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Air Force’s F-35A to Join Red Flag Combat Training Exercise

A group of U.S. Air Force maintainers and pilots from the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings at Hill Air Force Base has deployed a Lockheed Martin-built F-35A to Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada for an air-to-air combat training exercise. The service branch said Monday its F-35A pilots will fly the aircraft alongside other fourth- …

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Mark Rockefeller, Michael Phipps Join SBA’s Veteran Small Business Devt Task Force

Maria Contreras-Sweet, administrator of the Small Business Administration, has appointed StreetShares CEO Mark Rockefeller and Michael Phipps, managing director at The Millennium Group International, as members of the Interagency Task Force on Veterans Small Business Development. SBA said Thursday Rockefeller and Phipps will serve on the advisory board for two years and attend quarterly meetings …

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Report: Anti-IS Group Air Warfare Spending Reaches $11B

The U.S. Defense Department has spent a total of $10.72 billion on the air campaign against the Islamic State militant group since operations started in June 2014, DoD Buzz reported Thursday. Oriana Pawlyk writes DoD’s latest figures indicate total spending on Operation Inherent Resolve has almost doubled from the $5.5 billion reported in 2015. The …

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Deltek Report: DoD JIE Initiative Presents Opportunities for Data Center Services, SaaS Providers

A new Deltek report predicts that the Defense Department‘s efforts to implement the Joint Information Environment will open opportunities for industry providers of on-premise data center services and software-as-a-service platforms. The company’s “Defense IT: Priorities and Strategies, 2017 and Beyond” report found that  DoD aims to integrate big data analytics into JIE to help strengthen cybersecurity of …

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Deborah Lee James: Super Hornets Cannot Replace F-35 Fighters

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James has said Boeing‘s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft cannot serve as a substitute for Lockheed Martin-built F-35 fighter jet, Defense News reported Friday. Valerie Insinna writes James told the publication the F/A-18 and F-35 aircraft “fulfill different requirements” since as former is a fourth-generation platform while the …

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AMC Warns of Mobility Pilot Shortage; Carlton Everhart Comments

The Air Mobility Command predicts it will increasingly run short on mobility pilots over the next few years, Air Force Times reported Thursday. Stephen Losey writes the command currently has an overall shortfall of 4 percent out of 7,940 total force pilots that comprise active duty, guard and reserve. AMC …

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Obama Vows Continuity of Leadership in Transition Period

President Barack Obama has assured the Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman and military commanders that there would be continuity of leadership during during the U.S. government’s transition to a new administration, The Hill newspaper reported Wednesday. Kristina Wong writes Obama made the statement in his last meeting with U.S. Marine Corps Gen. …

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Defense News: Air Force Eyes JLTV for Missile Field Security

The U.S. Air Force considers the procurement of Joint Light Tactical Vehicles in a bid to help security forces protect missile-launch facilities, Defense News reported Wednesday. Valerie Insinna writes Air Force spokesman Chris Mesnard confirmed that representatives of the military branch visited Marine Corps Base Quantico to witness JLTV demonstrations and receive briefings from U.S. …

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Military Times: Trump Should Complete First Defense Budget Plan by April

President-elect Donald Trump needs to complete his first spending plan for the Defense Department before a continuing resolution that currently funds government operations expires in April, Military Times reported Monday. Leo Shane writes Trump’s first budget request will establish a baseline for at least four years of defense spending. The report said Trump looks to grow …

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