August 21, 2017

F-35B Testing Outmaneuvers Dogfight Critics

Four F35-B take out nine enemy aircraft as the Marines approach the end of their testing of the new fighter jet’s combat readiness.

JSF Could Be ‘Biggest White Elephants in History’

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In a scathing report of cost overruns and delays of the JSF, a former UK defense official says the fighter jet is already a white elephant.

X-47B First Aerial Refueling at PAX

First aerial refueling of the X-47B, the Navy’s carrier-launched unmanned aircraft, slated for NAS Patuxent River.

Marines Take Their F-35s in July, Glitches or Not

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The Marines F-35 Program Manager made clear last week, whatever fixes are still needed on the JSF in July, the Marines will work around them.

Pentagon Says Weapon Program Costs are Falling

DoD’s Selected Acquisitions Reports (SARs) are out for Dec. 2013 – Dec. 2014 and show some details of the Pentagon’s report of declining weapon costs.

Cybersecurity Info-Sharing Bill Leaves Committee

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Senate Select Committee on Intelligence suggests incentives will gain private firms’ cooperation with the government.

DoD Budget Battle ’16 is On

The administration opened the DoD budget battle with Pentagon spending upped to a $534 billion baseline budget plus $51 billion to ongoing foreign wars.

Extreme Weather Tests JSF

An F-35B from Pax Integrated Test Force withstood extreme weather testing in the climactic lab at Eglin Air Force Base, FL.

Lockheed Hits JSF Target

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Despite an up and down year, Lockheed delivered 36 F-35s to the Pentagon, making its 2014 target and retaining its sterling investment reputation into the future.

Morning Coffee: Pentagon Cuts 8 JSFs

Sources report the Pentagon will cut 8 F-35s from the FY15 budget and the White House will seek a $36 billion DoD plus-up in the FY16. Budget expert calls out-year projections “fiction.”