Air Force KC-46 aircraft participate in an elephant walk at Pease Air National Guard Base, N.H., Sept. 8, 2021.

Air Force KC-46 aircraft participate in an elephant walk at Pease Air National Guard Base, N.H., Sept. 8, 2021. U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Victoria Nelson

2021 Top Ten: Business

Industry hailed the Pentagon's cashflow assistance as personnel and supply-chain woes mounted. Now inflation might be the biggest concern.

How Pentagon Cash Helped Save Small Defense Companies During the Pandemic // Marcus Weisgerber: Business leaders are now calling on defense officials and lawmakers to keep a policy that pays contractors more money up front.

Rising Inflation Is Beginning to Worry Pentagon Leaders // Marcus Weisgerber: Higher salaries and more expensive weapons looming large as the Defense Department assembles next budget proposal.

As COVID Hits Defense Factories, Some Workers Push Back on Vaccine Mandate // Marcus Weisgerber: Some Republican lawmakers say the requirement will compromise national security.

Five Ways 9/11 Changed the Defense Industry // Marcus Weisgerber: More outsourcing, more services contracts, more generals on corporate boards—and that's just for starters.

Air Force Begins Search For New Refueling Tanker as Lawmakers Push Airbus  // Marcus Weisgerber: Some lawmakers want the Air Force to terminate its KC-46 contract with Boeing.

New Air Force One Could Be Delayed Another Year // Marcus Weisgerber: The GAO’s latest cost estimate brings the price tag to $2.6 billion apiece.

It’s Official: New Air Force Ones Will Be Delivered Late // Marcus Weisgerber: “Definitely a setback” said Lt. Gen. Duke Richardson, the U.S. Air Force’s deputy weapons buyer, as Boeing legal battle delays production.

The Air Force Is Planning For a Future Without the F-22 // Tara Copp,Marcus Weisgerber: Just four fighters will make up the future fleet: F-35, F-16, F-15EX, and NGAD, chief says.

Pentagon Picks Lockheed, Northrop-Raytheon Team to Develop Missile Interceptors // Marcus Weisgerber: Officials reject a bid by Boeing, which builds the current generation of missile interceptors.

Exclusive Interview: Lockheed’s CEO Wants His Company to Connect All the Pentagon’s Weapons // Marcus Weisgerber: Jim Taiclet has been forming alliances with commercial firms in an attempt to give Lockheed a leg up over its competitors.