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In Today’s News March 23, 2009

Posted by Molly in News.
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  • To the defense industry’s dismay: In a sign of growing congressional support for defense acquisition reform legislation spearheaded by Sens. Carl Levin (D-MI) and John McCain (R-AZ) and cheered by President Obama, House lawmakers are poised to issue a companion bill, according to Rep. Eric Massa (D-NY).
  • Northrop Grumman just unveiled its design patents for the military’s Next Generation Bomber. But one of the Air Force’s top generals is hoping you’d call it something else. Because this aircraft, slated for a possible 2018 takeoff, is going to do much more than drop warheads from on high.
  • FCS Active Protection Is Troubled » Blog Archive » DoD Buzz GAO came out with its annual assessment of the Army’s FCS program and it says exactly what anybody who had been following the program expected it to say: the program’s “critical technologies” have made little to no progress since last year’s assessment.
  • With F-22 production set to terminate around 2010, and increasing concern over the capability gap between other US fighters and global competitors like the SU-30 family, MiG-35, et. al., some USAF planners are becoming concerned. Extending the F-22 production line through exports is also a way of extending the USA’s decision options.
  • Depending on your point of view, the $10.5 billion U.S. missile defense program is either about to be crippled by massive budget cuts, or forced to curtail years of wasteful spending on systems that too often don’t work.

    Nobody thinks the financial future for missile defense includes increased spending.

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