The Air Force has shelled out about $400,000 for claims submitted by New Jersey residents affected by the fire started by a New Jersey Air National Guard F-16 on a May 15 training mission over the Warren Grove Gunnery Range. The Courier-Post reports also that the service still has more than 500 claims still pending. The Air Force acknowledged that a flare dropped by the F-16 was the culprit, but it is still investigating the incident. Members of the New Jersey Congressional delegation met with service officials on May 21 to demand “specific changes” following this latest in a string of incidents.
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.