Shorting the F-35

The Pentagon is contemplating terminating production of the F-35B short takeoff and landing version, the Daily Report has learned. Britain’s decision to back out of buying its planned 138 F-35Bs—and substitute the F-35C carrier model in yet-undetermined numbers—will cause the...

Presidential Panel Eyes $100 Billion in Defense Cuts

The Presidential commission exploring ways to balance the federal budget by 2015—excluding interest payments on the national debt—is proposing $100 billion in defense cuts for that fiscal year. Among the recommendations in their newly issued draft report, co-chairs Erskine Bowles, chief of staff to President Clinton, and Alan Simpson, former Republican Senator from Wyoming, would: apply savings from DOD's efficiency initiative to deficit reduction ($28 billion); reduce procurement spending by 15 percent, including canceling the Marine Corps version of the F-35 strike fighter ($20 billion); freeze non-combat military pay at 2011 levels for three years ($9.2 billion); reduce overseas bases by one-third ($8.5 billion); trim research and development spending by 10 percent ($7 billion); modernize Tricare and defense health services ($6 billion); and double the proposed cuts to DOD's contractor workforce ($5.4 billion). President Obama established the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform in February. The 18-member panel will vote on its final report by Dec. 1. (Co-chairs' proposal) (Draft savings document)

Presidential Panel: Cancel F-35B, Cut F-35A, F-35C Buys

The National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform is recommending that the Pentagon cancel the Marine Corps’ version of the F-35 strike fighter and halve the Air Force and Navy F-35 buys out to 2015. Canceling the Marine Corps’ F-35B...

Lorenz Announces Retirement Date

The retirement ceremony for Gen. Stephen Lorenz, commander of Air Education and Training Command at Randolph AFB, Tex., is set for Nov. 17, announced AETC officials. His retirement will take effect Jan. 1, they said. Lorenz has led AETC since...

Dyess Gets Second C-130J

The 317th Airlift Group at Dyess AFB, Tex., has taken delivery if its second new C-130J transport. The unit is building up to a force of 28 C-130Js by 2013. They will replace its legacy C-130Hs. At full strength, the...

Fisher House Opens at Dover

The Fisher House for Families of the Fallen is now open at Dover AFB, Del. Air Force Secretary Michael Donley and Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz were among the dignitaries who dedicated the new 8,462 square-foot facility. While the...

First F-35C Aircraft Arrives for Testing

CF-1, the first F-35C strike fighter test aircraft, has arrived at NAS Patuxent River, Md., F-35 prime contractor Lockheed Martin announced. The C model is optimized for operations from large-deck aircraft carriers. At Pax River, F-35 test officials will employ...

C-47 Joins Little Rock Heritage Park

The heritage park at Little Rock AFB, Ark., now has a C-47 Skytrain transport on static display, joining other combat airlifters from every era since World War II there. Little Rock airmen spent several months repairing and repainting the C-47...

Air Sorties from SWA 110410

Air Sorties in Southwest Asia, Nov. 4, 2010 Sortie Type OND OEF OND/OEF Total YTD ISR 23 70 93 23,435 CAS/Armed Recon 14 99 113 30,129 Airlift 179 179 53,583 Air refueling 53 53 14,950 Rescue 21 21 6,942 Total...