The U.S. Army’s top officer sought to clarify a long-simmering dispute with a lawmaker over battlefield intelligence programs in simple terms. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno and Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., got into a heated exchange last month during a hearing on Capitol Hill. Hunter, a former Marine who served in Iraq and […]
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U.S. Army officials plan to award up to four design contracts by the end of fiscal year 2013 for vendors to build the Joint Multi-Role (JMR) demonstrator aircraft, a next generation helicopter fleet, Army leaders said Thursday. Current plans call for two JMR technology demonstrator aircraft to be designed and built for a first flight […]
Top U.S. Defense Department officials say they’re concerned the slow pace of software development may delay the delivery of the most lethal version of the F-35 fighter jet beyond 2017. The program manager, Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, told lawmakers today the issue was his top priority.
Despite years of effort by U.S. trainers, the fledgling Afghan Air Force still lacks the planes and the pilots to bomb and strafe in support of its own ground forces and won’t have that ability anytime soon, the top U.S. air commander in Afghanistan said Tuesday. “They don’t,” Air Force Maj. Gen. H.D. “Jake” Polumbo […]
The U.S. Air Force continues work on designs for a stealthy, high-tech, next-generation Long Range Strike-Bomber ready for initial operating capability sometime during the 2020s and able to replace portions of the aging fleet of B-2s and B-52s, service officials confirmed. The Air Force acquisition strategy for the next generation bomber, for which the service […]