Archive: Congressional/Budget

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee

HASC Emerging Threats Subcommittee Approves Proposed Bill

A key House panel yesterday approved proposed legislation that would restrict a certain amount of funds available for Air Force logistics information technology (IT) programs until the service submits a modernization strategy. Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) is the chairman of the HASC intelligence, emerging threats and capabilities subcommittee. Photo: Thornberry. The House Armed Services Committee Intelligence, Emerging Threats […]

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Dems Will Challenge DoD’s MEADS Funding Likely In Full HASC Markup, Sanchez Says

Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.) said yesterday the Democrats will soon put forward an amendment during the fiscal year 2014 defense authorization bill process challenging the Defense Department’s funding of the final leg of the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS). Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.) Photo: Sanchez. “I will not put forward my amendment here, but I would […]

HASC Panel Again Moves To Block Air Force From Retiring Global Hawk Block 30s

A key House panel is once again proposing to prevent the Air Force from using funds to retire its fleet of RQ-4 Global Hawk Block 30 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). The House Armed Services Committee Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee yesterday released its proposed version of the fiscal year 2014 national defense authorization bill. […]

An Atlas V at the Cape Canaveral launch range. Photo: ULA.

House Defense Panel Proposes Air Force Create EELV Evaluation Plan

A key House panel is proposing requiring the Air Force to create and implement a plan to ensure the fair evaluation of contractors competing for Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) contracts, an important Air Force program to assure government access to space. The House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee yesterday released the text of its […]

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HASC Subcommittee Proposes Restricting Air Force Logistics IT Program Funds Until Study

A key House panel is proposing to restrict a certain amount of funds available for Air Force logistics Information Technology (IT) programs until the service submits a modernization strategy after the failure of the $1 billion Expeditionary Combat Support System (ECSS). The House Armed Services Committee Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee yesterday released its […]

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DARPA Studying ‘Air Dominance Initiative’

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is studying an "air dominance initiative" using a systems approach to determine how the United States can extend its air superiority into the next three or four decades. DARPA Director Arati Prabhakar said in an April 24 press briefing the effort is to help determine the future of air […]

DoD Furlough Announcement Spurs Calls For Hill Fix

The Pentagon announced Tuesday that most of its civilian employees will be forced to take 11 furlough days starting in July, spurring angry calls from Republicans for Congress to intervene. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel issued a four-page “for official use only” memo outlining the furlough policy, saying he “very reluctantly” is imposing the forced unpaid days on […]

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Air Force Awards Beechcraft $210 Million For T-6 Training Aircraft

Beechcraft said on Monday it was awarded a $210 million Air Force contract for the production of 35 T-6 training aircraft with an option for two additional aircraft. The contract, part of the Joint Primary Aircraft Training System (JPATS) program launched in the late 1990s, specifies 33 T-6s for the Navy and two for the […]

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Air Force Set To Launch GPS IIF-4 Tonight

The Air Force is set to launch the fourth Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF satellite (GPS IIF-4) tonight between 5:35 p.m. and 5:58 p.m. EDT from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Boeing’s GPS IIF satellite. Photo: Boeing. GPS IIF-4 will launch upon one of United Launch Alliance’s (ULA) Atlas V rockets to lift the precision, navigation […]

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New Approach, Investment Helping Lockheed Martin With F-35 Software Development

Lockheed Martin’s [LMT] improved approach to F-35 software development is helping the company save time and money by correcting issues earlier in the process, according to a key executive. Lockheed Martin Vice President for F-35 Integration and Business Development Stephen O’Bryan said “Lights Out Testing,” where the company runs its software testing labs 24-hours per […]