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Tractor is again protesting the Air Force’s effort to buy light attack
aircraft, this time pushing back against the service’s decision to
purchase a small number of Textron Aviation’s AT-6 Wolverine for work
with a prototype radio system.
Air Force can speed up production of the B-21 bomber and/or build more
of the jets without having to renegotiate the original contract for the
program with Northrop Grumman, Air Force Materiel Command chief Gen.
Arnold Bunch said Nov. 21.
A Nov. 19 airstrike in Somalia killed a member of the al-Shabaab terror group with “direct ties to the al-Qaeda terror organization” without harming any civilians, according to US Africa Command.
Force Secretary Barbara Barrett and Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein
visited 455th Air Expeditionary Wing airmen at Bagram Airfield,
Afghanistan, this week as part of their first joint trip to the Air Forces Central Command area of responsibility, according to a Nov. 19 USAF release.
—Rachel S. Cohen
Air Force’s annual retention bonus program is shrinking to about 70
career fields in fiscal 2020, while aiming to keep more types of
aircraft maintainers and cybersecurity specialists in the service,
according to a Nov. 20 release
—John A. Tirpak
has successfully pursued an asymmetric strategy of militarily
offsetting the US and its Persian Gulf neighbors, but a UN ban on
selling high-end weapons to Tehran expires in less than a year,
potentially opening the floodgates to Iran becoming a much more
formidable adversary, according to the Defense Intelligence Agency.
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