U.S. Navy Ditches CVN 79 Dual-Phased Delivery Plan

By Lee Hudson Mar 04, 2020
The U.S. Navy has ditched its plan for a dual-phased delivery of the USS John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) and instead will use a single-phased approach, meaning the entire ship will be delivered at the same time.
Budget, Policy & Operations

Boeing Pledges More Rigorous Starliner Software Evaluation

By Mark Carreau Feb 28, 2020
After December's troubled flight test, Boeing says it will adopt a more thorough approach as it continues to pursue certification for its Starliner capsule.
Space

Signing F-35 PBL Contract By Fiscal ’21 ‘Challenge,’ Lockheed Says

By Lee Hudson Feb 28, 2020
Signing a five-year performance-based logistics contract for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter by the start of fiscal 2021 is going to be a “challenge,” a Lockheed Martin executive says.
Air Warfare Symposium

U.S. Army To End Guardrail Funding In Fiscal 2023

By Lee Hudson Feb 18, 2020
The service says there are sufficient quantities of the airborne system to support the National Defense Strategy.
Defense and Space

DARPA Eyes New Weapon Concepts In 2021 Program Plans

By Graham Warwick Feb 17, 2020
A multi-target air-to-air weapon and gun-armed close-support missile are among new projects DARPA plans to launch in fiscal 2021. New approaches to communicating in contested environments, attacking signals and countering laser weapons are also on the list.
Aerospace

USAF Details Funding Plans For Vanguard Tech Demos

By Graham Warwick Feb 14, 2020
With its fiscal 2021 budget request, the U.S. Air Force has consolidated funding for its first three Vanguard science and technology programs, to provide a clearer understanding of efforts to accelerate the fielding of new capabilities.
Defense and Space

U.S. Army Cancels APKWS, Medium-Range Missile Programs

By Lee Hudson Feb 13, 2020
The U.S. Army has canceled the procurement of the Advanced Precision Kill Weapons System and the Mobile Intermediate Range Missile programs in the fiscal 2021 budget to free up funding for higher priorities.
Defense and Space

Space Sensor Program Moves To SDA Under Fiscal 2021 Budget

By Lee Hudson Feb 12, 2020
The Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor program is moving to the Space Development Agency to avoid redundancy.
Defense and Space

U.S. Air Force Fast-Tracks Radar Upgrade For F-16s

By Steve Trimble Feb 12, 2020
The U.S. Air Force’s fiscal 2021 budget submission shows plans to integrate Northrop Grumman APG-83 AESA radars on 330 more F-16s.
Defense and Space

DOD, USAF Admit New Budget Does Not Address Tanker Gap

By Lee Hudson Feb 11, 2020
The U.S. Air Force is proposing the retirement of 13 KC-135s and 16 KC-10s in fiscal 2021, while the successor Boeing KC-46A Pegasus is not considered operationally viable.
Defense and Space

Where NASA’s Proposed Fiscal 2021 Budget Flows

By Mark Carreau Feb 11, 2020
NASA’s Washington headquarters is in line for the most, $7.75 billion, followed by the Johnson Space Center in Houston with $5.66 billion.
Defense and Space

Budget Request Advances U.S. Army’s Accelerated Vertical Lift Ambitions

By Graham Warwick Feb 11, 2020
The U.S. Army is seeking $513.5 million in fiscal 2021 for the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft, up from $398.3 in fiscal 2020, the first year of the program
Defense and Space

U.S. Navy Cautions Outyear Budgets Likely Will Change

By Lee Hudson Feb 11, 2020
The Navy admits its five-year budget projection is likely to change once the service’s integrated force structure assessment is released.
Defense and Space

U.S. Army Truncates Chinook Upgrades In Fiscal 2021 Budget

By Lee Hudson Feb 11, 2020
The service’s fiscal 2021 budget request once again attempts to defer Block II upgrades for conventional forces Chinooks, but includes money to upgrade special operations forces MH-47Gs.
Defense and Space

HCSW Becomes First Casualty Of DOD Hypersonic Push

By Steve Trimble Feb 11, 2020
A Lockheed Martin program has become the first casualty in the U.S. Defense Department’s race to deploy a diverse portfolio of hypersonic missiles as soon as possible.
Defense and Space

Pentagon Surrenders, Fully Funds Truman Refueling

By Lee Hudson Feb 11, 2020
The Pentagon has caved to congressional pressure and decided to fully fund the midlife refueling of the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and restore the aircraft carrier’s associated airwing in its fiscal 2021 budget request.
Defense and Space

USAF Stabilizes F-35 Buy While Upgrading Legacy Aircraft

By Lee Hudson Feb 11, 2020
The U.S. Air Force wants to buy new F-35A and F-15EX aircraft in fiscal 2021 while simultaneously funding modernization efforts for F-22, F-15 and F-16 aircraft to remain ready to fight in all domains.
Defense and Space

Space Force Seeks $15.4B In Fiscal 2021

By Jen DiMascio Feb 11, 2020
The Pentagon is requesting $15.4 billion for its newest service—the U.S. Space Force—in fiscal 2021, including a larger-than-anticipated increase in funding for a new generation of missile warning satellites.
Defense and Space

MDA To Award Next-Generation Interceptor Contract In 2020

By Jen DiMascio Feb 11, 2020
The Pentagon will launch a Next Generation Interceptor (NGI) program and build out its command-and-control system as part of a budget request that seeks $20.3 billion for “Missile Defeat and Defense activities.”
Defense and Space

NASA’s Budget More Enthusiastic For Exploration than Science

By Mark Carreau Feb 11, 2020
President Trump’s proposed 12% boost in overall NASA spending for fiscal 2021 includes a roughly proportional decline in science spending.
Defense and Space

Flat Pentagon Budget Favors Space, Nuclear, Cyber

By Michael Bruno Feb 10, 2020
The Trump administration’s fiscal 2021 defense budget request is “flat” for the Pentagon but doubles down on space, hypersonic and cyber capabilities against China, Russia and others and would make recent changes to the national security structure “irreversible,” officials said Feb 10.
Defense and Space

Pentagon Backs Hypersonics Push With Billions In 2021 Budget

By Graham Warwick Feb 10, 2020
The U.S. Defense Department plans to increase spending on hypersonic offensive and defensive capabilities in fiscal 2021.
Defense and Space

New Budget Plan Includes Armed Overwatch Fleet Acquisition

By Steve Trimble Feb 10, 2020
The U.S. Defense Department (DOD) plans to acquire five light-attack aircraft in fiscal 2021 to support the Special Operations Command’s newly launched Armed Overwatch program.
Defense and Space

 

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