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Japan newest F-35 Lightning II customer

Steve O'Bryan, the vice president of F-35 Program Integration at Lockheed Martin, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss the recent purchase by Japan of the F-35 Lightning II fighter plane and what it means for the F-35 program.

Tags: Japan , DoD , industry , Contracting

Wednesday - 12/21/2011, 06:38pm EST

Military pay raise, TRICARE premium hikes part of defense authorization bill

Lawmakers have agreed on a $662 billion defense spending bill that includes a 1.6 percent pay raise, increases to TRICARE premiums and a cap on contractor executive pay, the House and Senate Armed Services Committees announced late Monday.

Tags: DoD , Defense Authorization Bill , budget , Congress , pay and benefits , TRICARE , Contracting , Green government

Tuesday - 12/13/2011, 02:18pm EST

Expert wonders if it's time to put F-35 out of its misery

Winslow Wheeler, director of the Straus Military Reform Project at the Center for Defense Information, says that the latest holdups with the F-35 joint strike fighter program are nothing new. He suggests that it might be time for the DoD to pull the plug on the ill-fated program and seek other solutions.

Tags: Winslow Wheeler , DoD , Federal Drive , Lockheed Martin , Leon Panetta , acquisition

Tuesday - 12/06/2011, 11:30am EST

F-35 program leader says production should slow

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter production should slow down a bit, says the program's chief, Navy Vice Adm. David Venlet. Potential airframe cracks and hot spots are showing up on the planes, Reuters reports.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , David Venlet , DoD Report

Monday - 12/05/2011, 04:57pm EST

DoD rehashing F-35 contract terms

The Pentagon wants to rewrite the contract terms with Lockheed Martin over the F-35 fighter jet in the middle of the deal.

Tags: William Welch , McMahon, Welch and Learned , DoD , Contracting , In Depth

Monday - 11/14/2011, 05:50pm EST

F-35 training may be delayed over security warnings

The Air Force, Navy and Lockheed Martin are pushing for training to begin on the new F-35 Joint Fight Strike Fighter, despite recommendations to postpone training by 10 months.

Tags: Air Force , DoD Report , In Depth , Wired , Contracting

Tuesday - 11/01/2011, 06:06pm EDT

F-135 billion dollar contract changes

The Navy has awarded Pratt & Whitney's Military Engines division a modification to nearly one billion dollars in contracts for F-35 Joint Strike Force fighter engines.

Tags: Federal Drive , DoD Report , Defense , Contracting , USAF , Navy , F-135 , Pratt & Whitney

Monday - 05/16/2011, 09:40am EDT

Who pays for the F-35 alternate engine?

The Pentagon has been telling Congress for years it doesn't want the F136 alternative engine for the F35 fighter jet, because it costs too much money.

Tags: fighter jet , DoD , Dale Church , Air Force , F136 alternative engine , GE , Rolls Royce , Contracting , In Depth

Thursday - 05/05/2011, 05:14pm EDT

F-35 problem found, grounding lifted

After weeks of being grounded the three late model F-35 Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter test jets have been cleared to fly.

Tags: Federal Drive , DoD Report , Pentagon , Joint Strike Fighter , Contracting

Monday - 03/28/2011, 09:40am EDT
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