Archive: Air Force

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 […]

Air Force, Army Brass Discuss New UAS Concept of Operations

By Emelie Rutherford Army and Air Force brass met yesterday to start developing a common concept of operations (CONOPS) for unmanned aircraft used in joint operations across the full spectrum of conflict. The meeting at Langley AFB, Va., follows an agreement the two services reached early this year to develop a process to identify and […]

JFCOM Moving Forward On C2 Portfolio Management

By Ann Roosevelt U.S. Joint Forces Command (JFCOM) is the voice of the services when it comes to joint command and control(C2), according to a command official. "We are the sole joint voice in developing capability," Air Force Maj. Gen. David Edgington, JFCOM J-8, director, Joint Capabilities Development Directorate, said at the Joint Warfighting Conference […]

Obering Says Interceptors Can Be Deployed In Poland On Time In 2013, If Congress Provides Needed Funds

Interceptors in the planned European Missile Defense (EMD) system can be deployed on time in 2013 if Congress provides sufficient funding, though any requirement that a test- article interceptor be launched first might slow progress in the program, Lt. Gen. Henry "Trey" Obering III, the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) director said this afternoon. Obering spoke […]

Obering Says Lithuanian Interceptors Site Could Be Effective, But Not As Optimal As Planned EMD Interceptors Site In Poland; U.S. Still Focused On Obtaining Deal With Poland For Silos Site

Missile Defense Agency Tests A Plane-Based Missile Defense System Obering Seeks U.S.-European Missile Defense Test Area; U.S., NATO Radar Systems Swap Data; More Links Seen Shifting interceptors for a proposed European Missile Defense (EMD) system from Poland to Lithuania would leave them still able to take down incoming Iranian missiles, but the Lithuanian site wouldn’t […]

As Tanker Questions Swirl, Details On Confirmation of New Air Force Leaders Not Clear

By Emelie Rutherford While the departure of the Air Force’s two top leaders begins today, the schedule for the confirmation of the pair’s recommended replacements remained unclear yesterday, just as lawmakers turned to the service for answers on its aerial refueling tanker contract plans. Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne is slated to work his last […]

Launching Ideas Is Vital For The Nation, Stavridis Says

By Ann Roosevelt VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.–In the battleground of ideas in the world today, it’s vital to launch new ideas to ensure the nation is as strong in the 21st century as it was at its founding, the commander of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) said. "We have to do a better job of launching ideas," […]