According to the Government Accountability Office, Veterans Affairs has taken steps to improve its delivery of services to veterans even though, as we reported earlier, it actually has “lost ground” since 2003. The VA plans to increase by at least 450 the number of employees who process claims, to reduce the number of appeals that must be reworked, and to instill claims processing consistency among its regional offices. However, GAO believes these plans may run afoul of new court decisions, a continued increase in the number of veterans claims—principally from the war on terror—and a continuing inability to get claims evidence from military service records. Meanwhile, VA accuracy has improved from 80 percent in 2002 to 88 percent in 2006, but GAO says that is still “well short” of its goal of 98 percent. VA also still must wait for evidence from DOD, which in the case of claims related to post-traumatic stress disorder, can take up to a year to come from the Joint Services Records Research Center. (Congress has faulted both VA and DOD on their lack of progress toward shared electronic data.) And, GAO really wants VA to get beyond mere band-aid fixes and look to make “more fundamental reform” to catch up with “scientific advances and economic and social changes” that negate the antiquated “concept that impairment equates to an inability to work.”
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.