Archive: Air Force

Encouraging Signs Set Performance Bar High For Lame Duck Acquisition Chief

By Jen DiMascio In about 14 months when a new president takes office, John Young, the newly confirmed under secretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics will in all likelihood be looking for another job. In the time he has left, Young is still looking to make changes to an acquisition system riddled with […]

Defense Watch

The Latest Word On Trends And Developments In Aerospace And Defense Movement Possible. A House leadership aide confirmed the House is likely to appoint conferees this week for the defense authorization bill. Conferees from the House and Senate are expected to meet shortly after to sign off on the defense authorization bill. Most of the […]

Contracts

New Spy Satellite System Planned, To Cost Billions: Report The Department of Defense (DOD) is expected to procure spy satellites that likely will be based on commercial-sat architecture, in a program costing $2 billion to $4 billion, the Associated Press reported. Called BASIC, the new system likely would be based on an existing commercial satellite […]

Air Force Stands Down F-15s Again For Safety Reasons, But Not F-15Es

By Michael Sirak The Air Force on Wednesday stood down its single-seat F-15A and F-15C Eagle fighter aircraft and F-15B and F-15D two-seat trainers for the second time this month pending new safety inspections, according to Air Combat Command (ACC). The stand-down, the command said, does not affect the Air Force’s F-15E Strike Eagle multirole […]

Air Force Retains Interest In B-52 Jammer As POM 2010 Build Ensues

The Air Force remains interested in establishing a program of record in its FY ’10 program objective memorandum (POM) for a standoff jamming capability on the B-52H bomber aircraft, according to service officials. This concept is known as the Core Component Jammer (CCJ). "But before we proceed," the Secretary of the Air Force (SECAF) public […]

F-22s Stay Away, For Now, From Coalition Air Training Exercises In Middle East

By Michael Sirak The Air Force has put off the debut of its new F-22 Raptor stealth multi-role fighter aircraft in the coalition air-combat training exercises held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) until the Raptor fleet is more firmly established in the United States, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Michael Moseley said. Originally, […]

Flight Tests Commence of New Radar Arrays For B-2A Stealth Bomber

By Michael Sirak The Air Force and its industry partners have begun flights with a test version of the new radar arrays under development for the B-2A stealth bomber aircraft, Northrop Grumman [NOC], the prime contractor for the platform’s upgrades, said on Monday. The company said it, together with Raytheon [RTN], supplier of the modern […]

Northrop Grumman, Raytheon Win Work On Next-Gen GPS Control Segment

The Air Force recently chose Northrop Grumman [NOC] and Raytheon [RTN] to conduct concurrent developmental work on a next- generation ground control segment for Global Positioning System (GPS) navigation satellites. Each company won phase A contracts worth about $160 million to reduce the risk in the design of the GPS Operational Control Segment (OCX) over […]

Moseley: Despite Enduring Activity, No Need To Beddown Aircraft In Middle East

By Michael Sirak Despite the Air Force’s large and enduring presence in the Middle East and Near East and its extensive activities each day in support of anti-insurgent operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, the service has no plans to permanently assign aircraft to the region, Chief of Staff Gen. Michael Moseley said earlier this month. […]

Air Force Retains Interest In B-52 Jammer As POM 2010 Build Ensues

The Air Force remains interested in establishing a program of record in its FY ’10 program objective memorandum (POM) for a standoff jamming capability on the B-52H bomber aircraft, according to service officials. This concept is known as the Core Component Jammer (CCJ). "But before we proceed," the Secretary of the Air Force (SECAF) public […]