August 25, 2016

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

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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

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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

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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

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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.”

Morning Coffee: Laser Weapons Improve

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The new generation of laser weapons are approaching the power and efficiency needed for active military use.

Morning Coffee: F-35C Passes Tailhook Tests

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The Navy’s F-35C, the most likely JSF variant to be cut, passed 36 roll-in arrestment tests in January at Lakehurst.

Morning Coffee: DoD Exec Defends “Poseidon”

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A DoD acquisition executive responded this week to a negative report on the Navy’s Boeing P-8A Poseidon aircraft.