US is “at risk” when it comes to technological advancement, “and the
situation’s getting worse,” said Frank Kendall, the Pentagon’s acquisition, technology, and
The Air Force will base the next presidential
transport, call sign Air Force One, on the Boeing 747-8, the service announced
Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) pressed Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh during
Wednesday’s Senate Armed Services Committee hearing to publically support
airmen’s rights to communicate with members of Congress.
Despite there being only a “single known
supplier”—USAF’s new buzz phrase for “sole source”—for the new Air Force One,
the service is looking to compete as much of the program as possible, Secretary
Deborah Lee James said Wednesday.
The Pentagon is pursuing its “third offset”
attempt to stay ahead of near-peers in technology in a security environment
fundamentally different than what existed when the first two offsets were
employed, Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work said Wednesday.
The return of Budget Control Act funding levels
could affect readiness and efforts to retain experienced airmen in key
missions, such as aircrews, Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh told Senate
Four F-35As from the 61st Fighter Squadron at Luke AFB,
Ariz., flew over the University of Phoenix stadium on Jan. 25 to kick
off the NFL's Pro Bowl, marking the first public flyover for the strike
fighter, according to Air Force officials.
In their first appearance before the Senate
Armed Services Committee since the 114th Congress began, the Joint Chiefs
warned a return to sequestration would decimate capabilities needed for combat
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