Gen. Michael Moseley now has a dedicated Web page where he can let airmen know about issues that keep him “up at night.” The Air Force Chief of Staff calls the new site the “Chief’s Scope” and plans to use it “to fire quick bursts of news” to alert the force to current and future topics in his focus. One of his current headaches is tanker aircraft—replacement of the current fleet is USAF’s No. 1 priority—which are old, but he says: “It isn’t just the age of the aircraft that concerns me. They also suffer from corrosion, structural fatigue, and deterioration in wiring, fuel systems components, and ducting. … We can’t buy and field the KC-X fast enough.”
NASA, SpaceX, and United Launch Alliance are all preparing to launch their next-gen rockets from Florida’s Space Coast, two of them before the year is out. One is expected to liberate the U.S. launch enterprise from its reliance on Russian-made RD-180 engines, while all three rockets could eventually carry astronaut crews.