Daily Report

Jan. 28, 2015

Sixty-Five CAPs for 55

The Air Force has been surging the capability of 65 combat air patrols of remotely piloted aircraft for years with only the resources for 55 CAPs, said Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Larry Spencer on Tuesday. “Since 2007,” Spencer told...

Spencer Calls on Scientists For Help

The Air Force needs the help of scientists to find the “leap ahead” technologies that will give the service a greater edge at a time when it’s shrinking and adversaries are quickly catching up, said Vice Chief of Staff Gen....

Kurds Declare Victory in Kobani

Kurdish fighters in the Syrian border town of Kobani claimed victory in their months-long battle with ISIS forces, reported the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday. Kobani official Idres Nassan declared that the city is now “100% cleared” of ISIS fighters,...

Airpower, the Kurds, and Pushing Back ISIS

Several factors contributed to the routing of ISIS forces from the Syrian city of Kobani: persistent coalition airpower, a supply line from Turkey, and local Kurdish fighters who helped improve coalition targeting, said Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby on...

Desert Home Away From Home

Some 200 airmen and 10 A-10s from the Michigan Air National Guard’s 127th Wing left Selfridge ANG Base northeast of Detroit to train at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., according to a unit release. This two-week deployment is part of Operation Snowbird,...

Emergency Transport System Ready for Operations

Gen. Paul Selva, US Transportation Command boss, unveiled the Transport Isolation System, a new means for the Defense Department to transport patients with highly infectious diseases on C-130s or C-17s, according to a release. The system is now ready for...