Daily Report

June 1, 2015

F-35 Block Buy in ‘18

International F-35 executives meeting in Norway are planning to organize a three-year “block buy” of the fighter starting in 2018, which could bundle contracts for more than 400 aircraft and save “double digits” of percent on production, Pentagon acquisition chief...

USAF’s IOC Strike Fighters

The 12 F-35s with which the Air Force will declare initial operational capability next year are starting to deliver from Lots 6 and 7, Joint Strike Fighter Program Manager Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan told reporters Friday. Speaking by telecon from...

F-35 Block 4 Taking Shape

The Block 4 version of the F-35 strike fighter—the omnibus upgrade program after the Block 3F configuration is deployed with all three services—will be “sorted out in the next few months,” Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall said Friday. There will...

F-35B Wasp Tests

Six F-35Bs made a “highly successful” test aboard the USS Wasp amphibious assault ship during an eight-day evaluation that concluded Friday, said Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Jon Davis, USMC aviation chief. Speaking with reporters via telecom from a Joint Strike...

James Speaks at Academy Graduation

If the United States is going to be successful in future wars it must maintain its technological edge over potential adversaries, ensure USAF is efficient and accountable, and make sure the force is made up of the best America has...

Carter Returns to Asia for Shangri-La Dialogue

Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s second trip to the Asia-Pacific continued on Friday as he arrived in Singapore, where he was to speak at the Shangri-La Dialogue, held May 29-31. Carter first stopped in Hawaii on May 27 to meet with...

332nd AEW Reactivated, New Missions Planned

The Air Force, which continues to build up its in-theater infrastructure to support Operation Inherent Resolve, reactivated the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing at an undisclosed Persian Gulf nation earlier this month. With more aircraft and missions operating from the base,...

TAAC-Air Maintaining Small Kandahar Presence

Even though advising footprint has shrunk in Afghanistan and the Train Advise Assist Command-Air is based out of Kabul, some 40 US airmen and soldiers travel to Kandahar nearly every day to advise one of the Afghan Air Force’s air...