The team in charge of Chief of Staff Gen. David
Goldfein’s multi-domain command and control initiative will brief the
service’s four-star generals on Nov. 27.
To find the most cutting-edge work within the Air
Force, don’t look at the big weapons programs, service Secretary Heather
Wilson said Friday.
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Air Force’s pilot shortage is even worse than service Secretary Heather Wilson
reported last week.
John A. Tirpak
The 2nd Bomb Wing, is the No. 1 bomb wing, according to Global Strike Command.
oversimplified, straight-line description of how Devin P. Kelley’s
criminal life reached its apex hinges on a bureaucratic failure.
ADAM J. HEBERT
The Senate Armed Services Committee is holding off its
vote on the president’s choice for the Pentagon’s undersecretary for
policy after multiple senators said the nominee’s answers about
potential conflicts of interests were not satisfactory.
The Space and Missile Systems Center released a request for information Tuesday for a group of at least seven next-generation strategic missile warning satellites.
The US military’s total lift capability is not big
enough for all the demands it faces, which prompts US Transportation
Command to adjust its priorities, such as assisting US citizens
recovering from hurricanes before deploying cargo to war.
The threat of contested operations is becoming a
reality, chipping away at the US military’s “decisive advantage” in its
ability to rapidly deploy globally, the head of US Transportation
Command said Wednesday.
Retired USAF Gen. Robert Kehler, former commander of US
Strategic Command, urged Congress on Tuesday to be cautious in
considering potential changes to the nation’s nuclear command and
control (C2) protocols—that is, the decision-making procedures around
the potential launch of a nuclear weapon.
The final version of the 2018 National Defense
Authorization Act would restore a federal registry for unmanned aerial
systems aimed at securing airspace as civilian users of smaller UAS
proliferate across the nation.
The Air Force’s pilot shortage is getting worse, and
service efforts to stem the exodus have not yet paid off, USAF Secretary
Heather Wilson reported Thursday.
—John A. Tirpak
Twelve of the 26 victims who died in the Sutherland
Springs, Texas, shooting on Nov. 5 were “directly connected to the Air
Force, either members or through family ties,” Chief of Staff Gen. David
Goldfein told reporters at a Pentagon briefing on Nov. 9.
The Air Force has taken steps to address its readiness
crisis by increasing monthly flight hours for fighter pilots and
recruiting more maintainers, but the service still needs help so it can
fly the missions it needs to, a top service official told lawmakers.
The F-35 Joint Program Office confirmed that Germany is taking steps to buy the Lightning II, but these moves are not yet final.
—JOhn A. Tirpak
Congress needs to reorganize federal spending around
the “top priority” of providing for the national defense, Sen. James
Inhofe (R-Okla.) told reporters in Washington, D.C., on Thursday.
The Air Force’s Vice Chief of Staff said the service is
doing everything possible to hasten its nuclear modernization programs
in preparation for looming threats.
The proposal to establish a separate Space Corps
within the Air Force has been eliminated from the final version of the
2018 National Defense Authorization Act, but lawmakers are proceeding
with sweeping changes to the organization of military space nonetheless.
NATO will send more than 3,000 additional troops to
Afghanistan in addition to an increase announced by the US military
earlier this year to counter increased momentum by the Taliban in the
Police records show the former airman who shot up a
Texas church Sunday—killing 26 and wounding almost two dozen others—was
taken into custody in June 2012 after escaping a mental health
If all goes according to plan, Air Force tactical
fighter jets will fire lasers in 2021, testing capabilities from the
service’s now completed laser triad’s new weapon system.
The Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center on Monday released a draft request for proposal for five launches in the evolved expendable launch vehicle program.
Devin Patrick Kelley, the man accused of killing 26 and
wounding at least 20 others at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland
Springs, Texas, on Sunday, previously spent four years in the Air Force,
the service said.
—Amy McCullough and Wilson Brissett
A US Air Force Thunderbird F-16 was destroyed while
landing in June in Dayton, Ohio, because the pilot touched down going
too quickly for the rainy conditions, an Air Combat Command
When it comes to space acquisition, the Air Force is
moving into a new era in which tolerance for risk will be higher and the
demand for speed will be greater, Lt. Gen. John Thompson, the new
commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center, said.
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