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Roper Unveils PEO For Next Gen Digital Planes; Critics Grumble

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The new Advanced Aircraft PEO will “transform the Next Generation Air Dominance (NGAD) program into the Air Force’s Digital Century Series initiative.”

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TRANSCOM Chief Lyons: No Plan To Delay Retirement of More KC-135s

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Gen. Stephen Lyons, the Army general heading up TRANSCOM, says there is no ongoing work for a space plane to carry supplies.

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Wall Funding Forces CR Passage In House; Senate Dems Stand Against Trump

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Here we go again. Senate Democrats, opposed to pulling from military construction funds for the wall, set off a new budget battle.

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House Members Seek NDAA Language to Force Light-Attack Aircraft Buy

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Phil Clay, a former Navy test pilot for the Imminent Fury/Combat Dragon close air support experiments, says the Air Force should purchase “at least a wing” (20 planes) of the Light-Attack Aircraft for SOCOM and the so-called foreign internal defense (FID) mission to combat insurgencies. 

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Roper: Multi-Domain C2 Needs Air-Space Integration

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“We’ve been kicking around this idea that there needs to be a milestone past D; a milestone E where the program is proving elderly and we’re having to do Herculean tasks to keep airplanes flying that should have been retired long ago,” says Air Force acquisition czar Will Roper.

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Boeing: Still Interested In GBSD, But RFP Changes Needed

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“For now, we remain in source selection” for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent contract despite Boeing’s withdrawal, says a spokesperson for Air Force acquisition chief Will Roper.

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SPACECOM Stand-Up: New Focus For Ongoing Missions

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LinQuest in April began work under a $9.2 million, sole-source contract to “hold the planks for the stand-up” of SPACECOM, working directly with Gen. Raymond and its joint staff directorates.

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Esper Confirmed As SecDef; Budget Deal Leaves DoD Spending Flat Next Year

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With a two-year budget deal the Pentagon is getting what it wanted: budget certainty. But that certainty comes at a cost.

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Trump: Turkey Is Out of F-35 Program; Esper & Warren Battle In Senate

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A friendly Senate hearing heated up when Sen. Elizabeth Warren told Acting SecDef Esper “you should not be confirmed as Secretary of Defense.”

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Space Force: What Is It Good For?

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Missing in the national security space conversation, says Aerospace Corporation’s Russ Rumbaugh, is how space operations can and should fit with diplomacy and foreign policy. Instead, he said, the debate is solely about “how do I win the war I see.” 

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