Daily Report

Nov. 28, 2016

Bringing Troy Gilbert Home

Ten years ago on Sunday, Maj. Troy Gilbert died when his F-16 crashed in Iraq while he was attempting to save US Special Forces who had come under enemy fire. Despite attempts to protect the crash site until US troops...

Heithold Inducted into Order of the Sword

Lt. Gen. Brad Heithold, the former commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, was inducted into the Order of the Sword during a Nov. 18 ceremony at Hurlburt Field, Fla. The Order of the Sword is the highest honor the...

F-35B Completes Weapons Load Testing at Sea

The vertical takeoff version of the F-35 hit a major milestone in November, finishing weapons load testing at sea. An F-35B aboard the USS America went through “an aggressive test plan,” including shipboard launch and recovery expansion test points focused...

Using Plant DNA to Prevent Counterfeit Parts

The Pentagon has invested in new DNA technology that promises to help identify counterfeit spare parts, according to Popular Mechanics. The process, developed by Applied DNA Sciences, uses the unique coding of plant DNA to mark authentic spare parts and...

Pratt & Whitney Gets $93 Million for F-22 Engine Work

The Air Force on Nov. 22 awarded Pratt & Whitney $93 million for engine work on F-22 Raptors. The contract, which lasts until Dec. 31, 2017, covers sustainment labor, data, and combined test force operations and support for the F119...

General Atomics Gets $40 Million Reaper Retrofit Contract

General Atomics on Nov. 21 received an almost $40 million contract to modify MQ-9 Reapers for extended range. The contract covers fabrication, delivery, and installation of the kits at a General Atomics facility In Poway, Calif., according to a Pentagon...

Lockheed Awarded Contracts To Modify Foreign Military F-16s

Lockheed Martin on Nov. 22 received three contracts worth almost $60 million for upgrades and modifications to Moroccan, Taiwanese, and Singaporean F-16s. The company received a $16.3 million modification to a previously awarded contract to upgrade F-16s for Morocco, with...