Archive: Air Force

Schwartz, McNabb Approved For Air Force Positions, Donley Confirmation Stalled

By Emelie Rutherford Despite the objection of Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.), the Senate last Friday officially confirmed Air Force Gen. Norton Schwartz, outgoing head of U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM), as air service chief of staff. Meanwhile, the nomination of Michael Donley as Air Force secretary–a position the former Pentagon director of administration and management has […]

HAC-D Deletes FY ’09 DDG-1000 Ship, But Doesn’t Fully Back New Destroyer Plan

By Emelie Rutherford The House Appropriations defense subcommittee’s fiscal year 2009 defense bill includes no money for buying a Navy DDG-1000 destroyer, yet its chairman expressed doubts yesterday about the sea service’s new plan to stop building the destroyers and restart production of older DDG-51 combatants. The $487.7 billion bill the HAC-D marked up yesterday […]

Senate Panel Receives Secret Data On Air Force Picks, May Decide Their Fate This Week

By Emelie Rutherford After raising concerns about the White House’s pick for two new Air Force leaders, a key lawmaker said he has received classified material he requested on the duo and hopes to decide on their confirmations this week. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) said yesterday his panel has received "a […]

Expert Panel Sees Directed Energy Attacks Against Satellites Likely, But Extremely Difficult To Detect, Retaliate Against

Analyst: U.S. Satellites Likely To Be Hit In A Hot War The United States must prepare for war in space, because any enemy nation will be tempted to offset the immense U.S. space dominance by attacking American satellites, James A. Lewis, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) technology and public policy program director, […]

Space, Information Systems Lift Lockheed Martin’s Earnings

By Calvin Biesecker Lockheed Martin [LMT] yesterday posted strong second quarter earnings due to big gains at its Space and Information Systems segments and the world’s largest defense contractor raised its profit forecast for the year due to previous land sale, lower interest expense and improved performance. Net earnings increased 13 percent to $882 million, […]

New Raytheon Effort Enables Legacy Aircraft To Get Fifth Generation AESA Radar

By Geoff Fein Raytheon [RTN] has developed a way to offer its active electronically scanned array (AESA) to legacy aircraft such as F-18 Hornets and F-16s with minimal intrusion into the aircraft, a company official said. The Raytheon Advanced Combat Radar (RACR) brings the company’s most advanced aviation radar system to older airplanes, thus enabling […]

DoD To Reopen Tanker Competition With Young At Helm; Contract Award Expected This Year

By Marina Malenic and Emelie Rutherford The Pentagon will hold a new, expedited competition for a disputed Air Force tanker aircraft contract, with Defense Department officials now in charge of the selection process, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said yesterday. "I have concluded that the [current] contract cannot be awarded," Gates told reporters at a Pentagon […]

Patience, Perseverance Led To Aviation Awards, Former Northrop Grumman Official Says

By Geoff Fein While there is considerable public awareness concerning the Air Force’s new KC(X) tanker program, especially after yesterday’s decision by DoD to recompete the program, what is not as prominent, yet quite a story in its own right, is how Northrop Grumman [NOC] prevailed in recent years to win three major military aircraft […]

Gates Expects Tanker Rebid Decision ‘Very Soon’

By Marina Malenic and Emelie Rutherford Defense Secretary Robert Gates said yesterday that he would soon announce a decision on whether the Air Force will rebid a tanker aircraft contract awarded to Northrop Grumman [NOC]. "I expect to announce the way forward very soon," Gates said during a Tuesday morning press briefing at Fort Lewis. […]

AeroVironment Awarded $200 Million USSOCOM Contract For Puma AE

AeroVironment Inc. [AVAV] recently said the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) has selected Puma AE as its All Environment Capable Variant (AECV) for its Small Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) requirement under a contract with a potential total of $200 million. The one-year Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract, with four one-year options provides for the […]