The eight USAF commands representing the combat air forces have issued the 2010 CAF strategic plan. The 21-page document, Securing the High Ground: Agile Combat Airpower, articulates the vision for developing, planning, and employing integrated CAF capabilities in defense of the nation. “The CAF is America’s asymmetric advantage and the backbone of our nation’s security,” said Gen. William Fraser, Air Combat Command commander and CAF lead, in an ACC release. The changing security environment is characterized by a growing list of competitors and potential adversaries across the spectrum of conflict, states the document. Adding to the challenge are “fiscal constraints, which, if not properly managed, can and will negatively affect” the ability to satisfy combatant commanders’ requirements, states the document. The mitigation strategy is “to develop a smaller, more capable force that is effective across the wide range of military challenges,” it reads. (CAF strategic plan)
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.