Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Joseph Dunford told
the 979 graduates in the 2017 US Air Force Academy graduating class that
their success will no longer be based solely on their individual
merits, but what they are able to accomplish as a team, and flexibility
will be key as they navigate today’s ever-changing security environment.
Rep. Mike Gallagher on Thursday questioned whether the
Air Force is low balling the actual number of B-21 Raiders it will need
in the future, citing a 2015 AFA Mitchell Institute study that found the service would as many as 258 bombers if conflict were to erupt with Russia.
The development of a new Long Range Standoff weapon
(LRSO) is “a cost-imposing strategy” that doesn’t cost very much, Vice
Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen Wilson said Thursday.
There are lessons to be learned from the B-2 program
that can inform the development of the Air Force’s new B-21 bomber, Vice
Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen Wilson said Thursday.
The threat from nuclear weapons is growing and the need
for a strong US deterrent needs to keep up, Vice Chief of Staff Gen.
Stephen Wilson said Thursday at an AFA Mitchell event in Washington,
Boeing filed a protest with the Government
Accountability Office on May 19 alleging the Air Force’s acquisition
strategy regarding the EC-130 Compass Call recap “seems to ignore
inherent and obvious conflicts of interest.”
Thursday is Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan’s last day as the Program Executive officer for the Joint Strike Fighter. In an exclusive exit interview with Air Force Magazine,
he discusses why he’s been able to remain in charge for five years on a
project where, by law, he should have been gone in two.
The eighth satellite in the Air Force’s Operationally
Responsive Space series demonstrates the progress the service is making
in speeding up space acquisition, said David Hardy, associate deputy
undersecretary of the Air Force for space on Wednesday.
Right after the Air Force decided to “accept risk” by
reducing personnel and aircraft to pay for long-overdue modernization,
the world went sour. In an
exclusive exit interview with Air Force Magazine, former Air Combat
Command chief Gen. Hawk Carlisle explains how USAF got into its present
predicaments, and offers his prescriptions for securing air dominance
The ground control system for the next-generation GPS
III satellite constellation, known as OCX, will undergo a milestone B
review sometime in June, Maj. Gen. Roger Teague, director of space
programs, told reporters Wednesday.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has
chosen Boeing to collaboratively develop and fly the XS-1 spaceplane, a
reusable launch vehicle capable of lofting a 3,000-pound payload to
orbit at an “aircraft-like” tempo.
President Donald Trump’s budget proposes a 20 percent
increase in Air Force space investment over President Barack Obama’s
F-22s have played a key role in the fight against ISIS,
helping protect aircraft from Syrian air defenses and coordinating
strike packages. Their pace has increased, and Raptors are now flying in
their “full capacity” in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.
The first RQ-4 landed at Robins AFB, Ga., marking the
first time the Global Hawk has flown to Air Force Air Logistics Complex,
according to a May 24 base release.
One of the areas where the Air Force’s Fiscal 2018
budget request sees a sharp increase is in munitions. The war against
ISIS has drained USAF stocks, particularly precision munitions that are
the preferred weapon in a war where extreme accuracy is needed to
prevent civilian casualties.
Despite its pleas to modernize and grow its smallest
fleet ever, the Air Force isn’t buying many new airplanes, relative to
the many missions it now undertakes.
President Donald Trump is requesting $574 billion in
base funding for the Department of Defense and $65 billion in overseas
contingency operations (OCO) funding for fiscal year 2018.
US Special Operations Forces conducted a raid in the
Marib Governorate of Yemen early Tuesday that killed seven militants and
wounded several American personnel, Pentagon spokesperson Navy Capt.
Jeff Davis told reporters.
Research, development, test, and evaluation gets a
more than 25 percent increase in the Air Force’s Fiscal 2018 budget
request to Congress.
The Air Force isn’t boosting its buy of F-35s in the Fiscal 2018 budget, and chances are, it won’t for a few years.
The Air Force’s Fiscal 2018 budget, released on
Tuesday, requests $132.4 billion in the baseline “blue budget” and $13.9
billion for overseas contingency operations.
We are pleased to see that this budget increased needed
resources to arrest the readiness declines in the Air Force, however,
we have a great deal of work left to do in highlighting the need for
additional procurement and modernization of Air Force weapons systems
When F-35 Program Executive Officer Lt. Gen.
Christopher Bogdan took over the project, he had doubts that such a
massive effort would actually work. In an interview with Air Force
Magazine, Bogdan, who turns over the program to his deputy on Thursday,
explained the technical, programmatic, and military/political turning
points that convinced him the F-35 had a chance of success.
Maj. William Mendel, a CV-22 pilot assigned to the 20th
Special Operations Squadron, received a Distinguished Flying Cross on
May 15 in a ceremony at Cannon AFB, N.M., for “heroism or extraordinary
achievement while participating in an aerial flight,” according to a
President Donald Trump’s Fiscal 2018 defense budget,
which will be officially unveiled Tuesday afternoon, will propose an
increase of $18.4 billion, or 3.3 percent, over the final FY18
projections of the Obama administration.
President Donald Trump has nominated both Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs USAF Gen. Paul Selva for reappointment to their current positions, the Pentagon announced Friday.
Officials from the US and the Republic of Korea said that North Korea successfully launched a mid-range ballistic missile Sunday.
CMSgt. Jose Barraza, the former command chief of the
12th Air Force, faces 17 charges at his Article 32 hearing Tuesday at
Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.
Five years after making headlines saying the
relationship between Lockheed Martin and the Pentagon over the F-35
program was the “worst I’ve ever seen,” Joint Program Office director
Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan said things are improving, but there’s more
work to be done.
Though the F-35’s price has been coming down
consistently, it will start to rise in the early 2020s as the services
and partners begin applying a series of upgrades, Joint Program Office
director Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, who is stepping down from the job
Thursday, said in an interview with Air Force Magazine.
The Department of Defense briefed
reporters on the Trump administration’s new strategy for an “accelerated
operation against ISIS” Friday afternoon, and speed of operations took
US space command and control (C2) operations will soon
begin to incorporate commercial data into space situational awareness
(SSA) for the first time.
Air Force Space Command boss Gen. Jay Raymond on Friday
downplayed Blue Origin’s recent problem in the testing of its BE-4
A team of “very senior retired military officers”
recently completed an assessment of the entire Air Force Global Strike
Command community to determine whether the wide-spread changes
implemented over the last few years are working, AFGSC vice commander
Maj. Gen. Michael Fortney said at an AFA Mitchell Institute event
The Federal Aviation Administration is likely to
request fiscal year 2018 funds from Congress to support taking on
aspects of the space situational awareness (SSA) debris tracking
mission, Lt. Gen. David Buck told Congress Friday.
Two Chinese fighter jets intercepted an Air Force
WC-135 Constant Phoenix in an unsafe manner, including flying inverted
above the USAF plane on Wednesday.
The Air Force's QF-16s are putting F-35s to the test at
Edwards AFB, Calif., by jamming the fifth generation jet's radar in
preparation for initial operation test and evaluation, which starts next
Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) released the text of a bill aimed at reforming the military acquisition system on May 18.
Air Force Research Laboratory technology was on
display during DOD’s Lab Day Thursday, showcasing some innovative ideas,
and some old ones, too.
US aircraft on Thursday struck pro-regime forces inside
Syria as they advanced into an established "de-confliction zone" and
posed a threat to US ground forces.
Upcoming changes in the organizational structure of US
Strategic Command could result in the creation of a new four-star joint
command for space.
At the military service academies, transgender cadets
are being allowed to graduate but not to commission as officers this
spring. The decisions are in line with current Department of Defense
policy, but that is likely to change soon.
Air commandos participated in US Central Command's
biggest exercise this month, practicing personnel recovery alongside
Jordanian and Italian special forces.
NATO's military leadership is recommending the
organization become a member of the US-led coalition fighting ISIS, in
addition to its training mission in Iraq.
General Atomics on Tuesday was awarded almost $400 million to build 36 more MQ-9 Reapers for the Air Force.
Two Air Force F-35As will make an appearance at the Paris Air Show this summer, but it won’t be USAF pilots behind the controls.
Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, commander of the Space and
Missile Systems Center, told Congress Wednesday that OCX—the ground
control system for the GPS III satellite constellation—is “going to be
ready to support the first launch next year.”
Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein told Congress Wednesday he is opposed to the formation of a separate space force.
The Pentagon’s ponderous acquisition system has gone
from being a red tape headache to a genuine security threat, as US
adversaries step on the gas and field new technologies and systems far
faster than the Pentagon can stay ahead of them.
The Air Force needs to increase its total end strength, address the growing pilot shortage, and improve the quality of life for airmen, all at a time when budgets are uncertain, Lt. Gen. Gina Grosso told lawmakers Wednesday.
During the type’s first deployment to Europe, F-35As
maintained a mission capable rate higher than a concurrent F-16
deployment, while forward deploying to the Baltics and training
alongside fourth generation jets.
The Air Force is working to recover from a period when
the US neglected its nuclear command, control, and communications (NC3)
systems, Gen. Robin Rand said Wednesday.
Air Force Special Operations Command on May 10
inactivated the Air Force Special Operations Air Warfare Center, and
activated in its place the storied 492nd Special Operations Wing.
An entry in the May 16 Daily Report misstated the
planned location of Leonardo’s T-X production facility. The company
announced in March their plans to locate production at Moton Field,
Ala., if it is awarded the contract for USAF’s next generation trainer.
We have updated the original entry.
The Air Force wants to continue its radar lookout post on the remote island of Shemya, Alaska.
Federal government funding won’t be pommeled by
sequestration at least until September, according to the Congressional
Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff, arrived in Brussels Tuesday for a meeting of NATO’s
military committee focused on the war in Afghanistan.
Heather Wilson was sworn in as the 24th Secretary of
the Air Force in a ceremony on the steps outside the Pentagon Tuesday
The closure of the runway at Misawa AB, Japan, for routine maintenance has forced two fighter squadrons from the 35th Fighter Wing to temporarily relocate.
Boeing announced Monday it plans to build the T-X
trainer in St. Louis, Mo., if awarded the contract for the Air Force’s
The Department of Defense Inspector General is
currently reviewing the B-21 program to determine if its secrecy levels
are too cautious, Bloomberg reported on Monday.
The Air Force has lifted the weight restrictions
governing F-35 pilots. In 2015 the Air Force announced that pilots
weighing less than 136 could not fly the jet due to risks during
A U-2 Dragon Lady from Beale AFB, Calif., departs the
runway at JB Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, May 3, 2017, during Exercise
The Air Force has invited Sierra Nevada Corp. and Embraer to fly in the service’s OA-X light attack experiment this summer, the companies announced on Friday.
The Air Force is crowdsourcing Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein’s push to revitalize the squadrons.
North Korea successfully launched a long-range missile
Sunday morning from a location near Kusang into the Sea of Japan,
according to US Pacific Command.
The Air Force completed the first programmed depot maintenance of a nuclear launch facility since its activation in the 1960s.
The US military completed Northern Edge 17, its largest annual joint exercise in Alaska, on Friday.
Lt. Gen. Steven Kwast, commander and president of Air
University, Ala., has cancelled an entire class (17G) at Squadron
Officers School, Air Force Personnel Command announced May 11.
The US risks losing ground it has carefully gained in
Afghanistan if significant changes are not made in the strategy there,
top intelligence leaders told Congress Thursday.
An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic
missile launches during an operational test at 12:02 a.m. Pacific
Daylight Time on May 3, 2017, from Vandenberg AFB, Calif.
Preoccupation with checklist procedures and a failure
to correctly respond to stall warnings led to the crash of an MQ-9A
Reaper during a training flight at the Nevada Test and Training Range on
June 7, 2016.
Retired senior military leaders told Congress Thursday
the US must demonstrate its offensive cyber capabilities in order to
effectively deter adversaries from launching more cyber attacks on the
Two retired Air Force generals and a retired admiral
told Congress Thursday that US Cyber Command and the National Security
Agency should be separated.
RQ-4s began flying missions from Yokota AB, Japan, for
the first time last week. Five Global Hawks and 105 operations and
support personnel are deployed there from Andersen AFB, Guam, through
October to produce more efficient sorties during typhoon season.
The Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center has
awarded four $500,000 contracts to study replacement systems for its
Space Based Environmental Monitoring mission, which performs space-based
cloud characterization and produces theater weather imagery.
Air Combat Command chief Gen. Mike Holmes is a believer
in the idea of a light attack aircraft fleet for the Air Force, if the
money can be found to buy one.
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis recently released a
memo reversing a 2016 Department of Defense policy allowing military
service academy athletes to go pro without fulfilling their service
A Russian plan to create “de-escalation zones” inside
Syria would not impact US operations against ISIS inside that country,
the coalition said Wednesday.
The US may send a Patriot missile battery to Lithuania
later this year during a military exercise, a move to show US support
for Baltic nations on the edge about Russian threats.
A C-17 and airmen from the 301st Airlift Squadron at
Travis AFB, Calif., recently flew four unusual passengers across the
country—four highly trained bottlenose dolphins.
US-backed forces, with the support of barrages of
American airstrikes, have isolated the key Syrian city of Tabqa on their
way to seize Raqqa.
The 49th Wing at Holloman AFB, N.M., recently completed
an MQ-9 surge designed to test the limits of the volume and speed of
Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey Tuesday in latest clash
between the Intelligence Community (IC) and the White House. The IC itself is composed of departments within various agencies, including the FBI, CIA, NSA, and others.
Three mechanics failed to follow proper cleaning
procedures on a VC-25A undergoing regular heavy maintenance, causing
contamination of the aircraft’s oxygen system, according to an
abbreviated accident investigation board report released late Monday.
The Defense Department has revised the Military
Intelligence Program top line budget request for Fiscal 2017, increasing
it by nearly $2 billion, according to a Pentagon announcement.
The Air Force has settled on the slate of companies to
be invited to participate in this summer’s OA-X Light Attack Aircraft
experiments, a service spokesman confirmed Tuesday.
The Air Force is looking for some friendly hackers to
find vulnerabilities its public websites in an effort to bolster cyber
security. Hackers from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada,
Australia, and New Zealand are invited to participate in the Hack the
Air Force contest, which will run from May 30 to June 23.
President Trump on Monday authorized the Pentagon to
arm Kurdish elements of the Syrian Democratic Forces as they approach
the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa, the Defense Department announced Tuesday.
An RQ-4 is set to land at Robins AFB, Ga., this week,
marking the first time a remotely piloted aircraft has flown to an Air
Force maintenance depot.
Air Force Special Operations Command will up-armor its
CV-22 Osprey fleets through a sole source contract to Florida-based The
Protective Group, according to a notice posted this week.
Communication between fourth and fifth generation
fighter aircraft recently took a major step forward as the Air Force
successfully demonstrated a new secure networking system.
Despite an increasing need to grow the ranks of cyber
operators in the US military, the Pentagon should not create a separate
service to focus on online operations, the head of US Cyber Command told
The Senate confirmed Heather Wilson as the 24th
Secretary of the Air Force on Monday with a vote of 76-22. Wilson has
extensive experience with the Air Force, Congress, and in education and
since she is only the second of President Trump’s nominees to be
confirmed, she will likely wield significant influence in the new
Private industry has the building blocks to
dramatically reduce the cost and ramp up the pace of space launches,
which could be revolutionized through a partnership with the US
military, according to a joint USAF and industry research paper.
Aerojet Rocketdyne’s planned replacement for the
Russian-made RD-180 rocket, in use in military launches, passed its
critical design review, the company announced Monday.
The first three enlisted airmen graduated from the Air
Force’s undergraduate remotely piloted aircraft training program (URT)
at JBSA-Randolph, Texas, on May 5.
Air Force F-35As will return to Europe to fly as part
of the Paris Air Show in June, the service announced as the first
deployment wrapped up.
A joint US and Afghan raid on April 27 resulted in the
death of the leader of ISIS–Khorasan in Afghanistan, US Forces
Afghanistan announced Sunday.
The Air Force’s X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle landed at
NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Fla., on Sunday after nearly two years in
An MQ-9 Reaper successfully completed its first drop of
a GBU-38 Joint Direct Attack Munition over the Nevada Test and Training
Range at Nellis AFB, Nev., on May 1.
The first Italian-made F-35B rolled off the production
line on Friday, marking the first time a short take-off/vertical landing
variant was produced outside the US.
USAF’s push to bring its air operations center into
the modern era is years in the works, hundreds of millions of dollars
over its initial budget, and currently paused for lack of FY17 funding.
And the service’s senior uniformed acquisition official, Lt. Gen. Arnold
Bunch, told Air Force Magazine he will get it done—with or without its
current and main contractor, Northrop Grumman.
President Trump on Friday signed a six-month omnibus spending bill, averting a government shutdown.
Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson, superintendent of the US Air
Force Academy, told members of Congress on May 2 the academy is making
progress when it comes to combating sexual assaults, but it still has
more work to do.
The Defense Department on Friday began its Ballistic
Missile Defense Review, an in-depth study of ways to strengthen homeland
Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Kyle Milliken,
38, of Falmouth, Maine, was killed May 5 during a fight against
al-Shabaab in Somalia, the first US troop to die in that country since
Two Pave Hawks flying too closely together, along with a
pilot over correcting, caused the crash of one HH-60 during night
training Aug. 18, 2016, near Nellis AFB, Nev.
Lt. Gen. Robert McMurry took command of the Air Force
Life Cycle Management Center during a ceremony at the National Museum of
the Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, on May 2.
F-35As flew about 10 sorties per day while deployed to RAF Lakenheath, England, training alongside F-15s and other NATO allies.
Despite a very demanding pace of operations,
US Special Operations Command is prepared to handle its new
responsibility as the leading US military authority for countering
weapons of mass destruction, SOCOM boss Army Gen. Raymond Thomas said
US Special Operations Command will soon deliver
recommendations on the war in Afghanistan to President Donald Trump,
SOCOM leadership told Congress Thursday.
Some special operations forces are currently
experiencing a one-to-one deployment-to-dwell ratio, US Special
Operations Command chief Army Gen. Raymond Thomas told Congress
Army Gen. Raymond Thomas, chief of US Special
Operations Command, wants his funding sources to look more like the rest
of the Department of Defense.
An MQ-9 remotely piloted aircraft assigned to Holloman
AFB, N.M., crashed around 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, “seven miles south of
Highway 70,” according to a base press release.
The full Senate will consider the nomination of Heather Wilson to be Secretary of the Air Force on Monday, May 8.
Since operations commenced against ISIS in August 2014, the Coalition has dropped nearly 80,000 weapons against
ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Of that figure, USAF alone has delivered
approximately 70 percent of all the weapons. In the last week of April,
the Air Force dropped an even larger share, 80 percent, of the nearly
700 weapons delivered against ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria. The Navy,
while flying a smaller share of the total strike effort, also offers
valuable surge capacity and flexibility to the overall war effort. Air
Forces Central Command spokesman Lt. Col. Damien Pickart said Navy air
assets are “a crucial part of enabling the coalition to quickly adapt to
the dynamic environment in which we operate. … The coalition is
stronger because of each service and coalition partner’s unique
capabilities that they bring to the fight.”
Human personnel alone cannot adequately respond to the
cyber threats facing the US military today, Deputy Secretary of Defense
Robert Work told Congress Wednesday.
William Roper, director of the Department of Defense’s
Strategic Capabilities Office, wants to be the US military’s trick play
Medal of Honor recipient retired USAF Col. Leo
Thorsness died Tuesday in Florida, according to the Congressional Medal
of Honor Society. He was 85.
A group from the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom AFB,
Mont., managed the launch of an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental
ballistic missile from Vandenberg AFB, Calif., early Wednesday morning.
The Pentagon is ready to present Congress with its
plans for splitting the position of the undersecretary of defense for
acquisition, technology, and logistics into two positions, Deputy
Defense Secretary Robert Work said Wednesday.
The number of ISIS fighters left in Western Mosul is
“probably well short” of 1,000, but it will be a “difficult fight” to
clear the rest of the city, Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman USAF
Col. John Dorrian told reporters on Wednesday.
Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, chief of US European
Command and NATO Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, told Congress Tuesday
that “a predictable, stable budget and funding is very important” to
the strategic success of the European Reassurance Initiative.
US Transportation Command may revise its requirement
for KC-46s in light of a recent war game that demonstrated the impact of
attrition in contested environments, TRANSCOM chief Gen. Darren McDew
told Congress Tuesday.
A recent war game conducted by US Transportation
Command revealed that US military lift is “distinctly vulnerable”
because of its heavy reliance on commercial partners, TRANSCOM boss Gen.
Darren McDew told the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday.
The number of sexual assaults of Active Duty troops
decreased in Fiscal 2016, while the percentage of troops who reported
those sexual assaults increased, according to a report released Monday by the Pentagon. However, sexual assault reporting in the Air Force remained “unchanged,” the report states.
A Democratic senator has placed a procedural hold on
Heather Wilson’s nomination to be the next Secretary of the Air Force,
meaning the issue must be resolved before the full Senate can vote and
the top Air Force job can be filled.
Four Polish F-16s took the lead of NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission on Tuesday from the Royal Netherlands Air Force.
The second low-rate initial production KC-46A tanker aircraft completed its first flight on April 29, announced Boeing.
Strategic deterrence in the 21st century is an “all
domain campaign” that will require integration of the US’ nuclear
deterrent with space, cyber, missile defense, electronic warfare, and
conventional capabilities to build an effective modern deterrent, said
the vice commander of US Strategic Command on May 2.
The Defense Department awarded Lockheed Martin a $1.377
billion contract on April 28 to start the process of the so-called
“block buy” program, expected to save $2 billion over three lots of
Airmen jump from the back of an HC-130J Combat King II aircraft over Moody AFB, Ga., April 13, 2017.
Lawmakers have by this coming Friday night to sign a
continuing resolution keeping the government running through September,
and they’re purportedly eyeing a deal reached Sunday that will allow
that to happen on time.
SpaceX successfully launched its first National Security Space payload from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Monday at 7:15 a.m.
The Department of Defense released the names of two US
Army Rangers from the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort
Benning, Ga., who were killed during an April 26 raid in Mohmand Valley, Nangarhar province, Afghanistan.
1st Lt. Weston C. Lee, 25, of Bluffton, Ga., was killed
Saturday when an improvised explosive device detonated near his patrol
unit outside of Mosul, Iraq.
Air Force’s fifth generation F-22s and F-35s flew alongside the best
British and French fighters for the first time in a large-scale exercise
here, but the aircraft is not the focus of the event. For USAF commanders planning and
flying regularly in Exercise Atlantic Trident 2017, the pilots and
maintainers themselves are the important focus of the trilateral
Less than 24 hours ahead of a funding deadline that
would have shut the government down at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, lawmakers
approved a bill giving themselves another week to figure out how to fund
the government through September.
The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History,
in Albuquerque, N.M., is raising funds to refurbish two Cold War-era
aircraft, an F-105D Thunderchief and an A-7 Corsair II.
Twelve F-15C Eagles landed in Bulgaria April 26 as part of a theater security package. Two days later, USAF sent two F-35As to the country along with 20 supporting airmen for training.
Airmen and F-16s from the 555th Expeditionary Fighter
Squadron, based out of Aviano AB, Italy, recently deployed to Bagram
Airfield, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.
are flying daily in support of anti-ISIS operations in Iraq and Syria,
carrying weapons and also keeping a close eye on what Syrian air
defenses are doing.
The increasing involvement of Air National Guard and
Reserve pilots into Active Duty flying units has been a “shock absorber”
of the growing pilot crisis and enabled USAF to keep some wings
healthier than others.
The Air Force is dealing with a readiness crisis that
leaders say impacts the service’s ability to conduct the “high-end”
fight, but it isn’t evenly spread across all of aircraft communities.
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