US is reportedly planning to leave about 400 peacekeeping forces inside
Syria in what is now a reduction in forces as opposed to a full
withdrawal, a move the top US officer said is not a change in the main
overall anti-ISIS fight.
USAF and United Kingdom Royal Air Force aircraft on Friday flew over
the site of a 1944 B-17G crash in Sheffield, England, thanks to decades
of work by a local man who was a boy when he saw the Flying Fortress go
An Air Force OC-135B is conducting Open Skies Treaty observation flights over Russia over the next few days, the first time the specially equipped aircraft has flown in that country in almost a year and a half because of an “impasse” between the US and Russia.
Twenty special operations airmen will undertake an
11-day, 830-mile ruck from JB San Antonio-Lackland, Texas to Hurlburt
Field, Fla., in memory of late combat controller SSgt. Dylan Elchin and the 19 other special tactics airmen killed in combat since 9/11.
head of the Air Force Expeditionary Center on Wednesday relieved Col.
Ryan Marshall, the commander of the 621st Contingency Response Wing,
because of a loss of confidence due to alleged conduct unbecoming an
small technology companies this week began a three-month program with
the Air Force and Techstars, an organization that helps businesses gain a
foothold in the military and commercial markets.
The gig economy is headed for the Air Force Research Laboratory.
A new Air Force initiative
looks to improve squadron health and readiness by targeting negative
health behaviors that can lead to potentially avoidable sick days, according to an Office of the Air Force Surgeon General release.
number of airdrops conducted in Afghanistan last year increased nearly
1,900 percent from 2017, and the airmen tasked with providing this
capability to US and allied forces on the ground did so at a perfect
The Air Force on Tuesday tapped United Launch Services and SpaceX to provide launch
services for six National Security Space missions, together worth
nearly $740 million, under the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle
The KC-46 kicked off its next phase of testing by refueling a
stealth aircraft for the first time, the Air Force announced.
The Air Force officially updated its stance on retaining non-deployable airmen in a Feb. 19 memo, which dictates all airmen must be “fit for duty and maintain a wartime mission-capable status,” according to a Tuesday release.
The budget the Trump Administration will present to Congress in a few weeks begins to move the Air Force toward a force structure level that will meet the requirements of the National Defense Strategy, service Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein said at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., Tuesday.
President Trump on Tuesday formally instructed the Pentagon to plan for a Space Force as a sixth military branch within the Department of the Air Force, a precursor to a possible separate service in the future.
USAF C-17s flew aid intended for Venezuela from Florida to Colombia on
Saturday, in response to a request from the US-recognized leader of the
Force Secretary Heather Wilson says Global Strike Command’s proposal to
retire the B-1 and B-2 bombers as B-21s enter the force — while
retaining the B-52 — remains the service’s plan for its bomber fleet.
Force officials are crafting a new master plan to rebuild Tyndall AFB,
Fla. after finding many of the bases’ structures once thought
salvageable may be demolished instead.
Republican senators urged President Trump in a Feb. 14 letter not to
buy a new variant of Boeing's F-15 at the expense of the F-35.
Force Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria detailed past,
present, and planned initiatives to tackle sexual assault, sexual
harassment, and culture- and climate-related issues at the
school—including increased on-campus video surveillance and making
students expelled over sexual misbehavior repay the Air Force for the
cost of their education—in testimony submitted to House legislators on
Cyber Command views its existing cadre of cyber warriors as a starting
point for growth as the Pentagon pivots to compete with more tech-savvy
adversaries, the command’s top general told lawmakers Thursday.
US will coordinate any planned moves in Afghanistan closely with NATO
as peace talks continue with the Taliban and will not leave the fight
unilaterally, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Thursday.
MQ-1B Predator lost its connection to flight crew systems and crashed
during a combat mission on Aug. 21, 2017, the Air Force announced
federal grand jury has indicted a former Air Force Office of Special
Investigations special agent on charges of “delivering national
defense information” to Iran, the Department of Justice announced
Muellner, retired Air Force lieutenant general, fighter pilot, test
pilot, a classified programs specialist, a top technologist for Boeing, a
senior leader of the aerospace industry, leader of a number of
aerospace societies and associations, and former Air Force Association
chairman of the board, died Feb. 11 in Newport Beach, Calif. He was 75.
US military has not seen North Korea make a “verifiable change” in its
nuclear capabilities since President Trump and North Korean leader Kim
Jong Un first met last year, though there has been a “palpable”
reduction in tension in the region, US Forces-Korea Commander Gen.
Robert Abrams told Senate legislators on Tuesday.
Pentagon needs to work quickly to develop new artificial intelligence
tools and capabilities to protect the country and complement military
operations, as China and Russia are making their own progress in
weaponizing AI, the Defense Department says in a new strategy on AI
Force Secretary Heather Wilson pushed back on a recent Government
Accountability Office report that said the Air Force still suffered from
a maintainer shortage and lacked an overall strategy to keep
experienced airmen in uniform, saying it focused on outdated data and
did not fully take into account Air Force efforts to recover from the
the Air Force has said it needs to grow its airlift and mobility
squadrons, and has repeatedly expressed a need for more tankers, a new
US Transportation Command and Pentagon study claims there is not a need
for more mobility aircraft in the next four years.
Army, Navy, and Air Force’s top civilian officials recently signed a
joint communications interoperability memorandum, hoping their future
combat systems will not face the same inherent inability to share data
as legacy platforms do.
Education and Training Command kicked off its KC-46 era on Friday as
Altus AFB, Okla., accepted two of the new tankers for the service’s sole
Pegasus training schoolhouse.
year was busier for US aircraft operating in Afghanistan than any year
in at least a decade, with more strikes conducted in 2018 than the
previous three years combined. At the same time, US aircraft rapidly
increased operations against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
promotion rates for remotely piloted aircraft pilots, which were a point
of concern for the community during its 2013 review of overall morale,
have increased to rates commensurate with those of other aircraft;
however, more oversight of the process is needed, according to a new Government Accountability Office report.
The Air Force has a four-point plan to shrink the number of non-deployable airmen in the Total Force from 6.8 percent to less than 5 percent, according to written testimony that CMSAF Kaleth submitted to House legislators on Feb. 7.
Defense Department’s three service Secretaries emphasized they need
timely, reliable funding to build on the gains made in fiscal 2019, as
the Trump administration’s fiscal 2020 budget appears set to come out
more than a month after its legally mandated release date in early February.
French Air Force this week took a major step toward modernizing its
fleet and supporting its industry by teaming up with Germany to begin a
study for a sixth-generation air combat system.
companion pieces of bipartisan legislation aimed at protecting
transgender service members and securing transgender civilians’ right to
join the US Armed Forces were introduced in the Senate and House of
Representatives on Feb. 7.
military needs more eyes in the sky to effectively stem the flow of
drugs from South America, the head of US Southern Command told the
Senate Armed Services Committee this week.
Air Force is slated to have an operational capability with the
Hypersonic Conventional Strike Weapon by late 2020, and with a separate
and more advanced capability six months after that, according to service
acquisition chief Will Roper.
Air Force is working hard to replenish its stocks of precision-guided
munitions, but the service’s chief buyer is concerned about the
industrial capacity to meet USAF’s needs.
from the 79 countries that make up the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS
met at the State Department in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to plan a
“new stage in an old fight,” as the US conducts its “well-coordinated”
drawdown in Syria, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.
remaining deficiencies plaguing the KC-46 tanker are a tale of two
problems: a simple hardware fix that should be done on a short schedule
and a complex software fix that will likely take more time to address.
The Air Force has been slower than it could have been in developing its way forward on the Airborne Battle Management System,
a new way to handle the mission currently flown by the E-8C Joint
STARS, but the schedule should pick up soon, as the service has just
selected who will lead the effort.
Gen. Kevin Schneider took command of US Forces Japan and 5th Air Force
from Lt. Gen. Jerry Martinez on Tuesday at Yokota AB, Japan.
Donald Trump confirmed Tuesday he will meet for the second time with
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Feb. 27-28 in Vietnam.
Donald Trump on Tuesday night vowed to bring American troops home from
the Middle East, while pledging to build up the US military presence
along the southern border.
Central Command is exploring better ways to share its combat assets
with neighboring geographic commands in response to the Pentagon’s
growing focus on other advanced militaries instead of counterterrorism,
according to CENTCOM’s top general.
Nearly half of female US Air Force Academy cadets—46 percent—were sexually harassed during the 2017-2018 academic year, though only one formal report was received by the school, according to a DOD report on sexual assault and harassment at the nation's military academies.
Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright Brothers Institute, and
University of Dayton Research Institute will release the first scenario
for its “Swarm and Search AI Challenge” this week, though teams
officially have until Feb. 12 to register.
threats are proliferating faster than the Defense Department can
discover and address them in operational evaluations, and the military
needs additional, more advanced cyber “Red Teams,” the Pentagon’s top
testing official recently said in his annual report.
in testing have pushed back the first flight of the Air Force’s Combat
Rescue Helicopter program and could further delay a production decision,
though the prime manufacturer has previously pushed to accelerate the
Despite a Director of Operational Test and Evaluation report that said the F-35’s readiness hasn’t much improved in the last year, the Air Force thinks it can get its fleet up to an 80 percent mission capability rate by the end of the fiscal year, as directed by former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.
The Air Force will propose buying new F-15X aircraft in the fiscal 2020 budget,
but won’t seek Light Attack aircraft yet, making those choices to
accommodate the National Defense Strategy, the Air Force’s top uniformed
acquisition official said Friday at an AFA breakfast on Capitol Hill.
United States will begin withdrawing from the Intermediate-Range
Nuclear Forces Treaty over the next six months, a move backed by NATO,
as the Trump administration argues it is strategically unwise to remain
in a pact Russia flouts.
National Nuclear Security Administration has canceled its previous plan
to refurbish a warhead for use on the Air Force’s future land-based
intercontinental ballistic missiles as well as on the Navy’s
submarine-launched ballistic missiles, according to a December 2018 NNSA
report to Congress that Air Force Magazine viewed Jan. 29.
Defense Department needs an additional $395.6 million in federal funding
to fix or replace its facilities in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin
Islands that were damaged during the 2017 hurricane season, according to
a Jan. 2 DOD report that was viewed by Air Force Magazine this week.
A trio of House Armed Services Committee Democrats wants the Defense Department to revise its January 2019 climate change report.
Afghan Air Force does not have enough UH-60 Black Hawk pilots or any
maintenance for the helicopters, which will cause a delay in the
implementation of the new airframe and increase costs, a Pentagon
watchdog said in a report released this week.
Royal Netherlands Air Force on Wednesday rolled out its first
operational F-35A during a ceremony at Lockheed Martin’s Fort Worth,
Texas, facility that at times resembled a rave rather than a corporate
space industry members and a top Air Force Space Command official this
month downplayed the idea that a recent spate of layoffs—including about
600 SpaceX employees—may indicate deeper sustainability problems in the
nearly $400 billion global space sector.
Air Force MQ-1B Predator experienced an electrical failure and fell
from the sky during a combat mission at an undisclosed location in the
Middle East on Aug. 17, 2017, according to an investigation released
issues took center stage on a national security-heavy day on Capitol
Hill Jan. 29, as lawmakers and defense officials discussed how to mine,
protect, leverage, and combat information as a cornerstone of modern
The Air Force Academy is hiring enlisted airmen as accredited faculty instructors for the first time, according to a Jan. 28 release.
Duty and National Guard troops will continue to deploy to the US-Mexico
border through the end of fiscal 2019, Under Secretary of Defense for
Policy John Rood told House legislators on Tuesday.
Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan on Tuesday said his history with
Boeing does not influence his business decisions in the Pentagon, though
he still swiped at the performance of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 as it
comes online across the services.
has sharply increased its overall defense spending, a move that has
helped the organization strengthen parts of its collective defense, but
that increase should just be the beginning, Acting Defense Secretary
Patrick Shanahan said Monday.
the US and Taliban have agreed to a framework for peace in Afghanistan
are “encouraging,” but there are no plans yet for a full withdrawal from
the country, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Monday.
Force Space Command officials will meet with industry representatives
at Peterson AFB, Colo., in February to discuss the future of integrated
satellite communications, which will also help the service decide which
space pathfinder programs to pursue.
Air Force began its next era of aerial refueling on Friday, as the
first two KC-46s left their production facility in Washington and landed at
McConnell AFB, Kan., to begin service.
Air Force’s fiscal 2020 spending on space programs will look similar to
the funding profiles included in the fiscal 2019 budget, the vice
commander of Air Force Space Command said at a Jan. 25 AFA Mitchell
America’s nuclear triad will cost the Defense and Energy Departments
$494 billion through Fiscal 2028, according to a new 10-year outlook from the Congressional Budget Office.
Air Force is beginning to think about more powerful laser weapons that
could replace a less-advanced beam on a fighter jet, according to an Air
Force Research Laboratory document posted earlier this month.
The Air Force is reforming how it evaluates enlisted airmen.
More than 100 US airmen from around the Pacific and Washington, D.C. are in the Philippines this week for the seventh iteration of Bilateral Air Contingent Philippines (BACE-P), a bilateral training exercise and subject matter expert exchange.
air commandos assigned to the 67th Special Operations Squadron were
awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross on Tuesday for their actions in a January 2017 raid inside Yemen.
created bipartisan commission considering whether women should be
required to sign up for selective service released its interim report
this week, noting the panel is still mulling the idea of allowing women
into the draft.
new slate of lawmakers will run House Armed Services subcommittee
hearings in the 116th Congress, as Democrats take control of the chamber
for the first time in nearly a decade.
round of bonus pay for aviators announced this week continues the Air
Force’s effort to entice pilots to remain in the service.
Air Force recently canceled its fledgling initiative to prototype a
high-energy laser for base and aircraft defense because it is still
fleshing out its directed-energy priorities, an Air Force Research
Laboratory official told Air Force Magazine.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued an order paving the way for the Trump Administration’s ban on transgender individuals serving in the military to go into effect while lawsuits against the President’s order continue. But it’s still not clear whether the SCOTUS decision means the ban can immediately be implemented.
A tornado with “estimated peak wind of 90 mph” struck Tyndall AFB, Fla., Saturday evening, just a few months after the base was nearly destroyed by a hurricane. No one was injured, but the high winds destroyed some of the new construction on base, officials said.
The Air Force won’t be issuing a request for proposals for a new light attack aircraft as expected, and will in fact expand its “campaign” of experiments to include larger and more powerful aircraft, possibly including jets, Undersecretary Matt Donovan said Friday.
Air Force Undersecretary Matt Donovan said the Air Force has to seek quick ways to recapitalize its fighter force, and suggested the F-35 just isn’t coming online fast enough.
of the Air Force’s 35 “mission assurance priority installations”
located across 22 states are vulnerable to wildfires, according to a
Pentagon report on the implications of climate change.
Nine Air Force development initiatives will move forward in the next five years using new prototyping and faster fielding authorities, according to a recent letter from Acquisition Executive Will Roper to the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Defense stakeholders need to hold off on further reforming the acquisition system while the military services learn to use their new buying authorities and processes, according to the Air Force’s former assistant secretary for acquisition.
The US military must invest in new technology quickly, and will not be limited in any way in how it defends against missile threats from both near-peer adversaries and rogue states, the Pentagon said in a long-awaited review of its missile defense.
US service members were killed Wednesday in an explosion in the Syrian city of Manbij, an attack reportedly claimed by ISIS.
China is accelerating the improvement of its military, drawing closer to parity with
the US in a number of key technologies, and building a smaller but far
more professional force of troops, according to a new Defense
Intelligence Agency assessment.
Airbus announced this week it received a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency contract to develop a satellite bus for the Blackjack program, which aims to field a mass-produced, resilient network of commercial satellites equipped with military sensors in low-earth orbit.
B-52s from the 5th Bomb Wing deployed to Andersen AFB, Guam, this week to take over the Continuous Bomber Presence mission.
Air Combat Command boss Gen. Mike Holmes visited Creech AFB, Nev., last week as the base is working to become its own installation independent of nearby Nellis AFB, Nev.
Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan on Monday approved an extension of the military’s US border support mission through Sept. 30, 2019, extending the deployment of military members for a mission that will now last at least 11 months.
Air Force is hoping to improve the capabilities of the artificial
intelligence coach in the second Pilot Training Next class, which will
launch in the next few weeks.
Col. Joe M. Jackson, a 33-year Air Force veteran who served in WWII,
Korea, and Vietnam, and who received the Medal of Honor for action
during the latter conflict, died Jan. 12, at the age of 95.
Active-Duty service members are more likely to seek out mental health counseling than their veteran counterparts, according to a new survey from the University of Phoenix.
The Air Force on Thursday accepted the first KC-46 from Boeing, a milestone years later than originally expected and a decision made despite continued known deficiencies on the aircraft.
The Pentagon has a topline for its Fiscal 2020 budget request after conflicting guidance from the White House as to whether the budget should increase or be cut, but that figure won’t be previewed before the official rollout, a top Pentagon budget official said Wednesday.
Defense Department and the Air Force awarded an AFWERX Phase I Small
Business Innovation Research grant to IncludeHealth Inc, makers of the
Include digital health platform, to create and standardize future
fitness protocols for the US military that are better tailored to
researchers think tiny bug brains might be key to developing new and
more efficient artificial intelligence computational frameworks and
Eric Chewning, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for industrial policy, has been named Chief of Staff to the Defense Secretary, the Pentagon announced Tuesday.
Harold Brown, Secretary of the Air Force from 1965-1969 and Secretary of Defense during the Carter Administration, died Jan. 4 in California, at the age of 91.
An MQ-1B Predator was lost while supporting a combat mission in the US Central Command area of responsibility on Sept. 4, 2017, after the satellite link connecting the mission control element to the aircraft failed and airmen were not able to re-establish contact, according to an abbreviated accident investigation board report released on Monday.
US Africa Command announced Monday that a Jan. 6 US air strike in Somalia’s Lower Shabelle Region “killed six … [al-Shabaab] militants and destroyed one vehicle” without harming any civilians, according to its current assessment, according to a Jan. 7 release.
F-35s that evacuated from Eglin AFB, Fla., during Hurricane Michael in October were subject to the grounding and fuel line inspection at their temporary base in Louisiana, forcing maintainers to work quickly and find new ways to accomplish the inspection.
Three commanders at Laughlin AFB, Texas, were removed from their positions because of unsafe leadership, poor oversight of alcohol consumption at official events, and missed “opportunities to establish a culture of dignity and respect,” Air Education and Training Command said in a mostly redacted report.
The Pentagon has decided the Defense Logistics Agency and US Transportation Command will perform Global Transportation and Distribution and Warehousing, respectively, of F-35 parts for the global F-35 enterprise, the Joint Program Office announced Friday.
The pace of US strikes inside Syria increased in the final two weeks of 2018, as the White House announced its intent to withdraw US forces from the country and administration officials claimed victory over ISIS.
USAA Federal Savings Bank must repay 66,420 military, retired, and veteran members under a new settlement with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau after an investigation found the bank failed to resolve errors, including not stopping preauthorized payments and reopening accounts without authorization.
China wrote itself into space history Jan. 2 by landing a five-foot long robotic rover on the moon’s far side.
Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan will not sign off on delivery of the first KC-46 because of his past affiliation with Boeing; instead, another senior Pentagon official will accept delivery.
As the clock struck midnight on Jan. 1, the Military Justice Act of 2016 went into effect, bringing major changes to the Uniform Code of Military Justice and the Manual for Courts-Martial.
The F-35 Joint Program Office is working to help the Air Force and its sister services meet the 80 percent mission capable rate for the fleet, ordered by former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, by accelerating and streamlining parts production, said program executive officer Vice Adm. Mat Winter.
Physiological Episodes Action Team recently held a “hackathon” in
northern Virginia to refresh its game plan for reducing the service-wide
occurrence of the mid-air health emergencies, according to a USAF release.
months after US Pacific Command changed its name to Indo-Pacific
Command, about 200 USAF airmen traveled to India for a bilateral
exercise that participants called “extremely unique.”
The Air Force failed to create an “achievable plan” to preposition base supplies and materiel in the European theater and it lacks a single program manager to oversee efforts from multiple organizations, both of which are causing delays, according to a Dec. 27 Defense Department Inspector General report.
Total Force Officer Training and Commissioned Officer Training will disappear from USAF’s Officer Training School by year’s end, and will be replaced instead with a new eight-week course that merges the programs for line and non-line officers.
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