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More on that Air Force One deal, New DepSecDef speaks out, Lockheed building satellite plant, and more...

August 3, 2017 The U.S. Air Force’s much-discussed plan to buy a pair of Boeing 747s abandoned by a bankrupt Russian airline makes for pretty poor optics, given the...let’s call it...increased focus on Russia-Trump connections these days. But from a business standpoint, it’s not a bad idea. Last year, when then-President-elect Trump tweeted...

Here Are the Jets That May Become Air Force One

August 2, 2017 Under pressure from President Donald Trump to cut the cost of the next Air Force Ones, the U.S. Air Force is finalizing a deal with Boeing to purchase two undelivered 747s in storage in the Mojave desert. As Defense One first reported yesterday: The 747s that will be transformed for...

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Trump Wanted a Cheaper Air Force One. So the USAF Is Buying a Bankrupt Russian Firm’s Undelivered 747s

August 1, 2017 President Donald Trump said the projected cost of new Air Force One aircraft was too high, so the U.S. Air Force found a way to lower it: by buying a pair of Boeing 747 jetliners abandoned by a bankrupt Russian airline. Air Force officials are now finalizing a contract with...

Trump Wanted a Cheaper Air Force One. So the USAF Is Buying a Bankrupt Russian Firm’s Undelivered 747s

August 1, 2017 President Donald Trump said the projected cost of new Air Force One aircraft was too high, so the U.S. Air Force found a way to lower it: by buying a pair of Boeing 747 jetliners abandoned by a bankrupt Russian airline. Air Force officials are now finalizing a contract with...

Classified projects fuel Northrop growth; Pentagon craves artificial intelligence; Crunching budget numbers and a lot more.

July 27, 2017 Work on classified programs helped boost Northrop Grumman’s second-quarter earnings. It’s believed a sizable portion of the work was on the Air Force’s B-21 stealth bomber, but company executives can’t talk about it. And the number of classified projects appears on the rise. “As we go forward and we see...

F-35 sales, Saudi deals; Interview with NDIA’s Hawk Carlisle; Small satellites; and a lot more.

July 20, 2017 Lockheed Martin’s second-quarter earnings call this week made it abundantly clear that the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and a diverse set of deals with Saudi Arabia are expected to account for a sizable percentage of the company’s sales in the coming years. The company’s Aeronautics division posted an $850 million...

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Mattis on 2018 Budget: ‘We Have Got to Get a Bill Passed’

July 17, 2017 The Trump administration and congressional GOP leaders say they want to give the military a budget boost in 2018, but the spending bills they are drawing up are so far beyond legal limits that they’ll be automatically chopped back down — unless a much broader budget deal can be worked...

Mattis on 2018 Budget: ‘We Have Got to Get a Bill Passed’

July 14, 2017 The Trump administration and congressional GOP leaders say they want to give the military a budget boost in 2018, but the spending bills they are drawing up are so far beyond legal limits that they’ll be automatically chopped back down — unless a much broader budget deal can be worked...

Unmanned ships to pad the Navy’s fleet?; F-35’s cost to rise; Romania wants Patriots, and a lot more.

July 13, 2017 When people talk about President Trump’s plans for a bigger military, the 355-ship Navy is often the first thing they cite. Shipbuilders say they’re ready and lobbying groups have flooded email inboxes with cries for more, more, more. The man who would oversee the effort to grow the fleet is...

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As Trump and Putin Met, US and UK Defense Chiefs Discussed Ways to Deter Russia

July 10, 2017 As U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin met Friday at the G-20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, there was a different meeting happening some 4,000 miles away in Washington. At the Pentagon, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis and U.K. Defense Secretary Michael Fallon talked about ways NATO could...