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Frank Kendall: DoD to Adopt “Better Buying Power” Initiatives

Frank Kendall, Pentagon acquisition chief, said he will reinforce buying power best practices for the department’s procurement process to guide stakeholders in meeting cost requirements, Defense News reported Wednesday. Marcus Weisgerber writes that Kendall told the publication in an interview that the Defense Department Instruction 5000.02 policy document has been updated …

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Christopher Bogdan: F-35 Program Feels Govt Shutdown Effects

Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, F-35 Joint Program Office lead, has said the aircraft program could come to a halt if the government shutdown takes a long time to resolve, Defense News reported Thursday. Citing Bogdan’s statement, Aaron Mehta writes the shutdown has delayed flight tests, development, deliveries and fleet maintenance …

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Report: US Govt Tags F-35 Operating Costs at $857B

The U.S. government now estimates the costs of operating and maintaining the Lockheed Martin-F-35 jet at $857 billion, 20 percent less than previous figures that exceeded $1 trillion, Reuters reported Wednesday. Andrea Shalal-Esa writes the Defense Department based the new figures on data detailing the fighter jet’s more than 7,000 hours …

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ExecutiveGov Covers F-35 Procurement and Delivery

The F-35 joint strike fighter had its first flight in 2006, and in the ensuing seven years, the Defense Department has worked with a number of government contracting firms to meet delivery obligations to the service branches and international customers. The task of building the next generation fighter has been …

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Report: AF Plans to Field Lockheed F-35 in 2016

The U.S. Air Force will start operating the Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter in mid-2016, one year earlier than the branch originally planned, Reuters reported Monday. Andrea Shalal-Esa writes the military is testing the jets as they roll off the production line at the contractor’s Fort Worth, Texas facility. A source …

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Japan Military Head: F-35 Can Help Manage Regional Tensions

Japan’s military top brass remain committed to purchasing Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighter jets, the country’s top uniformed military officer has told Reuters. Shigeru Iwasaki, chief of the Japanese Self-Defence Forces’ Joint Staff, told Reuters he believed the F-35 was the country’s best choice as it handles tensions with both China …

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