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Two F-35A Lightning IIs from the 388th Fighter Squadron, Hill AFB, Utah, and three F-15C Eagles from the 493rd Fighter Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, England, fly in formation during a training sortie over the United Kingdom, April 27, 2017. The F-35As first arrived at RAF Lakenheath on April 15, 2017, which marked it's first flying training deployment to Europe. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. Roidan Carlson)

House Appropriations Bill Boosts F-35 Buy, Backs New JSTARS

The House Appropriations Committee (HAC) unveiled a $675 billion fiscal year 2019 defense appropriations bill June 6 that would buy 93 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, 16 more than the Trump administration requested. The HAC’s proposed purchase of F-35s also represents a significant increase from the House and Senate FY 2019 defense authorization bills, which would fund […]

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Johnson Wants Counter Drone Bill In Senate NDAA

A bipartisan bill introduced last month that would enable the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice to begin developing policies, procedures and capabilities for countering threats posed by unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in limited circumstances in U.S. airspace hopefully will become part of the Senate’s version of an annual defense policy bill, the chairman of […]

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Northrop Grumman Closes Orbital ATK Deal After Agreeing To Firewall Solid Rocket Motor Business

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Tuesday evening approved the acquisition by Northrop Grumman [NOC] of Orbital ATK [OA] contingent on Northrop Grumman agreeing to operate its new solid rocket motor (SRM) business independently to avoid anticompetitive behavior. Northrop Grumman on Wednesday afternoon after the close of stock markets on the East Coast completed its […]

Maintenance staff inspect one of the 10 Luke AFB F-35s sent to Nellis AFB for a training deployment, April 15, 2015. Photo: U.S. Air Force.

F-35 Follow-On Development Contract Slips To June 2019

The U.S. Department of Defense plans to award a major follow-on development contract for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter in June 2019, about 10 months later than previously planned, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The slippage will give the F-35 program more time to finish its original, often-delayed development […]

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CBP Looking To Replace Airborne Early Warning Radar On P-3 Aircraft

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) this week issued a Request for Information  to industry for market research on new airborne early warning (AEW) radar for some of its P-3 surveillance aircraft typically flown in counter-drug, counter-terrorism and counter-human smuggling missions. The Lockheed Martin [LMT]-built P-3s include the company’s AN/APS-145 AEW radar on some of CBP’s […]

Sgt. Matthew Anderson, a Fire Support NCO, conducts post drop inspections of his LTLM II after jumping the LTLM II onto Fort Bragg, N.C.'s Sicily Drop zone, 2018. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Rebecka Waller, Audio Visual Production Specialist, Airborne and Special Operations Test Directorate, U.S. Army Operational Test Command)

Army Completes Paratrooper Tests For Smaller, Lighter Laser Targeting Device

Army paratroopers have successfully completed testing of a lighter, ruggedized version of its laser target locator needed to improve artillery fire accuracy, officials said June 1. The Airborne and Special Operations Test Directorate (ABNSOTD) and 82nd Airborne Division demonstrated full mission capability for the Laser Target Locator Module (LTLM) II, and officials plan to roll […]

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CACI Nabs $407 Million Cyber Security Order To Help DHS

CACI International [CACI] on Tuesday said it has won a potential six-year $407 million task order to provide the Department of Homeland Security with cyber security capabilities and tools. The award was made in April under the General Services Administration’s Alliant contract vehicle and represents new business for CACI in the cyber security space, the […]

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Senate Cancels Traditional August Recess To Ease Work Backlog

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced June 5 that his chamber will skip the traditional August congressional recess to work through a pile of appropriations bills and presidential nominations. “I think we have enough work to do for the American people that we should be here during these weeks,” McConnell told reporters.  McConnell attributed the […]

USS Washington (SSN 787), a Virginia-class submarine, completing initial sea trials. Photo: Ashley Major/Huntington Ingalls Industries.

BAE Wins GD Contract For Two More Virginia Payload Module Tubes

BAE Systems won a General Dynamics [GD] contract for an undisclosed amount to produce payload tubes for two new U.S. Navy Block V Virginia-class attack submarines, BAE said Tuesday. For this contract, BAE will deliver two sets of payload tubes, each consisting of four tubes, for the Virginia Payload Modules (VPM) on future unnamed submarines […]

Air Force One is currently a Boeing 747-200B. Photo: White House.

Air Force Nixes Controversial Contract To Replace Air Force One Refrigerators

The U.S. Air Force, which faced congressional skepticism over a $24-million sole-source contract to replace the refrigerators on the Air Force One presidential jets, has decided to scrap the deal. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson told Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.) in a May 29 letter that the service and White House Military Office have agreed […]