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KC-135Rs Getting Link 16, Real-Time Data In Block 45

Rockwell Collins [COL] will integrate Link 16 communication capabilities on U.S. Air Force KC-135Rs as part of its real-time information in the cockpit (RTIC) system. “Pilots and boom operators will now be able to view intelligence feeds on the new avionics displays we’re providing as part of their Block 45 upgrade,” said Dave Schreck, vice […]

A KC-46 tanker refuels an F/A-18 fighter during testing. (Boeing photo)

Despite New KC-46 Deficiencies, Air Force Still Working Toward October Delivery Date

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The Air Force continues to work with Boeing [BA] to receive the first deliveries of KC-46A Pegasus next-generation aircraft by the target October deadline, despite new deficiencies revealed during testing, the new Air Mobility Command (AMC) commander said Tuesday. Gen. Maryanne Miller, who assumed command of AMC less than two weeks […]

Senate Passes DoD Budget, House Vote Needed Next Week

The Defense Department’s 2019 budget is a step closer to President Trump’s desk, after the Senate approved the final version of the Pentagon’s annual budget bill 93-7 Tuesday. The final DoD appropriations bill still needs to be approved by the House, which is in recess until Sept. 25, before Trump can sign the measure into […]

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) leads a formation of Carrier Strike Group Five ships as U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress aircrafts and U.S. Navy F/A-18s pass overhead for a photo exercise during Valiant Shield 2018. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

U.S. Starts Valiant Shield Exercise In Marianas Islands And Guam

U.S. military forces have started the 2018 iteration of the biennial Valiant Shield field training exercise held around the Marianas Island Range Complex and on Guam this week. The service features integration of joint training for the Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force. The exercise includes 15 surface ships like the aircraft carrier USS Ronald […]

Defense Daily, Tuesday, September 18, 2018, Vol. 279, Issue 55

Newsletter Wilson: Air Force Needs 386 Squadrons to Meet Operational Needs By Vivienne Machi NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The Air Force plans to boost its number of operational squadrons by nearly 25 percent by 2030 to meet requirements set in the 2018 National Defense Strategy, service Secretary Heather Wilson said Monday. The service must have […]

Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (GMLRS) Unitary Rocket Launch. 
Photo: Lockheed Martin.

Army Awards Northrop Grumman Full-Rate Production Deal For IM Rocket Motors

Northrop Grumman [NOC] has received a full-rate production contract from the Army to continue delivering its insensitive munitions (IM0 rocket motors for the Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) program, the company said Monday. The latest deal arrives after Northrop Grumman successfully completed final flights tests for its IM rocket motors this summer, which officials […]

Maj. Gen. Robert Skinner, commander of Air Forces Cyber

Air Force Considering Cyber Rapid Capabilities Office, Looking To Industry For Future Multi-Domain Platform Help

The Air Force is looking to industry for critical capabilities needed to establish future cyber and space multi-domain warfighting and information platforms, with potential plans to establish a cyber-focused rapid capabilities office, officials said Monday. Officials at an Air Force Association conference panel on multi-domain operations pointed to the Unified Platform program for the Cyber […]

An artist's rendering of the U.S. Navy's future Columbia-class submarine. (Photo: U.S. Navy )

GD Wins $481 Million Mod For More Columbia Work

The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) awarded General Dynamics [GD] Electric Boat (GDEB) a $481 million modification on last Thursday for more Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) program long-lead time work. The cost-plus-fixed-fee modification is in preparation for FY 2019 and 2020 lead-ship advance procurement, advance construction, and long-lead time material funding for the Columbia-class. […]

A U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress bomber takes off from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, on a higher headquarters-directed Continuous Bomber Presence mission in support of exercise Pitch Black 18 in Australia's Northern Territory Aug. 6, 2018 (HST). Bilateral training between the United States and allies like Australia increases interoperability and strengthens our long-standing military-to-military partnerships. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Quail)

Wilson: Air Force Needs 386 Squadrons to Meet Operational Needs

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The Air Force plans to boost its number of operational squadrons by nearly 25 percent by 2030 to meet requirements set in the 2018 National Defense Strategy, service Secretary Heather Wilson said Monday. The service must have 386 squadrons to meet that goal, she said in her keynote speech at the […]

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson delivers her 'Air Force We Need' speech during the Air Force Association's Air, Space and Cyber Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, Sept. 17, 2018. Wilson stressed the Air Force will need more active, guard and reserve Airmen to fully enable the serviceÕs operational squadrons. The Air, Space and Cyber Conference is a professional development conference that offers an opportunity for Department of Defense personnel to participate in forums, speeches, seminars and workshops. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. DeAndre Curtiss)

Air Force Delivers Space Force Roadmap to Pentagon

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The Air Force is working with the Pentagon to shape its future space acquisition architecture, and the service’s next budget request will include a proposal for a new Space Force, service Secretary Heather Wilson said Monday. The service last week delivered a proposal on the responsibilities and structure of a new […]