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Roper Unveils PEO For Next Gen Digital Planes; Critics Grumble

Posted by Theresa Hitchens on


The new Advanced Aircraft PEO will “transform the Next Generation Air Dominance (NGAD) program into the Air Force’s Digital Century Series initiative.”

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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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JSTARS Just A Target In A2AD; No Need To Replace

Posted by Colin Clark on


AFA HQ: We finally learned why the Air Force has been backing away from a new JSTARS: it probably wouldn’t be much use in a real shooting war. That’s the verdict, stated in less unforgiving terms by the head of Air Combat Command, Gen. Mike Holmes, here in a speech. “The question is, how will… Keep reading →

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Airmen First, Weapons Second: SecAF James

Posted by Colin Clark on


 AFA: For the foreseeable future, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James told me today, when push comes to shove, personnel funding should win and modernization must wait. “If you’re asking me if I have to choose between the two, then I vote for people,” she said. “I’m going to protect people.” Of course, the Air… Keep reading →

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Northrop Unveils Sixth Gen Fighter Concept

Posted by Colin Clark on


PALMDALE, CALIF: Northrop Grumman unveiled its vision of the so-called sixth-generation fighter, showing reporters a laser-firing aircraft that looks like a cross between the B-2 bomber and the X-47B drone. Chris Hernandez, Northrop’s vice president for research, technology and advanced design, laid out the basic parameters for the sixth-gen fighter (Northrop refers to it as NG Air… Keep reading →

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