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Air Force plans drones with commercially available components

The Air Force plans to extend the capabilities of its future fighter jets with semi-autonomous drones built with commercially available parts.

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F-35 Lightning II Aircraft assigned to the 158th Fighter Wing, Burlington Air National Guard Base, prepare for takeoff, April 13, 2022, in Burlington, Vt. The first overseas deployment of the Vermont Air National Guard's F-35 fighter jets will have the pilots and their aircraft patrolling the skies of Europe during one of the most tense periods in recent history. More than 200 Vermont air guard personnel, their equipment and eight F-35s are now in Europe. (Staff Sgt. Cameron Lewis/U.S. Air National Guard via AP)

Air Force awards largest ever military construction contract for F-35 facilities at Tyndall

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FILE - An F-35 fighter jet arrives at the Vermont Air National Guard base in South Burlington, Vt., Sept. 19, 2019. The United Arab Emirates on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021, suspended talks on a $23 billion deal to purchase American-made F-35 planes, armed drones and other equipment, in a rare dispute between Washington and a key U.S. ally in the Persian Gulf.  (AP Photo/Wilson Ring, File)

For fiscal 2023, the Pentagon’s troubled relationship with a troubled airplane flies on

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(AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson)The new USS Little Rock arrives at Buffalo harbor with a police and fireboat escort, Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, in Buffalo, N.Y. The littoral combat ship will be docked on the Lake Erie waterfront until its commissioning Dec. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Thhompson)

Pentagon faces political battle to retire old weapons systems — and some newer ones

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Don’t expect same defense spending priorities under a Biden administration

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Donald Trump

Comparing Biden and Trump on defense issues as election nears

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Director of GAO’s Defense Capabilities and Management

Pentagon finding F-35 fleet sustainment difficult as build-out less than quarter complete

Best listening experience is on Chrome, Firefox or Safari. Subscribe to Federal Drive’s daily audio interviews on Apple Podcasts or PodcastOne. The…

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FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2019, file photo an iPhone displays the apps for Facebook and Messenger in New Orleans. Facebook says the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will be violating the company's rules if agents create fake profiles to monitor the social media of foreigners seeking to enter the country. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File)

Senator warns Army about recruiting on TikTok

In today’s Federal Newscast, relocation notices went out to 159 employees at the Bureau of Land Management yesterday.

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Air Force

Pentagon announces agreement with Lockheed Martin for hi-tech planes

The Pentagon’s F-35 program office recently announced an agreement with Lockheed Martin for the next batch of nearly 500 of the hi-tech planes.

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