Inside the Air Force, April 18, 2014 -- No emergency or homeland defense scenario associated with the president's 2012 defense strategic guidance would require the Air Force to maintain a mobility fleet of 358 C-130s, as previously directed by Congress, according to the unclassified summary of a 2013 Pentagon mobility capabilities assessment provided to Inside the Air Force this week.
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DefenseAlert, April 18, 2014 -- The Missile Defense Agency is delaying by one year its plans to seek congressional permission for a $3 billion multiyear purchase of Raytheon's newest guided missile because the Standard Missile-3 Block IB program has not yet met statutory requirements for such a contractual arrangement, according to an agency spokesman.
DefenseAlert, April 17, 2014 -- The size of the Pentagon's major weapon system acquisition portfolio held steady over the last year at $1.6 trillion, with seven programs added and six programs removed because they are near the end of the procurement cycle.
DOCUMENT: DOD's December 2013 Selected Acquisition Report Summary
DefenseAlert, April 17, 2014 -- The latest Selected Acquisition Report for the Joint Strike Fighter program shows marginal cost growth for F-35 procurement and reductions in cost estimates for life-cycle sustainment, lowering the total projected cost by 2 percent over last year's data -- but still estimating a price tag of $921 billion in fiscal year 2012 dollars.
DefenseAlert, April 17, 2014 -- The Air Force recently told Congress it has just one option -- requiring a range of improvements to meet requirements -- for replacing the innovative Blue Devil 1 intelligence-collection system. Additionally, the service has disclosed that Air Combat Command is almost done with a major study that will identify "capability shortfalls" impacting the service's ability to meet surveillance goals in theater.
DOCUMENT: Air Force Report On The Blue Devil ISR System
DefenseAlert, April 15, 2014 -- The Air Force is proceeding with the development and evaluation of its Block 5 MQ-9 Reaper aircraft and plans to award a contract to General Atomics Aeronautical Systems to modify Block 30 ground control stations in support of those efforts.DefenseAlert: Daily News
- Air Force Looking To Navy For Performance-Based Logistics Management Tips
- DLA Looks At Ways To Save Money, Deal With A Smaller Budget
- Air Force Time Line For Joint Strike Fighter Base In Pacific Still Up In The Air
- Kendall: DOD 'Extremely Unlikely' To Submit Budgets In Line With Sequestration
- Marines Will Retain 2,500 MRAPs Coming Out Of Afghanistan
DefenseAlert, April 16, 2014 -- Pentagon modernization accounts would be reduced by $66 billion if Congress does not lift the current statutory spending caps between fiscal years 2016 and 2019, slowing planned growth in investment and curtailing research and development spending, according to a new report that reveals new details about the military's worst-case budget planning.
DOCUMENT: DOD Report On 'Estimated Impacts Of Sequestration-Level Funding'
News on DOD's business enterprise architecture, performance-based logistics, the Air Force's VIP aircraft sustainment draft RFP package and more.
The Navy today released a classified draft request for proposals for the Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike air segment to the four companies already under contract to conduct preliminary design reviews for the . . .04/16/2014
The Congressional Research Service recently issued a report on the Pentagon's "Section 1206" security assistance program. The April 4 report -- originally obtained by Secrecy News -- notes that the fiscal year 2014 Defense Authorization Act . . .04/15/2014
The Missile Defense Agency has released answers to questions about its proposed new Long Range Discrimination Radar. On March 14, MDA's sensors directorate published a request for information to gauge "industry interest and capability" in developing . . .