Archive: Air Force

Senate Passes $165.4 Billion In War Supplemental Spending, Sends Back To House

By Emelie Rutherford The Senate passed a veto-proof supplemental defense spending bill yesterday with $165.4 billion in war funding for systems including C-17 airlifters, C-130 transport aircraft and mine-resistant vehicles, but no funds to continue the F-22 jets’ production in the future. The Senate broke the supplemental bill–for fiscal year 2008 and bridge funding for […]

Pentagon Awards $2.2 Billion Contract To Buy 12 CTOL, STOVL JSFs

The Pentagon has authorized the release of $2.2 billion to buy six conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) F-35A Lightning IIs for the Air Force, with provisional approval to purchase six short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) F-35Bs for the Marine Corps following a senior leadership review and the inaugural flight of that variant, according to Lockheed Martin […]

Gates, Mullen Warn Congress Against Skipping Over FY ’09 Defense Approps Bill

By Emelie Rutherford Pentagon leaders warned Senate appropriators yesterday that multiple defense initiatives– including buying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)–would be jeopardized if Congress skips over passing a base defense appropriations budget for next fiscal year, as has been rumored on Capitol Hill. At the Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee’s (SAC-D) budget hearing members also relayed concerns […]

U.S.-U.K. Exercise A Precursor For Persistent, Expanded Joint Training

By Ann Roosevelt In the recently concluded exercise Druid’s Dance, U.S. and U.K. troops could train together over a live virtual training network, though separated by thousands of miles. "The goal with this is we want to deliver a persistent capability," Steve Kostoff, U.S. Joint Forces Command (JFCOM) communications exercise planner, told Defense Daily. "We’re […]

Pentagon Begins Review of Service Roles And Missions

By Geoff Fein Defense officials are beginning a review of the roles and missions of the armed forces that will explore how the services handle unmanned aerial systems (UAS), intra-theater lift, cyber and irregular warfare, according to a senior defense official. This is the first quadrennial review of the roles and missions of the armed […]

House Authorizers Want More Ships, Irregular Warfare Executive Agent

By Emelie Rutherford Three House panels yesterday recommended changes to the White House’s proposed defense budget including tacking on up to four additional Navy ships, calling for irregular- warfare organizational changes in the Pentagon and adding nearly $1 billion for equipment readiness. The fiscal year 2009 ship changes recommended by the House Armed Services (HASC) […]

GWOT Supplemental Includes Funds For Super Hornets

By Emelie Rutherford The dual-year war-supplemental bill House and Senate lawmakers are expected to address next week includes at least $42 billion for buying systems including F/A-18 Super Hornet strike aircraft and an array of tactical vehicles. Aides said the version of the bill the Senate Appropriations Committee is expected to mark up next week […]

GWOT Supplemental Will Not Have F-22 Funds

By Emelie Rutherford The House is expected to take up a $183.69 billion multi-year war-supplemental funding bill as soon as tomorrow that would not include any additional money for the Air Force’s F-22 jets. As House leaders have finalized the legislation, they did not include roughly $500 million in F-22 long-lead funding sought by House […]

Tanker Overturn Would Be Disaster, Advocates of European Cooperation Say

By Emelie Rutherford If the Air Force’s contested tanker contract with Northrop Grumman [NOC] and a European partner is overturned, it will be a "disaster" for efforts to accelerate cooperation between the United States and Europe on defense technologies, a British proponent of enhanced ties predicted yesterday. "If the tanker deal were to be torpedoed […]

Pentagon Restructures JASSM Program

The Pentagon Friday certified a restructured program for Lockheed Martin’s [LMT] Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM). The restructured program consists of two separate increments: the JASSM Baseline increment and the JASSM-Extended Range (ER) increment. Both efforts will be Acquisition Category 1D programs. The Air Force negotiated an agreement for Lot 7 and a Not to […]