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Report: South Korea Talks Potential THAAD System Deployment with Pentagon

The Defense Department and South Korea have begun talks to consider potential deployment of a U.S.-made anti-ballistic missile system as part of security efforts on the Korean peninsula, Yonhap News reported Wednesday. Chang Jae-soon writes Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told House Armed Services Committee members during a hearing Tuesday that DoD and …

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John McNellis, Melissa Flagg Appointed to DoD Leadership Roles

John McNellis, formerly corporate senior vice president at L-3 Communications, has been named deputy assistant secretary for space, strategic and intelligence systems at Defense Department. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced McNellis’ appointment to the Senior Executive Service role in a Defense Department release published Friday. McNellis most recently led L-3’s aerospace systems group …

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Report: Navy Includes F-35s, Super Hornets as Unfunded Priorities

The U.S. Navy has submitted an “unfunded priority” list to Congress that includes $1.5 billion for the procurement of Boeing-built F/A-18E/Fs and another $270 million for Lockheed Martin-built F-35Cs, Reuters reported Wednesday. Andrea Shalal writes the military service’s fiscal 2017 budget proposal seeks funds for only two Super Hornets. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus told the …

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Report: Turkey Eyes MEADS Missile Defense System Procurement

Turkey is considering acquiring a Medium Extended Air Defense System built by MEADS International, a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and MBDA, after the country canceled its plans to buy a China-made anti-missile weapon system, Defense News reported Sunday. Burak Ege Bekdil writes a Turkish government procurement official said he believes the MEADS …

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Lt. Gen. Mike Holmes: USAF Air Dominance Study Nears Completion

The U.S. Air Force could release next month the findings of its research into the next generation of fighter aircraft and weapon systems, Reuters reported Thursday. Andrea Shalal writes Lt. Gen. Mike Holmes, Air Force’s deputy chief of staff for strategic plans and requirements, said the initiative will help the military service …

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Lt. Gen. Chris Bogdan: Air Force Works on Updates to F-35

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Chris Bogdan has said the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter program continues to move forward to address current flight restrictions and other challenges, DoD News reported Wednesday. Lisa Ferdinando writes Bogdan indicated the F-35 development program is scheduled for completion by the latter half of 2017. “What …

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Reuters: DoD Includes F-35 Procurement Funds in FY 2017 Budget Request

The Defense Department‘s proposed fiscal 2017 budget would fund procurement of Lockheed Martin-built F-35 fighter planes for the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps over the next five fiscal years, Reuters reported Friday. Andrea Shalal writes the Air Force has requested money to purchase up to 243 F-35s through fiscal 2021. The military …

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