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CBP Official Says Mix Of Infrastructure, Technology And People Best For Border Security

March 16, 2018 by Calvin Biesecker

Although performance metrics are still lacking for determining the effectiveness of specific types of investments in border security, history has shown that a mix of technology, physical infrastructure and personnel are effective in curbing illegal border activity, a senior Customs and Border Protection (CBP) official said last week. “We know over the history of CBP […]

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Lockheed Martin Awarded $1.46 Billion Mod For F-35 Long-Lead Material

March 14, 2018 by Rich Abott

The Naval Air Systems Command awarded Lockheed Martin [LMT] a $1.46 billion modification for long-lead material and parts for F-35 aircraft, the Defense Department said Tuesday. This not-to-exceed modification on an earlier advance acquisition contract specifically covers low rate initial production (LRIP) F-35s. This includes 145 Lot 13 aircraft for the Navy, Marine Corps, Air […]

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Zukunft Says Planned Drop In Coast Guard Acquisition Budget Will Hit Polar Icebreaker Program

by Calvin Biesecker

Although the Coast Guard’s plan for acquiring its first new heavy polar icebreaker in more than 40 years is within sight, current out-year budget plans don’t provide funding for additional icebreakers, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft told a House panel on Wednesday. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s […]

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Congress Nears Finishing FY 2018 Omnibus Appropriations Bill

March 9, 2018 by Marc Selinger

Lawmakers are “on track” to unveil the fiscal year 2018 omnibus appropriations conference report sometime during the week of March 12-16, a spokeswoman for the House Appropriations Committee said March 9. Negotiators have been working for weeks to combine 12 individual appropriations bills for defense and other programs into a single package. They were expected […]

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Lawmakers Blast Navy Plan To Retire Hospital Ship

March 8, 2018 by Marc Selinger

The U.S. Navy’s plan to retire one of its two hospital ships is drawing fire from lawmakers who say the vessels provide important services for overseas humanitarian missions and victims of domestic natural disasters. According to the lawmakers, the proposal to retire either the USNS Comfort or the USNS Mercy in 2020 is reflected in the Navy’s recently […]

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Key Lawmaker To Examine Air Force Cancellation Of JSTARS Replacement

March 6, 2018 by Marc Selinger

The head of a congressional defense subcommittee said March 6 that he intends to scrutinize the Air Force’s controversial plan to cancel its replacement for the aging E-8C JSTARS ground-surveillance aircraft. “We’re going to take a look at it,” said Rep. Michael Turner (R-Ohio), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee’s (HASC’s) tactical air and […]

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F-35 Program Office, Contractor To Discuss Fighter Jet’s Deficiencies

March 1, 2018 by Marc Selinger

The U.S. Defense Department’s F-35 Lightning II joint program office (JPO) plans to hold a “consideration summit” with prime contractor Lockheed Martin [LMT] in the “spring-summer timeframe” to discuss how to fix about 200 deficiencies that have been identified with the fighter jet and related equipment, according to the JPO’s leader. The shortfalls involve capabilities that […]

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F-35 Program To Update Older Jets To Boost Reliability

February 28, 2018 by Marc Selinger

The U.S. Defense Department’s F-35 Lightning II joint program office plans to modify more than 200 early-production jets to bring them up to newer configurations, the program’s leader said Feb. 28. Aircraft from Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) Lots 2 through 8 will receive a mix of hardware and software updates to reflect design improvements that […]

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Air Force Plans To Proceed With Purchasing Light-Attack Aircraft

February 16, 2018 by Marc Selinger

The U.S. Air Force intends to rapidly buy a fleet of light-attack aircraft after it conducts a second round of experiments with such planes later this year, service Secretary Heather Wilson said Feb. 16. The Air Force recently updated its five-year spending plan to include a $2.4 billion “placeholder” to acquire the aircraft, Wilson told […]

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Competition For JSTARS Replacement Plane Continues As Air Force, Hill Duel Over Proposal To End Program

February 13, 2018 by Marc Selinger

The U.S. Air Force, which recently announced plans to nix a replacement for its aging E-8C JSTARS ground-surveillance aircraft, is not pulling the plug on the program just yet. Facing congressional opposition to its proposal, the Air Force said Feb. 13 that it intends to continue reviewing industry bids for the replacement plane at least until […]

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