Archive: Air Force

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 […]

Air Force Lab Issues Long-Term BAA For Cyber Defense Research

The Air Force Research Laboratory yesterday issued a long-term Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) seeking research proposals in six focus areas related to cyber defense. Despite the fact that the Air Force leadership has decided not to stand up a separate cyber command, "the requests coming out of the Air Force Research Laboratory are a gold […]

Hill Denies Over $500 Million In Omnibus DoD Reprogrammming, Axes Most New Starts

By Emelie Rutherford Lawmakers have denied the Pentagon the ability to shift funds to cover six requested "new start" efforts detailed in a lengthy omnibus reprogramming request sent to Capitol Hill in July. The Pentagon last week released the results of the reprogramming request–originally totaling $3 billion and signed by Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England […]

Danzig: Obama Has No Stance On Tanker Battle, Would Level Playing Field

By Emelie Rutherford Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) has made no conclusions regarding the heated two-way competition for the Air Force aerial refueling tanker contract, though if elected would want to see a more-level playing field in the flawed contest, a campaign adviser said. Some observers of the paused tanker battle between Boeing […]