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House Armed Services Scrutinizes F-35 Costs, ABMS, Army Modernization

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The HASC wants an independent cost estimate on the F-35 and some detail — any detail — on the plan to replace AWACS. It’s also a little curious about robot tanks.

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Army Will Cull Hypersonic & Laser Weapons Portfolios: Jette & Murray

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


While Congress wrestles with CH-47 cuts, Army leaders are already looking ahead to hard decisions on high tech.

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Parts Problems Slow F-35 Production; CAPE Says Flying Costs Target Not Likely

Posted by Colin Clark on


F-35 Program Executive Officer Vice Adm. Mat Winter today told the HASC tactical air and land subcommittee that Lockheed was guilty of just that, adding that this had helped lead to a shortage of an average of 600 parts each month, causing production line slowdowns and cost increases.

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Keep 12 Carriers, It’s A National Imperative: Rep. Wittman

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What does one of the most influential defense lawmakers on the Hill, Rob Wittman, think about the Trump Administration plan to cut the number of aircraft carriers from 11 to 10?

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HASC Rejects JSTARS Recap, Speeds Up Ships

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The House Armed Services Committee rejected the Air Force’s strategy to replace the E-8 JSTARS and questioned its plan for the EC-130H Compass Call, even as it accelerated Navy shipbuilding.

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Army Plans To Halt WIN-T Buy; Shuffle Network $$

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: After almost a decade of reporting on the Army’s crucial networks, I’d thought they’d started to get things right. Boy, was I wrong. At a hearing this afternoon of the House Armed Services air and land subcommittee, the Army left lawmakers shaking their heads when they announced they plan to shut down the controversial… Keep reading →

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Memos, Vetos, Spending And Those Elections

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WASHINGTON: Congress has returned after a week of uncommonly beautiful weather for Washington in late August. But, with all the other miseries that Congress has wrought upon the American people in the last few years, lawmakers appear to have brought the hot and muggy weather back with them. What else might they have brought back? Could… Keep reading →

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Billions In F-35 Upgrades Debated; Canada Election Fallout

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


CAPITOL HILL: While Congress and the media focus on immediate issues with the F-35’s ejection seat, the program has begun working on a long-range modernization plan to upgrade the Joint Strike Fighter’s combat power. This modernization package, with the so-called Block 4 software upgrade at its core, is essential to the aircraft reaching its “full warfighting capability,” Maj. Gen.… Keep reading →

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No Battle Royal At HASC Markup Over F-35A; Dems Fold Fast

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UPDATE: GOP Buries Dems On F-35 Vote; Mudslinging Starts early CAPITOL HILL: One of the highlights of today’s House Armed Services Committee markup of the draft defense policy bill is sure to was expected to be a series of votes on whether to shift $588.5 million to the National Guard from the purchase of an additional six Lockheed… Keep reading →

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HASC AirLand Bumps Up F-35B, F-18, & Stryker; No F-35Cs Added

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


CAPITOL HILL: The House Armed Services Committee wants to add up to six F-35B STOVL jets to the Marine Corps budget, even as it demands new oversight into Lockheed Martin’s long-troubled F-35 program. The House draft National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2016 would not add any F-35Cs, the Navy variant. Instead, it will include up to a… Keep reading →

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