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Defense Daily, Wednesday, September 19, 2018, Vol. 279, Issue 56

Despite New KC-46 Deficiencies, Air Force Still Working Toward October Delivery Date

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The Air Force continues to work with Boeing [BA] to receive the first deliveries of KC-46A Pegasus next-generation aircraft by the target October deadline, despite new deficiencies revealed during testing, the new Air Mobility Command (AMC) commander said Tuesday.Gen. Maryanne Miller, who assumed command of AMC less than two weeks ago,…

Cost, Breakdown of Proposed Additional Air Force Squadrons Yet to Be Determined

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Air Force has yet to determine the cost of boosting its 312 operational squadrons to 386, and the breakdown of aircraft in each proposed squadron, service leadership said Tuesday.Service Secretary Heather Wilson revealed Monday that the service required nearly a 25 percent increase in operational squadrons by 2030 in order…

Air Force Looking To Transform Rapid Software Delivery With New PEO Digital

The Air Force on Monday redesignated its Program Executive Office Battle Management as the new PEO Digital affirming plans to transform its approach to rapidly delivering critical software updates for everything from weapons systems to communication platform.Steven Wert, the new office’s lead official, told attendees Tuesday at an Air Force Association conference that PEO Digital…

Senate Passes DoD Budget, House Vote Needed Next Week

The Defense Department’s 2019 budget is a step closer to President Trump’s desk, after the Senate approved the final version of the Pentagon’s annual budget bill 93-7 Tuesday.The final DoD appropriations bill still needs to be approved by the House, which is in recess until Sept. 25, before Trump can sign the measure into law.…

Dems Bill Would Ban Already-Funded Low-Yield Nuclear Warhead

Democrats in the House and Senate on Tuesday unveiled legislative language that would ban research, development, manufacturing, and fielding of the planned low-yield, submarine-launched ballistic-missile warhead for which Congress approved $65 million in funding during the fiscal year that begins in 13 days.Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) sponsored the House bill, with co-sponsors Reps. John Garamendi (D-Calif.), Earl…

KC-135Rs Getting Link 16, Real-Time Data In Block 45

Rockwell Collins [COL] will integrate Link 16 communication capabilities on U.S. Air Force KC-135Rs as part of its real-time information in the cockpit (RTIC) system.“Pilots and boom operators will now be able to view intelligence feeds on the new avionics displays we’re providing as part of their Block 45 upgrade,” said Dave Schreck, vice president…

U.S. Starts Valiant Shield Exercise In Marianas Islands And Guam

U.S. military forces have started the 2018 iteration of the biennial Valiant Shield field training exercise held around the Marianas Island Range Complex and on Guam this week.The service features integration of joint training for the Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force. The exercise includes 15 surface ships like the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan…