Defense Contracting

UK Confirms Plans to Add F-35s, But Won’t Commit to Original Goal

Officials have promised to buy 48, are thinking about buying more, but wouldn’t say whether the 138-plane vision will ever be realized.

Air Force General: If US Doesn’t Hurry to Build New Fighter, China Will

A test version of the highly classified Next Generation Air Dominance aircraft flew last year.

Troubled KC-46 Tankers Cleared for Limited Ops, Air Force Says

The decision will free up older aerial refuelers needed overseas. But the KC-46 still can gas up only some warplanes and needs more testing and new technology.

Antitrust Regulators Extend Review of Lockheed’s Proposed Purchase of Aerojet Rocketdyne

The announcement comes the day after Raytheon’s CEO said his firm would challenge the deal.

Biden Extends Ban on Turkey Buying F-35 Stealth Fighter

Pentagon spokesman urges Ankara “not to retain” an advanced Russian air-defense system.

Hicks Warns Against ‘Extreme Consolidation’ in Defense Industry

Kathleen Hicks, President Biden's pick to be deputy defense secretary, cruised through her confirmation confirmation hearing.

Air Force Hunts for Ways to Use Not-Quite-Ready Tankers

We’re “making lemonade out of lemons,” Air Mobility Command says.

Lockheed Overtakes Boeing as Largest US Aerospace and Defense Firm

Boeing, which saw no defense revenue growth last year, takes another financial hit from the tanker program.

GovExec Daily: How the Government and Contractors Can Cooperate on IT Security

SAP National Security Services CEO Mark Testoni joins the podcast to discuss how agencies can more effectively use contracting to secure critical infrastructure.

Lockheed Martin Executive in Charge of F-35, F-22, Skunk Works Dies

Michele Evans, who was executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, had taken two medical leaves since 2019.

Lockheed’s Proposed Aerojet Rocketdyne Purchase Sets Early M&A Test for Biden

The new administration will weigh in on a further consolidation of the U.S. defense industry.

Democrats See GOP Electioneering in Air Force Choice of Georgia for C-130 Base

A Trump appointee wants Air National Guard planes sent to the state that holds the key to Senate control.

The Clock is Ticking On F-35, Drone Sale to UAE

Lame-duck approval of sale could allow UAE to sign contract for weapons before Biden takes office.

US Navy Orders First New Missile Sub

The $9.4 billion order covers the completion of USS Columbia and materials for USS Wisconsin.