Daily Report

April 11, 2014

KC-46 on the Money

Here’s something you don’t see every day: the KC-46A tanker program is projected to underrun its $51.7 billion cost estimate by about $300 million. However, the test and development schedule remain ambitious, according to a Government Accountability Office report released...

Warm Silos, Cold Treaty Relations

The Obama Administration is committed to the New START nuclear arms reduction agreement with Russia despite tensions heightened by Russian military activity in Ukraine. “We will continue to implement the New START treaty … because it’s in our national interest,”...

Defending JSTARS Recapitalization

Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh defended the planned modernization of the E-8 Joint STARS fleet Thursday despite push back from some members of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) questioned why the Air Force did an...

Atlas V Carrying NRO Payload Takes Flight

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying a classified national security payload for the National Reconnaissance Office successfully launched from Cape Canaveral AFS, Fla., on Thursday. The 45th Space Wing helped launch NROL-67, the launch’s mission designation, at 1:45...

AWACS Block 40/45 Nearing IOC

Technicians recently completed Block 40/45 upgrades to a fifth E-3 AWACS paving the way for initial operational capability with the new computer suite. “The 40/45 block upgrade for our aircraft is critical to our weapon system … and IOC declaration...

Extremely Early Satellite

Lockheed Martin began early assembly of the fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite thanks to early delivery of its payload and engine core, the company announced. “We are putting plans in place to finish six months ahead of our baseline...

DOJ Recognizes Special Victims Counsel Program

The Department of Justice on Wednesday presented the Air Force’s Special Victims’ Counsel Program with the federal service award for providing its pro bono efforts on behalf of military sexual assault victims. The program has provided free legal representation and...

Oklahoma ANG Falcons Migrate to Arkansas

The Air National Guard’s 188th Fighter Wing at Ebbing ANGB, Ark., will temporarily host seven F-16C Falcons and 40 maintenance, operation, and support personnel from the Oklahoma Air National Guard’s 138th Fighter Wing. The aircraft and airmen will remain in...

Air Force Tests Google Glass for Combat

The 711th Human Performance Wing at Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio, is beta-testing Google Glass for its possible applications in combat, reported VentureBeat. The goal is to help the military transition from heavy reliance on battlefield laptops to using smartphones, tablets,...

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