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Dunford: Military Should Put Capabilities Over Force Expansion

Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the U.S. military should prioritize new capabilities over additional forces to maintain dominance amid modernization of adversaries, National Defense Magazine reported Wednesday. He said defense officials should avoid over expanding forces, which could affect how the military acquires high-tech capabilities. 

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Air Force to Issue New Contract to Expand F-35 Fleet

Ellen Lord, under secretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment and 2019 Wash100 Award winner, announced the Air Force plans to award a new contract in June or July to procure additional F-35 fighter jets, Breaking Defense reported Friday. The service would enter into a Lot 12 deal to buy F-35A aircraft worth $89 million each. But Lord noted the price may go down for the next Low Rate of Initial Production lot.

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Air Force Acquisition Head Intends to Add Software Experts to Acquisition Process

Will Roper, assistant secretary of the U.S. Air Force for acquisition, technology and logistics, intends to train military program managers to understand software development and improve how the service acquires new technologies, Federal News Network reported Thursday. The official will work with the Air Force Education and Training Command to create formal certification for Air Force software leaders to participate in the tech acquisition process.

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GAO: Air Force Facing Challenges Retaining Experienced Aircraft Maintainers

The Government Accountability Office found the U.S. Air Force is struggling to retain experienced aircraft maintainers despite the growing need for personnel to ensure the readiness of the service’s fleet. In a report issued Tuesday, GAO said the Air Force is losing maintainers due to workload and stress across the service. 

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