U.S., Pakistan Discussing ‘Over-The-Horizon’ Airspace Deal
U.S. officials are in advanced discussions with Pakistan for a permanent agreement to use that country’s air space for counterterrorism operations in Afghanistan, and are still talking with other nearby nations such as Tajikistan and Uzbekistan for potential basing, a top Pentagon official told lawmakers.
andy.savoie@av… Tue, 10/26/2021 - 19:43
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UAE Air Chief Visits Israel As Defense Relations Warm
The commander of the United Arab Emirates Air Force has visited Israel for the first time, as defense relations between the two countries warm following the normalization of diplomatic relations.
michael.stearn… Mon, 10/25/2021 - 17:16
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Abraham Accords Lead To Fast Arms Deals, Slow Implementation

By Steve Trimble Oct 25, 2021
A breakthrough agreement fast-tracked approvals for F-35As and MQ-9Bs to the UAE, but finalizing those deals could still take years.
Budget, Policy & Operations

Lockheed Received Most Contracts From DOD In Fiscal 2020—Pentagon

By Brian Everstine Oct 22, 2021
Lockheed Martin was by far the largest recipient of defense contracts in fiscal 2020 after receiving a 60% increase in Defense Department funding when compared to fiscal 2019, the Pentagon announced Oct. 21.
Budget, Policy & Operations

Alliance Members Join Development Of NATO Air Defense Projects

By Tony Osborne Oct 22, 2021
More NATO members have joined alliance efforts to develop new-generation ground-based air defense systems. 
Budget, Policy & Operations

HASC Chair: 2023 Budget To Include Nuclear Negotiation Push

By Brian Everstine Oct 21, 2021
The fiscal 2023 budget process will drive discussions on opening up weapons negotiations with Russia and China, with a specific goal of more transparency to avoid miscalculation, the head of the House Armed Services Committee said Oct. 21.
Budget, Policy & Operations

Reports Outline National Security Threats From Climate Change

By Brian Everstine Oct 21, 2021
Climate change will harm military readiness at home through extreme weather events as climate-related stressors create further instability, possibly leading to additional conflicts, multiple U.S. governmental agencies claim in reports released Oct. 21.
Budget, Policy & Operations

NATO To Improve Air, Missile Defenses, Stoltenberg Says

By Brian Everstine Oct 21, 2021
NATO will make “significant improvements” to air and missile defenses as part of an overall plan aimed at deterring Russia, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Oct. 21.
Budget, Policy & Operations

Future Vertical Lift Entries Take Different Approaches With Prototypes

By Brian Everstine Oct 21, 2021
After years of flying, one potential Black Hawk replacement will stay in the air as the other is broken down to inspect wear and tear.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Wichita Machinists Union Resists COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate

By Molly McMillin Oct 20, 2021
The Machinists union in Wichita is pushing back on a government mandate requiring employees of government contractors to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as Textron Aviation and Spirit AeroSystems work to comply.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

NATO Meeting To Focus On Emerging Tech, Pressuring Russia

By Brian Everstine Oct 20, 2021
NATO’s defense ministers are meeting in person for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in Brussels, where they will announce a new fund to develop disruptive technologies and attempt to exert more pressure on Russia after Moscow severed its diplomatic ties with the organization.
Budget, Policy & Operations

U.S. Air Force ‘Weak,’ Conservative Think Tank Says

By Brian Everstine Oct 20, 2021
The U.S. Air Force has lost effectiveness by not having enough aircraft available and not flying them enough, and is undertaking a modernization effort that does not address current needs, the conservative Heritage Foundation says in its yearly assessment of military strength.
Budget, Policy & Operations
Meggitt Expects Parker Merger To Proceed Despite UK Intervention
Aerospace supplier Meggitt says it still expects its acquisition by Parker Hannifin to proceed, despite an intervention by the UK government over national security concerns.
andy.savoie@av… Tue, 10/19/2021 - 21:32
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Kendall Calls For More Hardened Fuel Systems, Weapons Storage

By Brian Everstine Oct 19, 2021
The U.S. military’s logistics infrastructure is vulnerable to both physical and cyber attacks and Capitol Hill needs to help the Pentagon defend its weak points, the U.S. Air Force’s top civilian said.
Budget, Policy & Operations

Opinion: Five Uncertainties Facing The Defense Market

By Byron Callan Oct 19, 2021
Congressional behavior, midterm elections, new technologies and rising startup companies are likely to drive change in the 2020s.
Budget, Policy & Operations

Senate Appropriators Want $725.8B In Defense Spending

By Brian Everstine Oct 18, 2021
The Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee has proposed adding about $10 billion to the Pentagon’s budget request, adding funding to accelerate missile tracking satellites, defense systems in the Pacific and 16 more C-130s.
Budget, Policy & Operations

Ankara Wants To Use Payments For F-35s To Fund F-16 Buys

By Tony Osborne Oct 18, 2021
The Turkish government is hoping it can use $1.6 billion that it paid for U.S. F-35 Joint Strike Fighters to pay for new-build F-16s and upgrades to its existing fleet.
Budget, Policy & Operations

NTS-3: Reinventing Satellite Navigation

By Jen DiMascio Oct 18, 2021
U.S. Air Force experiments with satellite to augment GPS.

Spirit, NIAR Partner On National Defense Prototype Center

By Molly McMillin Oct 15, 2021
Spirit AeroSystems plans to open a new National Defense Prototype Center to focus on the development and testing of high-temperature materials for the aviation, defense and space programs.
Budget, Policy & Operations

Lockheed Martin Shows That Change Is Hard But Critical

By Michael Bruno Oct 15, 2021
For more than a year, investors and observers of the leading A&D company have been perplexed.
Aircraft & Propulsion

DSCA Director To Lead Boeing Defense And Space Sales

By Brian Everstine Oct 14, 2021
The top official overseeing U.S. international weapons sales will take over Boeing’s defense, space and government sales, starting two days after she leaves government service.
Budget, Policy & Operations

Australian MH-60 Fleet Grounded After Sea Ditching, Crew Safe

By Chen Chuanren Oct 14, 2021
The incident comes days after the country requested a dozen more of the type under U.S. foreign military sales.
Budget, Policy & Operations

Defense Security Cooperation Agency Director Resigns

By Brian Everstine Oct 13, 2021
Heidi Grant, director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency who oversees U.S. military sales abroad, has announced she will step down after 15 months in the job.
AUSA 2020

Decision Nears In Lengthy Low-Band Jammer Contract Dispute

By Steve Trimble Oct 13, 2021
The U.S. Navy is set to decide a path forward after two rounds of protests have delayed the Next-Generation Jammer Low-Band program.
Missile Defense & Weapons

Shyu Wants New Funding To Bridge ‘Valley of Death'

By Brian Everstine Oct 12, 2021
The Pentagon’s new director of research and engineering wants more money for small businesses to mature technology to avoid the vaunted “valley of death” in acquisition and is proposing new leaders within her office to move faster on developing software and lowering sustainment costs.
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