Senate negotiations over differences between each chamber’s version of the legislation for fiscal year 2009, which starts in two weeks. Because of the unique nature of the conference committee talks–being held as the House eyes a wrap-up date […]

Hanscom’s Electronic Systems Center To Develop OA Concept Beyond Air Force

By Geoff Fein Following the release last year of a directive for implementation of open technology development and acquisition, the Air Force is beginning to apply it to all phases of life cycle, everything from how fees are awarded to how the service does investment across different programs, an Air Force official said. The directive […]

Air Force, Navy Sign MoA To Streamline Global Hawk Acquisition Process

Navy and Air Force Global Hawk-based unmanned aircraft system (UAS) program officials have signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) to streamline their joint acquisition processes, according to the Navy. The MoA, signed Aug. 28, strengthens the services’ efforts to leverage development, production, sustainment and upgrade efforts for the RQ-4- based programs managed by the Air […]