Daily Report

June 9, 2016

Pilots Safe After F-16s Collide in Georgia

Two South Carolina Air National Guard F-16 pilots safely ejected after their jets collided during a training flight Tuesday night in Jefferson County, Ga. The pilots, assigned to the 169th Fighter Wing, were flying a routine night training exercise when...

Expect More Headline-Grabbing Attacks from ISIS

ISIS will likely try to conduct “high-profile, headline-grabbing attacks” as Ramadan begins because the terrorist group will not be able to make tactical gains on the ground, said Col. Chris Garver, spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve on...

PACOM: China Conducts Another Unsafe Intercept

Chinese fighter jets on Tuesday again conducted an unsafe intercept of a US reconnaissance plane, US Pacific Command said. An Air Force RC-135 was intercepted by two Chinese J-10 fighter jets in international airspace over the East China Sea, PACOM...

The Ceasefire Myth

The ceasefire between Ukraine and Russian-backed separatists is a fiction, the head of? Ukraine’s parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee said Wednesday. Speaking at an Atlantic Council event in Washington, D.C., Hanna Hopko said her best friend’s husband, who was a Ukrainian...

Phone a Russian

The NATO alliance needs to establish a line of communication with Russia soon, retired Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove, the former commander of US European Command and NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe, said Wednesday. Asked about Russia talking themselves into...

Making Their Case

The NATO alliance should continue to grow, officials from three Eastern European countries said Wednesday at an Atlantic Council event in Washington, D.C. Montenegro’s membership would contribute to a whole, peaceful, and free Europe, the country’s Minister of Defense Milica...

USAF Acquires Fixed-Wing Variant of Guided Rocket

USAF fixed-wing aircraft have used BAE Systems’ Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System in combat for the first time. The service has fielded the laser-guided rockets—designed to minimize collateral damage—on A-10s and F-16s in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a BAE...

Gone Ballistic

The Missile Defense Agency awarded Northrop Grumman a $600 million contract modification to continue its work on the Ballistic Missile Defense System. The total value of the cost-plus-award-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract is now $3.85 billion, according to a Pentagon release. Under...