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Defense News: Christopher Bogdan Says F-35 Software Issue Fixed

Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, head of the F-35 Joint Program Office, has revealed that flight tests on the update to the F-35 fighter jet’s Block 3i software is near complete after contractors worked to fix identified software bugs, Defense News reported Tuesday. Bogdan said Lockheed Martin determined the software flaw, released a patch …

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15 Executives Complete NIST Baldridge Executive Fellows Program

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has said 15 emerging senior executives have completed a NIST-run Baldrige Executive Fellows Program. NIST said Monday the program is a one-year initiative that aims to help senior executives achieve performance excellence for their organizations and learn all aspects of leadership through visits to Baldridge …

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NASA Eyes ‘Quiet’ Supersonic X-Plane Demonstration in 2020

NASA aims to build a supersonic aircraft that can generate a thump-like sound rather than a boom and begin flight tests of that technology by 2020. The agency said Friday it also seeks to demonstrate what it calls a “three-legged stool” of aviation research through the Quiet Supersonic Transport X-plane development project. An industry team led by …

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Frank Kendall: DoD’s Rocket Engine Devt Strategy Remains Unchanged

Defense Department acquisition chief Frank Kendall told the Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee Wednesday that DoD plans to continue to use the Russian RD-180 rocket engine technology until a U.S.-made replacement becomes available, Defense News reported Wednesday. Joe Gould writes Sens. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) and Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) have supported the Pentagon’s strategy towards ending its reliance …

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House Subcommittee Looks to Revive F-22 Production

The House Armed Services tactical air and land forces subcommittee wants the F-22 fighter jet to return to the production line under a new defense bill proposal, The Hill reported Tuesday. Kristina Wong writes the subcommittee released its proposals for the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act Tuesday that seeks to restart production …

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Robert Work Visits Boeing Facility to Inspect Poseidon Aircraft Assembly

Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work has visited Boeing‘s final assembly facilities in Washington state that currently handle the production of both commercial and military marine patrol aircraft, DoD News reported Monday. Cheryl Pellerin writes that Work also inspected the development of the P8-A Poseidon, which features anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare, maritime patrol, ISR and …

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