The capability gap between
the US Air Force and near-peer nations has implications for the global military
balance as well as conflicts USAF could find itself fighting in the near
future, service leaders told Congress on Friday.
Testers from Nellis AFB,
Nev., and Edwards AFB, Calif., teamed up earlier this month for HH-60G Pave
Hawk door-gun live-fire testing at Edwards' gun harmonizing range.
Demand for intelligence,
surveillance, and reconnaissance is driving the Air Force to move money into
the mission from other areas, in an effort to keep up with increasing requests
from combatant commanders, service leaders said Feb.
Operators at Buckley AFB,
Colo., proved their ability to command all three types of missile warning
satellites individually from the new, unified mission control center.
Reserve pilots and
loadmasters from Duke Field, Fla., are cross training to the Dornier C-146
Wolfhound light airlifter and preparing for the stand up a new squadron to
operate it, officials announced.
Air Force Secretary Deborah
Lee James told members of the House Appropriations Committee’s defense panel on
Feb. 27 that the air campaign against ISIS terrorists in Iraq and Syria has about
$1 billion since its beginning in August.
Both the Long-Range Strike
Bomber and the Long Range Standoff missile, which will replace the Air Force’s
Air Launched Cruise Missile, are key modernization programs to maintain the
viability of the US nuclear triad, US Strategic Command boss Adm. Cecil Haney
Strategic Command boss Adm. Cecil Haney told members of the House Armed
Services Committee’s strategic forces panel on Thursday he is increasingly
concerned about “disturbing trends” regarding the development of space-based
weapons and anti-satellite capabilities.
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