Daily Report

Jan. 21, 2016

No Plan for B-1 Backfill Yet

Though the Air Force has announced the withdrawal of B-1B bombers from US Central Command’s area of responsibility—where they have played a workhorse role in conducting strikes in Afghanistan, Iraq, and in the Levant for 15 years with only temporary...

By the Numbers

As of Dec. 15, the fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria has cost $5.53 billion, or $11 million per day, Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said on Jan. 20. The coalition has flown 65,492 sorties in...

Daesh Cash

The coalition against ISIS recently hit a cash collection point in Mosul, Iraq, with GBU-31s and GBU-39s, the ninth such site struck so far, the spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve said on Jan. 20. While officials are not sure exactly...

Gathering the Coalition

All 26 countries involved militarily in the anti-ISIS campaign, plus Iraq, will convene in Brussels next month to discuss the way forward in the fight, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced on Wednesday. Carter is in Paris to meet with the...

Cyberspace Weapon System Fully Operational

Air Force Intranet Control (AFINC) became the first cyberspace weapon system to reach full operational capability in early January, according to a Jan. 19 release. AFINC replaced and consolidated more than 100 regionally managed disparate Air Force network entry points...

An Improved Pacific Pivot

The Obama Administration and Defense Department have not provided a clear or consistent strategy on its “pivot” to the Pacific, and the Pentagon should make strategic changes to better position its force to face threats in the region, according a...

Congress Blasts DOD Task Force on Afghan Economy

Lawmakers on Wednesday joined the inspector general overseeing reconstruction in Afghanistan in blasting a Defense Department effort that spent hundreds of millions to support the Afghan economy but led to few, if any, successes. The Senate Armed Services subcommittee on...