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Boeing KC-46 Deliveries Halted, Again

Posted by Colin Clark on


The revelation, made by the Air Force Secretary during Congressional testimony, is the latest black eye for the tanker program.

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Shanahan Ethics Agreement Out; How The F-15X Decision Was Made

Posted by Colin Clark on


The Air Force wants more planes – and believes it has found a way to get them.

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Mitchell Weighs In: More F-35s or New, Old F-15s?

Posted by David Deptula on


Fifth gen or fourth gen? F-35A or F-15X. Stealth, sensors and fusion or lots of missiles? Lockheed or Boeing? See what the Mitchell Institute says.

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Rep. Wittman On KC-46: ‘Boeing – Get It Done. Just Get It Done.’ In The Loop Podcast

Posted by Colin Clark on


With KC-46s stacking up on the apron, the Air Force and Boeing have been at an impasse for months over whether the service would accept delivery of the troubled tanker. Rep. Rob Wittman has one bit of advice for Boeing: “Simply to Boeing: Get it Done. Get it done.”

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Predator Started Drone Revolution, And Made Military Innovation Cool

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  The iconic weapon of the post-911 era, the Predator, is being retired today. I asked Rick Whittle, who quite simply wrote the book on the subject, to tell our readers why Predator matters both as a weapon and as a concept. See what the man who fired the Predator’s first Hellfire missile — and… Keep reading →

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Build Joint STARS: Leverage Competition, Lower Risk

Posted by Adam Lowther on


Air Force senior leaders must decide whether to build a new airborne ground radar surveillance capability. The Joint Surveillance and Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) is a system boasting sophisticated radar, electronic, and communication suites installed in a modified Boeing 707. Over the last decade, this command and control aircraft, empowered by its Ground Moving… Keep reading →

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B-21 Bomber Boost? KC-46 Still Late

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  CORRECTED: What Gen. Harris Meant To Say Was A Total Bomber Fleet of 165; Still “At Least” 100 B-21s WASHINGTON: How many B-21 bombers will the US need? 80? 100? 165? Bound by the president’s budget on one side and congressional appropriations on the other, the head of Air Force acquisition was very careful in… Keep reading →

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Boeing Wins $2.8B For KC-46 Tanker Low Rate Production

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Believe it or not, Boeing really has made progress on the KC-46 tanker, after incurring at least $1.3 billion in cost overruns. Today, it got the only kind of proof that really matters to a corporation: they got the government’s promise of $2.8 billion for doing their job. The contract award of $2.5 billion is… Keep reading →

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