US Strategic Command is implementing several changes in order to place a renewed emphasis on the nuclear mission and prevent the same type of breakdown in oversight and individual responsibility that led to last August’s inadvertent transfer of nuclear weapons aboard a B-52H bomber, said Air Force Gen. Kevin Chilton, head of the command. Chilton told defense writers March 4 in Washington D.C., that he is reinstituting the policy of having STRATCOM’s inspector general conduct “over-the-shoulder inspections” of the Air Force and Navy as they conduct nuclear surety inspections at bomber bases and ICBM sites and on missile submarines. STRATCOM has also established an overarching working group led by the command’s deputy commander to do quarterly reviews of the entire US nuclear weapons enterprise. Eventually these reviews will transition to semiannual events, he said. There will also be greater emphasis placed on the participation of nuclear forces in major exercises and on displaying “the mechanics” of them during these events. “At the lowest levels, people aren’t going to take you seriously unless you appear to be serious about this particular mission,” he said. As commander, Chilton also said he will be more proactive in talking about the importance of the nuclear mission and “recognizing the great people who do this mission” and the sacrifices they make. “They are really unsung heroes,” he said. “Talking about how important that mission is and how important readiness is for this mission,” he said, “is an important thing that leaders need to stand up and do.”
Feb. 28, 2021
In commemoration of the 30th Anniversary of Operation Desert Storm, Air Force Magazine is posting daily recollections from the six-week war, which expelled Iraq from occupied Kuwait.
Feb. 26, 2021
Acting Secretary of the Air Force Roth, NORAD’s Gen. VanHerck, U.S. Space Command’s Gen. Dickinson, Spark Tank, and more from Day 3 of the Air Force Association’s virtual Aerospace Warfare Symposium.
Feb. 26, 2021
A crew chief and production superintendent from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., took home the 3D-printed trophy in the Department of the Air Force’s Spark Tank innovation contest for a simple idea he predicts could “solve a lot of issues across the aircraft community.” Master Sgt. Justin Bauer pitched his…
The first flight of the AGM-183A hypersonic missile will happen within a week, experts reported Feb. 26 at AFA's virtual Aerospace Warfare Symposium. The Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon will fly soon after a failed attempt, which was apparently due to technical and procedural glitches not related to the missile's design.
Air Combat Command is trying to move forward with an experiment it hopes will pave the way for a larger overhaul of fighter pilot training, despite pandemic-era complications. The command is working through the contracting process for the resources it needs to test the “Reforge” idea, ACC boss Gen. Mark…
Feb. 26, 2021
Nearly 140 Air National Guard personnel from Texas and Kentucky have responded to parts of Texas that were devastated by Winter Storm Uri, ANG Director Lt. Gen. Michael A. Loh told reporters Feb. 26. The polar vortex ravaged Texas’ power grid and deprived many citizens of running water.
The head of Air Combat Command isn't sure the cost of operating the F-35 will hit the desired $25,000 per hour by 2025, and he's headed out to meetings to see what can be done to make it happen. He's also concerned that China will beat the U.S. to 6th-generation…
The Pentagon’s new Independent Review Commission on Sexual Assault in the Military has 90 days to find ways to combat the problem within the ranks, and the group will consider all options to address an issue that has “shattered the dreams” of many service members who joined with optimism about…
Feb. 26, 2021
Air Education and Training Command has incorporated a focus on human performance optimization—which includes personal resilience, health, fitness, diet, and mental performance—into its Undergraduate Pilot Training 2.5 program, 19th Air Force Commander Maj. Gen. Craig D. Wills said at the Air Force Association’s virtual Aerospace Warfare Symposium.