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GAO Urges DoD to Address F-35 Sustainment Challenges

The Government Accountability Office has found that the Defense Department‘s F-35 fighter aircraft program faces sustainment challenges primarily due to the lack of comprehensive sustainment plans and aligned funding. GAO said in a report published Thursday DoD’s repair capacity for F-35 parts at military depots is six years behind schedule, doubling …

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Navy Conducts 1st F-35C Flight Operations Aboard USS Carl Vinson Carrier

The U.S. Navy‘s first F-35 Joint Striker Fighter variant underwent a flight exercise Oct. 18 aboard an aircraft carrier off the Southern California coast as the aircraft prepares to reach initial operating capability. F-35C Lightning II from the Strike Fighter Squadron 125 performed launch and recovery operations on the USS Carl Vinson as part …

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Shay Assad: DoD Begins In-Depth F-35 Cost Assessment

Shay Assad, director of defense pricing at the Defense Department, has said DoD has started a comprehensive cost review of the Lockheed Martin-built F-35 aircraft to help officials find ways on how to further reduce the cost of the fighter jet, Defense News reported Tuesday. Assad told the publication Monday …

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F-35 Gets Clearance to Lift Off From UK Aircraft Carrier

The Lockheed Martin-built F-35 fighter aircraft has received clearance to launch from the U.K. navy’s aircraft carrier – HMS Queen Elizabeth – after an integrated test force completed a series of ski-ramp trials. Harriett Baldwin, U.K. defense minister, made the announcement before the House of Commons defense select committee, the …

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Reports: Classified Data Not Compromised in 2016 Australian F-35 Info Breach

The Pentagon’s F-35 joint program office has said a cybersecurity breach of technical aircraft information from an Australia-based supplier in summer 2016 did not compromise sensitive data, Defense News reported Friday. F-35 JPO spokesman Joe DellaVedova told Defense News the office was aware of the hacking incident that affected non-classified information. Reuters …

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Ellen Lord Wants DoD to Move Majority of Major Acquisition Programs to Service Branches

Ellen Lord, defense undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, has said she plans to move the “bulk” of major defense acquisition programs and personnel associated with MDAPs back to the three service branches, Defense News reported Wednesday. “Congress has been very, very clear in the last few [National Defense Authorization Acts] that …

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