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F-35 delivery pause indicates high Pentagon standards

WASHINGTON — Both the Defense Department and Lockheed Martin had become too relaxed in ensuring deliveries of new F-35s met requirements, but recent pause on F-35 deliveries exemplifies how the department will now hold Lockheed to stricter standards, the Pentagon’s top acquisition official said Friday. On Wednesday,…

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Lockheed Martin Celebrating F-35’s Last Flight Test

Lockheed Martin is celebrating the F-35’s last flight test for the Joint Strike Fighter program’s System Development and Demonstration (SDD) phase. This last flight test marks the beginning of the end of the SDD phase, which started 2001 when Lockheed’s X-35 prototypes triumphed over Boeing’s…

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Air Force moving to address F-35 spare-parts problems

EGLIN AFB — The Air Force is taking a three-pronged approach to addressing spare-parts issues threatening the F-35 stealth fighter jet program at Eglin Air Force Base and elsewhere, according to its Air Education and Training Command. Last month, U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., whose…

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Lockheed gets edict to cut F-35 support bill

Lockheed Martin Corp. must find ways to reduce the Pentagon’s current $1.1 trillion estimate to own and operate the F-35 jet, the world’s costliest weapons program, according to the Defense Department’s latest annual program overview. According to the document, Lockheed “must embrace much-needed supply chain management…

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Air Force risks losing third of F-35s if costs aren’t cut

The Air Force may have to cut its purchases of Lockheed Martin Corp.’s F-35 by a third if it can’t find ways to reduce operations and support costs by as much as 38% over a decade, according to an internal analysis. The shortfall would force…

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Council approves resolution asking to cancel F-35 basing

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Vermont’s congressional delegation is standing by its decision to support basing F-35 jets at the Burlington Air National Guard Base as the City Council voted to request a cancellation. The Burlington City Council resolution vote passed 9-3 Monday, after a ballot item…

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Two Eielson construction contracts awarded

Callahan/Watterson JV,* Fairbanks, Alaska, was awarded a $19,051,000 firm-fixed-price contract to design and construct F-35 consolidated munitions admin facility at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Bids were solicited via the Internet with 11 received. Work will be performed in Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, with…

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Military test arctic war-fighting skills in Alaska

Marines and soldiers trucked and stomped through snow drifts, practicing basic patrolling and survival skills, while sailors, Coast Guardsmen and airmen planned air and maritime defense for the nation’s northernmost state during an exercise this month. Arctic Edge included 1,500 service members from 20 units, and it aimed to get…

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Population declines in Alaska and Fairbanks

FAIRBANKS — The Fairbanks North Star Borough’s population fell by 1,216 in 2017, part of a larger trend in which Alaska’s population declined for the first time since the late 1980s. Alaska’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development published the statistics in the March edition…

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Eielson Regional Growth Plan PROJECT UPDATE #3

Since our last project update, the project team has continued to work with local, state-wide and national partners to gather and analyze information about the Fairbanks North Star Borough toward answering the question… How can the FNSB Community benefit from and meet the needs of…

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