Boeing has received a $12 billion dollar contract to keep the Defense Department’s C-17 Globemaster transport planes flying
The goal is to transition the airspace back to Iraqi control before the last plane carrying Americans takes off.
The Air Force says it is nearly ready to turn air traffic control in Iraq over to Iraqis as part of Operation New Dawn.
On today’s Federal Drive: The House fails to pass a continuing resolution, a Senate subcommittee approves a DHS hiring freeze and the Air Force is offering some 6,000 civilian buyouts.
The Air Force is planning to make payments to civilian employees to encourage them to leave the federal payroll, in addition to offers of early retirement. The service is trying to get to the level of civilian employment authorized under DoD’s civilian hiring freeze, which mandates the department maintain its non-uniformed workforce at fiscal 2010 levels.
The aircraft has been grounded since May because of reports of a bad oxygen system.
The service no can longer pump money into ambitions that don’t offer any immediate prospect of payoff, especially if those projects don’t promise to deliver something the Air Force truly needs, the service’s top officer said Tuesday.
Air Force Secretary Michael Donley said Monday there are certain capabilities the service must keep whole as it navigates the current budget situation. He did not offer clues as to what the service would be willing to give up.
Los Angeles Air Force base is about to become the first federal facility that relies almost entirely on electric vehicle technology for its fleet. Within the next year, the Air Force will replace virtually all the vehicles on the base with plug-in electric technology. The only exceptions are emergency and security vehicles. The Air Force says the vehicles will not only get their power from the electric grid, but they’ll be able to supply power back to the base in the event of an outage. The Pentagon plans to use the project as a test bed before it starts a large scale integration of electric vehicles into the Defense Department
Salient Federal Solutions has landed an Air Force WRAP contract. In a company release, Salient said its job is to defend the Air Force’s computer networks from cyber attacks.