Daily Report

Aug. 1, 2016

Air Force Releases GBSD Solicitation

The Air Force released a request for proposals for the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent program’s first phase Friday. Proposals for the technology maturation and risk reduction phase of the GBSD program—the replacement for the service’s aging Minuteman III weapons system—will be...

Air Force Launches LRSO

The Air Force issued a request for proposals Friday for the Long Range Standoff weapon, a nuclear-capable cruise missile meant to succeed the current AGM-86B Air launched Cruise Missile, already 20 years past its planned retirement. The new missile would...

F/A-18 Crash Kills Marine Corps Pilot

A Marine Corps pilot died Thursday night when his F/A-18C crashed during a training mission near Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif. The pilot, Maj. Richard Norton, was a member of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232, Marine...

Bones Return to Guam

Lancers are headed to Guam for the first time in 10 years, as US Pacific Command replaces the nuclear-capable B-52s with conventional B-1s as part of the continuous bomber presence mission. B-1Bs from Ellsworth AFB, S.D., will touch down later...

Incirlik Operations Continue Despite Anti-US Protest

An anti-US rally outside Incirlik AB, Turkey, that drew hundreds of protesters Thursday did not disrupt anti-ISIS operations, Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said Friday. An anti-US mood has been growing in Turkey based on suspected US involvement in the attempted...

Finding the Right F-35 Buy Rate

The slow rate of F-35 buys hinders aviation readiness, the Marine Corps’ aviation boss and retired Air Force Lt. Gen. David Deptula said Friday. Speaking at a forum hosted by the American Enterprise Institute and AFA’s Mitchell Institute, Deputy Commandant...

A Geriatric Air Force

Echoing the Marine Corps aviation leader’s concerns about his service’s readiness crisis, retired Air Force Lt. Gen. David Deptula reported Friday that “over 50 percent of our Air Force can’t fly because of lack of maintenance.” Joining Marine Corps Lt....

Ukrainian Ravens

The US government delivered 24 RQ-11B unmanned aircraft systems to the Ukrainian government Wednesday. The package of 72 individual Ravens—hand-launched reconnaissance and surveillance tools—along with associated equipment was provided as part of the European Reassurance Initiative, according to a statement...