New GBSD Will Fly in 2023; No Margin Left for Minuteman

The first Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent missile will fly by the end of 2023, and not a moment too soon, as the Minuteman III ICBM is becoming increasingly costly and challenging to keep credible, strategic system managers and commanders said during an AFA virtual forum. They ...

Space Force to Reuse Falcon 9 Booster for GPS III Launch

The Space Force plans to try out a used rocket booster—a first under the National Security Space Launch program—when it launches the fifth GPS III satellite on June 17. The new satellite likely will amount to a modest improvement in GPS location accuracy but with ...

Weapons School Holds First In-Person Graduation in 18 Months

Air Force Weapons School Class 21A celebrated almost six months of intense training at a June 12 graduation dinner attended by more than 1,000 graduates, faculty, staff, and family members. Retired Lt. Gen. David A. Deptula, dean of AFA’s Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies and ...

KC-46 Boom Operators Work Around Software Flaw

A feature in the KC-46’s advanced refueling system, designed to improve safety and ease the burden on boom operators, is not working as designed, so the Air Force implemented a workaround. The problem is with the aircraft’s Aerial Refueling Software, which has preset limits for ...

Milley: A-10 Cut is an ‘Acceptable Risk’

The Air Force’s plan to cut 42 A-10s but retain the bulk of its fleet is an acceptable amount of risk and necessary as the military looks ahead to more survivable capabilities, said Gen. Mark A. Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The ...

Allvin: Old Iron Whittling Down Air Force Readiness

Being forced to keep old aircraft is eroding the Air Force's attempts to build up its readiness, Vice Chief of Staff Gen. David W. Allvin told the House Armed Services readiness subcommittee. He also said a host of efforts to fill USAF's pilot deficit are ...