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Air Force tanker bids due next week

February 3, 2011 With a decision nearing, rival bidders Boeing and EADS North America have until the end of next week to get final offers in for the lucrative contract to replace the Eisenhower-era refueling tankers the Air Force now flies. Revisions are due by 8 a.m. on February 11 at Wright-Patterson Air ...

WTO ruling adds new fuel to tanker debate

February 1, 2011 The World Trade Organization told the European Union on Monday that domestic aerospace giant Boeing has received billions in illegal subsidies from the U.S. government, the latest turn in the decade-long competition for the lucrative Air Force tanker program contract. The confidential report comes just months after another WTO ruling ...

Marine general says service must comply with lifting ban on gays

January 31, 2011 Despite his opposition to repealing the 1993 "don't ask, don't tell" law, Gen. James Amos, the Marine Corps commandant, is urging his force to adapt to the end of the ban on openly gay individuals serving in the military. "I want to be clear to all Marines: We will step ...

Defense chief pushes for fiscal 2011 spending bill to avoid 'crisis'

January 27, 2011 With a little over a month until the expiration of the stopgap continuing resolution funding the federal government, Defense Secretary Robert Gates is urging lawmakers to approve a fiscal 2011 defense spending bill. Failure to do so, he warned, amounts to a $23 billion cut to the Pentagon's budget this ...

Industry looking for indications of new bomber

January 26, 2011 When the Pentagon sends its fiscal 2012 budget request to Capitol Hill next month, many lawmakers and defense industry officials will scan the lengthy document for any hints about a future long-range bomber the Air Force plans to build to modernize a fleet whose average age is 33 years. The ...

Armed Services leaders warn Gates about halting work on programs

January 25, 2011 Setting up a potential clash, top Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee on Monday urged Defense Secretary Robert Gates to halt plans to shut down work on at least two major weapons programs until lawmakers have an opportunity to grill the Pentagon on its decisions. In a letter to ...

Firms gearing up final pitches for Air Force tanker contract

January 20, 2011 It's getting down to the wire on the Air Force's high-stakes contest to replace its fleet of Eisenhower-era refueling tankers-and the two firms who have been vying for the contract for much of a decade are sharpening their tactics to secure the lucrative award. The contract for 179 wide-body planes ...

House Armed Services chairman restructures committee

January 18, 2011 In a move Republicans hope will pave the way for more efficient and effective oversight of the Pentagon and the military services, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon, R-Calif., on Monday announced changes to the jurisdictions of many of its seven subcommittees. Realigning the Armed Services subcommittees has become ...

Senator moves to help NASA quit funding canceled program

January 14, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., took quick action on Thursday to end contracts for an already-canceled Constellation space program after NASA's inspector general argued that the cash-strapped agency would waste more than $215 million funding it by the end of next month due to a fiscal catch-22. A provision in a ...

Senator moves to help NASA quit funding canceled program

January 14, 2011 Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., took quick action on Thursday to end contracts for an already-canceled Constellation space program after NASA's inspector general argued that the cash-strapped agency would waste more than $215 million funding it by the end of next month due to a fiscal catch-22. A provision in a ...