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NPR draft: Plan to review NC3 governance due by May 1 could affect Air Force oversight

Rachel Karas | Jan. 12, 2018

A leaked draft of the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review indicates the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will create a plan to reform nuclear command, control and communications governance, which could shift how the Air Force oversees much of that enterprise.

Navy in 2016 considered 'frictionless' requirement for a 500-ship fleet

Jason Sherman | Jan. 12, 2018

In 2016, the Navy considered a need for hundreds more warships than the 355 the service eventually decided represents the force-level goal needed to execute the Obama administration's defense strategy, according to a senior official involved in crafting the 2016 Force Structure Assessment.

DOD IG: SEWIP blocks 1, 2 will require 'additional funds' to resolve deficiencies

Justin Katz | Jan. 12, 2018

Naval Sea Systems Command will spend additional funds to resolve deficiencies on its electronic warfare early detection program after failing to do so before or after entering full-rate production, according to a Defense Department audit.

Air Force looks to alleviate GPS III simulator demand as production picks up

Courtney Albon | Jan. 12, 2018

As momentum picks up on efforts to modernize the GPS enterprise, the Air Force and Lockheed Martin are working to mitigate demand for a key testing resource.

Aurora envisions Orion in Africa, Pacific as UAV gains traction with Air Force

Rachel Karas | Jan. 12, 2018

Aurora's Orion long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle will take steps toward deployment over the next two years, although the Air Force has not created a formal program of record.

Air Force completes cost-capability analysis for FAB-T force element terminals

Courtney Albon | Jan. 12, 2018

The Air Force has completed a long-awaited cost-capability analysis of a plan to field airborne wideband force element terminals to fly on nuclear capable bomber and reconnaissance aircraft as part of its Family of Beyond-Line-of-Sight Terminals program.

As Congress eyes yet another stopgap continuing resolution, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) says the Pentagon may need "flexibility" on the deadline for obligating fiscal year 2018 funds, especially for operations and maintenance.

The Navy intends to award four to six conceptual design contracts this quarter for the guided-missile frigate replacement program and will then downselect to one vendor, according to a service official.

The Army has received congressional approval for the final disposition of AH-64 Apaches from the Army National Guard, which will retain four of its eight attack reconnaissance battalions.

CSRA prepares to roll out milCloud 2.0

CSRA said today it plans to launch milCloud 2.0, the cloud infrastructure program it won last year, in two locations on Feb. 1.

Thornberry seeks spending flexibility for DOD amid budget stalemate

As Congress eyes yet another stopgap continuing resolution, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) says the Pentagon may need "flexibility" on the deadline for obligating fiscal year 2018 funds, especially for operations and maintenance.

Navy in 2016 considered 'frictionless' requirement for a 500-ship fleet

In 2016, the Navy considered a need for hundreds more warships than the 355 the service eventually decided represents the force-level goal needed to execute the Obama administration's defense strategy, according to a senior official involved in crafting the 2016 Force Structure Assessment.

White House submits new Air Force general counsel nominee

The White House this evening announced President Trump's intent to nominate Thomas Ayres to be Air Force general counsel, a position for which its original choice, David Ehrhart, was withdrawn last September.

NPR draft: Plan to review NC3 governance due by May 1 could affect Air Force oversight

A leaked draft of the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review indicates the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will create a plan to reform nuclear command, control and communications governance, which could shift how the Air Force oversees much of that enterprise.

Shaw AFB gets green light to host new MQ-9 operations group

Shaw Air Force Base, SC, announced this week it received service Secretary Heather Wilson's approval to stand up a new MQ-9 Reaper group over the next four years, after passing an environmental impact study last year.