Air National Guardsmen from the Channel Islands-based 146th
Airlift Wing are assisting with aerial firefighting and search and
rescue as wildfires continue to ravage the state, a public affairs
officer with the wing said Thursday.
An F-22 pilot took off with incorrect data and
prematurely retracted the aircraft’s landing gear during a training
flight in April at NAS Fallon, Nev., causing the aircraft to land on its
belly and skid to a stop.
Air Support Inc. overcame a protest to win a five-year $106.8 million
contract to fly Red Air for the US Navy, beating out the incumbent which
had been flying adversary missions since 1996 and three other firms.
Duty, Guard and Reserve service member and service academy cadets are
now automatically registered for TSA Precheck express screening at US
airports — but that advantage does not extend to everyone with a
The Pentagon paid Lockheed
Martin just over $6 billion Nov. 14 to continue building F-35 Joint
Strike Fighters. The contract action caps the price for the 255
airplanes in Lot 12 at $22.7 billion, including 20 more jets which
Congress added to the Pentagon’s request.
Air Force is making progress hiking mission capable rates for frontline
fighters to a goal of 80 percent – largely on the backs of maintainers.
five California Air National Guard wings have activated airmen in
support of firefighting efforts, Lt. Col. Bryan Williams, spokesman for
the 195th Wing at Beale AFB, Calif., told Air Force Magazine.
A T-38C Talon from Laughlin AFB, Texas, crashed on the installation around 7:40 p.m. local time
Tuesday evening, killing one pilot and hospitalizing another, according
to a Wednesday-morning release from the 47th Flying Training Wing.
military might has eroded to a “dangerous degree” at a time when the
national security is at great risk, and Congress and the Pentagon need
to build up both the Air Force and the broader military to address these
current and future threats, a bipartisan commission warned lawmakers
The Air Force’s “The Force We Need” goal of reaching 386 squadrons, which was rolled out with much fanfare in September,
is not necessarily a hard number based on exhaustive analysis, but a
snapshot in time of requirements to meet the new National Defense Strategy, service Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen “Seve” Wilson reported Wednesday.
Col. Aaron Guill, 341st Security Forces Squadron commander, relieved Lt. Col. Raymond Fortner, commander of the 741st Missile Security Forces Squadron at Malmstrom AFB, of his position on Nov. 13 due to "a loss of trust and confidence after a series of events demonstrated that Fortner established and maintained an unhealthy command climate," according to a Malmstrom statement.
series of pilot and aircrew errors brought down a Puerto Rico Air
National Guard WC-130H in May, killing all nine on board, the Air Force
determined in a recently released investigation into the crash.
Air Force Research Laboratory is taking a page from wartime weapons
prototyping to buy a modern replacement for its aging legacy business IT
Two airmen from the 34th Fighter Squadron at Hill AFB, Utah, were involved in "a nearby indirect lightning strike" on Nov. 7 while working on an F-35 at Eglin AFB, Fla., 53rd Wing public affairs chief Maj. Ashley
Conner told Air Force Magazine Thursday.
rare interview about the 1st Air Commando Group, retired Lt. Col. Dick Cole discusses the first-ever aerial invasion, flying troops and
supplies into Burma from March 1944 to November 1945, and the unique
precursor to today’s Air Force special operators.
Of 33 Air Force veterans running in the Nov. 6 election, about half won—and three remain in limbo, with results still too close to call.
Air Mobility Command chief Gen. Maryanne Miller laid out six priorities for the command in an Oct. 27 speech at the 2018 Airlift/Tanker Association Symposium in Texas. A Nov. 5 AMC release said the focus areas were engineered to "steer the mobility enterprise toward advancing Rapid Global Mobility and power projection in support of" both the service and global combatant commanders.
on Tuesday picked up enough seats to gain control of the House for the
first time in eight years, while Republicans strengthened their control
of the Senate.
The 492nd Fighter Squadron, from RAF Lakenheath, England, certified the BAK-14 cable arresting system at Amari AB, Estonia, on Nov. 2, the 48th Fighter Wing said in a release. The system safely brings fighter aircraft to a halt in case of emergencies.
Ten thousand U.S. service members and 47,000 Japanese troops are participating this month in Keen Sword, a massive bilateral training exercise that aims to increase readiness and improve integration between the two nations.
mayor of a Utah town who was deployed to Afghanistan with the Army
National Guard was killed Saturday in yet another insider attack, the
activity and competition in space risks future conflict unless the
international community can define common legal norms for commercial and
military activity in space, legal scholars say.
USAF will maintain ownership of the service-specific
Undergraduate Space Training even if US Space Command is established as a new Combatant Command,
Air Force Brig. Gen. DeAnna Burt, director of operations and communications at
Headquarters Air Force Space Command, told Air Force Magazine Friday.
airmen tasked with assessing the catastrophic damage caused by
Hurricane Michael and with beginning to rebuild the base said at first
the job seemed too big.
About 1,500 airmen will return to Tyndall AFB, Fla., “in the coming weeks,” said the Air Force on Friday as it rolled out a near-term schedule for limited operations to resume at the hurricane-ravaged base.
More than 95 percent of Tyndall Air Force Base's structures were damaged, many of which must be demolished. But Hurricane Michael's tragic damage to the USAF installation also represents a new beginning for the Air Force.
Duty airmen from Scott AFB, Ill., and Peterson AFB, Colo., will deploy
to the US-Mexico border in support of Operation Faithful Patriot, and
two USAF installations will serve as operational supply hubs, the
Defense Department said Wednesday.
commanders at a main flying training wing were fired this week after
investigations into chronic leadership failures, Air Education and
Training Command announced.
The most badly damaged F-22s are now flyable and will depart here within days as more than 1,300 airmen work to bring Tyndall back from the brink following one of the most powerful storms in history.
The US and South Korea will decide by Dec. 1 whether to continue with major joint exercises next year, South Korean Minister of National Defense Jeong Kyeong-doo said through a translator after a meeting with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis at the Pentagon on Wednesday.
The Defense Department is spending billions more on classified intelligence programs, with the most recent numbers representing the biggest spike in years.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis met with South Korean Minister of National Defense Jeong Kyeong-doo at the Pentagon Wednesday for the annual Security Consultative Meeting. The leaders were expected to discuss the way forward without major military exercises, as both countries focus on a diplomatic and peaceful resolution to the Korean Peninsula's denuclearization.
This month marks the conclusion of the eight-year C-5M Super Galaxy refurbishment program led by the New York Air National Guard’s 105th Airlift Wing, which overhauled the interiors of 49 of USAF’s 52 Super Galaxies and saved USAF $45.5 million in costs.
Air Mobility Command is still trying to figure out exactly how it will increase the number of its C-17 squadrons, while simultaneously looking to reduce the size of its C-130 fleet.
and South Korean forces are looking for new ways to maintain readiness
while diplomats work to peacefully denuclearize the Korean Peninsula,
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford said Oct. 26.
The HH-60G Pave Hawk that crashed in March, killing all seven on board, struck a galvanized steel cable, bringing it down onto the Iraqi desert, the Air Force announced Monday.
DOD will send over 5,200 active-duty soldiers to the US-Mexico
border as part of Operation Faithful Patriot, an endeavor supporting US Customs and Border Protection efforts to secure the
boundary as caravans of would-be immigrants from Central America
approach the US, the head of US Northern Command said Monday.
The Defense Department has not yet worked out what the new Space Force will actually look like or how much it will cost to build, but those answers are coming soon, Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Friday.
The Air Force will not receive its first KC-46 this month as originally expected, while the program office and Boeing are still working to address five “category one” deficiencies that still need to be remedied.
A Boeing KC-46 Pegasus tanker landed overseas for the first time, stopping at Yokota AB, Japan, on Oct. 23 local time, as part of an “Integrated System Evaluation” test, the Air Force acknowledged Wednesday.
Vice President Mike Pence continues the Trump administration's push for its proposed Space Force, disucssing it at a meeting of the National Space Council, as well as during an interview at a Washington Post event.
A B-2 stealth bomber made an emergency landing early Tuesday in Colorado Springs after an in-flight emergency.
plan to create an independent Space Force would create a lean new
military service headed by a secretary and uniformed chief of staff and
built from staff and commands now in the Air Force, Navy, and Army. But it diverges from an earlier USAF
proposal by leaving out the National Reconnaissance Office and
describing a lean organization in which many support functions would
remain with the current parent services.
Tyndall AFB, Fla., closed its gates to evacuated
residents on Sunday as the base moves to another phase of recovery
following Hurricane Michael's destruction.
The US and South Korea on Friday decided to suspend
another major exercise, this time Vigilant Ace, following President
Trump's June summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and continued
diplomatic efforts with his country.
A California Air National Guard airman from the 144th Fighter Wing died Tuesday when a Ukrainian air force Su-27 crashed during the Clear Sky 2018 exercise in Ukraine, the Air Force announced.
The commander of US Forces Japan and 5th Air Force honored and thanked the Japanese airmen for saving a Kadena-based US airman's life in June after his F-15C crashed in the waters off Okinawa.
The Air Force will start letting families return to Tyndall AFB, Fla., about six days after Hurricane Michael made landfall and caused "catastrophic damage" to the facility and damaged an undisclosed number of F-22s.
Air Force Thunderbirds No. 4 pilot Maj. Stephen Del Bagno experienced G-induced loss of consciousness during a training flight April 4, causing him to crash his F-16CM into the Nevada desert.
An American service member was involved in the crash of a Ukrainian air force Su-27B that reportedly killed two pilots during the Clear Sky exercise in Ukraine.
Air Force leaders said the damage to F-22 Raptors left behind at Tyndall AFB, Fla., last week as Hurricane Michael slammed into the base is possibly not as bad as feared. However,
a service spokeswoman said the Air Force does not plan to release any
new information this week on the status of the fifth-generation
fighters, citing a lack of solid information at this time and
operational security concerns.
contractors Harris Corp. and L3 Technologies announced Sunday they
would merge in an all-stock deal that would create a company valued at
more than $33 billion, and rank the combined organization at sixth among
the top defense contractors.
percent of operational F-35s have returned to flight following last
week's grounding for a fleet-wide engine inspection, the Joint Program
Office announced Monday morning.
As few as three and as many as 12 F-22 Raptors were
left behind at Tyndall AFB, Fla. prior to the arrival of Hurricane
Michael on Thursday, and a majority of those may be damaged beyond
repair at a possible cost of more than $1 billion, Air Force officials
Much of Tyndall AFB, Fla., was destroyed when Hurricane Michael slammed into the base on Wednesday with winds exceeding 150 miles per hour.
The Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and all international operators on Wednesday grounded the entire F-35 fleet for a safety inspection following last month's crash of a USMC F-35B.
F-22 at JB Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, made an emergency landing at
about 1 p.m. Wednesday, and ended up off the runway because of resulting
a landing gear malfunction in an unidentified amount of damage.
Soyuz MS-10 launch intended to deliver a NASA astronaut and a Russian
cosmonaut to the International Space Station was aborted Thursday
morning due to a booster anomaly, NASA said in a statement.
Martin will not protest the Air Force’s Sept. 27 award of the T-X
Advanced Trainer contract to Boeing/Saab, a spokesman said Thursday. The
move clears away a major potential hurdle for Boeing and the Air Force
to get the project underway.
The Air Force on Wednesday awarded three contracts for Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle services to Blue Origin, Northrop Grumman, and the United Launch Alliance, notably leaving out SpaceX as the service begins development of its next generation launch providers.
The Air Force is shifting resources and manpower to the squadrons that are "most relevant to a high-end fight" in the
wake of a directive from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to increase
readiness on key airframes by the end of the fiscal year, Air Force
Secretary Heather Wilson said on Wednesday.
military surrounded Florida's panhandle with search and rescue aircrews
and moved key Air Force command and control assets out of the path of
Hurricane Michael as the category four storm made landfall on Wednesday afternoon.
The manufacturer of the B-1B’s ejection seat says it’s not to blame for the May B-1B incident in which the crew was forced to make an emergency landing during a fire emergency after one ejection system failed.
The USAF-led Operation Colony Glacier is continuing the search for the remains of the victims of a November 1952 USAF aircraft crash more than half a century later.
The Air Force Battlefield Airmen Training Group is using innovations to improve how it trains prospective
Air Force special operators, the Air Education and Training Command
said Thursday, pointing to a reported 11 percent overall graduation rate jump since its activation in 2016.
The Trump administration Friday categorically denied a report that President Trump is considering firing Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson over her handling of the administration’s Space Force proposal.
There are numerous threats to the health and "resiliency" of the national manufacturing and defense industrial base, which likely require a new national industrial policy and hundreds of administrative changes and actions to address them, according to a yearlong, multi-agency and multi-department study released by the White House on Thursday.
The deployment of advanced Russian surface-to-air missiles to Syria is a "reckless" move that increases tensions, though it will not impact the US' ability to fly and operate in the region, the head of US Central Command said on Thursday.
The Air Force's stealth fighters have been approved to fly faster during deployment missions in a development that will both reduce the time of the mission and the amount of fuel required.
Less than a week after Okinawa was slammed by the worst typhoon to hit the island since 2012, airmen at Kadena Air Base are preparing for another storm: Typhoon Kong-Rey.
If Russia does not stop working on missiles in violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, the United States could move to “take out” the missiles, Kay Bailey Hutchison, the Trump administration’s ambassador to NATO, told reporters in Brussels Tuesday, the day before a scheduled NATO defense ministerial.
The Air Force wants
to buy a cyber weapons platform that can arm the online warriors of US
Cyber Command at the warp speed of the internet rather than the tortoise
pace of acquisition—and it’s looking at proposals now.
The F-35 production line, although meeting annual targets, is late on monthly deliveries, and the Joint Program Office has put Lockheed Martin on notice that it must step up quality or lose some incentive fees.
The only aerospace and defense firm among Fortune's 100 Fastest Growing Companies is Mercury Systems, which is not your typical defense company.
A Marine Corps F-35B crashed Friday near Beaufort, S.C. It was the first-ever crash of an F-35 of any model since the start of the development program 17 years ago.
Under the Lot 11 contract just signed by Lockheed Martin and the Pentagon, the unit recurring flyaway price for the F-35A—the version the Air Force operates—has fallen to $89.2 million; a decline of 5.5 percent versus the $94.3 million price in Lot 10.
The US Air Force's remotely piloted aircraft, more than two years after finalizing a "get-well" program, still has a long way to go before its units are able to take a break from constant combat to increase training.
In winning the T-X contract, Boeing overcame doubts about its performance on the KC-46 program and apparently convinced the Pentagon that new manufacturing techniques will save billions of dollars.
team of Boeing and Saab of Sweden will build the service’s T-X
next-generation trainer, which is to replace the nearly 60-year-old T-38
Talon, Boeing announced on Twitter late Thursday.
A Marine Corps official speaking on background has
officially confirmed to Air Force Magazine that one of its F-35B
fighters traveling with the aircraft carrier USS Essex launched its
inaugural airstrike in Afghanistan "in the last 24 hours."
The Air Force's five-year $13 billion estimate for the creation of an independent Space Force is high, and likely doesn't cover cost savings that could come about through offsets, Rep. Mike Rogers said.
An Air Force RQ-4B Global Hawk broke up mid-air because its navigation systems malfunction, causing it to enter unusual altitudes and airspeeds beyond its limitations and eventually crash near Lone Pine, Calif., in June 2017.
An internal Defense Department memo sets out deadlines related to steps to create a new Space Force as the sixth US military force. Air Force Magazine obtained a copy of the memo, written by Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, which is marked "for official use only."
inaugural Doolittle Wargame series, which will launch in November, will
look at various types of command and control architectures to determine
which ones would allow the service to use more information, better
leverage support, and to make decisions faster in a multi-domain
The Air Force Association opposes creating a separate military service dedicated to space but supports plans to reestablish US Space Command, according to a new policy statement released on Wednesday. The Association publishes Air Force Magazine.
The US must act quickly to deal with the threat from hypersonic weapons, the former deputy director of the Missile Defense Agency told a Washington, D.C., audience Tuesday.
The indefinite suspension of military exercises with South Korea slightly degraded combined-force readiness in the region, but was needed to pave the way for improved US-North Korea relations, the nominee to lead US forces on the Peninsula said Tuesday.
The Air Force on Monday announced Boeing will build the replacement to the UH-1N Huey with a firm-fixed-price contract worth $2.38 billion.
Air Force is finalizing its possible award of Legion of Merit medals to
remotely piloted aircraft pilots and sensor operators for the first
time, awarding a medal typically for higher-ranking officers and
enlisted leaders to more junior RPA pilots and operators who already
have extensive combat experience.
Pacific Air Forces is determining ways to increase its aggressor capability and bolster its range complex as the Air Force brings in more fifth generation aircraft, the command’s boss said.
A lack of transparency about the warfighting scenarios that inspired USAF's new, 386-squadron force-structure plan that Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson unveiled Monday at AFA's Air, Space and Cyber conference may make it hard to justify to defense appropriators, Brookings Institution expert Michael O'Hanlon said Tuesday.
Force acquisition chief Will Roper told reporters he thinks the
Hypersonic Conventional Strike Weapon (HCSW) could go operational in the
2020 timeframe, but that it will be a basic system the service will buy in only limited quantities.
Speaking at AFA's
Air, Space & Cyber Conference, expressed his “enormous respect”
for F-35 leaders’ “talent and commitment” on such a complex program, but
pointed out that “we’re at the front end” of F-35 service, “which means
we can still set the bar high on sustainment.” He added, “The time is
now. It’s tonight. It’s not next year."
CMSAF Kaleth Wright
challenged USAF airmen to lead the charge when it comes to building a
more resilient force in a Wednesday-morning keynote at AFA’s Air, Space
& Cyber Conference. He said that, while questions about how the
service is stepping up efforts to better support airmen are valid,
building “the airmen we need today” is a team effort that starts with
Pentagon is “retooling” for a new era of great power competition, and
the US military needs “a new generation of weapons to counter Chinese
and Russian threats,” Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said at
AFA’s Air, Space & Cyber Conference.
The largest gap in capability the Air Force needs to address, based on the service's recently announced "force we need" is in aerial refueling tankers.
the Active Duty force has managed to close its “maintainer gap,” the
Air Force Reserve is still struggling to retain enough maintenance
personnel, the service’s newly minted reserve chief told a media
roundtable at AFA’s 2018 Air, Space & Cyber Conference Wednesday.
and Blue Origin rocket launch entrepreneur Jeff Bezos believes constant
“real” experiments and commitment to core ideas, especially among top
leaders, are the keys to innovation in any big organization.
Education and Training Command is conducting beta tests and studying to
better understand how the human brain works in order to take advantage
of artificial intelligence to help students gain a deeper knowledge of
their jobs much faster than they would under traditional teaching
US military is years behind the cutting edge of network capability and,
because of the antiquated way it buys IT products and services, isn’t
getting the best out of the commercial services it uses, according to a
panel at AFA's 2018 Air, Space & Cyber Conference.
The forthcoming Space Force will need to start small—limited headquarters, limited red tape, and a large focus on accomplishing the mission by “doing no harm” to how the Air Force has handled the domain, the Pentagon’s No. 2 civilian said Wednesday.
“The Air Force We Need” vision for a 386-squadron force is the product of six months of study within “the Air Staff and subject-matter experts.” But it is only “the beginning of the discussion” about what it will take to meet National Defense Strategy’s requirements,
Air Education and Training Command boss Lt. Gen. Steven Kwast said the command is focused on breaking three industrial-age paradigms.
If it's going to capitalize on the latest technologies' amazing new capabilities, USAF must embrace the coming generation of Internet-connected devices and sensors, and become less risk-averse, AFA's 2018 Air, Space and Cyber Conference was told Tuesday.
Vice President Mike Pence reaffirmed the Trump administration’s commitment to defense investment and Air Force modernization in an impromptu speech at AFA’s Air, Space & Cyber Conference on Tuesday.
The Air Force’s shortage of maintainers may be largely over as its gap closes by the end of the year, but there is still an “experience gap” that the service needs to address as new airmen learn their jobs, the head of Air Mobility Command said Tuesday.
To go with Monday’s announcement that the Air Force must grow about 25 percent in the next 12 years, Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein on Tuesday announced a substantial overhaul of the Air & Space Expeditionary Force model which has governed service deployments in evolving ways since the mid-1990s.
Retired Lt. Gen. David Deptula, dean of AFA’s Mitchell Institute, said the Air Force should postpone its plans to retire the B-1 and B-2 fleets in about 15 years, and should add to them a fleet of “at least 180” new B-21 stealth bombers, while retaining the B-52.
The Air Force's pilot shortage isn't for want of new recruits, but a failure of the service to retain pilots after their service commitment is up, top USAF leaders said Tuesday.
Transferring occupational licenses—for jobs such as realtors, mental health counselors, or cosmetologists—from one state to another remains a big problem for military spouses, the 2018 Air Space & Cyber Conference was told, despite legislation enacted by dozens of states.
The Air Force's must undergo a massive growth in its operational squadrons to meet the possible threat of war with a major power, adding dozens of aircraft squadrons to strengthen the "clenched fist of American resolve," the top USAF civilian announced Monday.
though the Air Force plans to increase the number of its bomber
squadrons by 55 percent in the coming years, the Bomber Roadmap is
unchanged until some five more studies are completed and Congress goes
along, Air Force Global Strike Command boss Gen. Timothy Ray said.
When Congress asks the Air Force what else it would buy if it got more funding than it requests in Fiscal 2020, one of the answers will be program "accelerations," service acquisition chief Will Roper said Monday at AFA's Air, Space & Cyber Conference.
The Air Force sets out a proposal for the
establishment of a Space Force in a Sept. 14 memo from Air Force
Secretary Heather Wilson to the Defense Department, outlining a
department with about 13,000 employees that would cost about $3.3
billion in its first year.
myriad advances in precision-guided technology, the actual effects of
air-delivered munitions haven’t developed much over the past century,
but all of that is about to change now, according to a new report from
AFA's Mitchell Institute.
In April, when the call came to strike Syria’s chemical weapons facilities, KC-135s from the 100th Air Refueling Wing at RAF Mildenhall, England, were in the first wave. The weather was so poor, the tankers “needed a follow me truck to find the runway’s center line,” said Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson on Monday.
The Air Force
Association will recognize the 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year for
2018 on Sept. 17, during the opening night of its Air, Space & Cyber
Conference in National Harbor, Md.
House and Senate conferees Friday released compromise
defense spending legislation agreed to the day before. The $674.4
billion spending bill is likely to be taken up in each house in coming
weeks, then to be sent to President Trump for his signature.
Mobility Command’s Hurricane Florence response preparations started far
before the storm came within beach-battering reach of North Carolina’s
CMSAF Kaleth Wright, in an “Ask Me Anything”
said USAF's resilience leaders are working with medical and
mental health communities and commands to improve communication, since
regulations and privacy restrictions can limit information between
airmen and commanders.
The military has 7,000 troops and dozens of aircraft on immediate standby, with thousands more ready to immediately deploy once Hurricane Florence makes landfall early Friday and begins to bring damage to the East Coast.
Martin will upgrade its stealthy JASSM conventional cruise missile,
under a $51.08 million contract awarded by the Air Force's Life Cycle
Management Center at Eglin AFB, Fla. The upgraded missile will be known as the JASSM-XR, for "Extreme Range," a development of the JASSM-ER, or "Extended Range."
The Air Force is undertaking a two- to four-year effort to redesign the oxygen system on board its T-6 Texan II fleet, after multiple pilots have repeated hypoxia-like symptoms in flight.
F-22s assigned to JB Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, intercepted two
Russian Tu-95 “Bear” bombers accompanied by two Su-35 “Flanker” fighter
jets west of mainland Alaska around 10 p.m. Tuesday, the Pentagon said Wednesday.
Air Force bases along the East Coast continued aircraft evacuations on
Wednesday as Hurricane Florence approached, while other military
locations further inland have become staging areas for the government's
response to the storm.
T-38s at Sheppard AFB, Texas, returned to flight Wednesday after Tuesday's crash involving a Talon on the base's runway.
The Air Force is beginning a pilot program aimed at identifying airmen’s fluency in computer languages and coding, and treating that skill in the same way it treats fluency in a spoken language.
Two pilots are reportedly in stable condition after a T-38 crashed Tuesday morning at Sheppard AFB, Texas.
Robert Work, a Deputy Secretary of Defense during the Obama administration, dismissed claims the Pentagon has ignored space, an argument made in favor of establishing a new Space Force, during a Center for Strategic and International Studies session in Washington Monday.
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency announced Friday that it will
double-down on the next wave of artificial intelligence via its new AI
Lt. Gen. VeraLinn
Jamieson, USAF’s deputy chief of staff for intelligence, surveillance,
and reconnaissance, said the US must monitor Chinese and Russian strategic
investment, innovation, and research, test, development, and evaluation
as part of its approach to great power competition during a panel discussion on military service intelligence priorities.
Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson told a Washington
audience that although the US Air Force is the best in the world, it
must be bigger to deal with the challenges the country now faces.
The Air Force has undergone an intense review of its force structure, using wargames, modelling and simulation, to determine the number of squadrons it needs to fight future wars and address great power competition.
DARPA Director Steven Walker outlined strategic priorities to make sure the agency remains “the global vanguard of leading-edge science and technology,” and continues its tradition of inventing the future and safeguarding global security in a Wednesday keynote at the agency’s D60 Symposium.
Top Pentagon leaders and the boss of the Missile Defense Agency on Tuesday reiterated their call for space-based sensors to detect and deter hypersonic missile threats.
Boeing has won an $804 million Navy contract to develop the unmanned MQ-25 Stingray carrier-based tanker.
The Air Force on Aug. 24 released its long-awaited request for proposals for contracted adversary air support, after months of speculations and concerns raised by industry.
The US military has been engaged in almost 17 years of combat in Afghanistan, and it is about to install another commander of US and NATO forces, though the plan is not to keep an "enduring large military commitment," top military leaders said Tuesday.
The curriculum and the makeup of the student body at the Defense Language Institute English Language Center at JBSA Lackland have evolved in recent years as a consequence of shifts in the international situation and US policies.
S. McCain, Republican presidential candidate in 2008, six-time Senator
and two-time Representative from Arizona, prisoner of North Vietnam
during the Vietnam war, and naval aviator, died Aug. 25 after a long
battle with brain cancer. He died just days before his 82nd birthday.
The Air Force's first Medal of Honor recipient for actions since the Vietnam War on Friday finally earned another stripe during a celebration of his life and his service, almost 17 years after his death.
USAF leaders on Thursday officially placed TSgt. John
Chapman into the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes, and unofficially placed his
name into Air Force lore.
President Trump on Wednesday posthumously awarded the nation's highest honor for valor in combat to Chapman in a crowded White House ceremony.
The course is part of an effort to prepare airmen for jobs like combat controllers, pararescuemen, special operations weather technicians, tactical air control party specialists, explosive ordnance disposal technicians, and survival, evasion, resistance, and escape specialists.
In mid-2016, when dedicated Air Force efforts to end the maintainer shortage were just underway, planners believed balance would not be restored until 2019. That remains the expectation.
Goldfein has previously called squadrons the “heart and soul” of the service, and has made their revitalization one of his key focus areas.
The National Defense Strategy highlights partnerships and alliances, Goldfein said, so the Light Attack program fits the bill nicely.
Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein
said the F-35 provides its pilot with all the information about the
battlespace—even before takeoff—that an F-16 pilot like himself would
only have seen after a mission.
Fourteen airmen from various air, space, and cyber specialities participated in the exercise at the company's Center of Excellence in Suffolk, Va., this week.
The award follows a $928 million contract awarded to Lockheed in June for the Hypersonic Conventional Strike Weapon (HCSW), a separate approach to a hypersonic missile system.
Among the issues raised in the statement is the President's authority as commander in chief.
When the Thai government asked for US military assistance in the effort to rescue 12 boys and their soccer coach, who were trapped in a flooded cave, 35 Kadena-based airmen responded.
A top Pentagon official Friday acknowledged the intricacies of establishing a Space Force as a new military service as proposed by the Trump Administration, a move that will require congressional approval.
The Pentagon’s final report on the organization and management structure of National Security Space components, which also was released on Thursday, said establishing the new service would be a two-phased approach.
Vice President Mike Pence announces the Trump administration wants to move ahead with President Trump's priority of setting up a US Space Force by 2020.
The Air Force on
Thursday released video, taken by a circling remotely piloted aircraft,
showing the final moments of TSgt. John Chapman as he fought, alone, to
the death against approaching Taliban fighters on a remote Afghan
mountaintop in March 2002.
F-22s from Tyndall AFB, Fla., have arrived in Germany as part of a flying training package.
The Air Force on Friday took the next step in its light attack experiment, down selecting to two possible entrants and paving the way forward for an actual acquisition program to begin.
Top Air Mobility Command officials have been meeting
with leading private space companies to discuss a possible venture out
of science fiction: Launching military materiel into space where it can
be ready to drop on short notice when needed for a contingency.
A classified new Air Force ISR roadmap puts high emphasis on machine intelligence, elevating “publicly available media” to the level of a major trusted source, and lays out a strategy to reverse the declining value of “big-wing ISR.”
CMSAF Kaleth Wright celebrated his 48th birthday at
Aviano AB, Italy, on Monday, where he started the day doing PT with
airmen and then later touted a variety of quality of life improvements
either in the works or under consideration that are intended to give
airmen back their time.
President Trump will posthumously award the Medal of Honor next month to the family of TSgt. John Chapman, an Air Force special tactics combat
controller who was killed fighting the 2002 Battle of Takur Ghar in Afghanistan, the Air Force said Friday.
Pentagon acquisition, technology, and logistics czar Ellen Lord on Friday gave reporters a progress report on her efforts to streamline acquisition, ticking off more than 150 positions she has adjusted or eliminated from the offices under her purview.
USAF fifth generation aircraft will come back to the European theater later this summer, US Air Forces in Europe boss Gen. Tod Wolters said Wednesday.
Gen. VeraLinn “Dash” Jamieson, the Air Force deputy
chief of staff for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance
warned of the dangers of Chinese and Russian AI and technology efforts at a Washington breakfast Thursday.
A large portion of European Deterrence Initiative funds are going toward the prepositioning of equipment throughout the theater, which in turn is helping the command rebuild its war reserve materiel that was largely depleted after US forces drew down at the end of the Cold War.
The Air Force is preparing for possible war in space through a three step approach, aimed at improving space situational awareness, command and control of space assets, and developing the "ability to create effects" in orbit.
The Air Force will create a new rapid sustainment office, aimed as using emerging technologies to help lower the costs of repairing aircraft and operating depots, service secretary Heather Wilson announced Wednesday.
GE Aviation plans to offer two engines in the Air Force’s B-52 re-engining program, which is finally gaining steam after decades of debate.
House and Senate conferees agreed Monday to Fiscal 2019 defense authorization legislation, clearing the way for final congressional approval of the legislation.
The Air Force will explore alternatives to using F-22s to stand alert for homeland defense and possibly change Raptor squadron organization structures following a Government Accountability Office report that found the current status of the aircraft limits their effectiveness and readiness.
Air Force Col. Nick Hague, a first-time astronaut, looks forward to new experiences when he launches to the International Space Station for a six-month mission in October, he tells Air Force Magazine.
Raytheon could begin integrating the StormBreaker bomb, formerly known as the Small Diameter Bomb II, onto the F-15E Strike Eagle within the next year, company officials said.
Munitions airmen across US Air Forces in Europe wrapped up the first Combat Ammunition Production Exercise in theater here on Thursday, where they got hands-on experience with a variety of live munitions.
Top Air Force leaders are reviewing lessons learned from the service-wide safety stand down in order to push out changes needed from the top down, while some units are already moving forward on their own safety plans.
Lockheed Martin says it has seen a “remarkable and notable resurgence” of the F-16 across the globe, saying Slovakia is the latest country to select the F-16 fighter.
As the Air Force moves toward an even more connected force that utilizes open architecture systems, artificial intelligence, and machine-to-machine learning, it must also change the way it acquires and develops those systems to ensure they are protected.
The Pentagon and Lockheed Martin announced they have reached a “handshake deal” on the next lot of F-35 strike fighters, saying the agreement sets the stage for future cost savings through multi-year block buys.
Boeing has won back a lucrative contract to update the Air Force’s C-17 aircrew trainer and maintenance trailer systems, a program it had lost to L-3 Link Simulation and Training back in 2010.
The United Kingdom’s new F-35B strike fighters were on full display over the last week as the Royal Air Force celebrated its centennial anniversary.
A General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., MQ-9B SkyGuardian completed the first-ever trans-Atlantic flight for a medium-altitude, long-endurance remotely piloted aircraft as it landed here for the Royal International Air Tattoo on July 11.
The aerial port warehouse at the USAF hub in the Pacific is the most advanced in the service, and one the service wants to serve as a model for other mobility locations globally.
The Air Force on Wednesday presented its first remote “R” devices at Creech AFB, Nev., to 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing aircrews.
Eighteen F-15 Eagles and eight F-22s were evacuated from the island of Okinawa to Yokota AB on mainland Japan because of an approaching typhoon, marking the first time all of Kadena's F-15s were moved to Yokota, according to the Air Force.
The Air Force's special tactics community is "fortunate" to have a famed member up for the Medal of Honor, combat controller TSgt. John Chapman who was killed in the famous March 2002 Battle of Roberts Ridge.
The UH-1N aircrew and maintainers at Yokota AB, Japan, are among the smallest contingent flying the aging helicopter in the Air Force, and as such are the last to update the helicopters.
Early in 2017, Pacific Air Forces passed word to its mobility units: Get ready for a busy year.
Cooley said the preferred choice, however, will be to build inexpensive airframes that are "attritable."
The F-22s faced a range of threats while operating in Syria and Iraq while targeting ISIS.
The base finished its transition away from older C-130H models in April, and since then has been showcasing the increased range, payload, and speed available for "increased flexibility" in USAF operations across the Pacific.
About half of the 69 initiatives aimed at reducing the pilot shortage, which range from long-overdue increases in aviator incentive pay to increasing administrative support in the squadrons, are currently being implemented.
One of the smallest fleet's in the Air Force has taken on an outsize role, moving from solely escorting VIPs to being the quickest response for medical evacuation across the Pacific.
He won his wings in 1953 and flew the B-26 bomber, taking a first assignment in Korea after the end of hostilities there.
Bunch said the Air Force is still working to analyze the data it has collected and has not yet decided how it will move forward.
The Block 40 variant of the refueler still doesn't have modernized avionics unlike the rest of the fleet, but its mission capable rate is high.
Defense legislation has move forward in both houses of Congress with appropriations bills clearing the full House and the Senate Approriations Committee and House conferees being named for defense authorization letislation.
The planned demonstration is aimed at informing
The bombers set up two tracks to fly up and down the area, with a search grid of 230 nautical miles north to south, 500 nautical miles east to west.
In her opening remarks, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson talked about the history of innovation and how long it sometimes takes before creative, new ideas can become a reality.
Gen. Mike Holmes, speaking with defense reporters in Washington on Thursday, said the experiment is "on pause."
The next permanent F-35 operating location will be Alaska, then Europe.
Brig. Gen. William Whittenger told the Third Directed Energy Summit that more attention needs to be paid to directed energy weapons.
The legislation includes a 2.6 percent pay raise for US troops, includes $607.1 billion in the base budget and $67.9 billion in overseas contingency operations funds.
As with most get togethers of Pentagon leaders, innovation and the culture surrounding it were front and center in the morning segment of DefenseOne’s annual Tech Summit.
Maven would’ve developed a scanning tool that would alert airmen to items requiring further attention.
Lyons said the US must treat cyber like any other operational domain, saying it's critical the United States understands the capabilities and intentions of its adversaries.
Mattis on Monday declined to say what his message to the Chinese will be, saying he wants to have an “open discussion with my counterpart."
The B-21 has already passed its preliminary design review.
The Super Tucano was participating in the second phase of USAF's Light Attack Experiment, which was "paused" following the fatal crash.
With a lot of high-end projects all clamoring for workers, the Air Force’s top acquisition officer said he’s aware that industry is worried about finding enough qualified people to accomplish them all.
Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.), a key House Armed Services Committee member, said language to set up a Space Force could be ready for congressional consideration next year.
China has exploited US industry, American willingness to cooperate as a trading partner, and American openness to rapidly advance its defense technology, Pentagon witnesses said a House Armed Services Committee hearing Thursday.
The Air Force and Boeing have reached an agreement
to deliver the first KC-46 in October, with the remaining 17
contractually obligated aircraft delivered by 2019.
leaders also are emphasizing that such a move would require
congressional action and would take a minimum of three to five years to
implement, even if planning does begin “immediately” as Trump directed.
President Donald Trump on Monday directed Gen. Joseph Dunford, Chairman
of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to "immediately" begin working to create a
Space Force, which would be a sixth military service that is "separate
but equal" to the US Air Force.
President Trump’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and the following announcement that joint US-South Korean military exercises would be suspended, represent a new way forward toward peace on the Korean Peninsula, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday.
Martin’s “Skunk Works” advanced development division celebrated its
75th anniversary today with a company party for employees. There are almost 4,000 of them in Palmdale, up from 2,700 not long ago. Business is booming.
US Strategic Command chief Gen. John Hyten Wednesday delivered
an impassioned defense of US national security space efforts, speaking to an
audience at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington.
Though Levy thanked Congress for the expedited and
direct hiring authorities DOD does have, he likened it to being able to
direct-hire a quarterback, but not the rest of the team. “I need all of
the team in order to be successful,” he said.
The Air Force and other
services do not see a correlation between hours of flying time and air accident
rates, witnesses told a House Armed Services subcommittee hearing Wednesday.
President Trump said the exercises are "tremendously expensive" and create a "very provocative situation."
18th Wing at Kadena conducted an inspection of all of its F-15s, and
airmen reviewed initial facts and circumstances of the mishap to
determine the base’s F-15 fleet is safe, according to an 18th Wing
An F-15C pilot with the 44th Fighter Squadron at Kadena AB, Japan, is in serious condition and the base has grounded its F-15 operations after a crash into waters south of Okinawa.
Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein used the stars he had received when he was promoted to brigadier general during the ceremony.
USAF strove to have Warrior Games participants leave the event stronger than when they arrived.
On June 5, a team
including Air Force, CyberWorx, and industry partners presented the
latest iteration of a cybersecurity tool to top USAF technology leaders.
The committee proposal is contained in its version of defense authorization legislation, introduced Tuesday.
SOUTHCOM regularly partners with Defense Department labs, which are looking to apply things like artificial intelligence and machine learning in the field.
The initiative is one of Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein’s top three focus areas.
The US, Manor said, is trying to remove technological or security barriers to cooperation with allies and working to increase that cooperation.
A total of 250 athletes, representing the US Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and US Special Operations Command, as well as British, Australian and Canadian armed forces, began competing in this year’s Department of Defense Warrior Games on Friday at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.
The Trump Administration is negotiating with Turkey over the plan by that country, a NATO member, to buy the S-400 missile system from Russia, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said Tuesday.
The next generation of Air Force combat rescue is taking shape on a new Connecticut production line, where two development models of the HH-60W helicopter are undergoing final assembly ahead of flight testing late this year.
President Donald Trump Thursday cancelled the planned summit
in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, pointing to North Korean
“anger and open hostility” in a letter released by the White House.
Air Force’s training chief wants F-22 and F-35 basic instruction
aircraft modified to full combat capability, but he is also exploring
ways to provide all-up training if that proves unaffordable.
Pyongyang, the report says, "portrays nuclear weapons as its most effective way to deter the threat it claims from the United States and its allies."
“This isn’t about looking for the proverbial smoking gun,” Lt. Gen. Lee Levy told Air Force Magazine.
Both pilots are being evaluated at a local hospital.
The Air Force is now free to move forward with its UH-1N replacement program after the Government Accountability Office dismissed a pre-award protest by Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company.
The structure will remove four colonels from their roles as group commanders and a colonel vice commander, and instead have squadron commanders report directly to the wing commander.
The T-100 integrated pilot training system for the U.S. Air Force T-X program will bring thousands of new technical and manufacturing jobs to Alabama and across the United States. Customer-proven and made in the U.S.A.
Despite reported vulnerabilities, the Pentagon's acting information boss CIO Essye Miller said in late February the program will hit its 2019 mark.
NORAD faces revolutionary changes to the threat situation.
The Air Force will increase pilot training to 21 hours per month in Fiscal 2019, up from 17 in 2016.
The head of Air Force Materiel Command said the service does not consider a recent spate of aircraft accidents a “crisis,” but it’s doing everything it can to figure out what is causing them.
Air Force Materiel Command chief Gen Ellen Pawlikowski thinks the Pentagon’s recent decision to eventually dissolve the F-35 Joint Program Office in favor of service-specific program management is the right move, if the branches are to accelerate adding new capabilities to their Joint Strike Fighter variants.
Full transition planned by April 1, 2021.
The airmen were awarded for four separate engagements, all of which included an AC-130 protecting friendly forces in Afghanistan.
Holmes: US "not the only ones” pursuing a vigorous AI and quantum research effort.
Retired Lt. Gen. Trey Obering, who now serves as executive vice president and directed energy lead at Booz Allen Hamilton, outlined a multi-pronged approach.
Earlier in the day, HASC had approved a proposal to set up a commission to look into flight safety, unexplained physiological effects faced by military pilots, and delays in aviation maintenance.
The Pentagon on Thursday unveiled its long-anticipated investigation into the ambush.
The planned collaboration is focused on four broad areas: space operations and geosciences, advanced material sciences, information and data sciences, and workforce and processes.
The amendment, as approved by the committee, would insert language establishing the eight-member commission, four of whose members would be appointed by the President.
Mattis claimed an increase in US advising to Afghan units has helped stop many attacks.
The office said Air Force, DHA, and Navy officials did not consistently implement security protocols for various reasons, including insufficient resources or guidance, incompatible systems, and vendor limitations.
“I want to express my deepest and most sincere condolences to all impacted by this tragedy. Especially to the families and loved ones of our nine fallen airmen,” wrote Col. Raymond Figueroa, the wing commander, in a message to airmen.
By May 21, all Active Duty wings with flying and maintenance functions must ground operations for one day to hold safety discussions with officers and senior noncommissioned officers to review flying and maintenance safety.
KC-46 Program Manager: “Phase two” of the plan may eliminate the position.
The crash is one of the deadliest USAF mishaps in recent history.
Schneider: It’s hard to do today what the US did to Russia in the 1980s, but it’s time to step up similar efforts and figure it out.
Five were killed in the crash, according to The Associated Press.
Contract includes $598 million for USAF, along with work for the Marine Corps, Navy, and international partners.
In a quarterly report, the Pentagon's Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction found that the Afghan military is operating at less than 86 percent of its authorized strength.
There was no Internet the last time USAF dealt with similar certification.
Will Roper, USAF's new acquisition chief, said the service must get better at software development if future programs are to be successful.
The two pilots, assigned to the 157th Fighter Squadron at McEntire JNGB, S.C., were able to eject and suffered minor injuries in the mishap.
The Strategic Forces Subcommittee language would bring back the US Space Command as a subordinate unified command under US Strategic Command.
The budget deal gives the Pentagon $654.6 billion, an increase from the $639 billion in the initial budget request, putting the military on the right trajectory.
Retired Gen. Norton Schwartz's “Journey: Memoirs of an Air Force Chief of Staff” is now in bookstores.
The Defense Department would be directed to establish a US Space Command as a subordinate unified command under the US Strategic Command under a proposal put forward Wednesday by the House Armed Services Strategic Forces Subcommittee.
“French and American soldiers are confronting the same enemy and risking their lives together,” said Macron.
Shanahan says he “likes the challenge” he’s been given to decide whether space war needs a new specialized branch to prosecute or whether the Air Force should continue to have space as a major part of its portfolio.
Shanahan also offered a ringing endorsement of the F-35.
Goldfein said the Air Force wants to "further reinforce that air component solidarity with our allies and partners."
The F-35 Joint Program Office is currently not accepting deliveries of F-35s.
F-22s were indeed flying in the area, ready to strike Syrian or Russian air defense systems and other assets if they threatened either coalition aircraft or US ground forces in the region.
The other hypersonics missile effort USAF is pursuing is the “Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon,” (ARRW), also known as “Arrow.”
Lt. Gen. John Thompson said the center has become “too stovepiped” in managing large programs.
Gen. Robin Rand, head of Global Strike Command, worked last summer to explain to members of Congress how the Air Force will gradually phase out the B-1 and B-2 bombers.
The service will add two new courses to the National Security Space Institute at Peterson AFB, Colo.
US officials say the April 16 strike on chemical weapons facilities in Syria was designed to “mitigate” a dispersal of toxic gases.
The April 14 (local time) US, UK, and French strike on Syrian chemical weapons research and storage facilities marked the first combat use of the AGM-158B Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile-Extended Range, according to the Pentagon.
Boleng comes from Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute, where he was acting Chief Technology Officer.
The report, Space Assessment 2018, reviews open-source information on the counterspace activities of other countries, especially China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea.
Lord recently complied with a congressional directive to report on “alternative management structures” for the F-35 Joint Program Office.
He said lack of funding and experienced maintainers, coupled with a dearth of spare parts, has prevented DOD from keeping its aircraft available and healthy.
The two pilots, assigned to the 57th Wing at Nellis, were able to eject during the Sept. 7, 2017, crash and only suffered minor injuries.
The recommendations, which the Defense Department agreed with, were contained in a GAO report to the Senate Armed Services Committee.
He also said ACC will look to a shorter horizon for new capabilities and that executing budgeted flying hours will be key to restoring readiness and also retaining pilots.
The program also faces challenges in sustainment costs, which Winter has previously said are unsustainable.
The NAOC, currently a militarized version of the Boeing 747-200, is designed to support the President and top defense officials during a national emergency.
USAF Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen Wilson said the service has its "safety professionals digging into" recent aircraft mishaps to see if any trends emerge.
Wilson said USAF's 90 percent responsible for current American space capabilities being the "envy of the world."
McKenzie said it is never normal when service members lose their lives and the Pentagon’s carefully investigating each incident.
The reason why the services have not led their own F-35 efforts thus far was to ensure that maximum commonality among the services and foreign partners was maintained.
Del Bagno was the “slot pilot,” which flies in the middle of the diamond formation, for the US Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron.
An Air Force Thunderbird pilot was killed on Wednesday
when his F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed over the Nevada Test and Training
Range during a routine training flight, the Air Force announced late
Force is still trying to figure out exactly what caused a “cluster” of
hypoxia-like incidents that forced the service to ground its T-6 trainer
fleet for about a month in February.
The Defense Department on Tuesday released its most recent Selected Acquisition Report to Congress, outlining performance changes across 83 programs from December 2016 to December 2017.
The Lancers replaced B-52s that had been flying combat operations in support of the anti-ISIS fight in Iraq and Syria and the war in Afghanistan since 2016.
The recently passed Fiscal 2018 budget lets the
Air Force begin the difficult task of rebuilding the strength of the
force, Secretary Heather Wilson said Friday morning at an AFA-sponsored
Capitol Hill breakfast.
USAF's Chief of Staff says operational security has “atrophied” in the post-Cold War era.
Meeting with defense reporters in Washington, D.C., Goldfein acknowledged that F-35 support costs are much higher than the service expected or can afford in the long term.
The announcement was part of a growing international response, including the Trump administration’s expulsion of 60 Russian diplomats.
The team, which will be led by team captains MSgt. William Lickman and retired TSgt. Joshua Smith, is made up of Total Force airmen and veterans who will compete in 11 Paralympic-style events.
Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve in February stood up the Coalition Aviation Advisory and Training Team.
The Trump administration's plan to bar most transgender individuals from military service, is already facing a series of legal challenges with the US Department of Justice saying it is ready to defend the Pentagon's authority.
The bill, which includes $654.6 billion for the Defense Department, had passed the House Thursday and then the Senate early Friday morning.
During the March 21 "STEAM" day—for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics—students went on board a KC-135, and saw other displays of military technology.
John Rood, under secretary of defense for policy, testified before Congress Thursday.
USAF Gen. John Hyten predicted a new service will be created, taking space away from the Air Force, but he emphasized that cannot happen now.
Sikorsky has filed a pre-award protest with the Government Accountability Office on the selection process.
The Air Force has identified the seven airmen killed the evening of March 15 when their HH-60G Pave Hawk crashed
near the city of Al-Qa’im in western Iraq. The Air Force said the crash
“did not appear to be a result of enemy activity,” though it remains
under investigation, according to a release.
Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.): Public reports indicate that China could destroy a “staggering number of US satellites in the opening days of a potential conflict..."
The incident, which is still under investigation, “does not appear to be a result of enemy activity."
SECAF Wilson: “Overall, the Air Force is improving on cost, schedule, and performance. However, we still have a lot of work to do.”
The remaining 12 JSTARS are projected to continue flying until the mid-2020s.
Harris: The People’s Liberation Army’s evolution into a “modern, high-tech fighting force” remains “both impressive and concerning."
Thornberry said the United States is being threatened by a range of Russian capabilities
Pawlikowski: “There will always be challenges with trying to establish a supply chain that’s going to be available for 20-30 years"
Congressmen on the subcommittee focused Wednesday on the Fiscal 19 budget and its science and technology segments, their witnesses spanning DARPA, the Army, the Navy, and the Air Force.
Goldfein: Air Force engineers determined three parts of the jet's on board oxygen generating system were "failing at a much higher rate than anticipated"
The service's Light Attack Experiment will kick off its second phase at Holloman AFB, N.M., this year.
Brig. Gen. Ed Thomas, the director of public affairs in the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force said the directive is “not a freeze,” and that USAF continues “to do many press engagements daily."
The US wants to double the size of Afghanistan's special operations forces
The Defense Department is working to move beyond the joint fight to one that is fully integrated, said Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson on Monday.
Defense Secretary James Mattis said he was disappointed but not surprised by Putin's recent speech
Air Force's limited and stressed fleet of tactical airlifters means US
Transportation Command has had to increase the number of private
contractor flights, the head of TRANSCOM told lawmakers on Thursday.
The iconic MQ-1B Predator, which ushered in the age of drone warfare in the mid-1990s, will fly into the sunset on Friday.
though Turkey has announced its intention to buy the S-400 missile
system from Russia, the top US general in Europe told Congress on
Thursday there is still “some time” to convince Turkish leaders there is
a “better system” available.
Air Force Association Thursday came out strongly in favor of pursuing
all available options, including expansion, to deal with looming
exhaustion of space at Arlington National Cemetery before limiting
Although US strategic capabilities remain “the strongest in the world, our advantage is eroding”
Working groups brainstormed ways to attract minorities to the USAF pilot community.
Out of the Air Force’s 130 total F-35As, 100 are on the older Block 2B software suite and have a mission capable rate in the “low 40” percent.
Roper also called for increased use of university and college research capabilities.
Harris revealed the Air Force goal in the context of explaining long-term budget decisions and tradeoffs.
The New York Times reported from Seoul that South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s office said North Korea had “clearly stated its willingness to denuclearize."
Speaking March 2 at an AFA Mitchell Institute event on Capitol Hill, Guastella stressed the increasing role of space operators as war fighters rather than support elements.
The new National Defense Strategy embraces what Selva called “dynamic force employment.”
Hypersonic weapons in the hands of an adversary can deny the US the ability to deploy its forces at the time and place of its choosing
China has had a presence in Africa for a long time but AFRICOM has yet to deal with its strategic interests.
Graves: The time for “delays, studies, continued debate” is over
Rick Ambrose, Lockheed executive vice president for space, predicted that satellites will soon be built “at half the cost and delivery time” of satellites built today
Four game-changing technologies for militaries are hypersonics, lasers, artificial intelligence, and electronic warfare.
Air Force submitted a $1.44 billion unfunded priorities list to
congress, including $800 million in classified programs, $351.4 million
for space, and $289.3 million for nuclear and multi-domain command and
Air Mobility Command is finalizing a large-scale effort
to keep its fleet healthy across the Total Force, including swapping
airframes between units and using data to try to predict when planes
Space professionals who work in the combined air operations center at Al Udeid AB, Qatar, are able to get a real understanding of how warfare works.
Lt. Gen. Timothy Ray for a fourth star and to serve as commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, and Maj. Gen. David Thompson for a third star to serve as the vice commander of Air Force Space Command
Nakasone: Longer “that we have inactivity” in cyberspace, longer “our adversaries are able to establish their own norms.”
In a meeting with defense reporters Thursday in Washington, D.C., Walker acknowledged the “substantial” increase in hypersonics research money, and said he has been promoting a National Hypersonics Initiative with the Pentagon for a year.
Russian President Vladimir Putin says Russia's new cruise missile is invincible.
The JPO is conducting a “deep dive” to better understand Lockheed Martin’s production costs in order to find savings on touch labor
The KC-46 program has hit extensive delays, including most recently identifying three "deficiencies" in testing that could impact the aircraft's operational suitability.
Rogers appeared alongside the subcommittee’s ranking member Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.), and both are supporting a measure to create a “Space Corps” service separate from the Air Force.
The first experiment was conducted in late 2016 and was followed by two more experiments last year
T-6 returned to flight on Tuesday, almost exactly a month after the
service’s primary trainer was grounded following reports of hypoxia-like
symptoms at multiple bases.
The reported deal is a $1.4 billion drop from an unofficial estimate from the White House of $5 billion for two aircraft and support costs, according to FOX News.
The broader military is shifting its focus in the Middle East back to Afghanistan, the top US general in the region said Tuesday.
During this span, the command flew more than 3,000 humanitarian assistance disaster relief missions and throughout 2017 the air operations center was tasked with organizing about 600 sorties per day.
Innovation doesn’t have to be about starting something new. It could actually be about stopping something old.
return of “great power competition” means big changes for the Air
Force, which will have to be even smarter and more innovative to counter
the formidable array of threats now confronting the nation, Air Combat
Command chief Gen. Mike Holmes said in wrapping up AWS18.
The Air Force needs to understand how to integrate air, space, and cyber in a joint campaign.
Goldfein sent an email to wing commanders announcing the fund right before taking the stage in Orlando
KC-135 aircraft boom instructor platform proposal aimed at solving back
and neck issues, proposed by MSgt. Bartek Bachleda, an aircraft boom
instructor with 22nd Air Refueling Wing at McConnell AFB, Kan., won the
first Air Force Spark Tank competition cup Thursday during AWS18.
Pathfinder’s got real results, and it wants real money.
The big surge in precision guided munitions production
in the fiscal year 2019 budget request would continue for at least five
years to replenish depleted Air Force stocks and allied stocks,
according to a service spokeswoman.
Any systemic endeavor is prone to risk aversion and bureaucracy, which he argued is naturally borne of any organization of two or more bodies.
If the service is required to buy a new battle management plane, it will not be able to do the battle management mission simply because that new plane would not survive a fight with a country like Russia or China.
Reports emerged Thursday that Russia had deployed Su-57 fifth-generation fighters to Syria, with videos reportedly showing two of the jets flying low in the west of the country.
The presentation was one of several focusing on innovation, including Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson’s opening speech.
The Air Force needs to figure out how reduce the number of personnel required to fly remotely piloted aircraft missions, Air Education and Training Command boss Lt. Gen. Steven Kwast said Thursday at AWS18.
The Air Force takes far more risk than any commercial entity ever would, he argued.
The Strategic Development Planning Experimentation office is looking at using the plans and lessons from the ongoing light attack experiment for a new, cheap way to fly ISR.
Air Education and Training Command has lost more than 11,000 training sorties since the T-6 fleet was grounded on Feb. 1.
Webb said he hopes the recent two-year budget agreement and Secretary Heather Wilson’s renewed emphasis on science and technology gets him the funding he needs.
The trick to gaining technological advantage is to
anticipate the future based on current trends and accept the reality of
what the future will be, and not try to defend past investments in what
will soon be obsolete, Peter Wicher, a futurist who is Director of
Strategic Relations for Singularity University, advised airmen at AWS18.
He said up until now, the Air Force has been inculcated with a culture gyrating between adaptation and innovation, positing there’s a slight difference between the two.
For nearly three decades USAF has had “exquisite command, control, and communications” on the battlefield, but in future combat against a near peer adversary “that’s not going to be guaranteed.”
AFWERX’s Vegas innovation lab is focused on speeding up and changing the way the Air Force acquires technology.
Speaking at the unit’s Orlando, Fla., facility, Gowder confirmed that ALIS 3.0 had completed “flight testing” at Nellis AFB, Nev.
The Air Force Association's annual Air Warfare
Symposium runs Feb. 21-23, in Orlando, Fla. The theme of this year’s
conference is “Innovation: The Warfighter’s Edge.”
AMC's High Value Airborne Asset Study looked at potential shortfalls within its fleet and what areas need to be addressed
The request came from Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), the senior Democrat on the Military Personnel Subcommittee
Wilson said that while Congress eliminated the deputy chief of staff spot, it “didn’t tell us anything particular to put in place of it.”
The Air Force’s Fiscal 2019 budget request killed the JSTARS recapitalization program and outlined instead a plan to upgrade seven E-3 AWACS aircraft and to keep the existing JSTARS operational until the mid-2020s
The service announced earlier this month it was scrapping the planned combat demonstration in favor of a second experiment with two of the four original participants.
HackerOne told Air Force Magazine the record-breaking bug would’ve allowed a “malicious attacker” to run harmful code on an Air Force network and manipulate other data within it.
Special operations forces have been critical in reducing the land held by ISIS in Iraq and Syria, combatting al Qaeda in Afghanistan, and targeting those grouxps in countries across the globe.
North Korea is at the top of the list of strategic threats to the United States
The service is currently short about 2,000 pilots—1,300 of them in the fighter ranks.
In his written statement to the committee, Harris said US adversaries continue to develop ways to block US space-enabled capabilities.
The war in Afghanistan is now US Central Command’s main focus
USAF is “close” to having enough maintainers
The GAO has until May 23 to make a decision. Now the Air Force can't award a contract until a decision is rendered.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said NATO's expected to approve spending two percent of GDP on defense by 2024.
The Feb. 7 attack further complicated a diverse battlefield in eastern Syria.
The budget calls for a large increase in the weapons most used in the ongoing fight, especially Joint Direct Attack Munitions, Small Diameter Bombs, and Hellfire missiles.
Donovan said there is some growth in USAF squadrons.
The budget move is part of an Air Force space budget that is eight percent higher than the proposal for Fiscal 2018
The Air Force has decided not to recapitalize the JSTARS fleet as originally planned
The new account largely funds the completion of an analysis of alternatives on Next-Generation Air Dominance.
Funding for F-35A procurement was pegged at $5.23 billion for Fiscal 2019, actually down slightly from the Fiscal 2018 request of $5.714 billion.
SpaceX captured the world’s attention last week as its massive Falcon Heavy rocket boosted a Tesla Roadster into space. But the mission was more than just a genius marketing
strategy, the Falcon Heavy could potentially change the way National
Security Space payloads are launched in the future.
The new B-21 must replace—and not be additive to—much of the existing bomber fleet.
The chairmen of the House and Senate defense committees issued statements Friday lauding the move, with both saying it is a step toward restoring the military.
While DOD found the academies were overall in compliance with policy, “the Air Force Academy’s victim assistance efforts during the past academic program year did not comply with policy,” the release reads.
Jigsaw tells the user how much fuel is available in each aircraft, and an error message pops up if there’s not enough for all the receivers.
President Trump early Friday morning signed the fifth
continuing resolution this fiscal year, reopening the government on
Friday after a brief shutdown.
The Syrian forces fired up to 30 artillery and tank rounds on the SDF and US adviser position, prompting a response by both US aircraft and artillery on the ground.
The deal, which is expected to be up for a vote on Thursday, would avoid a government shutdown if approved before the deadline of 12 a.m. Friday.
USAF's deputy chief of staff for operations told House Armed Services subcommittee Tuesday maintenance likely the cause of repeated hypoxia-like issues in the T-6 trainer fleet.
Afghanistan operations are now US Central Command's
"main effort," as focus has shifted away from anti-ISIS operations in
Iraq and Syria.
Mattis told lawmakers Tuesday Pentagon’s plan for a new, low-yield submarine-launched nuclear missile will push Russia to move back into compliance with a nuclear treaty
SpaceX conducted its first test flight of the Falcon Heavy rocket
on Tuesday, blasting off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and
sending a bright red Tesla into orbit around the Earth and then toward
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warned lawmakers against yet another continuing resolution
A B-52 this week set a new record for most precision weapons dropped in one sortie, lobbing 24 guided munitions in one sortie on Taliban targets in Afghanistan.
USAF's presence in Iraq is changing—a new team now aims to build Iraq’s aviation infrastructure.
In a first for US Central Command, MQ-9s flew to their new deployment, rather than getting shipped there in a box.
Rather than conducting a combat demonstration, the Air
Force will hold an additional light attack experiment from May to July
at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., with the intent of rapidly moving toward
The Pentagon on Friday outlined its plans for a new
era of American nuclear power—emphasizing the possibility of a nuclear
response to a non-nuclear attack and announcing the development of
low-yield weapons that can provide more “flexibility” and the
possibility of a more proportional nuclear response to a smaller-scale
Boeing has received a $6.56 billion contract
modification from the Missile Defense Agency to extend its Ground-based
Midcourse Defense (GMD) development and sustainment contract through
2023, the Pentagon said Wednesday.
Two key issues seem to be hurting the deployability of individual troops the most: administrative roadblocks and the physical fitness of the troops themselves.
A leaked, “pre-decisional” draft of the Nuclear Posture
Review was misinterpreted by writers who deduced from it that the US
will respond to any cyber attacks with nuclear weapons, the Vice
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told reporters Tuesday.
The F-35 Joint Program Office announced it
will implement anti-ground collision software into the fleet five years
earlier than planned.
The US has “lost our technical advantage in
hypersonics,” the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff allowed
Tuesday, but “we haven’t lost the hypersonics fight.”
North Korea has yet to demonstrate all the
technologies proving it has a true means of hitting the US with nuclear
weapons, but if it does, the amount of warning time will have shrunk to
just “a dozen minutes or so,” Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs USAF
Gen. Paul Selva said Tuesday.
The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan
Reconstruction blasted the Defense Department for blocking the release
of public data detailing how much land is controlled by the Taliban,
noting the large uptick in airstrikes have had a limited impact in the
The Pentagon is launching a review and urging all its
personnel to place strict privacy settings on social media applications
after a fitness-tracking site published a map that hinted at the
locations of clandestine military bases.
A Washington think tank on Thursday called for a set of steps to improve US air and missile defense.
So far this year, Combined Joint Task Force-Operation
Inherent Resolve forces have sighted about half a dozen unmanned
aircraft systems (UASs) in the the AOR—far less than in the past and
with little effect on operations.
A half-dozen F-35 jets—two of each variant—deployed to Eielson AFB, Alaska, on Jan. 18
for cold weather testing as part of an unusual effort to speed up
initial operational test and evaluation, according to USAF officials.
Air Combat Command boss Gen. Mike Holmes said the
Fiscal 2019 budget request will include funds to continue rewinging the
The Trump administration’s National Security Strategy
and the Pentagon’s National Defense Strategy fall short of addressing
several major issues facing the US military in a changing world,
including global warming and the threat of running the military
“ragged,” three former State Department leaders said Thursday.
A top Air Force official told Congress Wednesday the
service is working to streamline the process for officer performance
management, in light of success with enlisted promotion processes.
Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash), the senior Democrat on the
House Armed Services Committee, on Wednesday condemned the Trump
administration’s pending Nuclear Policy Review, saying the draft version
calls for an expansion that would divert resources from needed
The Air Force and the other services recognize that
China has stolen the lead in hypersonics, and now the Pentagon is trying
to figure out who should coordinate the various service lab, academic,
and industry efforts in this area, Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Seve Wilson
The Air Force and Army will conduct a series of
experiments over the next year aimed at determining the “essential
components” of multidomain battle command and control, with the ultimate
goal of blending warfighting concepts into a joint doctrine.
The Air Force is building up its strike and rescue
presence in Afghanistan to support the US military’s increased
operational tempo inside the country.
Air Education and Training Command says it will continue to provide
guidance to airmen until the “disruptive shutdown” is undone.
The House and Senate on Monday approved a three-week
temporary spending deal, paving the way for the federal government to
reopen Tuesday. President Trump signed the bill, which keeps the government funded through Feb. 8, Monday evening.
The Air Force has convened a team to investigate unexplained physiological events, including those that grounded part of its A-10 fleet in November.
The federal government shutdown at midnight on Friday,
but the Defense Department will continue to defend the nation, Defense
Secretary Jim Mattis wrote in a memo to troops.
The Defense Department can longer afford to focus
solely on the international fight against terrorism and must begin
shifting its focus to the “great power competition” with China and
Russia, according to the National Defense Strategy, which was unveiled by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Friday.
Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson has told
congressional defense committees the Air Force plans to establish a
three-star vice commander of Air Force Space Command who will serve in
the Washington, D.C, area, USAF spokesman Maj. William Russell said.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Air Force is reaching out to industry as it tries to master “the complexity of multi-domain command and control”—one of Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein’s three focus areas.
The Air Force’s mission to train the Afghan Air Force have taken major steps, but the US training mission does not have a plan to define its mission, a Pentagon investigation finds.
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.
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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