Archive: Air Force

Air Force Gears Up for Multiyear Look at Commercial Fee-for-Service Tankers

The Air Force is preparing to embark on a five-year or more effort mandated by Congress to explore the merits of using commercial tankers on a fee-for-service basis to augment its own aerial refueling fleet, a senior service general said last week. "We are going to do a sources sought RFI [request for information] here […]

JFCOM Lays Out 2008 Plans For Noble Resolve

By Calvin Biesecker The U.S. Joint Forces Command (JFCOM) and U.S Northern Command (NORTHCOM) have begun planning for this year’s experimentation campaign for homeland defense and military support of civilian authorities, with a focus on five key areas. The five focus areas for Noble Resolve this year are information sharing, maritime domain awareness, counter-weapons of […]

Young Certifies C-5 Re-engining Program

By Jen DiMascio The defense acquisition chief yesterday announced he has certified the C-5 Reliability Enhancement and Re-engining Program (RERP) for continuation. John Young signed an order certifying 49 remaining C-5B-model and C-model aircraft. Three other C-5s have already been modified, according to an Air Force spokeswoman. C-5A model aircraft, many of which the service […]

F-22 Line Hinges On Commitment To Advance Procurement By October

By Jen DiMascio To keep the F-22 Raptor fighter jet production line open, the Air Force needs to know by October whether Congress will supply funding for advance procurement in fiscal year 2010, a service official said yesterday. Without a commitment for funding, the service will begin to close the production line in November. With […]

Wynne: Tanker Competitors Rumored To Agree Not To Protest

By Jen DiMascio Boeing [BA] and Northrop Grumman [NOC], the two companies vying to make the Air Force’s next aerial refueling tanker, are rumored to have agreed not to protest the service’s award late this month, Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne said yesterday. "I will tell you that our two competitors have come to what […]

Air Force Seeks Additional $18.75 Billion In FY ’09

By Jen DiMascio The Air Force is seeking an additional $18.75 billion in fiscal year 2009 including $3.9 billion for 15 Boeing [BA] C-17 Globemaster airlifters. The large list of requirements was not unexpected. The Air Force has been pressing for a larger piece of the budget–with officials saying the service needs an additional $20 […]

Air Force Space Budget Rises About 5 Percent To $11.9 Billion For Fiscal 2009

The proposed Air Force space budget advanced about 5 percent to $11.9 billion in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2009, which would be up from $11.3 billion in the current fiscal 2008. That proposal is part of President Bush’s overall fiscal 2009 federal government budget plan that he sent to Congress for its review […]

House Appropriators Ponder Future Mix of Fighter Jets

By Jen DiMascio The House Appropriations defense subcommittee (HAC-D) is looking at proposals regarding the mix of fighter aircraft it will fund for the Air Force next year, according to subcommittee leaders. The HAC-D held a closed hearing this week on the grounding of 162 F-15 aircraft. According to Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), the committee […]

DoD Preparing For FYDP Strategic Investment Guidance

By Ann Roosevelt The Defense Department will soon receive strategic guidance for the future years defense budget, fiscal years 2010-2015, according to a top Pentagon official. "We’re just finishing the guidance for the development of the force, which provides strategic guidance for our investment for the period FY’10-’15," Michael Vickers, assistant secretary of defense for […]

Gates: F-22 Production Increase Could Hurt More Affordable JSF

By Jen DiMascio Defense Secretary Robert Gates yesterday explained that the Pentagon has opposed mass production of additional F-22 Raptor stealth fighter jets after weighing the near-term risk from near-peer competitors. Gates told the Senate Armed Services Committee in a hearing he is aware the Air Force is talking with lawmakers about the need to […]