Daily Report

July 6, 2015

SpaceX Still Eligible National Security Space Missions

Space and Missile Systems Center boss Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves said SpaceX is still eligible to compete for National Security Space missions even though one of its Falcon 9 rockets exploded on June 28, reported Reuters. “SpaceX remains certified and...

Expanding the Baltic Air Policing Mission

NATO allies have carried out the Baltic Air Policing for more than 10 years, but since the Crimea crisis of 2014 the scope has expanded significantly in an effort to provide assurance and to respond to increasing Russian air activity,...

Providing a Clear Message

Despite its expansion over the last year, a senior NATO official told Air Force Magazine it is important to distinguish the Baltic Air Policing mission from air and missile defense activity. “Air policing is a peace time task for surveillance...

Upgraded AWACS Tested at Northern Edge

Airmen recently got a chance to test the Block 40/45 E-3G Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft during Northern Edge 2015 in Alaska. The upgraded computer platform “advances” the AWACS “old operating system by about 30 years,” improving weapons and...

A Gathering of Chiefs

Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh traveled to Mexico City in late June to meet with air chiefs from 21 other countries who are part of the System of Cooperation Among the American Air Forces, an organization started in 1961...

Exercising at Kadena

Active Duty and Air National Guard fighters joined forces with Marine Corps fighters at Kadena AB, Japan, for a large force exercise focused on maintaining air-to-air superiority while also protecting ground forces. F-15s from the 44th Fighter Squadron and the...

Pentagon Personnel Moves

Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced July 2 that his Chief of Staff Eric Fanning will serve as acting undersecretary of the Army. “His deep well of knowledge and vast experience in the Pentagon, honed during his tenure as deputy undersecretary...