The Air Force Research Laboratory announced a slew of
scheduled information-gathering events around the country, officially
unrolling the engagement phase of its year-long science and technology
The Air Force on Friday awarded SSgt. Christopher
Lewis, a combat controller assigned to the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron
at Hurlburt Field, Fla., the Silver Star for his actions during a
10-hour firefight near Mosul, Iraq, in 2016.
The Pentagon has issued two memoranda on how it will
continue essential operations in case the government shuts down if
Congress fails to pass a continuing resolution to fund the government
past midnight Friday.
President Trump on Thursday pointed to the dangers to
the US military if Congress fails to reach a budget agreement or pass
another continuing resolution to keep the federal government funding
—Steve Hirsch and Brian Everstine
The White House’s pick to take over Air Force
acquisition plans to take a deep dive into two of the service’s biggest
purchases, the F-35 strike fighter and B-21 bomber, to see if the
established plans are enough, and if the current sustainment plan
actually is sustainable.
Air Force leaders began a “zero-based review” of the
service’s programs and activities this week, taking a hard look to see
if anything USAF is doing is propelled not by need but inertia, service
Undersecretary Matthew Donovan said Thursday.
—John A. Tirpak
The solicitation for the second phase of contracted
adversary air at Nellis AFB, Nev., will be released sometime next month,
but industry officials are hoping the service will re-evaluate the
listed criteria so it is more in line with the requirements being discussed for the larger Combat Air Force Adversary Air contract, which is expected to be awarded in 2019 or 2020.
US aircraft finished 2017 flying combat missions in
Afghanistan at the fastest rate in years—dropping more bombs last year
than any other year since 2011 as the war on ISIS in Iraq and Syria hit
its lowest total since it began.
Keenly aware that its procurement process takes too
long to keep up with potential adversaries, the Air Force is looking to
drastically shorten timelines for fielding new weapons, from 20 years to
under five, and is looking to use the Rapid Capabilities Office as a
template for its whole acquisition system.
House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry
(R-Texas) Tuesday criticized members of Congress “on both sides of the
aisle” who acknowledge the need for more defense spending, but tie it to
such other issues as continuing the Deferred Action for Childhood
Arrivals (DACA) immigration program.
The Air Force Association is closed on Monday, Jan. 15 for the Martin Luther King holiday. The next Daily Report will be on Tuesday, Jan. 16.
If Congress opts to kick the budget can all the way to
next year and compel the services to operate on a yearlong continuing
resolution, the damage to the AIr Force would be worse than $1.5
billion, and it would strike directly at readiness, Vice Chief of Staff
Gen. Steven Wilson said.
—John A. Tirpak
The Air Force recently conducted a study to determine
whether the virtual reality environment would help adults learn at or
above current rates and how the brain works and reacts in conjunction
with other parts of the body during the learning process.
—Brian Everstine and John A. Tirpak
The Air Force is paying $2.4 million to teach 120 of its Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadets (AFJROTC) how to fly.
The United States must develop strategies to address
China’s military and technological rise, witnesses told a House Armed
Services subcommittee this week.
More than 300 airmen and A-10s from the 74th Fighter Squadron are returning to Moody AFB, Ga, after a deployment that saw the Warthogs provide close air support for US-backed fighters in an intense urban fight against ISIS.
—Brian Everstine and Jennifer Hlad
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The Air Force is moving forward with plans to contract
out up to 5,600 flying hours of realistic advanced adversary air
threats at Nellis AFB, Nev.
F-15Cs and airmen from RAF Lakenheath, England,
wrapped up their four-month-long stint flying air policing missions in
Eastern Europe after conducting about 30 intercepts of Russia aircraft
in the region.
Fourteen C-130J aircraft performed an elephant walk during Operation Tenacious Turtle on Nov. 21, 2017, at Little
Rock AFB, Ark.
Russia and China are watching and learning from the
US, which has been in continuous combat operations for nearly three
decades, a top Air Force intelligence official told a Washington meeting
The Air Force expects to roll out an “ISR Flight Plan”
in “early spring” that will focus on what the next generation
intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance should look like, said
Lt. Gen. VeraLinn Jamieson at an AFA Mitchell Institute forum in
Washington, D.C., on Thursday.
The Air Force maintains air superiority today, but will it in the future?
The Air Force will no longer require evaluation performance reviews for airmen first class and below.
The Air Force and Textron Aviation in December looked
to prove the future of plug-and-play surveillance and open systems
architecture by installing a newly developed pod on an aircraft that is
not currently in the service’s fleet.
Tactical airlift crews in Afghanistan have seen a spike
in operations as more troops flow in to that country, including
increases in airdrops as well as providing fuel to austere locations.
The US and South Korean governments still plan to go
ahead with large-scale exercises as the Winter Olympics approach,
despite threats from the North, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in a
year-end meeting with reporters.
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