A recent report from the Pentagon’s Director of Operational Test and Evaluation suggesting a major issue with the F-35’s escape system isn’t as big a deal as it was made to sound, Joint Strike Fighter program director Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan said Wednesday.
Even though the Air Force is cutting five F-35As from its fiscal 2017 budget and more in the out-years, the net effect on price will be “way less than one percent,” program director Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan said Wednesday.
Despite challenges with software and the Autonomic Logistics Information System, the Air Force could still achieve initial operational capability with the F-35 by the Aug. 1 target date, program director Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan said Wednesday.
The Air Force hasn’t focused enough on energy
assurance, and it is trying to “do more, do better” in Fiscal 2017, Air
Force Secretary Deborah Lee James told the Senate Appropriations
Committee’s defense subcommittee on Wednesday.
The US-led coalition has “more than enough bombers” to carry out airstrikes even as Air Force B-1s have returned home and six Canadian CF-18s will leave the fight by the end of the month, the coalition spokesman said.
The Alaska Air National Guard retitled the 168th Air
Refueling Wing to acknowledge its additional radar space surveillance
mission last week, officials announced.
The National Nuclear Security Administration boosted
its defense program budget request for Fiscal 2017 by 4.5 percent above
Fiscal 2016 appropriations, mainly to support nuclear warhead
modernization, officials announced.
The Air Force’s Fiscal 2017 baseline “blue budget” request of $120.4 continues the long climb back to what the service calls “full spectrum readiness,” which won’t be achieved “for eight to 10 years,” the USAF budget director told reporters at a Pentagon briefing on Tuesday.
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