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The Insider | December 15, 2014

The State Department has cleared the way for Japan to upgrade its inventory of Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles by approving the foreign military sale of C7-model AIM-120 missiles.

The Insider | December 15, 2014

The Air Force's extended-range Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile program has moved to full-rate production following a recent milestone decision, prime contractor Lockheed Martin said today.

The Insider | December 15, 2014

Norway, Finland, Switzerland and Turkey have conducted a series of successful AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles tests designed to validate the effectiveness of a new processor card, according to the manufacturer Raytheon.

The Insider | December 12, 2014

Converting the U-2 spy plane into an unmanned aircraft would cost approximately $800 million and take four years, according to an August 2012 report to Congress obtained this week by InsideDefense.com.

Daily News | December 10, 2014

The fiscal year 2015 omnibus spending bill released by Congress this week would bridge the Air Force Combat Rescue Helicopter program's $100 million funding gap, add $479 million to buy four additional F-35s, and provide $125 million for an extra competitive space launch, according to a summary of the compromise legislation.

Daily News | December 10, 2014

Raytheon Missile Systems has delivered improvements to the Miniature Air Launched Decoy Jammer's navigation software and demonstrated a new radio data link for in-flight retargeting.

Daily News | December 9, 2014

The Air Force has identified the intercontinental ballistic missile force as a rich source of officers for the remotely piloted aircraft career field, according to a report delivered to the Senate Armed Services Committee in September.

Daily News | December 8, 2014

As the Marine Corps looks to arm its tilt-rotor MV-22 Osprey aircraft, Bell Helicopter has announced the successful demonstration of two attack capabilities on the platform.

Daily News | December 5, 2014

The Navy has confirmed its plans to integrate the developmental Small Diameter Bomb Increment II weapon system with the F/A-18 Super Hornet independent of the integration schedule for the F-35.

Daily News | December 3, 2014

The E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System replacement and the next-generation trainer aircraft will likely be the Air Force's first two programs to put new acquisition reforms into practice, service Secretary Deborah Lee James told a Wall Street investment conference Dec. 2.

Daily News | December 1, 2014

Joint Strike Fighter manufacturer Lockheed Martin received a $556 million Thanksgiving gift last week with the Defense Department announcing two separate contracts for F-35 modifications, services, spare parts and support equipment.

Daily News | December 1, 2014

A group of senators have requested an update from the Federal Aviation Administration on its regulation of unmanned aerial systems amid concerns about delays to the rule-making process.

The Insider | November 26, 2014

Although a request for proposals had been expected as early as this month, the Air Force confirmed this week that it is still deciding on the most appropriate acquisition strategy to replace its two VC-25 presidential aircraft, more commonly known as Air Force One.

Daily News | November 25, 2014

The Japanese Ministry of Defense has announced the selection of Northrop Grumman's E-2D Advanced Hawkeye and RQ-4B Global Hawk to meet its military modernization requirements. The country has also decided to procure the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey.

Daily News | November 24, 2014

The British government remains "on target" for achieving F-35 operational capability from land bases in 2018 with the signing of a contract for four B-variant combat jets, the country's chief of defence materiel, Bernard Gray, confirmed in a Nov. 24 statement.

Daily News | November 14, 2014

The Air Force has secured almost $1.6 billion of the White House's $5 billion amendment to the fiscal year 2015 request for overseas contingency funding, according to government documents. The request includes about $544 million for classified programs and an additional $70 million for missiles and bombs.

Daily News | November 11, 2014

After months of uncertainty, the U.S. government has decided to temporarily base Iraq's first three F-16 fighter jets in Tucson, AZ, to support the pilot training mission there.

Daily News | November 7, 2014

The Air Force has shifted the initial operational capability date for its E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System recapitalization effort from fiscal year 2022 to FY-23 ahead of an anticipated materiel development decision in January 2015.

Daily News | October 31, 2014

Following Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's call in September for a "game-changing offset strategy" to restore the U.S. military's technological edge, a Washington-based think tank has called for a new defense strategy centered around a "global surveillance and strike network."

Daily News | October 28, 2014

The Federal Aviation Administration is weeks, if not days, away from releasing a draft rule on the safe integration of small unmanned aircraft into the national airspace system.

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