Archive: Air Force

Despite Funding Cut, C-17s Order Stays At 15 Planes; Hopes Up For Future

By Emelie Rutherford The Air Force confirmed last week it plans to order 15 C-17 Globemasters early next year, and will use money in its coffers to make up for a last-minute cut to the airlifter’s funding in the most-recent war-supplemental spending act. Contractor Boeing [BA] is waiting anxiously for the orders to be placed […]

Navy Will Rely On Upgraded Harpoon And JSOW For Maritime Interdiction Role

By Geoff Fein The Navy is currently not looking to add a maritime variant of the Air Force’s Joint Air to Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) to its weapons inventory, relying instead on planned upgrades to its existing Harpoon and Joint Stand Off Weapon (JSOW) to carry out maritime interdiction missions, according to a Navy official. […]

Pentagon OK’s Advanced Funds For Four F-22s, Waits For January Decision On More

By Emelie Rutherford Pentagon leadership agreed this week to spend $50 million on parts for four future F-22 jet fighters, instead of obligating $140 million in advanced funding for 20 potential fiscal year 2010 aircraft that some lawmakers, the Air Force, and contractor Lockheed Martin [LMT] wanted. Pentagon acquisition chief John Young also confirmed the […]

Senators Call For Pentagon To Stick To F-22 Plans In Defense Bills

By Emelie Rutherford A group of senators sent Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England a letter this week criticizing what they said is a Pentagon proposal to scale back on planning for future purchases of Lockheed Martin [LMT]-built F-22 fighter jets. The six Republicans–Sens. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), John Cornyn (R-Tex.), Orin Hatch (R-Utah), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), […]

Army, USSOCOM, USJFCOM, Build Toward Capstone Unified Quest 2009

By Ann Roosevelt This week a Unity of Effort Seminar–Interagency and Military Planning–is under way in McLean, Va., part of a year long series of events in the Army’s Title 10 Future Study Program Unified Quest 2009 (UQ09), co-sponsored by the Army, Training and Doctrine Command, U.S. Special Operations Command, and U.S. Joint Forces Command. […]

Lawmakers Call For Pentagon To Spend F-22 Funds

By Emelie Rutherford Four leading defense authorizers called on the Pentagon yesterday to spend money included in the fiscal year 2009 defense authorization and appropriations acts to allow for possible continued production of the F-22 stealth fighter. They wrote in a letter sent yesterday to Defense Secretary Robert Gates that Pentagon acquisition chief John Young […]

Loss of Stevens From SAC-D Seen Impacting Missile Defense, F-22 Debates

By Emelie Rutherford Sen. Ted Stevens’ departure from the post as Senate Appropriations Defense subcommittee (SAC-D) ranking member has generated uncertainly about the fate of initiatives including national missile defense and the Lockheed Martin [LMT]-built F-22 jet fighter, observers said. Even if the Alaska Republican and convicted felon overcomes hurdles to remain in the Senate–including […]

Abercrombie Eyes Push Next Session For DoD Capital Budget, Dual Buy For Tanker

By Emelie Rutherford Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-Hawaii), the head of a key defense panel in Congress, said he plans to push next session for instituting capital budgeting at the Pentagon and making the Air Force’s tanker competition a dual buy. The chairman of the House Armed Services Air and Land Forces subcommittee also predicted there […]

Kaminski: Obama Camp Considering All Tanker Options, Including Dual Buy

By Emelie Rutherford An adviser to Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) said the concept of a dual buy for the Air Force’s aerial refueling tanker competition has merit, and the campaign has not ruled out that option for the contract imbroglio. Paul Kaminski, the former under secretary of defense for acquisition and technology […]

Boeing To Acquire Software Firm In Logistics Command And Control Area

Boeing [BA] yesterday said it has agreed to acquire Federated Software Group, an engineering and software services firm that helps the Defense Department track and distribute equipment and personnel. The proposed deal is the second by Boeing in the past month to enhance its position in the logistics command and control arena. In September Boeing […]