A US service member died of “suspected natural causes” on March 29 in Syria, US Central Command announced Wednesday.
Across nearly all of its combat and mobility aircraft,
the Air Force is failing to meet aircraft availability standards,
according to data the service recently provided to Congress.
The nuclear weapons ban treaty proposed by the United
Nations is “just not realistic,” Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti told
Artificial intelligence is much more powerful when a
human is helping it think outside the box, said William Roper, head of
the Defense Department’s Strategic Capabilities Office, at an AFA
Mitchell Institute event on Tuesday.
Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, commander of US forces in
Europe, told Congress Tuesday that he is concerned about mobility
challenges EUCOM currently faces.
US Forces in Europe commander Army Gen. Curtis
Scaparrotti told Congress Tuesday that greater capacity in intelligence,
surveillance, and reconnaissance is at the top of his priority list.
Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, chief of US European Command, told Congress on Tuesday that he needs more US troops in Europe.
a five-year tour, Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan will retire in
the coming weeks, to be succeeded by his deputy, Navy
Rear Adm. (selected for Vice Admiral) Mathias Winter.
The new issue of Air Force Magazine is now available.
DARPA has chosen two finalists for its Gremlins
program’s second phase, taking the UAV recovery program past its first,
proof-of-concept phase. The 12-month long, second phase of the project
started in March and is worth up to $21 million.
US Central Command is investigating the March 17 strike
in Western Mosul that reportedly killed more than 100 civilians, though
the command maintains it consistently works to avoid civilian
The 45th Space Wing recently began construction on a new Range Communications Facility at Cape Canaveral AFS, Fla.
China is “very, very close” to finishing its military
base in Djibouti, which is just a few miles from the US military’s hub
in the country, said US Africa Command chief Marine Corps Gen. Thomas
Waldhauser on Monday.
The months-long US operation targeting ISIS inside
Libya did not cause any civilian casualties because of strong rules of
engagement and a decentralized decision making process that empowered
those closer to the fight, said Marine Corps Gen. Thomas Waldhauser,
head of US Africa Command.
The F-35 program office is looking at adding capacity
for another AIM-120 AMRAAM radar-guided air-to-air missile in each of
the jet’s two weapons bays, increasing internal—and thus
stealthy—missile loadout by 50 percent, program director Lt. Gen.
Christopher Bogdan said March 22.
The Department of Defense confirmed Saturday that a
March 19 US airstrike in Paktika Province, Afghanistan, killed
high-ranking al Qaeda leader Qari Yasin.
President Donald Trump’s nominee to be the next
Secretary of the Air Force will appear before the Senate Armed Services
Committee for a confirmation hearing “very soon.”
ISIS has remained a threat inside Libya, and the US is
standing by to assist if called upon, even after several months of
sustained airstrikes on the group drove the group from its seaside haven.
A Lebanese pilot has completed the first training
flight in the A-29 Super Tucano international pilot training program at
the 81st Fighter Squadron, Moody AFB, Ga.
Boeing this month received a $24.6 million contract adjustment for the next lot of QF-16 targeting drones.
Russia has continually sought to intimidate NATO through its deceptive practice of snap exercises,
Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, commander of US European Command and
Supreme Allied Commander Europe, told the Senate Armed Services
A proper response to Russian aggression in Europe
“requires us to have more capacity,” Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti,
commander of US European Command and NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander
Europe, told the Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday.
The United States and its NATO allies need a “whole of
government information campaign” to respond appropriately to Russian
disinformation operations, Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti told the Senate
Armed Services Committee Thursday.
Even though the number of protests sustained against
Air Force contract awards is “pretty low,” the service wants contractors
to think more than twice about lodging a protest unless they’ve got a
real good reason.
Don’t expect huge increases in defense spending, Rep.
Adam Smith (D-Wash.), ranking member of the House Armed Services
Committee, said Wednesday.
How did the F-35 program turn around the opinion of
President Donald Trump, who before his inauguration said the program was
too expensive and “out of control” but recently has spoken of it
More than 200 F-35s have been delivered, and after 15
years of production, the new fighter actually suffers from “vanishing
vendor syndrome,” program executive officer Christopher Bogdan told
attendees at a McAleese/Credit Suisse conference in Washington on
Though F-35 program officials have been talking about
hitting a then-year unit cost of $85 million by 2019, the new goal is
$80 million by 2020—and that may not be the bottom, said Program
Executive Officer Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan.
A year-long continuing resolution would cause a funding
crisis similar to that caused by sequestration in 2013, and it would
start in May, Air Force vice chief of staff Gen. Stephen Wilson said
The Air Force is considering whether it will retire its
F-15C fleet and replace it with F-16s with upgraded active
electronically scanned array radars, service leaders told House legislators on Wednesday.
The Air Force is adding $100 million to its Penetrating
Counter-Air or Next-Generation Air Dominance spending request for 2017,
but the added funds don’t signal a change in the program, the service’s
top uniformed acquisition official said Wednesday.
If the national leadership decides to modernize the US
nuclear arsenal, “you can forget about readiness or modernization” of
the conventional force, Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), ranking member of the
House Armed Services Committee, said Wednesday.
The “big data” revolution means that in the
not-too-distant future, “every airman” will have a device like the
Amazon Alexa or even an “R2-D2,” vice chief of staff Gen. Stephen Wilson
It will take about eight years to “dig ourselves out”
of the readiness hole the Air Force is in, vice chief of staff Gen.
Stephen Wilson said Wednesday during a McAleese/Credit Suisse conference
in Washington, D.C.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Rep. Mac Thornberry
(R-Texas) described a military in disrepair after eight years of the
Obama Administration. In a conversation with reporters on Wednesday,
they laid out a defense budget plan to restore readiness and discussed
the need for further acquisition reforms.
The Lockheed Martin’s T-50A entry in the T-X advanced
trainer competition is so low-risk that the company believes it could
achieve initial operational capability with the jet two years ahead of
the Air Force’s requirement, should the service wish to do that, company
Skunkworks chief Rob Weiss claimed Tuesday.
The recent deployment of US forces inside Syria does
not amount to an “invasion” and is legal under current authority, though
a new authorization by Congress could go a long way to showing the
public’s support to the anti-ISIS mission, Defense Secretary James Mattis said.
Lockheed Martin has dropped any further action against
the government in the dispute over the price of F-35 aircraft in the
ninth production lot, company program director Jeff Babione told
F-35 System Design and Development could still be
concluded on time by the end of the year, but only if the program trims
and consolidates some of the testing required, Lockheed Martin program
director Jeff Babione told reporters Tuesday at a company media day in
Lt. Gen. Gina Grosso, deputy chief of staff for
manpower, told Congress Tuesday the Air Force is “investigating
allegations regarding information and inappropriate photographs of
airmen posted on websites without their prior consent.”
Chief of Staff David Goldfein said Tuesday that Air
Force culture will be the crucial factor in the service’s efforts to
attract and retain the specialized personnel it needs among the
Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein said the Air Force can “sustain the current fight at the current operations tempo for the next 10 years,” but the service may not be ready to fight simultaneous wars.
Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein said Tuesday he is
not worried about the pace of transition as the Trump Administration
fills out top leadership positions at the Pentagon, but he said the
military chiefs are still working to figure out how the new
About 150 personnel and aggressor F-16s from Eielson
AFB, Alaska, touched down in Australia this week for a large-scale
exercise Down Under.
The US and Russia need to come together on issues where
they have similar interests, but Washington must be careful not to
reward Moscow for its push into Ukraine, the former head of the US
military in Europe said.
US and Indonesian Air Force pilots last week began the
fifth of six deliveries of F-16s, regenerated from the boneyard as part
of a foreign military sale to Indonesia.
The Afghan Air Force received four more A-29 Super
Tucanos at Kabul Air Wing on Monday. With the new delivery, AAF raised
their in-country inventory of the light attack aircraft to 12.
The Air Force will complete its scheduled reduction of
deployed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles from 450 to
400 sometime in April, the Associated Press reported.
North Korea on Sunday said it tested a high-thrust
engine for an intercontinental ballistic missile, a step South Korean
officials warned was “meaningful” progress.
Three US soldiers are recovering after an Afghan soldier opened fire on them at a forward operating base on Sunday.
If the Air Force is to replenish its depleted inventory
of precision weapons, it must have a more stable funding stream,
uniformed acquisition chief Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch said on March 16.
The Air Force is taking a hard look at its munitions
enterprise to see where “bottlenecks” and limiting factors can be
removed and production can be sped up, service uniformed acquisition
chief Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch said at a March 16 AFA-sponsored, Air Force event.
The 306th Intelligence Squadron completed a transition from Beale AFB, Calif., to Will Rogers ANGB, Okla., on March 6.
The Air Force and the rest of the Defense Department
have not yet resolved their differences on what the Ground Based
Strategic Deterrent program should cost, Air Force uniformed acquisition
chief Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch said at an AFA-sponsored, Air Force
breakfast on March 16.
North Korea on March 16 claimed the US deployed a B-1B
bomber from Andersen AFB, Guam, to rehearse “pre-emptive strikes against
our major facilities,” UPI reported.
Contract maintainers left drain holes covered during
depot maintenance of an E-8C JSTARS between March 2015 to July 2016,
which let water accumulate and cause about $7.35 million in damage to
the aircraft, according to an Air Force Materiel Command investigation
The 45th Space Wing successfully launched the ninth
satellite in the Wideband Global SATCOM constellation Saturday evening
from Cape Canaveral AFS, Fla.
A mechanical failure ultimately brought down an MQ-1B
Predator during an Oct. 19, 2015, mission in the Middle East, the Air
Force announced Friday.
The Pentagon on Friday pushed back on reports that
dozens of civilians were killed in a March 16 airstrike in Syria,
releasing a photo it says shows a mosque is still standing despite
reports it was destroyed by US bombs.
Air Force acquisition requires a “three-person
leadership team,” said Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch, the military deputy in the
Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition.
The Department of Defense announced its supplemental
request for $30 billion in additional appropriations for fiscal year
2017 on Thursday.
A Marine Corps F-35B from the Marine Fighter Attack
Squadron 121, approaches the boom of a KC-135 Stratotanker from the
909th Air Refueling Squadron for an inflight refuel March 14 over the
The air battlespace of the future will be dominated by
the force with the greatest capabilities for gathering and sharing
information, retired Lt. Gen. David Deptula, dean of AFA’s Mitchell
Institute, told the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Airland
A March 15 Daily Report entry incorrectly attributed
March 8 HASC testimony to both Air Force Global Strike Command chief
Gen. Robin Rand and Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen Wilson. Rand did
not testify at the hearing, but did initiate the change in requirements
to a minimum of 100 B-21s last spring.
The number of US airstrikes in Afghanistan almost
quadrupled in February from the previous month, according to new
statistics released this week.
US Army Rangers are in the ground in and around Manbij,
Syria, a move that both looks to reassure allied fighters in the fight
against ISIS and improve reports to commanders about the state of play
on the ground, the coalition said Wednesday.
Flintlock, an annual special operations training
exercise in Africa, wraps up Thursday. More than 20 countries and 2,000
people participated in the exercise, which included events in Chad,
Niger, Burkina Faso, Morocco, Tunisia, Cameroon, and Mauritania.
Three airmen died Tuesday when their U-28A aircraft crashed during a training flight near Cannon AFB, N.M.
The Air Force’s requirement for the B-21 Raider bomber,
initially stated as “80-100” airplanes, is now officially at least 100
aircraft, the Air Force said in clarifying recent senior leader remarks.
Personal information for thousands of Air Force
officers, including security clearances and social security numbers,
leaked online from a lieutenant colonel’s unsecured backup drive.
Three CV-22s that had been scheduled to deploy to
Yokota AB, Japan, in 2017 will not be stationed there until fiscal year
2020, the Department of Defense announced on Tuesday.
The B-21 bomber program, the progress of which remains
largely secret, has passed yet another preliminary design review, this
one ordered by Congress, an Air Force spokesman said.
ISIS has largely been surrounded in Western Mosul’s Old City, with US-led coalition jets repeatedly targeting the group.
The Air Force is revamping its main search and rescue
exercise, by holding the event two times per year instead of once and
reducing the size of the individual events.
The social media scandal in which male US Marines
posted nude pictures of female Marines without their knowledge through a
private Facebook group is just one instance of a problem that involves
all the military services.
The Air Force overpaid in contracts for E-8C JSTARS
sustainment and did not meet aircraft availability metrics needed for
aircraft operators to meet their mission requirements from 2011 to 2015,
according to a Defense Department Inspector General report released
Lockheed Martin on Friday received more than $14.2
million for support for Terminal High Altitude Area Defense missile
systems, including theater support as a new deployment on the Korean
NATO nations in 2016 increased their overall defense
spending, but it is still below the overall goal of two percent of gross
domestic product and more must be done soon, according to a report released Monday.
Boeing announced Monday it has received a five-year
contract extension to sustain the Republic of Korea Air Force’s fleet of
F-15K Slam Eagles.
Students and instructor pilots in the F-35 Foreign
Military Sales program completed their 100th sortie last week at Luke
An Alaska Air National Guard crew flies a C-130
Hercules aircraft near Denali, the highest point in North America, March
The Air Force plans to release a draft solicitation to
industry for nearly 40,000 hours of adversary air and support at 12
different bases, including 11,250 hours per year at the US Weapons
School at Nellis AFB, Nev. The multi-award contract, which is expected
in January 2019, has the potential to “consume the entire industry
several times over,” said Russ Bartlett, President and CEO of Textron
The Senate Intelligence Committee voted on March 9 to
approve Dan Coats—a former Republican senator and President Donald
Trump’s nominee—to become Director of National Intelligence.
Gen. James Holmes took leadership of Air Combat Command Friday at a ceremony at JB Langley-Eustis, Va.
The J-20 “Mighty Dragon,” China’s first purportedly
stealth combat aircraft, is operational, Chinese state television
reported on March 9, without giving further details.
The Trump Administration has invited representatives
from 68 nations and international organizations to Washington, D.C., for
a March 22 meeting to discuss strategies for eradicating ISIS after the
battles of Mosul and Raqqa.
An upgraded C-5M Super Galaxy flew a cargo mission from
Travis AFB, Calif., to Yokota AB, Japan, without stopping or refueling
during the first week of March.
A USAF task force on Mar. 6 employed a drone to perform
a post-flight inspection for the first time on a C-17 Globemaster III
at Edwards AFB, Calif.
The Defense Logistics Agency chose Lockheed as USAF’s
industrial product-support vendor (IPV) for the service’s third
generation logistics program. The major focus of the agreement is
managing rapid replenishment of consumable parts so maintainers can access the components they need when
they need them.
US Africa Command is borrowing assets from US Central
Command in order to make up for a capacity deficit, Marine Corps Gen.
Thomas Waldhauser, chief of AFRICOM, told the Senate Armed Services
The House on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved its
version of the Fiscal 2017 defense appropriations bill with a vote of
371 to 48.
US Strategic Command boss Gen. John Hyten called for a
fundamental shift in US thinking about strategic deterrence in his
testimony before the House Armed Services Committee Wednesday.
The US cannot win the war against ISIS without
diplomacy and humanitarian aid, top US commanders told the Senate Armed
Services Committee on Thursday.
The inaugural Enlisted Remotely Piloted Aircraft Pilot
Selection Board selected 30 enlisted airmen from a total of about 200
applicants to fill pilot training slots for fiscal years 2017 and 2018,
the service announced on March 8.
Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)
pressed Army Gen. Joseph Votel, commander of US Central Command, on the
involvement of Kurdish forces in Syria at an Armed Services Committee
ISIS’s total ranks have dwindled to about 15,000
remaining fighters, with most of them outside of the group’s two major
cities, though it has kept a hold on more rural population centers along
the Euphrates River, according to the US-led coalition.
Modernization and recapitalization of the nation’s
arsenal of nuclear weapons is the top priority for the Joint Chiefs of
Staff, Vice Chairman of the JCS Gen. Paul Selva told Congress Wednesday.
The US military is not moving quickly enough to counter
the threat that commercial unmanned vehicles present to the nation’s
nuclear weapons installations, US Strategic Command chief Gen. John
Hyten told Congress Wednesday.
The evolution of a Russian tactical nuclear threat may
necessitate a revision of US nuclear strategy, Vice Chairman of the
Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Paul Selva told Congress Wednesday.
Updating the command, control, and communications (NC3)
systems that operate the nation’s nuclear weapons arsenal is “my
biggest concern,” US Strategic Command boss Gen. John Hyten told
A USAF KC-135 refueled a Romanian F-16 for the first
time last month, marking the first time the aircraft from each nation
have worked together.
Development of a new Long-Range Standoff missile (LRSO)
is critical to sustaining the US nuclear deterrent, Gen. Paul Selva,
vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the House Armed
Services Committee Wednesday.
ISIS in Mosul is largely cut off from the rest of its
organization, and relying on stockpiles to continue its fight against
B-52s from Minot AFB, N.D., are deploying to the Middle
East for their turn to fight ISIS. The bombers, assigned to the 23rd
Bomb Squadron, will deploy to US Central Command to replace B-52s that
deployed last year from Barksdale AFB, La.
The Air Force will increase its rotational presence in
Europe thanks to a significant boost in European Reassurance Initiative
funding in the Fiscal 2017 budget, US Air Forces in Europe Command Gen.
Tod Wolters said.
US Air Forces in Europe has steadily been ramping up its exercise schedule in light of Russia’s activity in the region.
Two pilots are safe after ejecting from an A-29 Super Tucano near Moody AFB, Ga., on Monday.
Air Commandos from around the world are joining forces for the 10th Emerald Warrior exercise, which runs through March 10.
Fifth generation pilots need a new generation of red
air that is focused more on sensors and a family of capabilities instead
of “linear” comparisons, F-22 and F-35 pilots said recently.
Airmen and C-130s from both the Illinois and Montana
Air National Guard recently returned from a record-setting deployment to
Southwest Asia in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.
The deployment of a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense
system on the Korean Peninsula officially began Monday as the first
components of the system landed at Osan AB, South Korea.
Lockheed Martin’s Paveway redesigned dual-mode
laser/GPS-guided weapon—rebranded as “Paragon”—is slated to complete
flight tests this year, with the aim of competing with laser-guided JDAM
and other precision-guided munitions as early as next year. Lockheed said the weapon will offer the same capabilities of the JDAM, but will be about 30 percent cheaper.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Joseph Dunford on
Tuesday met with his Russian and Turkish counterparts in Turkey to
“discuss deconflicting” operations inside Syria.
Air Force Materiel Command is beset by manpower
shortages, same as every other area in the Air Force, but commander Gen.
Ellen Pawlikowski thinks that she can get waivers to the recent hiring
freeze because some of her empty positions are critical to national
The 314th Airlift Wing at Little Rock AFB, Ark., took
delivery of its 14th and final new C-130J on February 27, completing the
wing’s transition from the H model.
To deceive, to disrupt, or to defeat an adversary is the determinant in how to develop sensor technology capabilities.
Pacific Air Forces will host a symposium this month with joint forces,
as well as allies, such as Australia, Japan, and South Korea, to figure
out how best to capitalize on the new capabilities coming to the
theater, including how best to interoperate, said PACAF boss Gen. Terrence
Pacific Air Forces recently validated a new operational
maneuver that builds on the Rapid Raptor concept that was first
introduced in 2013.
United Launch Alliance has delayed the launch of a
Delta IV rocket carrying the ninth Wideband Global SATCOM communications
satellite due to a problem with a first-stage booster, the company announced Saturday.
North Korea again rattled the US and other nations in
the Pacific, launching four ballistic missiles into waters off the shore
of Japan on Monday.
The Air Force’s tanker fleet could not only be a
resource to both onload fuel to the military’s fighters and
intelligence-gathering aircraft, but also a way to offload data from
that aircraft, the service’s top mobility officer said.
Several entries in the March 3 Daily Report
incorrectly identified the Air Force’s acquisition chief. Darlene
Costello is the Air Force’s service acquisition executive. Another entry
in that day’s column incorrectly identified the role of young officers
in the operation to remove ISIS fighters from Libya. Some of the pilots
involved in the operation were young lieutenants, but they were not
still assigned to Air Education and Training Command.
The Air Force will “participate heavily” in the overall strategy review under way, said acting Secretary Lisa Disbrow, noting the review will “set the assumptions for sizing and shaping the Air Force of the future.”
ICBM installations are potentially vulnerable to off-the-shelf unmanned aerial systems, said Gen. Robin Rand, commander of Air Force Global Strike Command.
Clarifying the Air Force’s leadership position over space operations within the joint force would simplify and accelerate the acquisitions process, Gen. John Raymond, chief of Air Force Space Command, told reporters at AWS17 Friday.
SpaceX’s Feb. 19 launch of a Falcon 9 rocket marked the “first launch where we’ve used an autonomous flight termination system,” Space Command chief Gen. Jay Raymond told reporters Friday at AWS17.
The revitalization of squadrons begins with “pushing decision authority down” to appropriate levels, Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. David Goldfein told reporters Friday at AWS17.
The Joint Interagency Combined Space Operations Center (JICSPOC) has completed six experiments focused on defending space assets from potential adversaries.
B-52s deployed to the Middle East recently set a record, flying 277 sorties straight without a single flight canceled due to a maintenance issue.
The Air Force is “investing heavily” in legacy weapons systems in an effort to increase performance in areas such as targeting, communications, power, and survivability, said acting Secretary Lisa Disbrow during her address Friday at AWS17.
The big challenge with another swing back to manpower from
modernization is the effect on industry, Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein
North Korea's military faces a readiness issue, along with low morale across its forces, but dictator Kim Jong Un is keeping the threat level high through "asymmetric" investments.
An entry in the March 3 Daily Report incorrectly identified the Air Force's acquisition chief. Darlene Costello, is the principal deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force (acquisition & logistics).
The Air Force is giving helicopter companies more time to revise their offerings for the UH-1N utility helicopter replacement contest.
There’s no cost-cutting going on with the Presidential Aircraft Replacement program yet.
The Air Force is “absolutely working to increase” stockpiles of precision-guided munitions.
Just three USAF MQ-9 Reapers contributed significantly
to the defeat of ISIS in its largest stronghold outside of Iraq and Syria,
flying more than 60 percent of all strikes to wipe out the group in
Global Strike Command chief Gen. Robin Rand says he will “continue to advocate” for re-engining the B-52 bomber.
New CMSAF Kaleth Wright said at AWS17 his tenure as the service’s top enlisted leader will focus on training, leadership, and resiliency.
Russians are testing fusion capabilities in Syria much like Americans experimented with technology during Desert Storm, but they’re “absolutely not” where USAF is with regard to command and control and fusion warfare, said Brig. Gen. Peter Lambert, Air Combat Command’s director of intelligence.
Superior command and control will enable the US to
prevent war by confronting enemies with too many perils to handle, Chief
of Staff Gen. David Goldfein said.
The US-led coalition has seen Russia turn on its advanced S-300 anti-aircraft systems in Syria and "paint" aircraft, but there has not been a threat from the systems yet.
Air mobility crews are active across the Middle East setting up remote airfields, like they did with the Qayyarah West airfield Iraqi forces retook from ISIS last year.
Training airmen for the fusion battlespace of the future will require fusion training environments and ones using fifth generation capabilities of the F-35 and T-X trainer.
Air Force Spae Command boss Gen. Jay Raymond called space "the DNA of fusion," noting space is a part of everything the US military does today.
Twenty-three nations have signed on to either participate in or observe Air Mobility Command's first Mobility Guardian exercise.
Boeing announced Thursday at AWS17 it will compete to replace the UH-1N Huey with its MH-139, a version of the AW139.
USAF joint terminal attack controllers are on the ground pushing into Western Mosul with Iraqi forces, directing airstrikes within the city.
The US-led coalition has enough intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance to handle the current fight against ISIS, but it needs to prepare for what’s next and how the battlefield will change after allied forces retake the main cities held by the group.
US Special Operations Command is currently testing a
laser weapon system and hopes to have “a layout of proof of concept”
completed within “months to maybe a year,” said Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, chief of
Air Force Special Operations Command.
The future of propulsion will at least be complemented
heavily by adaptive engine design, according to a panel of experts and
US forces last fall set up a remote airfield inside
Syria and have flown 50 C-17 missions as of last week, according to Air
Forces Central Command.
The US-led coalition fighting ISIS needs to target the
terrorist network’s use of drones not just as an individual quadcopter
that needs to be taken down, but instead as a weapons system that needs
to be targeted in full.
The Air Force is pushing to get more airmen appointed
as joint force commanders, and is working to ensure that they are ready
for the job, Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein said.
The Air Force is working with the White House Office of
Military Requirements to adjust what is needed in the next-generation
Air Force One.
US aircraft early Thursday conducted more than 20 airstrikes throughout Yemen, targeting Al Qaeda militants, equipment, and infrastructure.
Raytheon announced Tuesday that it has tested and
validated an upgraded navigation system for its Miniature Air Launched
Russian and Syrian aircraft on Tuesday bombed US-backed
rebels inside Syria in a series of bombings that came within three
miles of US forces.
The first C-130J-30 to be permanently assigned to the
Pacific region left the Lockheed Martin facility in Greenville, S.C., on
Feb. 24, according to a company release.
Northrop Grumman has begun flight testing its new
MS-177 multi-spectral sensor for the RQ-4 Global Hawk remotely piloted
aircraft, the company announced Wednesday.
The Defense Department on Tuesday awarded Lockheed
Martin a contract worth more than $1 billion for maintenance for the
The US and South Korea on Wednesday kicked off their
largest joint exercise, Foal Eagle, as tensions flared on the Korean
An F-16 Fighting Falcon sits on the flightline at sunset at the 407th Air Expeditionary Group on Feb. 4, 2017.
The Air Force Association's annual Air Warfare Symposium runs March 1-3, in Orlando, Fla.
US Air Force F-16s and a C-130, along with a Navy P-8
Poseidon, recently flew demonstration flights as part of a large airshow
President Donald Trump in his first joint
address to Congress Tuesday night said he will send a budget to Congress that
significantly bolsters defense spending, rebuilds the military, and ends
Army Maj. Gen. Mark Quantock told members of Congress
Tuesday that US Central Command did not falsify intelligence but is
making changes to improve its professional standards and communication
procedures as recommended in a DOD Inspector General report issued in January.
Five C-130 Hercules aircraft from the 911th Airlift
Wing at Pittsburgh Air Reserve Station, recently received upgraded Real
Time in Cockpit tracking systems to allow for greater situational
awareness and better response to potential threats.
The coming shortfall of pilots, both in the military
and in the private sector, could develop into a national crisis if not
addressed, according to the head of Air Mobility Command.
Leading members of Congress from President Donald
Trump’s own party said that his budget proposal does not increase
defense spending enough.
More than 8,000 civilians have fled Western Mosul since
Iraqi forces began operations to clear ISIS from the section of the
city, and Iraqi forces have since retaken key sites such as the only
remaining bridge connecting the two halves of the city.
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