MSgt. Scott Laws at Shaw AFB, S.C., told the Air Force that is would save money if F-16 maintainers did not have to replace an $8,500 valve every time the $50 heat shield covering it gets damaged. He recommended replacing just the heat shield, which he found could be ordered separately, even though it’s not listed as a separate part in the current technical order. Once the Air Force changes the T.O., used by every F-16 base in the service, officials estimate the savings in the first year to be about $320,000. For his suggestion, Laws gets $10,000.
Reports of production troubles on the SpaceX rocket that could contend for military cargo deliveries happened to coincide with a different company’s concept receiving an early nod—one that might not require a rocket at all.