Inside the Air Force highlights

By John Liang  
January 11, 2019 at 5:00 AM

Some must-reads from this week's issue of Inside the Air Force:

1. The Air Force announced this week it has accepted delivery of the Boeing-made KC-46 tanker, but says it has "mechanisms in place" -- including an option to withhold up to $1.5 billion from the company's contract -- to ensure Boeing completes fixes to the remote vision system that were identified during developmental testing.

Full story: USAF approves KC-46 for delivery despite concerns with RVS

2. The Air Force has "restructured" a key upgrade effort for the Joint Space Operations Center Mission System, but is providing little detail on how the program has been reshaped.

Full story: USAF restructures JMS after delays, will feed Space Fence data to legacy system

3. The Pentagon needs to cut about 43 percent of the annual cost to sustain the F-35A by 2036 in order to meet sustainment affordability goals, according to a new report to Congress.

Full story: Pentagon aims to cut cost to sustain F-35A by 43 percent

4. The Air Force sent Congress an update last month on the progress of programs approved for Section 804 authority, and included specific "guardrails" that will trigger congressional notification if the program isn't performing as planned.

Full story: USAF sends Section 804 update, highlighting performance 'guard rails'