Daily Report

July 13, 2011

HASC Forms Bipartisan Panel on Pentagon Fiscal Management

The House Armed Services Committee is forming a special bipartisan panel to address the ongoing challenge of financial management in the Defense Department, announced Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), committee chairman, and Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), ranking member, Tuesday. Leading this...

Not Quite Yet on Iraqi F-16s?

Iraq’s defense ministry has reportedly put off plans to acquire F-16 fighters. “Iraq is determined to rebuild its airpower capabilities, but the plan is postponed,” said Ali al-Dabbagh, an Iraqi government spokesman, reported Bloomberg Tuesday. He added, “The plan was...

Army Ranger Receives Medal of Honor

President Obama on Tuesday awarded Army Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry the Medal of Honor during a White House ceremony. Petry is the second living recipient of the nation’s highest military honor since the Vietnam War, behind Army SSgt. Salvatore...

C-21 Instructor Training Takes Off at Scott

Flight training has commenced as part of the C-21A instructor pilot course at Scott AFB, Ill., for the first time since the base’s 458th Airlift Squadron regained the C-21 training mission. The 458th AS earlier this year assumed responsibility for...

USAF Airpower Debuts in Brunei

Pacific Air Forces showcased USAF airpower for the first time in the country of Brunei, flying demonstrations during the Brunei Darussalam International Defense Exhibition. An F-16 from PACAF’s demonstration team at Misawa AB, Japan, graced the crowd with daily performances...

C-17 Launches Short-Range Target Missile

Missile Defense Agency officials said they successfully completed a flight test of a short-range air-launched target missile over the Pacific Ocean about 500 miles off the coast of southern California. A C-17 deployed the missile from its rear via a...

DARPA Achieves Laser Testing Success

The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency announced that it recently completed laboratory testing of a single laser module for the High-Energy Liquid Laser Area Defense System and that this module successfully demonstrated the ability to achieve high power and beam...

End of a Mighty Hunter

Britain’s final two Nimrod R1 electronics intelligence aircraft, Royal Air Force assets based at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire, went into retirement, ending 37 years of service for the aircraft type. Slated for early phaseout in March under Britain’s 2010 defense...

System F6 Gets Network Designer

DARPA awarded Raytheon subsidiary BBN Technologies a $2.4 million contract to design and integrate an information architecture for wireless, small module satellites as part of the System F6 program. Under System F6, DARPA researchers seek to break the paradigm of...