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Sen. Reed Presses Wilson, Goldfein On JSTARS Plans

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


In a hearing this morning, the top Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee, Jack Reed, said he’s skeptical about the current plan to retire the JSTARS radar surveillance plane because the Air Force has been inconsistent, not just about JSTARS, but a host of other programs.

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The Air Force Needs More Dough; Make Up $30B That Goes To Intel Agencies

Posted by Michael Auslin on


The Air Force provides the essential capabilities that make America’s joint operations possible and has been involved in nearly every military operation overseas since 1991. As the Pentagon delves into the details of the 2014 budget, getting the Air Force budget right is critical to ensure that the nation can count on its indispensable role… Keep reading →

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New Bomber Program ‘Underway’ But Cloaked in Secrecy

Posted by Colin Clark on


ORLANDO: America’s new long-range bomber program is “underway,” will involve somewhere between 80 and 100 planes and will be delivered sometime in the mid-2020’s. “And that’s about all we’re saying,” Air Force Secretary Mike Donley told reporters. It’s been known for some time that the bombers will not fly alone but will be part of… Keep reading →

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Air Force Must Shift ‘Billions’ From Ops, Faces Steeper Budget Cuts: Gen. Schwartz

Posted by Colin Clark on


ORLANDO: He didn’t use the word sequestration — perhaps because the Air Force is still trying to explain the C-27’s “divestiture” — but Gen. Norton Schwartz told the Air Force Association’s winter conference today that “we fully expect we will be making further tough [budget] calls.” It wasn’t completely clear whether Schwartz was referring to… Keep reading →

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Corruption Scandal Besets Top Euro Defense Firm Finmeccanica

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The value of the European defense giant Finmeccanica has plunged by about one-third in the last week as senior company officials face corruption allegations. The Financial Times reports that “a widening corruption investigation” helped push the value of the company “down to new 13-year lows on Monday.” The company told investors last week that it… Keep reading →

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SASC Chair Pushes New Counterfeiting Laws: China Blamed For Inaction

Posted by Colin Clark on


UPDATED WITH PENTAGON RESPONSE Capitol Hill: Faced with a torrent of counterfeit parts that pose a serious risk to the lives of American servicemen and to the performance of sophisticated weapons, Sen. Carl Levin pledged today to push for new laws and policies to help curb the problem. Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services… Keep reading →

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New Army Office Aims To Corral Aircraft Costs

Posted by Carlo Munoz on


Washington: The Army is aiming to corral costs across the service’s fixed-wing fleet and has tasked its new aviation program office to do just that. The service’s new Fixed Wing Program Office will be the sole office in charge of buying and modernizing aircraft in the service’s 350-plane fleet, according to a service statement released… Keep reading →

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Wobbly Afghan Forces Unready to Replace U.S. Military

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U.S. troops will start pulling out of Afghanistan this summer. This raises the basic question — is the Afghan military ready to take over and would it survive the departure of much of the U.S. military. The plan is still to end the “combat mission,” whatever that means, in 2014, leaving behind trainers, advisers and… Keep reading →

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Record-setting X3 Helicopter Shows Off at Paris Air Show

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Paris: It’s a helicopter, but it’s not ungainly. It’s a helicopter, but it has two forward-facing propellers. It’s a helicopter but it flies as fast as some planes. It is the X3, a very high-speed helicopter built by European defense giant EADS. It’s already set one speed record, zooming at 279.6 miles per hour (232… Keep reading →

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