Archive: Air Force

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 […]

Air Force Space Budget Request Includes Increase In Situational Awareness Funding

By Jen DiMascio The president is asking for approximately $8.6 billion to fund research, development and purchasing of Air Force space platforms for fiscal year 2009, including a 21 percent increase in funding for programs that respond to the threat seen after the Chinese launched weapons against their own satellite last year. In addition, the […]

Air Force Seeks $143.9 Billion In FY ’09 Dollars

By Jen DiMascio The president yesterday submitted to Congress a budget for $143.9 billion in Air Force funding, including $41 billion for modernization. The request for the second year defies a congressional mandate to develop two engines for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). Congress provided $134.6 billion last year, but service officials said that […]

Refueling Systems Latest Highlight In Tanker Runoff

By Jen DiMascio This week, Boeing [BA] and Northrop Grumman [NOC], contestants for the Air Force’s next aerial refueling tanker contract, announced advancements in their respective refueling systems. Boeing announced that it completed its first nighttime refueling on a KC-767, which the company expects to deliver to Japan this quarter. Likewise, Northrop Grumman touted progress […]

Boeing, Lockheed Martin Reveal Plan To Join Forces On Next Air Force Bomber

By Jen DiMascio For the past three years, aerospace giants Boeing [BA]and Lockheed Martin [LMT]have flirted with the idea of teaming up to make the Air Force’s next-generation bomber aircraft. Over the last year, the two companies deepened the relationship, finalizing their agreement to work together, but the companies waited until last week to publicly […]


Boeing, Lockheed, Join To Seek Air Force Bomber Contract The two largest contractors will join forces to seek an Air Force contract for initial steps toward eventually creating a new U.S. bomber in the next decade. The Boeing Co. [BA] and Lockheed Martin Corp. [LMT] will team to perform studies and system development efforts including […]