Archive: Air Force

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 […]

Donley Confirmed Air Force Secretary

By Emelie Rutherford Acting Air Force Secretary Michael Donley has been officially confirmed for the post he has held since June 21. The Senate voted to confirm Donley’s nomination as air service secretary last night. After several months of delay the Senate Armed Services Committee favorably reported out Donley’s confirmation last week. Sen. Maria Cantwell […]

Boeing Team Submits Proposal For Special Operations Forces Support Activity

By Ann Roosevelt Boeing [BA], teamed with Computer Sciences Corp. [CSC], submitted a comprehensive proposal Oct. 2 responding to the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) request for proposals for the potential $5 billion Special Operations Forces Support Activity (SOFSA). Boeing and CSC announced their teaming agreement in April (Defense Daily, April 11). "Boeing already supports […]

Israel Looks To Spend $15 Billion For CTOL Variant of F-35

The Israeli government is seeking to spend upward of $15.2 billion for 25 Lockheed Martin [LMT] F-35 Joint Strike Fighters with an option to purchase 50 additional aircraft, according to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA). The initial request is for 25 Conventional Take-Off and Landing (CTOL) aircraft. The option could be for either 50 […]


A story in the Sept. 29 issue of Defense Daily incorrectly said the final defense authorization bill lawmakers unveiled last week calls for the defense secretary to "provide for the application of a domestic industrial base evaluation factor during source selection for a major defense acquisition program." That provision, in a previous bill passed by […]

Defense Appropriations, Authorization Bills Likely To Be Signed By New Fiscal Year Tomorrow

By Emelie Rutherford President Bush was poised last night to sign the new defense authorization and appropriations bills, which together defer decisions to Bush’s successor on the future of programs including the DDG-1000 and DDG-51 destroyers, C-17 cargo aircraft, and F-22 jet fighters. The Senate on Saturday passed the fiscal year 2009 defense appropriations bill–embedded […]

Final Defense Bills Prod Pentagon On Industrial Base Impacts

By Emelie Rutherford Lawmakers are putting pressure on the Pentagon to consider the potential impact on U.S. jobs when awarding contracts for large acquisition programs. Lawmakers critical of the Air Force’s now-canceled contract award for aerial refueling tankers to a Northrop Grumman [NOC]-European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co. (EADS) team argued the service should have […]

First C-27J Delivered On Time, On Budget To Joint Program Office

L-3 Communications [LLL] last week said it presented the first C-27J Joint Cargo Aircraft (JCA) to the Army-Air Force joint program office on schedule and on budget. This was the first of a planned 78 aircraft, contractor said. The L-3 team comprised of Finmeccanica’s Alenia North America and Boeing [BA] won the contract that is […]

Marine Corps Buys 1,993 UAS To Fill Urgent Warfighter Need

By Geoff Fein In the past 60 days, the Marine Corps has bought almost 2,000 unmanned air vehicles (UAV) from the Army and Air Force, in response to a warfighters’ urgent needs requests, a Navy official said. In order to quickly get systems to Marines in theater, the Navy and Marine Corps leveraged preexisting systems, […]

Final Defense Appropriations Bill, Murtha Suggest Dual Buy For Tanker

By Emelie Rutherford The defense spending bill nearing final passage calls for the Pentagon to consider a dual buy for the aerial refueling tanker contract, a setup the House’s lead defense appropriator predicted is necessary but the Pentagon and lawmakers supporting bidder Boeing [BA] oppose. The explanatory statement accompanying the continuing resolution (CR)–catch-all legislation including the […]