Daily Report

June 2, 2016

Afghan Air Support Picks Up

The Afghan National Self Defense Forces have moved toward an offensive mindset to counter gains by the Taliban, and are increasing close air support flights with their small A-29 fleet. Army Brig. Gen. Charles Cleveland, the deputy chief of staff...

No New Taliban Peace Talks Expected

The Taliban has shifted its main effort to Afghanistan’s Helmand Province, with attacks expected to increase as the poppy harvest ends and the fighting season begins, the top spokesman for the American-led train and equip mission said. Brig. Gen. Charles...

Carrier Group Deploys for ISIS Fight

The Navy is sending a carrier strike group to the Middle East to help in the fight against ISIS, and for a rotation through the Mediterranean Sea. Carrier Strike Group 10, lead by the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, left Norfolk...

US Strikes al-Shabaab Leader

US forces on May 27 conducted an airstrike targeting a senior al-Shabaab leader in Somalia, the Pentagon said Wednesday. The strike targeted Abdullahi Haji Da’ud, a senior military commander for the group who was seen as a principal coordinator of...

Proposed Changes to Goldwater-Nichols Vary

Congress and the Obama Administration agree the structure of the military’s chain of command needs rethinking, but their proposed changes to the 30-year-old Goldwater-Nichols Act remain out of sync, the Congressional Research Service found. In a report released May 25,...

Boeing JDAM Deal Nearly Doubles

The Air Force awarded Boeing an additional $1.5 billion for Joint Direct Attack Munition tail kits, making the total deal worth $3.2 billion, according to a May 31 release. The fixed-price, incentive-firm, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract modification almost doubles the original $1.75...

An Arctic Perspective

Fighters from the 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath, England, practiced basic fighter maneuvers with Norwegian, Swedish, and Finnish aircraft in Norway last week. Exercise Arctic Fighter Meet 2016 allowed seven F-15s from the 492nd and 493rd Fighter Squadrons to...