Ten senators, including Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John
McCain (R-Ariz.), penned a letter to Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James on Friday blasting the Air Force for what they called a
“gradual backdoor divestment” of the A-10 fleet.
Democrats’ problem with the National Defense Authorization Act is simply that
they don’t agree with using the Overseas Contingency Operations fund to bypass
budget caps, said Rep. Adam Smith, (R-Wash.), ranking member on the House Armed
Services Committee, on Friday.
Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.), chairman of the House
Armed Services Committee’s readiness subcommittee, stressed the importance of
comprehensive readiness of the military to address cyber threats and attacks.
Massachusetts Air National Guard alert F-15Cs practiced intercepting slow moving, low altitude threats simulated by light aircraft flown by the Civil Air Patrol, over New Hampshire, Oct. 8.
Special operations aircrew from Kadena AB, Japan,
deployed a large, rigid-inflatable boat from an MC-130J Commando II over
the Pacific Ocean for the first time in an exercise last month.
The Air Force Scientific Advisory Board decided to fast
track its study on the service’s airborne laser program because of
industry progress on the capability and to help Air Force Special
Operations Command determine if it is reasonably possible to have a laser-equipped AC-130J in the near future.
The Air Force Scientific Advisory Board on Oct. 9
unveiled its studies for 2016, focusing on directed energy,
anti-access/area denial operations, data analytics to support decision
making, and responding to uncertain and adaptive threats in electronic
Air Force aircraft assisted the Coast Guard in
searching for the crew of the stricken ship lost in Hurricane Joaquin,
until efforts were called off on Wednesday, Coast Guard officials
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