Jason Simpson

Jason Simpson was an Inside the Air Force reporter with Inside Defense until December 2009.

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The Insider | February 27, 2009

In a Defense: Next post earlier this week, titled “Strike Back,” the Joint Strike Fighter program executive officer, Air Force Maj. Gen. Charles Davis, commented on criticisms over the past several years made by an Australian think tank on the F-35 program and its applicability for Australia's future combat.

The Insider | February 23, 2009

Ever since the Australian government signed a memorandum of understanding with the United States in 2006 to become a partner nation in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, an “independent” think tank calling itself Air Power Australia has been all over the fifth-generation jet's capabilities.

Daily News | February 17, 2009

The Air Force today might be in a "better situation" with the space systems it operates if it had settled on less complex satellite designs rather than pursued "high-90s" requirements, the service's chief of staff told reporters today.

Daily News | February 6, 2009

The Pentagon has decided to beddown 59 F-35 Lightning II fighter jets at Eglin Air Force Base, FL, beginning in March 2010, according to a Record of Decision released by the base today.

The Insider | February 3, 2009

The GE Rolls-Royce team building the secondary engine to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has begun testing its first production-configuration F136 engine a month ahead of schedule, the companies announced this week.

The Insider | January 23, 2009

You can't always believe what you read on the Internet.

The Insider | January 16, 2009

Sure, the Joint Strike Fighter could be set up as a manned-unmanned fighter jet, but is it worth it?

Daily News | January 16, 2009

The Air Force expects to award a contract for its next-generation satellite communications program early next year following a recent decision to scrap original source-selection plans and open a new request for proposals, the air service's top space acquisition official told reporters today.

The Insider | January 13, 2009

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz recently announced that Brig. Gen. Clyde Moore, a career test pilot, will be the next deputy director of the Joint Strike Fighter program office.

Daily News | December 29, 2008

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, CO -- Nations must set guidelines for satellites operating in close proximity to one another when policy makers craft international treaties for the use of technology in space, according to the chief of Air Force Space Command.

Daily News | December 23, 2008

The Air Force announced today that it has closed the existing source-selection for the next-generation communications satellite constellation and will release a new draft request for proposals this week.

Daily News | November 21, 2008

The Pentagon's top acquisition official this week questioned the urgency with which the Air Force is pursuing its combat search-and-rescue replacement helicopter program as the next administration prepares to take over.

Daily News | November 20, 2008

The Defense Department is making "some progress" in investigating commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) technology to bring acquisition programs' costs down, according to Pentagon acquisition chief John Young.

The Insider | November 7, 2008

Making the rounds in the blogosphere this week is a video showing a heretofore unidentified Air Force officer’s briefing on the Indian air force's Su30-MKI's performance at Red Flag 2008.

Daily News | October 24, 2008

The Office of the Secretary of Defense intends to announce the winner of a multibillion-dollar next-generation communications satellite constellation contract "as soon as possible," OSD said in a statement released today.

Daily News | October 22, 2008

The Air Force announced today it will issue a "minor amendment" to the combat search-and-rescue helicopter replacement program's request for proposal, making it the seventh amended request for the troubled and highly sought-after acquisition program.

The Insider | October 22, 2008

At an industry conference today in Springfield, VA, a member of an industry panel charged with forecasting the space market over the next 10 years said the Transformational Satellite Communications System contract award will be pushed one year to the right.

The Insider | October 20, 2008

You may have seen a report today suggesting the Defense Department has decided to terminate the current competition for the Air Force's next-generation communications satellite constellation.

Daily News | October 17, 2008

The Office of the Secretary of Defense is waiting to approve the B-2 radar modernization program's start of low-rate initial production until program officials complete price negotiations with the bomber's contractor, according to OSD and Northrop Grumman officials.

Daily News | September 12, 2008

A Pentagon-directed task force recommends that Air Force Space Command take over the air service's overall nuclear mission in addition to its responsibility as stewards of the nation's military satellite assets, the chairman of the panel told reporters during a briefing today at the Pentagon.

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