Archive: Air Force

BAE Completes Purchase of MTC Technologies

BAE Systems said this week it has completed its acquisition of MTC Technologies in a $450 million deal that expands BAE’s business in the United States as well as its worldwide services business. United Kingdom-based BAE said the acquisition will expand its capabilities in the areas of readiness and sustainment. MTC’s customers are largely within […]

Tanker Protest Watchers Await Confirmation of Air Force Nominations

By Emelie Rutherford Congress should move quickly to confirm a new Air Force secretary and chief of staff so questions about the protested tanker contract can be answered and the process ahead is not hampered, observers said. Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced yesterday he recommended President Bush nominate U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM) head Gen. Norton […]

Young Creating Director-Level Position In OSD AT&L For Space and Intelligence

By Emelie Rutherford The Pentagon’s acquisition chief said he is creating a director level-position for space and intelligence capabilities in his office to ensure "corporate-level oversight" of such systems including satellites. After a string of problems with space programs, Pentagon undersecretary for acquisition, technology, and logistics (USD AT&L) John Young last week indicated he planned […]

Sonobuoy SBIR Effort Gaining Interest From Other Services

By Geoff Fein KaZak Composites, Inc., has developed a sonobuoy that can be deployed from a Navy P-3C aircraft from an altitude of 30,000 feet and from a distance of 30 miles from a target, a company official said. Currently, P-3s have to fly at low altitudes to drop sonobuoys to prevent damaging the sonobouy. […]

Wynne, Moseley Resignations Fuel Criticisms of Air Force Acquisitions

By Emelie Rutherford Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne and Chief of Staff Gen. Michael Moseley’s resignations yesterday are being seized on by congressional critics of Air Force acquisition decisions. It is expected to factor into lawmakers’ demands that the contested tanker contract be changed, regardless of how the Government Accountability Office intervenes later this month. […]

Young Keeping Close Eye On Air Force’s Next-Generation Bomber Plans

By Emelie Rutherford The Pentagon’s top weapons buyer said after refusing to sign off on plans for the Air Force’s next-generation bomber last year he is waiting to hear an independent assessment of the program as the service reexamines its requirements and he seeks to learn more. Pentagon acquisition chief John Young said Tuesday that […]

Pentagon Gathering TACAIR Input From Industry

By Emelie Rutherford The Pentagon is seeking industry’s help in finding cost-effective ways to fill a projected tactical aircraft gap next decade. Acquisition authorities within the Defense Department (DoD) recently issued a request for information (RFI) to industry seeking "best practices in the future production of TACAIR assets." DoD has been collecting the responses this […]

DoD Closely Examining Roles And Implications of UAVs

By Geoff Fein With the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) growing, the Pentagon is examining a number of issues, from the systems’ implications on tactics, techniques and procedures (TTP) to how the drones should be controlled to what kind of payloads the systems should carry, a senior defense official said. While the argument about […]

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 […]