Sen. Conrad Burns (R-Mont.) says the Air Force intends to send 18 F-15Cs with upgraded avionics—making them Golden Eagles—to the Air National Guard. It was unclear from his statement how many would go to the Montana ANG’s 120th Fighter Wing, but he said that getting this commitment has “helped guarantee a long term future for the 120th Fighter Wing.” (BRAC 2005 directed the Air Force to replace the 120th’s F-16s with 15 F-15s.) Burns also noted that the F-15s would get new active electronically scanned array radars, for which USAF reprogrammed $73 million.
Unlike nearly every other innovative technology throughout history, Maj. Gen. DeAnna M. Burt believes the space enterprise emerged backward. “Every other domain started with an entrepreneur who built something,” Burt, the special assistant to the Chief of Space Operations, told an audience at AFA’s Air, Space & Cyber Conference.