Deborah Lee James

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter receives a tour of a Boeing KC-46 at at the Boeing facilities in Seattle, March 3, 2016. (Photo by Tim D. Godbee/U.S. Navy)

Pentagon Approves New Tanker for Production

The U.S. Defense Department has approved the Air Force’s new KC-46A Pegasus refueling tanker for initial production despite recent technical challenges that resulted in program…

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Air Force Launches Search for New Rocket Engine

The Air Force will meet with firms interested in developing a replacement to the Russian-made RD-180 engine that helps lift U.S. military and spy satellites into space.

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SecAF Defends A-10 Retirement Strategy

The U.S. Air Force’s top civilian defended the strategy to retire the A-10 aircraft, as House lawmakers gear up for a key vote that may determine the fate of the gunship.

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Senator Lifts Hold on Air Force Nominee

Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., held up the nomination of the new Air Force secretary because of concerns over the service’s plans to retire the A-10 Warthog attack plane.

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Acting Air Force Secretary Keeps Low Profile

Fanning is expected to return to the undersecretary position after Deborah Lee James, previously an executive at the defense contractor SAIC Inc., takes over the service’s top job. Her confirmation hearing is set for this week.

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Obama Nominates James for Top Air Force Job

If confirmed, James will become the Air Force’s top civilian leader at a time when the service faces steep budget cuts and widespread criticism over a spate of sexual assault scandals.