Daily Report

Jan. 28, 2016

McCain, McCarthy Pen Bill to Limit Use of RD-180s

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) plan to introduce legislation to limit the use of Russian-made rocket engines for US national security space launches, McCain announced Jan. 27. The bill would repeal a provision of the Fiscal...

Tensions Flare During SASC Hearing

A Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the use of Russian-made rocket engines in military space launches quickly grew heated on Jan. 27. Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) repeatedly demanded to know how Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James...

Public-Private Partnerships for Space

Space is an essential element of national security, and the US must have multiple pathways to get there, USAF Secretary Deborah Lee James said Jan. 27 at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing. After asking for input from the industry,...

Fresno Eagles’ Crucial Debut

California Air National Guard F-15C/Ds are making their Red Flag debut this week at Nellis AFB, Nev., as the last major step toward attaining full operational capability with the jet. “This Red Flag is an important final step in our...

Boots on the Ground in Libya

A small number of US military personnel is on the ground in Libya to assess the growing threat of ISIS in that country, the Pentagon said Wednesday. The military members are there to meet with “a diverse range of groups...

Head of Afghanistan Mission to Retire

Army Lt. Gen. John Nicholson has been tapped to replace Army Gen. John Campbell as the top US general overseeing the mission in Afghanistan, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook told reporters on Wednesday. Campbell, who has led Operation Resolute Support...

Boeing Reports Dip in Defense Revenue

Boeing reported a slight dip in defense revenue in Fiscal 2015, while overall revenue increased largely because of commercial sales, but also due in part to progress with the KC-46A tanker program. The company released its fourth quarter earnings report,...

GPS IIF-12 Launch Delayed

The launch of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the 12th and final GPS IIF satellite has been pushed back to at least Feb. 4, according to a press release. It was originally scheduled to launch Feb. 3....

Raptor Thrills the Gulf Crowd

An F-22 Raptor flight demonstration highlighted the US military representation at the 2016 Bahrain International Airshow held this past week at Sakhir AB, Bahrain. “Coming together with our partners in the Gulf states … has been [an] excellent experience,” said...