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Esper: F-35 Won’t Hit 80% Readiness, Cites Stealth Parts

Posted by Colin Clark on


“Transparency (canopy) supply shortages continue to be the main obstacle to achieving this. We are seeking additional sources to fix unserviceable canopies,” Esper said in response to written questions from the Senate Armed Services Committee.

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809 Panel Calls for Managing ‘Capabilities,’ Not Weapons

Posted by Ross Thompson on


The Department of Defense can make smarter and faster acquisition decisions if it uses people more thoughtfully. Instead of involving top-level leaders at every decision point in the acquisition process, senior leaders should determine the organization’s enterprise-level goals, then communicate them to empowered and capable leaders who can decide how best to meet those goals.… Keep reading →

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Lockheed Adds Some Israeli SPICE To Kinetics Market

Posted by Arie Egozi on


It’s a global coming-out party for the precision munition, already used by the Israeli Air Force in Syria.

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Navy Unveils $3.2B Unfunded List: 2 F-35s, New Laser & More Precision Strike

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The Navy tells Congress it wants to get more deadly and sail longer. Quickly. Can you say unfunded requirements?

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2020 Budget: One Half Step Towards A Great Power Strategy

Posted by Mark Cancian on


The Trump defense budget takes significant steps to move from a focus on regional conflicts and counter-insurgency to a focus on great power conflicts. But the Army, Navy Air Force and Marines clearly are struggling with this balance.

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Pentagon To Retire USS Truman Early, Shrinking Carrier Fleet To 10

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The move could save more than $30 billion over 25 years to invest in high-tech weapons — but Congress is sure to explode in outrage.

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India Is Going Big on New Fighters; Lockheed, Boeing Pledge Indian Plants

Posted by Paul McLeary on


Boeing, Lockheed, Dassault Aviation of France, the European Eurofighter consortium, Sweden’s Saab, and United Aircraft Corporation of Russia are all jockeying for position for an Indian fighter contract worth $15 billion for 110 planes, and an $8 billion navy program of around 60 aircraft.

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Three Attack Subs ‘Not Certified To Dive’; Navy F-35s at 15 Percent Readiness

Posted by Paul McLeary on


CAPITOL HILL: Navy readiness is “heading in the wrong direction,” the Government Accountability Office told the Senate this morning, with only 15 percent of Navy F-35Cs rated “fully mission capable.” At the same hearing, a four-star admiral acknowledged three nuclear-powered attack submarines were still stuck awaiting overhaul, with the USS Boise expected to be out of action… Keep reading →

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Marines Furiously Cutting Programs As Tighter Budgets Loom

Posted by Paul McLeary on


As old programs go, the Corps is looking at new cyber capabilities and getting back into the air defense game.

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F-35C Joins Integrated Carrier Ops; Refueling Mishap: Videos Etc.

Posted by Colin Clark on


ABOARD THE USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN: The Navy dragged its feet for years after committing to buy the F-35C for carrier operations. They worried it would be too expensive to maintain. They worried the tailhook problems would persist. They worried it was too heavy. Let’s face it: the Navy leadership was just worried. After all, they… Keep reading →

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