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Air Force Pushes 3D Printing To Boost Readiness

Posted by Theresa Hitchens on


Air Force LCMC is working to ensure that far-flung depots eventually can print their own parts — with a recent first being Travis AFB’s using their brand, spanking new laser printer to print those toilet seat covers built of a new-fangled polymer from it’s own brand new printer. 

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Pentagon Needs Hill Help With Software Fixes, Including On F-35

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Acquisition chief Ellen Lord wants a radically new way of buying software, but appropriators have to approve.

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F-35 Parts Problems At Heart Of Low Readiness Rates: GAO

Posted by Colin Clark on


“F-35 aircraft performance is falling short of warfighter requirements—that is, aircraft cannot perform as many missions or fly as often as required. This lower-than-desired aircraft performance is due largely to F-35 spare parts shortages and difficulty in managing and moving parts around the world”

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Army Tells Shoddy Suppliers: Shape Up

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Quality control problems at Boeing are just part of wider supply shortfalls that could hamstring Army helicopters in a major war.

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F-35C Readiness Rises, Navy Fighter Shortfall Fades

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


While the Air Force bet the farm on F-35, the Navy put its airpower eggs in multiple baskets, from legacy fighters to new drones.

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SOCOM Tests Sarcos Exoskeleton (No, It Isn’t ‘Iron Man’)

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Sorry, you won’t be punching aliens in the face. But loading 200-pound missiles onto a helicopter by yourself? That’s plenty useful.

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Air Force Tries To Fix F-35’s ALIS — From A Big, Broken Box To the Cloud

Posted by Colin Clark on


How bad is the F-35’s computerized maintenance system, ALIS? So bad the plane may be better off without it.

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Carrier Cutback Plan ‘Mind Boggling’: Sen. Kaine

Posted by Paul McLeary on


Two top congressmen joined Virginia’s Sen. Kaine in rejecting the Pentagon’s proposal to retire the USS Truman two decades early.

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Forget The Terminator: Robotics For Logistics 1st, Combat 2nd

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Don’t think about the Terminator or Iron Man: Think about Sigourney Weaver’s power loader lifting crates in Aliens.

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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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